Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

December 29, 2014

When its cold outside, the condition of your home’s furnace is obviously fundamental to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace problems, you may be wondering whether it is ultimately more sensible to repair or replace your furnace. There are multiple factors that will decide upon which option is best for you. Your Austin 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 Austin home.

When Repair Is Best

Oftentimes, furnace issues can be easily identified and repaired by a ACE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., under ten years — chances are very good that any issues it has can be solved through repair. On top of that, if your furnace is still heating your Austin area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you verify this), then it is still likely and more affordable to repair it. Commonly, as long as you are not seeing a trending increase in your heating bills with continual usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is considered in good shape. Conventional wisdom regarding furnace repairs is that if the repairs you need are less than one-third of the expense of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its anticipated lifetime, repair is likely your best choice. Don’t forget that even if you are experiencing a drop in heating efficiency, there are other avenues you can explore before considering replacing your furnace. Talk to your HVAC technician about upgrading your thermostat or checking the integrity of your Austin home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these enhancement could boost the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Strand Brothers Service Experts about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will ensure your furnace is in top condition and help you minimize further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

Eventually, repair will not be able to affordably resolve your issues. The estimated lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; thereafter, the heating system will begin to fail more and more often. Accordingly, if your furnace is approaching or past 15 years old, it is time to consider replacement. Regardless of the age of your furnace, if you require your HVAC service provider for repairs on a regular basis, this could also be a sign that your furnace is beyond help and requires a replacement. Although repairs may seem like a simple fix, if they aren’t keeping your furnace operating 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 appropriate for you including the quality of your original furnace installation and the capacity of your furnace. A furnace is only as good as its installation, making proper installation essential. Furthermore, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized properly for your Austin home size or heating needs. If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you should consider replacing the system and starting anew, rather than continually addressing breakdowns and poor function.

If you have questions about whether repair or replacement of your Austin home’s heating system is right for you, contact Strand Brothers Service Experts today.