With winter on its way, it’s essential that you have a furnace that can be relied upon through the cold weather. If you have had some recent heating problems, you may not know whether you should repair or replace your heating system. Furnaces aren’t cheap, but you don’t want to waste money on repairs that will only buy you a short amount of service before another problem emerges. Ask yourself these questions to determine whether you should repair or replace.
How Old Is My Furnace?
Most experts agree that furnaces 15 years old or older should be replaced. Upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient system can help cut your heating costs by up to 50 percent. These savings can build up over time and eventually help offset the cost of an upgrade. You will also notice drastic differences in the comfort levels throughout your house.
How Has My Furnace Performed Recently?
If this is the first time you have run into any sort of operational problem with your heating equipment, there is probably no need to replace it yet; simple repairs should be adequate. Steadily climbing heating costs and repeat problems are more indicative of the need for a furnace upgrade. Here are some other trouble signs to be on the look out for that could signal you need to replace your unit:
- Problems with dehumidification
- Excessive dust
- Noisy equipment
- Certain rooms are cooler or warmer than others
How Often Do I Use My Furnace?
Because of the intense winters, Michigan homeowners tend to run their heating equipment more frequently than many people in other parts of the country. This can cut the average life expectancy for a furnace. In order to extend the lifespan of your furnace, be sure to have preventive maintenance performed annually to keep it running optimally. This should help you get a few more years out of your furnace, even if you are using it constantly throughout the winter.
For more information, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have proudly served Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.
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