Man doing maintenance on a furnace

How can I determine the age of my furnace?

When you move into a new home, there is a lot to take in and study as you get settled in. You’re getting to know 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 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 working without problems, we don’t pay a lot of attention to our furnaces. But as soon as it goes out, or causes issues, 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 down the road. And this doesn’t just apply to 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 to keep for your records. Then head to the manufacturer’s website or search for guides 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 mean 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 problems, you can communicate with the manufacturer directly, or contact West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. for support.

Why is the age of your furnace important?

Sometimes, when you’ve had a furnace about 15 years, it’s time to start searching for a replacement system to help enhance efficiency and overall operations. Newer models typically 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 indications that it might be time to search for a new furnace. Some 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 questions about whether it’s time for a furnace replacement, or if you want one of the most experienced technicians in West Jefferson to give you some guidance, we’re here for you. You can reach us at 614-450-1575 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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