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How Long Should a Furnace Last?

February 20, 2020

Whether you want to buy a new furnace or wish to keep your old one, you may feel concern about how long a furnace will last. Regarding an old furnace, providing a specific answer to this question is next to impossible without a qualified, in-person inspection. New ones, however, do come with reasonable estimates of life expectancy.

The Law of Averages

In general, expect a gas furnace to last in the range of 15 to 30 years. An electric heater may last for around 30 years, too. Make sure to perform consumer research on particular brands and models. Read up on which ones last the longest and what models cause disappointments. Buying the best could lead to purchasing something that lasts a long time.

Lifespan Starts With Installation

A proper installation job factors into how long the furnace can survive. When the contractor doesn’t install a furnace the right way, safety and other issues arise. Besides poor efficiency, an improperly installed furnace could suffer unnecessary mechanical problems. The furnace’s lifespan could then degrade due to these avoidable issues.

Proper Maintenance and Care

Homeowners should never ignore the proper care and maintenance of their furnaces. Routine cleanings and inspections are necessary to keep troubles from becoming worse. Putting off repairs is rarely a good idea and can reduce your furnace’s lifespan. Worn or faulty parts strain a system’s operation. The same may be true of dirty filters and other components suffering from a buildup of dust and debris. Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning performs many routine maintenance requests on heating and cooling systems in Bloomington, Peoria and Champaign.

Beware of Calamities

Of course, you want your furnace to last as long as possible, but a calamity might cut its life short. A flood or other natural disaster can wreck a furnace. Looking into insurance protection may be worthwhile to ensure that you can conveniently replace this vital piece of equipment. You never know what could happen.

Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning offers 24/7 heating and cooling services, including installation, repair and maintenance. Other options such as duct cleaning, fireplace installation and indoor air quality services are also available. Call one of our offices today in Peoria, Normal or Champaign to discuss how we can help you.