Winter has been over for a while. We’re now finally starting to get to enjoy the warmer weather and tune-up our air conditioners to prep them for higher temps. As such, you might not be thinking very much about your furnace. But, should you?
Well, if it struggled at all to do its job this past winter, yes. And if you’ve needed to call for repairs in order to keep it running? Also yes. What about if it’s older than a decade?
You probably see where this is going…
“But I Don’t Need to Replace It NOW, Right?”
We understand this line of thinking. If the furnace served you “just fine” this season, you may think you can wait until next year, or at the very least call for repairs. After all, a repair is much cheaper than replacing an entire furnace, right?
Well, yeah, sure… but the cumulative price of furnace repairs over time can quickly add up to much higher costs overall. Also, if your furnace isn’t performing as efficiently as it should, you’re paying too much to operate it, too. Balancing these costs with the cost of a new furnace is certainly worth your consideration. We’d like to offer our expertise here and say that there are some instances where we really do recommend furnace replacement over repairs, such as when:
Your Furnace’s Safety Is in Question
An aging, gas-powered heater will do much more than just run up repair bills. It can develop safety hazards, too. Natural gas heaters are designed to operate as safely as possible, of course. However, the corrosion that can set in after 10-15 years or so of service creates an increased risk of cracks in the heat exchanger. This allows carbon monoxide to escape.
A new furnace ensures you a reliable system, and a safe system, giving you a peace of mind that a simple repair cannot.
Repairs Are Too Pricey
We get it—this is a bit subjective. Very generally speaking, if your furnace racks up more than $500 in a year in repair bills in order to keep it functioning, you’re probably paying way too much. And if a technician recommends a furnace repair that’s more than half the price of getting a new furnace, that’s definitely too much!
There comes a point where further repairs are essentially just throwing your money away, when you could instead be saving money with a new, higher efficiency furnace system.
“What’s the Best Choice for Me?”
It probably sounds like we’re suggesting that you replace any furnace that’s “old.” But we understand that every home and every heating system is different. The best thing you can do is give a pro a call to discuss your options, so you can make an informed choice. Our team is happy to talk to you about our furnace repair or replacement needs. Please don’t hesitate to ask.