Fall brings with the unpredictability of weather and before you know it, it’s time to get the furnace back in use. Then there’s the pressure you have to get your furnace checked before winter to ensure that it’s at its best working condition before the bitter cold sets in. But, sometimes even furnace repairs aren’t useful and you need to get a replacement. How do you know whether repair or replacement is the best option for you? Well, let’s find out!
Here are a few factors that might help you make the right decision: Age of the furnace The average lifespan of a furnace is around 15-20 years. Once that time period is over the furnace ceases to function properly. If your furnace is less than 10 years old, repairs should suffice. If the system is more than 12 years old, consider a replacement. Frequent repairs Frequent furnace repairs suggest a reduction in the furnace’s efficiency. If you stick to an unreliable furnace there might be days where you will have to live through the cold without a reliable source of heat. If your furnace needs regular repairs, the best solution is to replace it with a fully functional furnace. Shift in energy bills If you notice your energy bills going up by the day without an increase in usage, you need to get your furnace checked. Your furnace may be overworked. This is one of the primary signs that you should call a specialist immediately. Find an HVAC expert who can check on the thermostat and the ductwork. If that can solve the problem, you can continue with your old furnace. But, if you continue to face inconsistencies in your bills, it is advisable to replace it. Colder rooms If there is a duct issue at your house, it could create cold zones in certain regions of your home. If your house is not evenly heated, you will not feel comfortable and your furnace will have to work harder to maintain the optimum temperature. There could be many reasons for uneven heating such as lack of insulation, improperly sized furnace and poor ductwork. If you face any such issues, you should consider calling repair technicians. You might have to consider buying a new furnace. Though it has a high initial cost, the living conditions of your house will improve substantially. Unusual noises If you don't know how loud furnaces should be, there are apps available online that can help you. Compare the noise levels with those stated on the app after taking the furnace models into consideration. If your furnace user manual doesn't specify the sound levels in decibels, you should consult with your heating contractor and find out. Generally, old furnaces tend to make a lot of noise. This is a clear indicator of something being wrong with your furnace. Your furnace might not be able to properly moisturize the air, which can result in bad air quality in your house. In this case, getting a replacement would be the best option because no matter how many times you repair it, it'll get back to the same noisy state. Choose a company with good reviews and experience; they can give you good advice. Problem Solved Plumbing & Heating Ltd can help you with all your furnace related needs. From leaking pipes to furnace repairs, replacements, installation, drains and septic tanks, there is a lot we can assist you with. We are there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In case of any emergencies, you can rely on us to help you out. Contact us to know more about the services we offer.