Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

December 29, 2014

If the temperature outside is chilly, the health and function of your home’s furnace is obviously fundamental to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace troubles, you might be wondering whether it makes sense to repair or replace your furnace. There are several factors that will decide upon which option is best for you. Your Kitchener area HVAC technician can help you judge your needs and your broken HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the ideal short- and long-term answer for your Kitchener home.

When Repair Is Best

In most cases, furnace issues can be easily pinpointed and repaired by a ACE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., under ten years — odds are highly likely that any issues it exhibits can be solved through repair. Furthermore, if your furnace is still heating your Kitchener area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you verify this), then it is still in your best interest to repair it. Usually, as long as you are not seeing a continuous increase in your heating bills with regular usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is functioning efficiently. A good general rule of thumb relating to furnace repairs is that as long as the repairs you must get are less than one-third of the cost of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its predicted lifetime, repair is likely your best choice. Don’t forget that even if you are experiencing a drop in heating efficiency, there are other routes you can explore before considering replacing your furnace. Talk to your HVAC professional about upgrading your thermostat or checking the integrity of your Kitchener home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these enhancement could improve the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will keep your furnace functioning its best and help you minimize further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

Sometimes, repair will not be able to affordably resolve your issues. The estimated lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; after this point, the heating system will start to fail more and more often. Thus, if your furnace is approaching or past 15 years old, it is time to think about replacement. Regardless of the age of your furnace, if you require your HVAC service provider for repairs too often, this could also be a sign that it’s time to consider replacement. Although repairs may seem like a simple fix, if they aren’t keeping your furnace functioning for years at a time, these frequent smaller charges will add up and cost you way more than buying new. There are several things that may determine whether replacement is ideal for you including the quality of your original furnace installation and the capacity of your furnace. Installation means everything in terms of furnace effectiveness. Furthermore, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized correctly for your Kitchener home size or heating needs. If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you might want to buy the correct unit versus trying to get the wrong unit to perform beyond it’s capacity.

If you have questions about whether repair or replacement of your Kitchener home’s heating system is right for you, contact Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare today.