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How Often Should You Replace Your Heating System?

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When Should You Replace Your Heating System?

One of the most difficult decisions to make when you own a home is when to replace your furnace or heating system instead of having it repaired. It can be a difficult and costly decision to replace your entire heating system but it can save money in the long run and keep you and your family safe. Carey and Walsh will take you through the steps you should follow to determine if you need to replace your heating system.

Heating System Safety

First and foremost in deciding the future of your heating system is safety. The safety, or lack thereof, of your home’s furnace is the most important consideration when thinking about replacement. If your system is dangerous is any way, replacement may not just be recommended but mandatory. Poisonous carbon monoxide could leak into your home if a problem is left unfixed or a damaged system is not replaced. More minor problems could be repaired but a large problem that could threaten the safety of you and your family warrants a complete replacement. Carey and Walsh can come to your home and provide an assessment on the safety of your heating system. We will then recommend the best course of action, whether repair or replacement.

Typical Heating System Lifespan

Furnaces and boilers last about 13-20 years on average, provided they undergo regular maintenance and cleaning. Sometimes the date the equipment was installed will be written directly on the unit. If it is not, you can find the model and serial numbers from the metal identification plate and call the manufacturer. However, this lifespan number should not be taken as an absolute. The lifespan listed here is an average which means that half of all systems need replacement before that time but half of all systems are still working well.

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Considering Heating System Efficiency

An important thing to consider when thinking about heating system replacement is the efficiency of your system. An inefficient heating system may cause your energy bills to increase and may require more frequent repairs. The initial cost of a highly efficient new system maybe be offset by lower energy bills and less frequent repairs. Upgrading to a more efficient heating system can cut costs by at 20% which could add up to big savings over the lifespan of the new equipment. Carey and Walsh can inspect your heating system and let you know how much a new system would improve your fuel efficiency. After this, it’s a simple matter of doing the math and figuring out whether the energy savings justify the initial investment of a new system.


The heating and air conditioning experts at Carey and Walsh recommend you consider replacing your furnace or boiler if it is 15 years or older.
Newer equipment is much more efficient and safer to operate.

If you decide to replace your heating system, Carey and Walsh can install your new system, maintain your system, and repair it when the time comes. Call us at 914-762-9600 or contact us online to get an estimate on a heating system replacement today!

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