How can I determine the age of my furnace?

March 28, 2019

When you move into a new home, there is a lot to take in and consider 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 at some point. It may not always be top of mind, but your heating and cooling system must be on the list of potential to-dos. It plays a key role in home comfort, so knowing a little bit more about your system is very useful.

As long as they are operating without problems, we don’t pay a lot of care to our furnaces. But as soon as it goes out, or causes challenges, 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 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 identify how old your furnace is?

Your furnace should have a sticker located someplace on the exterior or interior paneling. If you don’t see a sticker with the model and serial number on the outside, 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 visit the manufacturer’s website or search for guidelines on how to identify the manufacturing date. You could 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 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 challenges, you can communicate with the manufacturer directly, or contact Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC for assistance.

Why is the age of your furnace significant?

Usually, when you’ve had a furnace about 15 years, it’s time to start shopping for a replacement system to help improve efficiency and overall operations. Newer models typically 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 how old your equipment is, there are other indications that it might be time to search for a new furnace. A handful of these signs include:

  • Rise in energy costs without major adjustments to the thermostat.
  • More recurrent and costly repairs to fix the furnace.
  • Decrease 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 Hamilton to provide you with some guidance, we’re here for you. You can call us at 513-268-5164 or arrange an appointment with us online.