how long does a furnace lastThe average lifespan of a furnace is something that all homeowners are curious about. Whenever winter rolls around, the question “How long does a furnace last?”, becomes quite popular. The reason for the concern is because a heating unit replacement is a considerable investment. Every homeowner is well aware of the financial and logistical stress that comes with a home heating system replacement.

An average heating unit has a lifespan of approximately fifteen years. This does not guarantee that each and every heating unit will last for that amount of time.

Some furnaces could last much longer…

than the average fifteen years and some might quit long before that date. The reality is that the true lifespan of your heater is dependent on several different factors. In this article, we will discuss these factors so that you can get an idea of when you should start budgeting for a Toms River NJ furnace replacement.


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Heating Unit Age

furnace replacement service in toms river new jersey homeHow old is your furnace already? The older a furnace is, the less life it has remaining. If your furnace has already seen a couple of decades, you are already on borrowed time. Once your furnace is more than 10 years old, start budgeting for a replacement.

That is not to say it is impossible for a heating unit to last more fifteen years. Climate can play a big part in the life of a heater. Homes in warmer climates require less heating. Using your heating unit less than average will certainly extend its life. Couple this with routine maintenance and it is easy to see how there are several exceptions to this rule.

Unfortunately, for the majority of homeowners, once that mile marker is approaching, problems will start to appear. A heating system will likely begin to malfunction before it stops working completely. When your heating is starting to need frequent repairs, or it is using more energy than necessary, this is a clear indicator that it is time to replace the system.


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Manufacturer Of Heating Unit

furnace maintenanceAs with all products, there are manufacturers that make better quality systems than others. However, the heater itself truly determines quality. Many are mesmerized by glamorous packaging and marketing. However, a shiny facade does not equate to a well constructed and quality unit. Good marketing is just good marketing and has nothing to do with a quality heating system.

Instead of being swayed by marketing…

conduct some consumer research to determine quality. Look for consumer reviews on the internet. Consumers are quite eager to share both good experiences and bad experiences when it comes to products. You can find real reviews that address all the pros and cons of a product.

Company warranties will also tell you about the quality of a furnace. A lengthy warranty can help you determine the true furnace lifespan. A manufacturer will not warranty a product longer than its expected life. They cannot take that much of a financial risk. If you see a furnace with a fifteen year warranty, you can be reasonably certain that you will not have any problems beforehand.  Additionally, a service warranty gives even more assurance that a heater will last its expected lifetime, without needing repairs. Servicing a heating unit is quite costly for a company. Therefore, they will offer a service warranty when they stand by their product.


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Maintenance Record

Every piece of machinery requires maintenance to run and run efficiently. This is certainly true when it comes to your heater. If you want to get every year possible from your furnace, regular maintenance is obligatory. Without it, you will shorten the life of your furnace.

The homeowner can help by conducting regular maintenance.

This typically involves scheduling tune-ups and changing the air filters on a regular basis. A qualified technician should handle the rest. Get annual checkups and tune-ups to verify the health of your heating system. A technician handles repairs that can prevent larger issues from developing.


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The climate that you live in has a big effect on how much you use your heater. Homes in colder climates have more usage than the average home. If you live in a colder climate, your unit might not last as long. It should go without saying that the opposite is true for those that live in warmer climates. The usage will be less and will result in fewer repairs and a longer product life. However, climate alone is not the only way to determine how long a furnace will last. All of the other factors have a significant impact as well.


Furnace Replacement Toms River NJ

A heating system is a complicated appliance. This is why it is imperative to utilize a qualified and experienced technician to service, repair, and replace your heating unit. A furnace replacement is not a DIY furnace installation project for homeowners. Also, remember that many manufacturer warranties are only valid if a licensed contractor repairs, services and installs your furnace. A reliable company will help you determine if it is time for a new unit. If it is time to make this investment, they can best help you determine the appropriate heater, or the best gas furnace, for your home.

A good company, like Point Bay Fuel, has NATE certified technicians to service your heater. We offer repairs, tune-ups, and installations. You can have confidence that you are getting the service that is necessary to keep your home warm during the cold winter months. Our HVAC contractors have the experience and knowledge to repair an existing system and keep it running at maximum efficiency. If you are due for a replacement, they will suggest the appropriate system for your home and budget.


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Some of the areas we service include: Beachwood, Brick, Ocean Gate, Toms River and these zip codes: 08722, 08723, 08740, 08753 as well as all surrounding areas in Jersey Shore.


Point Bay - American StandardPoint Bay Fuel is an authorized dealer for American Standard HVAC systems. Although we install, repair, and tune up all makes and models of heating and air conditioning units, we believe that American Standard has surpassed many other brands when it comes to efficiency, reliability, and performance. American Standard has given us this designation due to the superior customer service and HVAC services that we provide to our customers. By working with us, you will receive knowledgeable, friendly, and affordable services. To learn more about American Standard systems, click the buttons below.

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