Here are 5 Things to Consider:
When you raise your thermostat and your furnace doesn’t start up, it may be time for a replacement. However, a repair may be all that is needed. But when faced with the decision of repair vs replacement there are at least five things to take into consideration, including: safety, furnace life-span, history of problems, efficiency, and the cost of repair vs replacement.
1. Consider Safety
If your furnace is showing signs of danger to your health, it’s time to replace it. A faulty furnace may have issues with carbon monoxide leaking. Look for signs of rusting on the pipes, soot around the furnace or near it, yellow flame (not blue), and excess household moisture, these are all signs of safety issues.
2. Consider the Average Furnace Lifespan
Furnaces on average, last around 15-20 years. If your furnace is that old, or older, it doesn’t mean that a repair won’t provide a solution. But it is a good measure for when to be planning for a new furnace as problems start to become more frequent.
3. Consider the Frequency of Problems vs Performance
Do you find that you are having to adjust your thermostat more often than in the past? Is your furnace working harder than in the past? Is it running longer and more often than years before? Have furnace repair bills become more frequent. If you can answer yes to any of these questions, it may be time to consider a replacement.
4. Consider How Efficient Your Furnace Is
If you can compare your recent heating bill with years prior, you will have an idea of how well your furnace is performing inefficiency. If your bill is higher than you would expect, that could signal a repair or maintenance may be necessary. A new high-efficiency furnace may save you money over time when considering the savings you’ll see on your energy bill as well as avoiding costs of repair to keep an old furnace running.
5. Consider the Cost of Repair VS Cost of Replacement
A general guideline is to consider if the repair cost would be more than a third the price of replacement, if so, it is generally considered a better option to replace, especially if the furnace is nearing the end of its life expectancy.
If your furnace needs repair or you are considering a replacement call the HVAC technicians at Black Diamond Heating and Air. Our HVAC technicians can help you decide if a repair or replacement would be the best option.