As the temperature starts to get colder, you might start worrying about the life expectancy of your furnace. It’s important to take the age of your furnace and the history of maintenance on your furnace into consideration; you may very well benefit from getting it replaced! The two biggest factors that figure in to how long your furnace will last is whether routine maintenance was performed, as well as how it was originally installed.

Factor #1: Regular furnace maintanance

With proper furnace maintenance, the average lifespan of a heating system’s furnace can be anywhere from 15-20 years. If maintenance is neglected, though, this can reduce that average life — sometimes by 5 years or more. If the furnace has never been maintained at any time, this could reduce its life even more significantly. Also note that even if your furnace is working and generating heat, skipping maintenance can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to – plus, it will operate less efficiently which costs you more on your utility bills in the long run. All in all, that extra wear and tear on the components contributes to a shorter lifespan.

How do I know when my furnace was last maintained?

If you’re not sure when your furnace was last maintained, check on the equipment itself. If your furnace was maintained by Barrington Heating, you should find a sticker on your furnace with the details of the last tune up. Most likely, if you used another company in the past, you should find something similar.

How an HVAC maintenance agreement can help

We all have busy lives, and we know that sometimes these things can get away from us. That’s why we offer a yearly maintenance agreement for your HVAC equipment! You’ll get reminders for when your service is due, along with additional savings throughout the year and priority service. Call us at 847-381-6853 — our friendly staff can book a tune up for you ASAP. Our tune up service, also known as a clean & check, includes cleaning and checking the drains, electrical connections, safety switches, filter, and other parts. Our technician will also make you aware of any repairs that you may need to keep your furnace from overworking itself.

Factor #2: Proper furnace installation

How your furnace was originally installed — and whether it was installed properly — is another thing to consider. A furnace system that was installed improperly may lead to a variety of problems — including electrical issues — and many costly repairs down the road. If you are worried that something went wrong with your original furnace installation, call Barrington Heating and we can send out a technician for a diagnosis. During your visit, you can also get a free, no obligation quote on a furnace replacement!

The key to furnace longevity?

Along with using a trusted installer, the most powerful thing you can do to extend the life of your furnace is to have it regularly tuned up and maintained. Along with making sure that the furnace is working at optimum efficiency and isn’t over-working itself, this can also help to catch issues before they become catastrophic, last-minute emergency repairs. If you have any questions or if you’d like to learn more about our maintenance agreement, contact us online or call 847-381-6853!

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