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How Long Can I Expect My New Heating System to Last?

Learn what you need to know about the lifespan of your furnace.

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While central heating systems tend to have a relatively long service life, having the right maintenance agreement can help extend the life even longer. Of course, the opposite is also true: if you fail to perform regular maintenance or ignore problems, your heating system is likely to die before its time.

It’s quite common to neglect your heater…that is, until it stops working! Central heating systems are an energy-efficient way to heat all of the rooms in your home. The main component of these systems is typically kept in an out-of-the-way location, such as your basement, so it’s easy to forget about it until a problem arises.

Here’s what you can expect when it comes to a heating system’s lifespan and what you can do to promote a long, healthy life through a maintenance agreement:

Average Lifespan of a Heating System

Because a wide variety of central heating systems are on the market today and are powered by different fuel sources, the average lifespan for all central heating systems varies greatly. The level of maintenance and whether or not the system was professionally installed also impacts the lifespan.

Typically, though, furnaces will last 15 to 20 years, while boilers can last up to 30 years, depending on the quality of the water supplied to the system.

Maintenance Agreement: Extending Your Heating System's Service Life

Proper maintenance of your central heating system includes regular inspections and cleaning by a licensed technician. Professional inspection and service of your vents, ductwork and chimney at least once each year increases your heating system’s efficiency and prolongs its service life.

There are also a few tasks you can do yourself to prolong your heating system’s lifespan. For example, change the filter in your heating system every one to three months, depending on the frequency of use. Regularly check the heat exchanger in your system to detect problems early.

In a boiler system, heat exchangers that leak water need professional repair. Oil- and gas-fired furnaces release combustion gases into your indoor air when they leak. This may not be easy to detect, but a yearly inspection by a professional before you turn the system on for the heating season prevents problems.

Click this link to let Morelli Heating and Air Conditioning extend the life of your new heating system by connecting you with the right HVAC maintenance agreement. Visit us online or call today to make an appointment to ensure your heating system is well-maintained.

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