If you’re worried about the end of your furnace’s lifespan, let’s start this article with the answer: on average, furnaces last up to 20 years. But this is an answer that can also be a little subjective: you probably know someone who has had the same device for longer than that and it continues to work perfectly. Just as you must know someone who made the wrong choice and had to have a new device installed at home in a few years. This has to do with a number of factors – device quality, good installation, maintenance, etc.
But in general, we can say that if your device is 15 years old or older, this is a good time to start thinking about replacement and researching suitable models. If you already have a trusted professional who does preventive maintenance on your furnace, talk to him. He will be able to advise you on this. After all, as we always emphasize here, it often ends up being more interesting to change the device than to see the maintenance bills rising year after year.
If you are in the Coquitlam area and need assistance with this matter, you can contact us at Nation . We will be happy to assist you and find the best option for you – whether furnace maintenance or furnace replacement.
Is It Possible to Increase the Lifespan of the Furnace?
While you don’t decide on the exchange, there are certain precautions that can help you keep your device working well for longer. The first one is always to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to air filters. Change the filter as often as recommended – dirty filters restrict airflow, which makes the furnace need to work longer and longer to get the same result.
Also, make sure your home is insulated enough. If not, this can cause heat loss and also make the appliance work harder to keep the house warm. And finally, it is necessary to emphasize: annual professional preventive maintenance makes all the difference too. There are checks that only a professional can do – and this is essential to keep your device running smoothly.
What Can Shorten the Life of the Device?
On the other hand, there are items that can negatively impact the life of your device. Some of them are:
- Inadequate Size
If your device is too small for your home, it will work harder to keep your home warm, which can wear out parts sooner than expected. And if it’s too big, the same can happen because of the shorter cycles – constantly turning the device on and off also wears out the parts.
- Poorly Installation
This can cause the system to not function as it should, as there may be blocked ducts or a poorly installed drainage system.
- Thermostat Settings
Check the manufacturer’s temperature recommendations for your device. In general, if you set the thermostat to temperatures much higher than indicated or even much lower, this also ends up interfering with the wear of the parts.
- Lack of Maintenance
You know the saying that cheap can be expensive? That’s right – skipping annual maintenance – usually with the justification that the device is working perfectly – can make you spend more later to repair or replace the furnace.
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Nation has nearly 20 years of experience installing and maintaining HVAC devices. Our professionals are licensed and assured to guarantee the best service and results. If you are in need of maintenance or help choosing and having a new device installed, contact us! To talk to us, click here.