Having a heater that works correctly and efficiently in the winter months is very important. It gives you the necessary level of comfort and provides protection from the bitter cold. But there are many times when furnaces will stop working in one way or another. At this point, you will have to make a decision. Are you going to repair the furnace or should you replace it altogether? This decision is not always clear. Below are a few guidelines to help you know if you should be repairing the furnace or replacing it.
1. Age. A furnace can have a life span of 15 to 20 years if it is properly maintained. When a furnace begins to get this old, you should consider replacing it even if it is not in need of repairs. This is because each year, there are advancements made in technology. These advancements in furnace technology are making the furnaces more efficient and safer to use. A new furnace should be installed to be more energy efficient and save money. Old furnaces can also be noisy. Newer furnaces will run smoother and quieter. If your furnace is between 15 and 20 years old, you should seriously consider replacing it.
2. Frequent Repairs. Some furnaces can be very finicky. It does not matter if they are new or old, some furnaces will require many repairs over their life span. If you find that you are spending a lot of money each year on furnace repairs, you may want to weight the costs of the frequent repairs against the cost of a new furnace system. If you are spending several hundred dollars each year on repairs, it might be more worth it to just purchase a whole new furnace.
3. Energy Costs. A furnace may begin to run inefficiently, and you could be paying way too much on energy costs. One way of seeing how much energy you are using is to use the Home Energy Yardstick. This allows you to see how your home stacks up against other similar homes in the area when it comes to energy consumption. This will allow you to see if you are using too much energy and if your furnace could use replacing. By replacing the furnace you can decrease energy costs significantly.
These are just a few of the ways that you can determine if you need a furnace replacement.Share
28 May 2015
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