When you move into a new home, there is a lot to take in and consider as you get settled in. You’re getting to know all of the new appliances and different spaces. For some homeowners, it also means considering what upgrades or updates need to be made later on. It may not always be top of mind, but your heating and cooling system should be on the list of potential to-dos. It plays a key role in home comfort, so knowing a little bit more about your system is very useful.
As long as they are operating without challenges, we don’t pay a lot of care to our furnaces. But as soon as it goes out, or causes challenges, we certainly notice. That’s why it’s a worthy idea to find out how old your furnace is. Then you have an understanding of what you might deal with down the road. 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 find out how old your furnace is?
Your furnace should have a sticker located someplace on the exterior or interior paneling. If you don’t see a sticker with the model and serial number on the exterior, 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 to keep for your records. Then head to the manufacturer’s website or search for instructions on how to determine the manufacturing date. You may 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 vary among brands. For example, for some brands, the first four numbers represent the year and month it was manufactured. In the photo below, the serial number shows this particular system was made in July 2015.
If you are still having challenges, you can communicate with the manufacturer directly, or contact J.L. Brady Company LLC for help.
Why is the age of your furnace significant?
Sometimes, when you’ve had a furnace about 15 years, it’s time to start shopping for a replacement system to help enhance efficiency and overall operations. Newer models tend to have higher energy efficiency ratings and you’ll definitely benefit from the advancements in technology over the last years.
You don’t have to rely on age alone, there are other signs that indicate it might be time to search for a new furnace. A few of these signs include:
- Increase in energy costs without major adjustments to the thermostat.
- More regular and costly repairs to fix the furnace.
- Reduction in home comfort levels—you never seem to feel warm enough.
If you have concerns about whether it’s time for a furnace replacement, or if you want one of the most experienced technicians in Moline to provide you with some guidance, we’re here for you. You can reach us at 309-517-7511 or book an appointment with us online.