How Long Does a Home Furnace Typically Last?

Check Out Your High-efficiency Furnace Replacement Options

furnace repair new jerseyAs winter approaches, you may be wondering if your home’s furnace is ready for the months-long task of keeping your home warm and comfortable.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average life expectancy of a home furnace is between 15 and 30 years. If your furnace is currently within that range—or even older—it’s time to start planning for replacement.

You’ll not only have a more reliable heating system, but you’ll eliminate any fears of a troublesome no-heat emergency. What’s better? Today’s furnaces offer dramatically better energy efficiency—so you’ll begin saving money the second it’s installed.

Do I Choose to Repair? Or Replace?

Sometimes, furnace repairs and maintenance are enough to keep your furnace going. But there are also times when repairs are just throwing good money after bad, and it makes more sound fiscal sense to replace your furnace entirely.

Blue Flame’s expert service technicians can help you with this decision. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Are you facing more frequent or more expensive repairs? It’s time to replace your furnace if the cost of repairing it is more than 50% of the cost of a new one.

Is your furnace making weird noises? Pops, shrieks, rattles, or noisy buzzing might all be indicators of a problem. For a service call, contact Blue Flame the first moment you notice any of these sounds occurring.

Are your heating costs going up… and you can’t definitively explain why? Heating costs are subject to change each year owing to the weather and markets. But if you’ve noticed a significant difference in your propane usage levels and expenses recently, it’s time to call for a Blue Flame expert opinion about whether to repair or replace.

Is your home being heated efficiently? If your furnace is failing to provide adequate heat, is heating some rooms less than others, or the air coming out of it feels humid, it’s losing power. A Blue Flame service technician can assist you in determining whether repairs or replacement are required.

Are you retiring or planning to move soon? A new furnace will make your home more appealing to purchasers and increase its resale value if you know it’ll be sold in the next two or three years. If retirement is on the horizon, now is an excellent time to replace your heating system so you can enjoy more efficient comfort without having to worry about expensive replacements or major repairs later when you’ll be on a fixed income.

Replacing Your Heating System for Better Efficiency

If your furnace is getting on in years, even with regular maintenance, it’s not going to be as efficient as today’s new, high-efficiency furnaces.

Advances in technology have made propane furnaces incredibly efficient. How efficient? They can reach efficiencies of 98%! That means for every dollar you spend on propane for heating your home, 98% goes into heating and only 2% is lost to combustion. Those are numbers electric systems simply cannot match. Your new furnace will start paying you back with lower heating costs from the day you turn it on!

Whether your propane furnace is new or old, Blue Flame’s service technicians will help you keep it running at its peak efficiency. Contact us today to schedule your maintenance tune-up before winter fully sets in!