How can I determine the age of my furnace?

March 28, 2019

When you move into a new residence, there is a lot to take in and consider as you get settled in. You’re messing around with all of the new appliances and different spaces. For some homeowners, it also means considering what upgrades or updates need to be made down the road. 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 learning a little bit more about your system is very useful.

As long as they are running without problems, we don’t pay a lot of thought to our furnaces. But as soon as it goes out, or causes challenges, we absolutely 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 in the future. And this doesn’t just affect homeowners moving into a new space. Anyone who isn’t certain 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 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 guidelines on how to figure out 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.

Serial number on a furnace 

If you are still having issues, you can call the manufacturer directly, or contact A2Z Air Inc for assistance.

Why is the age of your furnace important?

Typically, 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 often 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 age alone, there are other signs that indicate it might be time to shop for a new furnace. A handful of these signs include:

  • Surge in energy costs without major adjustments to the thermostat.
  • More regular 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 Boynton Beach to provide you with some guidance, we’re here for you. You can call us at 561-270-6228 or arrange an appointment with us online.