Illinois is a state where you need a heating system to stay safe throughout winter. Buying a used furnace isn’t a good idea because it could have serious problems. It could also be more hassle than it’s worth.
Takes Time and Money to Buy a Used Furnace
Remember that it will take you time and money to properly buy a used furnace. You need to have a professional heating technician inspect the furnace before you buy it. Otherwise, you’re putting yourself at high risk of installing a dangerous system that’s already in need of repair. Although modern furnaces are safer than furnaces of the past, they can still pose a safety risk when they have faulty or damaged components.
Used Furnaces Are Risky
Even with an inspection, used furnaces are riskier than new furnaces. You don’t know how well the used furnace was maintained, which affects its lifespan. A well-maintained furnace should last 15–30 years. A homeowner should have their furnace tuned once a year to keep it in good condition. Unless a homeowner shows you records of the furnace’s past tune-ups, then you don’t know how it was maintained.
Old Systems Aren’t As Efficient
We recommend that homeowners prepare for a replacement once their furnace is old. A system that reaches its expected lifespan is at higher risk of breakdowns, major repair needs and inefficiency. Gas furnaces are expected to last 15–20 years, and electric furnaces last around 20–30 years. If you install an old furnace, it may break down in a few months or not work as well as you thought it would. You might even be left with an expensive energy bill if it has become inefficient. Furnace repair technicians can’t always fix an issue with inefficiency or ineffectiveness in old systems if they have truly reached the end of their lifespans.
Cool Operator is a well-respected heating and cooling company in South Elgin, IL. The Daily Herald has recognized our company as “Best in Business.” Cool Operator offers financing options on approved credit for new furnace installations in the South Elgin area. We also offer coupons throughout the year and 24/7 emergency repair services. Other services we provide include indoor air quality, humidifiers, new construction and remodeling. Contact Cool Operator to schedule a furnace installation in South Elgin.