Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

December 29, 2014

If the temperature outside is chilly, the health and operation of your home’s furnace is obviously vital to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace troubles, you probably are wondering whether it is ultimately more sensible to repair or replace your furnace. There are multiple factors that will determine which option is best for you. Your Kingston area HVAC professional can help you judge your needs and your current HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the best short- and long-term answer for your Kingston home.

When Repair Is Best

More often than not, furnace problems can be easily identified and repaired by a NATE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., less than 10 years of system life — odds are highly likely that any issues it has can be solved through repair. On top of that, if your furnace is still heating your Kingston 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 continual usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is functioning efficiently. A good general rule of thumb regarding furnace repairs is that as long as the repairs you need are less than one-third of the investment of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its expected lifetime, repair is likely your best option. Keep in mind that even if you are experiencing a decrease 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 Kingston home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these HVAC products could improve the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will keep your furnace functioning its best and help you minimize further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

In some cases, repair is not your best option to restore your furnace to optimal function. The anticipated lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; after which, the heating system will deteriorate and fail more and more often. Thus, if your furnace is approaching or past 15 years old, it is time to discuss replacement. Regardless of the age of your furnace, if you require your HVAC service provider for repairs too often, this could also be a sign that your furnace is beyond help and requires a 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 will add up and cost you way more than buying new. There are a variety of 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. Furthermore, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized correctly for your Kingston 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 Kingston home’s heating system is right for you, contact Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today.