The furnace was already installed when we bought our house.
We aren’t sure of the age of the heating system but we never expected it to last very long.
The house had been left vacant for quite some time, and there was water damage, broken windows and issues with the pipes and electrical system. The furnace and ductwork appeared in bad shape. We had a licensed HVAC contractor service the heating equipment before we moved in. Duct cleaning, sealing and repairs were necessary. With a complete maintenance process and a few replacement parts, the furnace was operational. Since then, I’ve been diligent about keeping up with regular service every fall. I make sure to replace the air filter every four to six weeks. I’ve also been setting aside money, saving for a new furnace. I assumed the old heater would only make it a year or two. We’ve now lived in our house for nearly ten years. I can’t believe that the ancient furnace is still starting up every fall and operating reliably all winter. Every time the technician comes to the house to handle the regular upkeep, he warns me that the system is old and outdated and should be replaced. I realize that a brand new heating system would offer greater energy efficiency and reduce my monthly utility bills. It would probably provide superior comfort and make less noise. I just hate to give up on the old furnace. I want to see how long it will continue to operate. Plus, as I save up more money, I can afford a much higher quality furnace in the future.