Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

December 29, 2014

During the winter heating season, the health and function of your home’s furnace is obviously fundamental to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace troubles, you may be wondering whether it’s in your best interests to repair or replace your furnace. There are several factors that will decide upon which option is best for you. Your Alliance area HVAC professional can help you assess your needs and your current HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the appropriate short- and long-term answer for your Alliance home.

When Repair Is Best

In most cases, furnace issues can be easily sourced and repaired by a ACE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., under ten years — it stands a very good chance that any issues it has can be solved through repair. Additionally, if your furnace is still heating your Alliance area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you confirm this), then it is still probable that you will repair it. Typically, as long as you are not seeing a trending increase in your heating bills with continual usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is deemed operationally sound. A good general rule of thumb relating to furnace repairs is that as long as the repairs you must get are less than one-third of the investment of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its expected lifetime, repair is likely your best choice. Keep in mind that even if you are experiencing a reduction in heating efficiency, there are other paths you can explore before considering replacing your furnace. Talk to your HVAC technician about upgrading your thermostat or checking the integrity of your Alliance home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these HVAC products could advance the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will add years of quality service from your furnace and help you minimize further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

Eventually, repair will not be able to affordably resolve your issues. The anticipated lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; after which, the heating system will begin to fail more and more often. Thus, if your furnace is already at least 15 years old, it is time to consider replacement. Regardless of the age of your furnace, if you need your HVAC service provider for repairs on a regular basis, this could also be a sign that it’s time to consider replacement. Although repairs may seem like a simple fix, if they aren’t keeping your furnace functioning for years at a time, these frequent smaller charges can add up quickly and cost you more in the long run. There are a variety of things that may determine whether replacement is ideal for you including the quality of your original furnace installation and the capacity of your furnace. Having your furnace installed properly is critical to the performance of the unit. Also, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized properly for your Alliance home size or heating needs. If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you should consider replacing the system and starting anew, rather than continually addressing breakdowns and poor function.

If you have questions about whether repair or replacement of your Alliance home’s heating system is right for you, contact Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today.