Should you repair or replace your furnace?
Should you repair or replace your furnace?
Every home has a furnace, but when something goes wrong, how do we know what the right solution is? One option is to contact Pro Duct Solutions. Our knowledge when it comes to furnaces can help you decided whether you want to repair or replace your furnace. We have the answers to your questions and the expertise to help you achieve the best for your home and family.
Perhaps you just bought a new home and the furnace isn’t performing to the standards of your old one, or maybe you think there might be something wrong with a furnace you’ve had for years. Choosing between having a furnace repaired or replaced can be difficult. We at Pro Duct Solutions have put together a little guide that might help you decide.
Consult your warranty and compare the costs.
If your furnace is acting up, the first step should be consulting your warranty. If your furnace is still under warranty, furnace repair may be the best option as costs will most likely be low. If your furnace is no longer covered by the warranty and the cost for repair is similar to the cost for replacement with a unit of equal functionality, then it might be time for a furnace replacement. If replacement ends up being cheaper than repair, you should probably go the replacement route.
But what about when repair costs less than a replacement? That’s when it’s time to consider other factors.
How old is your furnace?
Furnaces generally have a lifespan of about 15-20 years. If you have a fourteen-year-old furnace that has stopped working properly, it might be time to consider having it replaced. Even if the cost of the repair is low right now, an older furnace is going to need more repairs more frequently. The cost of the repairs could add up to match the cost of a furnace replacement rather quickly. So definitely consider the age of your unit when deciding between repairs and replacements.
Newer furnaces shouldn’t need frequent repairs so it’s more likely that once this current issue if fixed, you won’t face more repair costs in the near future.
Are you happy with the current energy efficiency of your furnace?
There are a large variety of furnace types, from gas and electric, to single stage and modulating furnaces. The most energy efficient combination is a modulating gas furnace. If you’re dissatisfied with the energy efficiency of your current furnace, then it might be a good time to consider upgrading to a different model. Plus, the amount of money you save on your energy bill could end up covering the cost of the furnace replacement over time.
Scheduling regular maintenance and repairs for your furnace can help optimize fuel efficiency, so if you’re looking for a decrease to your energy consumption, call Pro Duct Solutions. We can take a look at your furnace and do any repairs necessary to make sure your bills are as low as possible.
Is your current furnace the right fit for your home?
Do you feel as though your home might not be properly heated? There’s a chance that your furnace is not the right size for your home. A unit that’s too small won’t be able to heat your home to the right temperature and a unit that’s too large can cause humidity issues and heat damage. If your current furnace needs substantial repairs but was never the right unit for your home, it might be time to consider having it replaced.
Do you have the budget for an upgrade?
Your furnace will be in your home for about 15-20 years. A lot can change in that amount of time, promotions, inheritance, fully paid student loans. Just because you couldn’t afford a nicer unit five years ago, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with your old furnace until it dies. If your old unit needs repairs, but you have the budget to have a better furnace installed, it might be a good idea to go for it. The quality-of-life improvements could be huge.
Are you planning on selling your home?
Another thing to consider is why you’re looking into furnace repairs. If the repairs came about after an inspection due to the home selling process, you might want to consider having your furnace replaced instead. A new furnace is a huge draw for anyone looking to purchase a home. Not only will you add to the value of your home, but you might even be able to sell it quicker with a nice, new furnace.
Is it the right time for a replacement?
Something else to think about is that having a furnace replaced usually takes more time than repairs. If you’re busy with work or kids, it might not be the right time for the added stress of a furnace replacement. It might be easier to simply get the repairs done now and then reconsider the replacement at a quieter time in your life.
A furnace is a huge investment and deciding between repairs and replacement isn’t easy. The good news is that Pro Duct Solutions is here to help. We have the expertise necessary to help you make tough furnace-based decisions. We can talk you through your options and then provide hassle-free service. Whether you ultimately decide to have your old furnace repaired, or you want to look at something new, contact Pro Duct Solutions.