In Southern California, we have the luxury of moving a bit slower when it comes to replacing an old heating system. If the outside temperature frequently dropped below freezing, heating problems would be issues we’d jump on right away.
But we can never afford to be complacent about our home heating systems, especially when the time comes when an old heater, like a gas furnace, is reaching the point where it needs to be replaced. Take some time in the early winter to consider a furnace replacement. Putting in a new, higher efficiency system will mean long-term savings. Remember also to look into the HERO Program for a helpful financing solution when it comes to energy-saving products.
Some tips to determine whether you should replace a furnace
- Age: Just how old is that furnace? Check on its installation date as well as its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan for the unit. Most gas furnaces will last 15–20 years, and electric furnaces a bit longer. If your furnace is over the outside estimate, then you should replace it before age takes an unpleasant toll.
- Rising bills: Look over your heating bills from recent years. Check to see if there is a rising trend in costs that doesn’t reflect either an increase in use or a rise in gas or electricity costs. A furnace that costs too much to run is not worth keeping. If repairs or maintenance do not stop the rise in energy bills, retire the furnace.
- Expensive repairs: A simple calculation you can use to tell if you should go ahead with a repair or instead replace the furnace is to measure the price of the repair against the cost of installing a new furnace. If the repair cost is half (or greater), then go with the replacement instead.
JW Heating and Air serves Downey, CA with excellent heating and cooling. We are an approved contractor for the HERO Program, so call us when you are ready for furnace replacement.