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 messing around with all of the new appliances and different spaces. For some homeowners, it also means seeing what upgrades or updates need to be made at some point. 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 key role in home comfort, so understanding a little bit more about your system is very valuable.

As long as they are running without issues, we don’t pay a lot of attention to our furnaces. But as soon as it goes out, or causes problems, we definitely notice. That’s why it’s a great 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 pertain 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 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 look if it’s located inside that door.

Write down—or take a photo of—the serial number for reference. Then visit the manufacturer’s website or search for guides on how to identify the manufacturing date. You could try searching for “find manufacturing date of YOUR BRAND furnace.” The serial number usually provides insight into the age of your system, but it does change 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 All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc 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 searching 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 past several years.

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

  • Increase 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 concerns about whether it’s time for a furnace replacement, or if you want one of the most experienced technicians in Huntsville to offer some guidance, we’re here for you. You can call us at 256-801-4701 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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