Should You Replace Your Furnace?

Written on: February 5, 2024

Deciding how old is too old for a heating system.

furnace queens, ny Have you ever experienced the unpleasant feeling of waking up in your bed on a winter morning in a cold, unheated room? Why didn’t your furnace keep your house warm all night? Do you need to start the day indoors wearing thick socks and a coat, calling someone for a heating system repair?

An unreliable furnace can be especially bad if you have a young child or an older relative living in your home. These people need more consistently warm indoor temperatures. Waking up in a frigid home can present real health problems.

At OSI Comfort Specialists, we help households in Queens, Nassau and western Suffolk counties stay warm and safe no matter how icy it is outside. We’re here to fix or, if necessary, replace your older heating oil or natural gas furnace.

What’s the lifespan of a furnace?

Typically, you can expect a furnace to operate for up to 20 years with proper maintenance. We’ve even seen furnaces last for 25 years or more. That said, older heating systems lose efficiency, making your operating costs and fuel spending rise over time. If your furnace is over 15 years old, you might be better off replacing it.

How can you tell if your furnace is failing?

We recommend that you start thinking early about a furnace replacement. Don’t wait for your current heating system to fail, or you might be left without heat for several days in the coldest weeks of the year.

Beyond the age of your equipment, here are some early signs that your furnace is struggling:

  • Stubborn cold spots in your home or frequent furnace cycling
  • Mechanical noises
  • Rust and cracking on your equipment
  • Dust, dirt, soot and rust flakes in your furnace and vents
  • Recurring burning odors

If your furnace is over 15 years old and needs a repair that costs more than 30% of the expense of a new furnace, a replacement is a better idea.

Will upgrading your furnace save you money?

Installing a higher-efficiency furnace to replace older equipment can save you significant money on heating oil and natural gas expenses. A 15-year-old furnace’s fuel efficiency may have deteriorated to 60% or lower. Nearly half the money you’re spending on heating fuel is wasted!

By contrast, many of today’s furnaces have fuel efficiency ratings well over 90%. You’ll spend much less on fuel each year, not to mention a significant reduction in the amount of service calls you’re making.

OSI Comfort Specialists knows furnace installations!

Are you dealing with a struggling furnace right now? Don’t wait for it to break down — reach out to OSI Comfort Specialists to get a head start on upgrading your home heating system. We install and service top-quality products from Energy Kinetics, Peerless and Burnham. Our HVAC technicians will treat your home with respect and complete your furnace installation quickly and correctly.

Now’s the time to upgrade your winter comfort. Contact OSI Comfort Specialists for a FREE estimate.