Repair Or Replace Your Furnace
Furnaces do not last forever, but how can you tell if you should repair or replace your furnace? If your existing furnace has been suffering from frequent breakdowns or costly repairs, it might be time to replace. A new furnace will be a lot more efficient and therefore reduce your heating bills. Take into consideration the age of the furnace and the cost of repairs when deciding if to repair or replace. Ultimately, each situation is different, but the following can help you decide.
A Furnace Older Than 15 years
Ifyour furnace is beyond three-quarters of its life expectancy or if the repairswould cost more than a third of the replacement cost, then it’s a good idea toreplace your furnace. On average furnaces last about 15 to 20 years but couldlast more if regularly maintained. Instead of repairing an older system withcostly repairs, it might be more economical to replace it with a new moreefficient furnace. The best option is to have a qualified technician give youan honest assessment of your equipment. It may be that even though you have afurnace that is only 10 years old, it may need to be replaced due to lack ofadequate maintenance or poor quality installation. On the other hand, youmight have a furnace closer to 20 years old that works like new because it hasbeen well maintained.
High Utility Bills
Takea look at your utility bills, are they getting higher every year? If there is asignificant increase in your bills, your furnace is likely using too muchenergy. As your system gets older it also becomes less efficient wasting energyand can cause an increase in your bills. Even though a new furnace may becostly upfront, in the long run it will pay for itself with lower bills.Another option is to choose a furnace with technology that saves energy, suchas a gas furnace with a fully modulating valve. Be sure to check with yourlocal utility company if they offer any incentives or rebates with the purchaseof high efficiency furnace.
High Cost Repairs
Youshould highly consider replacing your furnace after a major breakdown orseveral minor problems. Furthermore, once your furnace warranty expires, therepairs could become extremely expensive. In that case, installing a new highefficiency furnace would make more sense to save you money on repairs andbills. Although an older furnace may run okay it is not running as efficientlyas a new replacement would. As the furnace gets older the parts begin to sufferfrom wear and tear and therefore run inefficiently. Also, older furnaces oftenmake weird sounds such as popping, rattling or nagging especially if they needto be replaced soon. If the issue can be repaired it is important to do a costbenefit analysis.
Ifyour furnace is not running properly, it could run without ever making yourhome comfortable. Signs that your furnace is running inefficiently are cold andwarm spots in the home, constantly having to adjust the temperature, or muggyair. If your furnace is not keeping up and feels less powerful than in the pastdespite similar temperatures, you may have a system that is struggling. It is agood idea to schedule a maintenance visit in the fall to make sure you will notneed to replace your furnace in the middle of winter when you need it the most.Check your filter every month and change it if its dirty to protect your systemand high indoor air quality.
Ifthe issue is a safety hazard, such as a cracked heat exchanger, which couldpotentially expose your home to carbon dioxide it needs to be replaced as soonas possible. A few signs that your furnace could be emitting carbon dioxideare: yellow flame instead of blue, excess moisture on windows or walls, sootaround furnace, and feelings of nausea or headaches. If you see any of thesesigns call your utility and have a professional replace your furnace.
Letus help you determine what is best for your situation. We can help you decideif you should repair or replace your furnace. We can also repair or maintainyour HVAC system. Please call us today at (818) 341-3406 or contact us online with questions you mayhave.