If you’re like many homeowners in Grand Traverse County, you may be wondering if you need to repair or replace your ailing furnace before winter’s cold weather hits. Buying a new furnace is a big investment. Whether you buy new or repair the old one, you want to be sure you make the best possible decision for your family. Here are some guidelines for when it’s better to replace your furnace rather than just repair it.
- If your furnace is over 15 years old, you should consider replacing it. Although furnaces are sturdy machines that last a long time, the improvements in energy efficiency that have been made in the last decade make a replacement worth the money. In fact, the money you save by heating your home with a more efficient furnace can add up to pay for the replacement over time.
- Regardless of the age of your furnace, if it’s out of warranty and needs repairs that will cost 50 percent or more of the cost of a new furnace, you’re probably better off replacing it. In many cases, once your furnace starts breaking down, it will continue to have problems as each break-down puts more strain on the other parts of the system. Replacing it saves you the cost of further repairs while gaining you the benefits of energy efficiency.
Some other signs that replacement of your furnace is the best choice include:
- If the repairs are less than 50 percent of the cost of a new furnace, but you’ve noticed a pattern of recurring breakdowns.
- Your house has a lot of humidity problems, which can indicate that your furnace is the wrong size for your house or isn’t functioning properly. Since humidity can lead to mold and mildew, a new furnace might be saving you from damaged property and respiratory problems.
- You have rooms that are too hot or cold.
- Your energy bills are going up even though the cost of fuel isn’t.
For more information about whether to repair or replace your ailing furnace, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve served the Grand Traverse County area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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