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Somebody Told Me I Need a New Furnace—Is That True?


Well, that depends on who told you. You will eventually need a new furnace for your home, since even the most durable furnace heating system ever constructed will wear down over time until it’s no longer worth keeping around. But if someone who isn’t an HVAC professional told you something like, “Once your furnace is ten years old, you should replace it,” that’s not useful advice and may be flat wrong. 

The only people whose advice you can trust when it comes to a central heating system like a furnace are licensed professionals. These are the folks with the training and history to help you make an informed decision. If you have reason to believe that heater repair in Burbank, CA isn’t enough to keep your furnace going and it’s time for a new heater, call our experts and we’ll help you make the decision. We aim for customer satisfaction and won’t try to sell you on any service you don’t require.

What Does Age Have to Do With Furnace Replacement?

If you heard something like “replace your furnace every 10 years,” that’s not sound advice. Heating systems have an anticipated service life, but it’s not an absolute marker where the moment the system hits a certain age you automatically replace it. 

For a gas furnace that has received regular maintenance to keep it in the best shape, you can expect to get it over 15 years. After that, keep a closer eye on repairs and heating costs so you’ll know when it begins to decline. If you have worries about a furnace that’s more than 15 years old, call us in to take a look at it. 

Electric furnaces can last longer, averaging over 20 years and sometimes making it to 30. 

What Else Might Warn Me of  Furnace Replacement?

The biggest sign of a furnace that’s going into a serious decline is when its energy efficiency drops and your heating bills rise. A furnace should be able to keep 95% of its efficiency rating through most of its life (again, if it’s maintained) and only experience a drop during its last two years. So if you saw much larger heating bills for your furnace last year, then this year may be its last—and you might want to get ahead of the problem (and the bills) and replace it.

Another major sign is an accumulation of repairs or fixes that are too expensive. We consider a repair too costly if it’s more than half the price of getting a new furnace. That’s tossing out money on a system that may not last more than a year or two. If you’re repairing the furnace on average more than once a year, that’s also too much. Combine these problems with the age of the furnace and you’ll have a good idea if it’s time for a new one.

We can handle the furnace repairs or a full furnace replacement, whichever is better for your situation. We are fully certified, licensed, bonded, and insured, and we place customer safety first.

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical serves Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Call our certified service technicians 24/7 for exceptional customer service!

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