Man doing maintenance on a furnace

How can I determine the age of my furnace?

When you move into a new residence, there is a lot to take in and think about as you get settled in. You’re figuring out all of the new appliances and different spaces. For some homeowners, it also means contemplating what upgrades or updates need to be made down the road. It may not always be top of mind, but your heating and cooling system needs to be on the list of potential to-dos. It plays a critical role in home comfort, so knowing a little bit more about your system is very valuable.

As long as they are running without challenges, we don’t pay a lot of care to our furnaces. But as soon as it goes out, or causes challenges, we absolutely notice. That’s why it’s a good idea to find out how old your furnace is. Then you have an understanding of what you might deal with in the future. And this doesn’t just affect homeowners moving into a new space. Anyone who isn’t sure how old their furnace is should take time and figure it out.

How can you establish how old your furnace is?

Your furnace should have a sticker located somewhere on the exterior or interior paneling. If you don’t see a sticker with the model and serial number on the outer panels, find where the paneling opens up and check if it’s located inside that door.

Write down—or take a photo of—the serial number for reference. Then head to the manufacturer’s website or search for guides on how to figure out the manufacturing date. You could try searching for “find manufacturing date of YOUR BRAND furnace.” The serial number typically provides insight into the age of your system, but it does differ among brands. For example, for some brands, the first four numbers indicate the year and month it was manufactured. In the photo below, the serial number shows this particular system was made in July 2015.

Serial number on a furnace 

If you are still having issues, you can reach out to the manufacturer directly, or contact Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. for assistance.

Why is the age of your furnace important?

Typically, when you’ve had a furnace about 15 years, it’s time to start looking for a replacement system to help improve efficiency and overall operations. Newer models typically have higher energy efficiency ratings and you’ll definitely benefit from the advancements in technology over the past several years.

You don’t have to rely on just the age of your furance, there are other factors that show it might be time to search for a new furnace. A handful of these signs include:

  • Rise in energy costs without major adjustments to the thermostat.
  • More frequent and costly repairs to fix the furnace.
  • Decline in home comfort levels—you never seem to feel warm enough.

If you have conflicting thoughts about whether it’s time for a furnace replacement, or if you want one of the most experienced technicians in Napoleon to provide you with some guidance, we’re here for you. You can contact us at 419-465-8722 or book an appointment with us online.

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