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 later on. 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 vital role in home comfort, so learning a little bit more about your system is very beneficial.

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 problems, we certainly 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 later on. And this doesn’t just apply to homeowners moving into a new space. Anyone who isn’t clear how old their furnace is should take time and figure it out.

How can you identify how old your furnace is?

Your furnace should have a sticker located anyplace 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 to have on hand. Then head to the manufacturer’s website or search for guidelines on how to figure out the manufacturing date. You might want to try searching for “find manufacturing date of YOUR BRAND furnace.” The serial number normally provides insight into the age of your system, but it does change 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.

Serial number on a furnace 

If you are still having challenges, you can communicate with the manufacturer directly, or contact Brandon Heating and Plumbing for help.

Why is the age of your furnace imperative?

Sometimes, when you’ve had a furnace about 15 years, it’s time to start searching for a replacement system to help improve efficiency and overall operations. Newer models often 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:

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

If you have questions about whether it’s time for a furnace replacement, or if you want one of the most experienced technicians in Brandon to provide you with some guidance, we’re here for you. You can reach us at 204-728-0180 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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