My furnace is over twenty years old and still operational.
Every fall, I expect the heating system to fail to start up.
Every winter, I’m sure it’s going to quit and force me to replace it. Beyond a few minor repairs, it keeps running reliably year after year. I’ve been very conscientious about replacing filters and scheduling annual professional maintenance. I’ve taken extremely good care of the furnace but never expected it to last thing long. I know that it must be nearing the end of its lifespan. Every time a licensed HVAC contractor provides a tune-up, he inevitably recommends that I invest in a new furnace. I know that it would be more convenient to schedule the replacement project over the summer rather than wait for a disaster in the middle of winter. I don’t want to be without heat during a December blizzard and be in a rush to install a new furnace. I’d much rather take my time, research different models and order the right one. I’ve looked into the latest options and heating technology has come a long way. The models on the current market provide much higher AFUE levels, better safety features and all sorts of fun bells and whistles. I could upgrade to zone control and a smart thermostat. However, I am reluctant to tear out a working heating system. Even if I’m paying more in energy bills every month, I don’t want to face the cost of a new furnace. I’m not looking forward to the disruption of the actual installation project. If I procrastinate much longer, the furnace will eventually malfunction and make the decision for me.