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February 13, 2020

For many homeowners, a furnace that’s blowing any hot air out of their vents in the winter is a furnace that doesn’t need any attention. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” right?

Well, maybe not quite. Did you know that old and inefficient furnaces can increase your monthly heating costs while delivering inconsistent home comfort and indoor air quality issues?

Unless your furnace won’t turn on or won’t blow hot air, it can be hard to know when is the best time to upgrade to a new furnace and schedule heating installation for your Suffolk, Norfolk, or Chesapeake home. So what is the lifespan of the average furnace, and when should you replace your heating system? If you’re looking for ways to lower your energy costs, let’s take a closer look.

When Should I Replace My Furnace?

According to the EPA and the DOE, home furnaces will last about 15 years before they should be replaced.

Warning signs that you should be considering furnace replacement include:

  • Rising energy bills

  • Increased repair calls

  • Inconsistent temperatures throughout your home

  • Strange new noises coming from furnace

  • Soot, dust, or rust around your vents

If you’re looking for the average cost of furnaces, or what furnace replacement usually costs in Virginia, reach out to Russell’s HVAC. It’s difficult to provide accurate pricing estimates without knowing more information about the heating requirements of your home — but with a little bit of info we can give you an idea of the cost. 

What Are the Benefits of Furnace Replacement?

There are many advantages to replacing your furnace aside from avoiding a situation where you are without heat in the winter when your heating system breaks down for good.

Higher energy efficiency and lower energy bills

Today’s furnaces are much more energy efficient than older models, meaning you’ll need less fuel or electricity to heat your home, saving you money on your monthly utility bills.

Improved indoor comfort

A new, properly installed furnace will be sized correctly to deliver whole home comfort, so you won’t have to suffer from inconsistent temperatures throughout your house.

Cleaner indoor air quality

A high efficiency, properly-functioning furnace isn’t as likely to be circulating dirty air through your house, and the chances of a carbon monoxide leak are much lower.

Whether You’re Repairing or Replacing, Call Russell’s

If your furnace is relatively new, but you suspect it isn’t operating properly, and you’re unsure how serious the situation is, reach out to Russell’s. From heating and cooling repair to furnace installation, we have a variety of services that will get your home comfortable again quickly and operating at high efficiency.

And for added convenience, homeowners throughout the Hampton Roads area can enroll in our maintenance plan, where you’ll get free furnace check ups, priority scheduling, discounts on repairs, and more! For homeowners asking how often furnaces need servicing, we recommend at least once a year before every heating season. However, by signing up for our automatic plans, you won’t have to remember to schedule maintenance each year.

Could you benefit from furnace replacement? Call (VA) 757-995-2807 / (NC) 252-489-4431 or contact us to find out from Hampton Roads’ home heating professionals.

Do you know how old your furnace is?

You could benefit significantly from heating replacement!

(VA) 757-995-2807 / (NC) 252-489-4431

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Maintenance Plans

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Regular annual maintenance keeps your system operating at peak efficiency. Experience has shown that a system that runs well keeps your utility costs in line — in fact, independent 3rd party research shows that you can save over $30 per month on utility bills.


Just like your annual physical at the doctor’s office keeps you healthy, an annual tune-up or safety and efficiency check on your heating and cooling systems can keep your home working smoothly.

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  • I can't complement your team enough on the wonderful job done with regard to the installation of the new system in our home. More specifically, we want to recognize the outstanding efforts of: Roberto-- the initial visit and diagnosis of the problem.

    Dan & Connie, Virginia Beach
  • I recently had your team install a new gas package unit including all new duct work at my house in Chesapeake. I had a split system that had undersized ducting which was removed by your installers.

    Mike & Sandi, Chesapeake, VA
  • We purchased a one time service for $79. They came out on time, checked out the geothermal system...they were very professional and kind.

    Nicholas H., Chesapeake, VA
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    Danny and Teresa S., Chesapeake, VA
  • Not one single idea for improvement. Keep doing what you do. OUTSTANDING!

    Charles J., Norfolk, VA
  • Great job!...World class employees!

    Colleen & Jim C., Suffolk, VA
  • Everything went great! This is the second big project we've had done through Russell's and we couldn't be more happy! We had the most dedicated, polite, and respectful crew! The team consisted of Elliot, Chase and Sean. Sean was here for the removal process on day one, and did awesome!

    J. Luhan, VA Beach
  • Hi Nate, please pass along our appreciation for you, Elliot and Steve. We are very happy with you being able to arrange our ( Lennox ) replacement system so quickly!

    T. Johnson, VA Beach
  • Thank you for running a top notch company and sending over to us two excellent folks Terry and Shawn. They did an awesome job putting in our new furnace system. Also thank you for Donald and Nate who did a superb job as well. Please reward these guys with some sort of commendations or rewards....

  • ...folks need to know how wonderful working with Russell's Heating & Air Conditioning is. They were very professional all the way thru the process of getting our unit installed down to the payment plan. I have been telling our neighbors and my co-workers about the experience.

    Pamela F., Chesapeake, VA
  • Every moment from the time an appointment was set up until the day the work was completed was a pleasure. Every employee was a delight to work with. The proof that the product was great came when the electric bills started coming in the airconditioning season.

    Douglas P., VA Beach
  • I am extremely satisfied with both the Lennox unit I purchased and the employees of Russell's. Even with poor window and door quality in this overly tired house, I am actually cooled off sufficiently enough to call it chilly.

    Robin W., Chesapeake, VA
  • Over the years I have gained the utmost trust in my service technician Corey Lesko's knowledge and work ethic while servicing my system.

  • I am writing this letter to commend your company on a great job! We were very pleased with how the company performed in every area...the installers did an impeccable job. They were very knowledgeable, efficient, and hard workers—staying focused to the task in the extreme heat.

    Pastor Larry E. O'Brien, Churchland Assembly of God
  • A year ago, I contracted with Russell's to tune up and clean the heating and cooling system. How impressively your specialist cleaned my system...he also found a defective automatic (programmable) thermostat. Quite quickly, he replaced my automatic thermostat. The results?

    R. Snider, Norfolk, VA
  • You recently installed a new Trane unit for us. We want you to know we are completely satisfied. The outside unit is now a hum versus the roar of the old one...we also want to recognize the installer...we cannot overstate what we think of his workmanship.

    K. Hawkins, Portsmouth, VA
  • Great and prompt service – as usual. Everything from ordering the a/c unit to installation went smoothly. Thanks for everything.

    B. Fenstermaker, VA Beach
  • Everyone was very nice. I felt well informed about my purchase. Your staff is great! I don't usually return opinion forms, but you need to know you have a staff you can be proud of!

    V. Horn, Chesapeake, VA
  • You have a new customer for life and I will definitely tell all my friends about your prompt, courteous service, your knowledgeable technicians, and your very reasonable prices. Thank you very much Russell's. You warmed much more than just my heart!

    G. Knoop, Chesapeake, VA
  • Your company was very responsive to my needs. The quality of your work was extremely high.

    Ms. Bright, Chesapeake, VA
  • Your workers actually made this total replacement project an enjoyable learning experience...they were always willing to stop and answer any questions. Their pleasant and cooperative attitudes cannot be praised enough!

    J. Wellons, Portsmouth, VA
  • Very pleased with both the price and service. The installation went off without a hitch and everything exceeded our expectations. When finished, the work areas, including the attic, were so clean you couldn't tell anything had been done.

    T. Marsh, VA Beach
  • Great expertise and timely service.

    H. Turbeville, Chesapeake, VA