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December 12, 2018

Do you have issues with your furnace not heating your home properly, or with needing to schedule repair after repair? We often meet homeowners who put up with a cold house or spend hundreds of dollars on furnace repairs when they don’t need to — all because they’re putting off that much needed furnace replacement.

If you want to feel comfortable at home at save on home heating costs in the long run, it’s important to understand the average lifespan of a furnace — and when it might be time to replace it.

The Average Lifespan of a Furnace

How long your furnace lasts largely depends on how often it runs and how well it is maintained from year to year. We’ve seen furnaces last as little as eight years — usually because they are not well maintained. If you schedule a tune-up for your heating system every year, you may get 15 years or more from your furnace. On average, most homeowners here in Arkansas need to replace their furnace after about 13 years.

If you’re not sure how old your furnace is — or whether it’s destined to have a short or long lifespan — there are a few signs you can watch out for. It may be time to replace your furnace if:

  • Heating costs have gone up by over 10% in the last year

  • You’ve had to repair it twice in the last 10 years

  • Repair costs are over 25% the cost of a new unit

  • It has severe damage, like a cracked heat exchanger

  • It is undersized or oversized for your home

  • It’s over 15 years old

Extend the Life of Your Furnace with Maintenance

If you want to get the most from your furnace, it’s important to schedule regular maintenance for it — just like you would for your car. Proper maintenance prevents heating emergencies, keeps your heating system running as efficiently as possible, and even helps you keep heating costs down.

Our Comfort Club maintenance program makes getting regular maintenance simple, with automatic inspection service. Plus, as a Comfort Club member, you’ll gain access to exclusive benefits like front-of-the-line service, 15% discounts on repairs, discounts on service calls, and a 5-year guarantee on parts we replace.

Save $50 on Your Next Furnace Installation

If you think it’s time to schedule furnace replacement rather than another heating repair, talk to the team at BurtonWright. As your local heating company serving Fayetteville, Springdale, and Bentonville, AR, we’re here for all of your HVAC needs, from heating and AC repair and maintenance to complete system replacement. We promise to arrive on time, provide upfront pricing, and leave your home cleaner than we found it.

For a limited time, you can even save $50 on your next furnace replacement through our special promotion!

Is it time to replace your furnace? Call 479-443-9331 or contact us to consult our heating experts or schedule furnace replacement!

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