How Long Can You Expect Your Gas Furnace to Last?
The anticipated lifespan is one of the top considerations when choosing an ideal gas furnace. Unfortunately, estimating the number of years that your furnace will last before it starts developing problems that may necessitate replacement is quite difficult. Heating equipment can last for many years without showing any signs of breaking down.
Factors affecting the lifespan of your furnace
- Quality: The quality of your gas furnace depends on various factors such as the materials used in its construction, the manufacturer, and level of workmanship. High-quality heating units usually have a longer anticipated lifespan since they are built using high-quality materials and with high-level expertise. On the other hand, the common builders’ grade units are built from substandard materials, thus necessitating replacement every 8 to 12 years.
- Wear and Tear: How often you use your furnace is an important aspect when trying to determine its lifespan. For instance, if you live in a low temperature area, you are likely to use your furnace more often than someone living in warmer climates. As such, the wear and tear on your heating equipment due to everyday use is more pronounced.
- Maintenance: Just like any other piece of household or commercial equipment, heating units require routine maintenance in order to operate optimally. Taking proper care of your heater also ensures that it lasts longer.
- Type of unit: Usually, oil and gas fueled units have a longer lifespan compared to heat pump systems. The heat pump in forced air models requires more maintenance, leading to a shorter lifespan.
Even though most manufacturers indicate the anticipated lifespan of their gas furnaces, usually ranging between 15 and 30 years, how you use and care for your heater will determine how long it will last. To avoid the hassles of emergency replacements, you should plan on buying a new furnace once the anticipated useful life of your old furnace nears its end i.e. the cost of operating and/or repairs of your old unit outweighs the cost of buying a new furnace.
For tips and advice on choosing an ideal furnace, contact us at Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning!