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 figuring out all of the new appliances and different spaces. For some homeowners, it also means considering 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 learning 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 challenges, we absolutely 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 certain how old their furnace is should take time and figure it out.

How can you find out 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 exterior, find where the paneling opens up and see if it’s located inside that door.

Write down—or take a photo of—the serial number for reference. Then head to the manufacturer’s website or search for guides on how to determine the manufacturing date. You might want to 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 differ 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 indicates this particular system was made in July 2015.

Serial number on a furnace 

If you are still having issues, you can communicate with the manufacturer directly, or contact Scott Temperature for assistance.

Why is the age of your furnace imperative?

Typically, when you’ve had a furnace about 15 years, it’s time to start shopping for a replacement system to help increase efficiency and overall operations. Newer models typically have higher energy efficiency ratings and you’ll definitely benefit from the advancements in technology over the recent years.

You don’t have to rely on how old your equipment is, there are other factors that show it might be time to search for a new furnace. A few of these signs include:

  • Increase in energy costs without major adjustments to the thermostat.
  • More recurrent and costly repairs to fix the furnace.
  • Reduction 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 Lawrence to offer some guidance, we’re here for you. You can contact us at 785-269-0465 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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