When your furnace isn’t working properly, the most important and difficult question you will face is whether to fix the furnace or replace it altogether.
To help you make the right decision we’ve come up with some important questions.
When To Fix or Replace A Furnace
1. How serious is the problem?
Certain problems, such as 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, you may find that your furnace may break down again with another item 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 is going to cost a significant amount of money, replacing the furnace 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 a quote on a new furnace so that you can compare your options. Our company is proud to offer special financing offers for all new furnace purchase and installations.
4. How efficient is the furnace?
The efficiency of your furnace has a dramatic impact on your energy bills.
If your furnace’s efficiency is low, you will be paying more than you need to for energy each month. 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. In some cases, 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 cost of the repair is low.
However, over time, a series of small repairs can add up to a larger expense. Likewise, breakdowns in the middle of a cold snap are aggravating. In addition, the repeated problems with an aging furnace also force your 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 it is often better to replace the furnace than to continue dealing with ongoing issues.
After you have answered each of these questions, you should have a better understanding on 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 to fix or replace that aging furnace, give us a call at 330-923-1333 for guidance.