when should i replace my furnace or boiler?

Many factors contribute to the life and quality of a furnace or boiler, so there is no definite lifespan for all units.  However, understanding the average life expectancy of units, as well being able to identify signs of major issues and aging components is helpful in taking a proactive approach and being prepared to replace your heating system in advance of an emergency. 

system lifespans

EnergyStar.gov recommends replacing heat pumps and air conditioners every ten years, and replacing furnaces or boilers every fifteen years in order to utilize units with better technology and improved efficiency.  Whether or not your units are older or newer than that, there are additional things to watch for that can indicate that it may be time to upgrade:

signs that it may be time for replacement

  • If your home heating system needs frequent repairs, it may be because of the overall age of the unit and the wear and tear that occurs over time.  If the costs of service calls add up, it may be time to compare them to the overall cost of an entirely new system, which may include various warranties.
  • If you have noticed higher than usual energy consumption (increased usage of electricity, heating oil, natural gas, or propane), it may be because the efficiency of your home heating system has begun to decrease.  The best way to prevent this in systems of all ages is scheduling annual system tune-ups that include thorough cleanings.  Replacing filters regularly, according to manufacturer specifications also goes a long way in preventing issues.
  • If certain areas of your home are not being heated or cooled evenly, there could be issues with insulation, ductwork and vents, or the system itself. 
  • Noticeably high or low levels of humidity can be a sign of ductwork issues, an inadequate home comfort system, or even the need for a humidifier or dehumidifier that can be installed or integrated with a new home comfort system.
  • Unusual noises, or increased volume during the operation of your home comfort systems can be a sign of multiple problems.  If a system must work harder because of blockages or leaks, the efficiency will obviously decrease until it is fixed or replaced.
  • If you own a heating oil, natural gas, or propane boiler and find any standing water or leaks around the unit, it is cause for concern and the time to schedule a service call.

contact us for a free estimate

If you have noticed any of these signs, and think it may be time to request a free estimate for a new home comfort system within Lancaster County, please visit www.weaverenergy.com for more information, or call the Weaver Energy office at (717) 626-7169 during normal business hours.  There are often various rebates available on new HVAC systems throughout the year.  Call now to explore your options!

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