Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

December 29, 2014

If the temperature outside is chilly, the health and operation of your home’s furnace is obviously fundamental to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace difficulties, you probably are wondering whether it’s in your best interests to repair or replace your furnace. There are multiple factors that will decide upon which option is best for you. Your Wheeling area HVAC technician can help you judge your needs and your broken HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the ideal short- and long-term answer for your Wheeling home.

When Repair Is Best

Oftentimes, furnace issues can be easily sourced and repaired by a NATE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., less than ten years old — odds are highly likely that any issues it has can be solved through repair. Additionally, if your furnace is still heating your Wheeling area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you verify this), then it is still in your best interest to repair it. Usually, as long as you are not seeing a trending increase in your heating bills with regular usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is considered in good shape. Our recommendation about furnace repairs is that if the repairs you require 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. Don’t forget that even if you are experiencing a drop in heating efficiency, there are other routes you can explore before considering replacing your furnace. Talk to your HVAC professional about upgrading your thermostat or checking the integrity of your Wheeling home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these solutions could advance the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Comfort Masters Service Experts about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will ensure your furnace is in top condition and help you minimize further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

Sometimes, repair will not be able to affordably resolve your issues. The estimated lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; thereafter, the heating system will start to fail more and more often. Accordingly, if your furnace is nearing or passed the 15 year mark, it is time to discuss replacement. Irregardless of equipment age, if you need your HVAC service provider for repairs on a regular basis, this could also be a sign that your furnace is beyond help and requires a replacement. Although repairs may seem like an easy fix, if they aren’t keeping your furnace running for years at a time, these frequent smaller charges ultimately cost you more money. There are several things that may determine whether replacement is best for you including the quality of your original furnace installation and the capacity of your furnace. Installation means everything in terms of furnace effectiveness. Also, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized properly for your Wheeling home size or heating needs. If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you will probably need to consider a new unit instead of dealing with a heating system that lacks the capacity to properly heat your home.

If you have questions about whether repair or replacement of your Wheeling home’s heating system is right for you, contact Comfort Masters Service Experts today.