Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace? Put It to the Test


The lifespan for most furnaces is roughly 12-15 years. Once your system reaches that point it’s more likely to have problems, and you’re more likely to want to replace it. If you’re not quite sure whether or not it’s time to take the plunge and install a new furnace, put it to the test. Our G-Force experts made a checklist that helps determine how close you are to needing to replace your furnace. Take the test yourself and give us a call if you find yourself checking off several of these items.

Does Your Furnace Match the Following Descriptions?

  • Is your home more than 12 years old?  If it is and you have not replaced your furnace yet, it’s likely your system is nearing the end of its lifespan. Most systems only operate efficiently for 12-15 years before they need to be replaced.
  • Have you had to repair your system more than once over the last 5 years? Annual maintenance doesn’t count, but if you’ve had more than one major repair to your furnace system in the past 5 years if could be a sign of trouble.
  • Is your furnace warranty expired? Most furnace warranties only cover your system for 5-10 years. Once the warranty expires, repairs can become extremely expensive. At that point, you could be putting that money you’re spending on repairs toward a new, high efficiency furnace that will save you on energy bills.
  • Are your utility bills continuously raising every year? Your furnace and air conditioning systems are the biggest consumers of energy in your home – they account for roughly 48% of your energy costs. As your system ages and becomes less efficient, it also can hike up your energy bills.

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  • Does your furnace seem to run nonstop? Older systems become less efficient over time, which means they must work harder and longer to maintain the temperature that the thermostat demands. This results in higher utility bills.
  • Does your home have hot spots and cold spots? Older systems weren’t necessarily designed to keep every room comfortable. Two-story homes are especially difficult to keep warm and cool. The upstairs stays warm in the summer and the downstairs is always chilly in the winter. Newer systems have technology available to even out the temperature in your home.

Did you reply yes to more of these than three questions? Don’t wait until it’s too late, we recommend upgrading sooner than later. Learn more about your furnace replacement options now. Call one of the skilled technicians Getzschman Heating & Cooling today to help you figure out the status of your current system and help you find a replacement system if need be. You can reach us at 402-235-6727.