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Should You Replace Your Old Furnace With a High-Efficiency Model?

As this winter season comes to a close, you may want to consider upgrading your existing older furnace with a newer model. Now is a great time to get a new system in place ahead of cold weather later in the year. Putting off a furnace replacement in Red Oak, TX can leave you scrambling to make a decision before winter rolls around again

But if you invest in the furnace replacement now, you can rest easy all spring and summer long knowing that you have a brand new furnace in place with a long lifespan ahead of it. You can keep reading to learn more about some of the signs that your furnace has reached the end of its lifespan and it is time to replace it with a high-efficiency model.

Furnace Lifespan

You can expect your furnace to last for between 10 and 15 years. You may read about furnaces having lifespans closer to 30 years, although we discourage you from leaving a system in place for that long. Even though your furnace may still be operational, that doesn’t mean it is efficient or effective. 

Furnaces that were installed three decades ago are not up to modern safety standards, and they likely lack efficiency. With proper care, your furnace can easily last for 15 years before it needs to be replaced. However, if you don’t keep up with homeowner and professional maintenance, you may have to replace your furnace closer to the 10-year mark. 

Signs That It Is Time for a Furnace Replacement

The closer your furnace gets to that 15-year mark, the more likely it is that it needs to be replaced with a newer high-efficiency model. Furnaces will see an uptick in repair needs during the last two years of their service lives, so if you are having to schedule frequent repairs, that money may be better spent on a new unit.

Experts say that you should not spend more than 50% of the cost of a new furnace on any repairs to your older furnace. If you have to spend thousands of dollars to make a repair, that likely means that there is a significant problem. If your manufacturer’s warranty has already expired and will not cover the cost of an expensive repair, we encourage you to consider a new furnace instead.

Selecting a High-Efficiency Furnace

We encourage you to invest in a high-efficiency furnace when the time comes for replacement. Furnaces come with AFUE ratings that estimate overall energy efficiency based on real-life usage scenarios. The minimum accepted efficiency rating is 80% AFUE in the United States. 

This means that 80% of the energy consumed by your furnace gets turned into heat. A furnace is considered high efficiency at 90%. If you are able to invest in a high-efficiency furnace, you can save a lot of money over the life of the unit on your energy costs.

Contact Republic Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. Revolutionizing the Customer Experience.

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