Heating RepairAre Furnace Repairs Worth It, Or Should You Replace It?

January 28, 2015by admin0

Winters in North Carolina can be bitterly cold, and there are few things more uncomfortable than a malfunctioning furnace that leaves your home without working central heat. Whether you have a gas furnace or an electrical furnace in your home, chances are that you’ll occasionally find yourself in need of furnace repairs. Routine maintenance can go a long way toward preventing breakdowns and ensuring safe, efficient functioning, but even if you’re diligent about regular heating tune-ups, things can still go wrong. However, there may come a time when furnace repairs are no longer worth it, and you’re actually better off just replacing your furnace entirely. Here are some factors you should keep in mind, to help you determine whether the repairs are worth it next time your furnace stops working correctly.

  • How old is your furnace? A well-maintained, high quality furnace can last for fifteen to twenty years, but eventually, it will wear out and need to be replaced. If your furnace is a couple of decades old, you may be getting close to a time when you’ll want to start thinking about buying a replacement.

  • How often does you need furnace repairs? If your aging furnace is breaking down frequently, this is often a bad sign. If it seems like something’s always going wrong with your household furnace, the time may have come to replace it—it could actually save you some money in the long run, despite the high cost of a new furnace. Many HVAC experts recommend this rule of thumb for homeowners: if the cost of repairs is 50% or more than the cost of a new furnace, you’re better off replacing it. For very old furnaces, even repairs that run 10% of the cost of a new unit can indicate that your old furnace doesn’t have much time left.

  • Have your heating costs been increasing recently? As your furnace ages, it becomes less efficient over time. You may find that even though you’re using the same amount of energy, your bills have been going up nonetheless. If your furnace is older than fifteen years, furnace replacement could very well save you some money in the long run by providing a more efficient unit to heat your home. You could also consider a more energy-efficient furnace this time around, which could cost more up-front, but create significant long-term savings.

  • Is your home heating unevenly? If it always seems like some rooms are colder than others, and the problem isn’t leaky ducts, then your furnace could be to blame. This is another sign of a furnace that doesn’t have very long to live, and if your furnace is old, you may want to consider replacing it.

  • Your furnace shows visible cracks, corrosion, or other damage. This is never a good sign, and can be the sign of a dying furnace.

  • Your furnace routinely makes strange noises. This is a common sign that you need furnace repairs, but for an aging furnace that constantly malfunctions, it can also be a sign that it’s time to purchase a replacement.

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