Furnace Repair vs Furnace Replacement
- Fahrhall, Furnace Maintenance, furnace replacement, heating, repair, Windsor
If there’s a problem with your heating system, you need to decide if it’s better to schedule furnace repair or if you might be better off with a furnace replacement. While every situation is unique, there are a few guidelines that can help you make the decision.
Age of Furnace
Heating systems have a limited lifespan and as they get older, it often makes more financial sense to replace the furnace, rather than waste money on constant repairs. While a furnace’s lifespan is determined by brand, installation quality and level of maintenance, most systems will last an average of 15-20 years. If your furnace is over a decade old and requires an extensive repair, it’s probably best to replace the furnace, rather than repair it. Similarly, manufacturer warranties usually run out after 10 years, so you’ll be required to pay for all replacement parts out-of-pocket.
Number of Repairs
While the one-time cost of a repair is usually lower than replacing the whole system, if you spend time to do the math, you might realize you’re actually spending more on constant repairs. It’s also worth noting that as a system ages, it will likely require more service, costing you even more money.
Decrease in Comfort, Increase in Bills
If the furnace turns on but isn’t evenly heating your home—or is costing more in monthly energy bills to operate—it’s definitely time to upgrade your system. As furnaces age, they begin to wear down and it’s not uncommon for older systems to provide uneven heat throughout the house. A bonus of furnace replacement is that you’ll have a system with the latest technological innovations, so not only should you be more comfortable, the new system will likely be more energy-efficient, translating to lower monthly energy bills.
If you’re unsure if you should be paying for furnace repair or replacement,
contact Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists.
We can provide you with an honest assessment of your current system and provide you with a free estimate for furnace replacement.
Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists have been in the HVAC business for over 50 years. Our certified technicians are experts when it comes to furnace maintenance, repair and installation, and we take pride in providing outstanding service to the customers and community in the Windsor-Essex & Chatham-Kent areas.