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 difficulties, you might be wondering whether it is ultimately more sensible to repair or replace your furnace. There are many factors that will help you resolve which option is best for you. Your Mobile area HVAC service advisor can help you assess your needs and your current HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the ideal short- and long-term answer for your Mobile home.

When Repair Is Best

In most cases, furnace issues can be easily diagnosed and repaired by a NATE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., less than ten years old — chances are very good that any issues it exhibits can be solved through repair. Furthermore, if your furnace is still heating your Mobile area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you determine this), then it is still likely and more affordable to repair it. Commonly, as long as you are not seeing a steady increase in your heating bills with regular usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is functioning efficiently. Our recommendation regarding furnace repairs is that as long as the repairs you must get are less than one-third of the expense of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its anticipated lifetime, repair is likely your best option. Remember 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 Mobile home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these solutions could advance the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Climate Control Service Experts about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will ensure your furnace is in top condition and help you avoid further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

At times, 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 begin to fail more and more often. Thus, if your furnace is nearing or passed the 15 year mark, it is time to consider replacement. Beyond the factor of the age of your equipment, if you require your HVAC service provider for repairs frequently, this could also be a sign that your heating system is failing and needs to be replaced. Although repairs may seem like a simple 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 many 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 according to specs for your Mobile 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 Mobile home’s heating system is right for you, contact Climate Control Service Experts today.