Should I repair or replace my furnace?
Mother Nature may not let us know it from the piles of snow she’s been dumping on the Ohio area lately, but spring is here. With the warmer weather just around the corner you may have the opportunity to turn the thermostat down and not rely so much on your furnace, which is a pleasant break for your pocket book. Undoubtedly, you’ve paid a pretty penny to keep your family roasty-toasty over the winter months, but did you get your money’s worth? How did your furnace actually perform this winter? Maybe it might be time to consider a new furnace.
If your heating system is not working to meet your standards, there are two options. You can repair your furnace, or you can replace it. First, we recommend trying routine maintenance and trying to diagnose the problem with the current unit, which our professionals can do. Regular maintenance for your furnace is important. With seasonal tune-ups, as recommended by the EPA, energy efficiency and cost savings can be achieved. But, like most good things, even a well-maintained furnace will not last forever.
Replacement costs for a whole system can be pricey, but you might save more in the long run with a total replacement instead of numerous costly repairs, depending on the situation. So, how do you decide if you should continue with regularly scheduled maintenance or deal with the expense of installing a new furnace or heating system? The main factors to consider are the age of the system, the cost of furnace repair, and the system’s level of performance.
For older furnaces, replacement is a sound economical alternative to continued maintenance and repair calls. Stricter energy efficiency standards have resulted in better products being produced by the HVAC manufacturers. If your furnace is 10 years or older, there is more than likely a less costly energy efficient heating system available to replace it. The newer improved systems will cost less to operate and provide superior performance.
Our experienced technicians can help prevent costly repairs with regular maintenance visits, but sometimes a key component of the heating system may fail because of normal wear and tear. When this happens, often a homeowner is better off in the long run to replace the furnace because the investment in repairing the older furnace will not typically be worth it.
Even with proper upkeep, a furnace may not provide the power and comfort needed to heat a home. This is often due to age or size. It’s not uncommon to see that a heating system’s equipment was not sized correctly to heat the home. A system that is too large cycles on and off frequently resulting in fluctuating temperatures while a system that is too large simply cannot generate enough heat.
If you are not sure whether or not your furnace should be replaced, our experienced HVAC technicians can help you identify when the best time to replace your furnace might be. Not to mention, you might be able to save a little extra cash with seasonal factory rebates available from our system manufacturers. If you have any questions or concerns go ahead and pick up that phone. Remember, A & L is here to help!