Winter furnace maintenance, service, repair, and installation near Mercer Island is a specialty of Cascade Energy Services because being warm in your home is what keeps you comfortable and cozy in the winter months. For this reason, the average home should schedule a routine inspection of the furnace annually. While most of these inspections are considered preventative maintenance and upkeep, repairs and replacements are sometimes essential to the overall longevity of your home’s furnace.
The average furnace’s lifespan is dependent on the type more than the use. There are three main furnaces – gas, electric, and oil.
Gas furnaces convert propane to heat, using 300 to 400 gallons of propane every year to heat the typical home. They have a 15 to 20-year lifespan, while fully electric furnaces can last up to 30 years with regular maintenance.
Oil furnaces are the most uncommon in newer homes. However, homeowners can expect an older home to have an oil furnace to last 20 to 25 years with routine upkeep. Of course, wear and tear play a role in the longevity of your furnace, but Cascade Energy Services’ professionals perform inspections to find issues before they become bigger problems.
How Long Does a Furnace Run and How Often?
Typically, during the average winter near Mercer Island, a home furnace, regardless of type, should run 2 to 3 times per hour for 10 to 15 minutes each time. Just enough to warm a home.
Haven’t run your furnace for a while? The interior of your furnace might be slightly dusty, resulting in a burnt smell when you power on your furnace for the first time in winter. Don’t panic – this is a normal smell and usually dissipates in a matter of minutes after the dust is burnt off.
Call us at Cascade Energy Services for more information about winter furnace maintenance, service, repair, and installation near Mercer Island! We are happy to walk you through your options! (425) 243-0371