When your furnace isn’t working correctly, the most important and challenging question is whether to fix it or replace it altogether.
To help you make the right decision, we’ve come up with some essential questions.
When To Fix or Replace A Furnace
1. How serious is the problem?
Certain problems, like a cracked heat exchanger, are typically considered too serious for repair. In such cases, replacement is usually necessary. On the other hand, minor problems that can be fixed quickly and easily should be repaired by our licensed professionals.
As Akron's premier heating repair contractor we can quickly let you know if your furnace's issue is considered serious before you decide to authorize the repair.
2. How old is the furnace?
Most furnaces have an estimated lifespan of about 15 to 20 years.
If your furnace is close to the end of its life, it may be time to spring for a new one when the current unit starts to malfunction. If you choose to fix the problem instead, your furnace may break down again, with another part needing repair. However, if your furnace is only ten years old or less, repairing the problem is probably the best choice.
3. How much will it cost?
Some furnace repairs are much more costly than others.
If your furnace needs an expensive repair that will cost a significant amount of money, replacing it may be the best choice, especially if it is an older unit. Before you decide to go through with an expensive repair, we can provide you with a quote on a new furnace so that you can compare your options. Beckwith Heating & Cooling, Inc. is proud to offer special financing for all new furnace purchases and installations.
4. How efficient is the furnace?
The efficiency of your furnace has a dramatic impact on your energy bills.
Before you make a costly repair on a furnace with low efficiency, consider the impact a high-efficiency furnace may have on your monthly expenses. If your furnace's efficiency is low, you will pay more than you need for energy each month. Sometimes, a new high-efficiency furnace may even pay for itself over time.
5. How much trouble have you had with the furnace?
Many people are tempted to continue repairing a furnace that habitually breaks down as long as the repair costs are low.
However, a series of minor repairs can add up to a more significant expense over time. Likewise, breakdowns in the middle of a cold snap are aggravating. In addition, the repeated problems with an aging furnace also force you to deal with uncomfortable temperatures in your home, calls to us multiple times, and time out of your day to arrange for service calls. In these instances, replacing the furnace is often better than dealing with ongoing issues.
After you have answered each of these questions, you should better understand whether it is best to repair the problems with your current furnace or replace it with a new one.
If you still aren't sure if you should continue fixing or replacing that aging furnace, call us at 330-923-1333 for guidance.