Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

December 29, 2014

During the winter heating season, the health and operation of your home’s furnace is obviously fundamental to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace difficulties, you may be wondering whether it is ultimately more sensible to repair or replace your furnace. There are several factors that will help you resolve which option is best for you. Your Girard area HVAC service advisor can help you evaluate your needs and your struggling HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the ideal short- and long-term answer for your Girard home.

When Repair Is Best

In most cases, furnace issues can be easily diagnosed and repaired by a ACE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., less than ten years old — odds are highly likely that any issues it exhibits can be solved through repair. Additionally, if your furnace is still heating your Girard area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you verify this), then it is still likely and more affordable to repair it. Commonly, 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. A good general rule of thumb regarding furnace repairs is that as long as the repairs you must get are less than one-third of the cost of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its predicted lifetime, repair is likely your best option. Keep in mind 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 technician about upgrading your thermostat or checking the integrity of your Girard home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these HVAC products could boost 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 prevent further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

Sometimes, repair cannot restore your heating system to a minimally effective level. The expected lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; after which, the heating system will deteriorate and fail more and more often. Accordingly, if your furnace is already at least 15 years old, it is time to discuss replacement. Regardless of the age of your furnace, if you need your HVAC service provider for repairs frequently, 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 ultimately cost you more money. There are many 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. Furthermore, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized properly for your Girard home size or heating needs. If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you might want to buy the correct unit versus trying to get the wrong unit to perform beyond it’s capacity.

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