How can I determine the age of my furnace?

March 28, 2019

When you move into a new house, 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 seeing what upgrades or updates need to be made later on. 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 vital role in home comfort, so knowing a little bit more about your system is very useful.

As long as they are running without challenges, 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 worthy idea to find out how old your furnace is. Then you have an understanding of what you might deal with later on. And this doesn’t just pertain 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 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 to have on hand. Then go to the manufacturer’s website or search for instructions on how to identify the manufacturing date. You may try searching for “find manufacturing date of YOUR BRAND furnace.” The serial number normally 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 indicates 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 HCE Systems Inc 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 searching for a replacement system to help increase 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 recent years.

You don’t have to rely on age alone, there are other indications that it might be time to shop for a new furnace. Some of these signs include:

  • Rise in energy costs without major adjustments to the thermostat.
  • More regular and costly repairs to fix the furnace.
  • Reduction in home comfort levels—you never seem to feel warm enough.

If you have conflicting thoughts about whether it’s time for a furnace replacement, or if you want one of the most experienced technicians in Norton to provide you with some guidance, we’re here for you. You can reach us at 276-302-0076 or arrange an appointment with us online.