Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

December 29, 2014

If the temperature outside is chilly, the condition of your home’s furnace is obviously critical to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace difficulties, you might be wondering whether it is ultimately more sensible to repair or replace your furnace. There are multiple factors that will determine which option is best for you. Your Naples area HVAC service advisor can help you assess your needs and your current HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the appropriate short- and long-term answer for your Naples home.

When Repair Is Best

More often than not, furnace problems can be easily pinpointed and repaired by a NATE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., less than ten years old — odds are highly likely that any issues it exhibits can be solved through repair. Furthermore, if your furnace is still heating your Naples area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you verify this), then it is still likely and more affordable to repair it. Typically, as long as you are not seeing a steady increase in your heating bills with continual usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is deemed operationally sound. Our recommendation relating to furnace repairs is that assuming the repairs you need are less than one-third of the investment of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its expected lifetime, repair is likely your best option. Don’t forget that even if you are experiencing a decrease in heating efficiency, there are other paths you can explore before considering replacing your furnace. Talk to your HVAC technician about upgrading your thermostat or checking the integrity of your Naples home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these enhancement could boost the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will ensure your furnace is in top condition and help you avoid further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

In some cases, repair will not be able to affordably resolve your issues. The expected lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; after this point, the heating system will deteriorate and fail more and more often. Therefore, if your furnace is approaching or past 15 years old, it is time to discuss replacement. Beyond the factor of the age of your equipment, if you need your HVAC service provider for repairs frequently, this could also be a sign that it’s time to consider replacement. Although repairs may seem like an easy fix, if they aren’t keeping your furnace operating for years at a time, these frequent smaller charges can add up quickly and cost you more in the long run. There are many things that may determine whether replacement is appropriate for you including the quality of your original furnace installation and the capacity of your furnace. Installation means everything in terms of furnace effectiveness. Also, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized correctly for your Naples home size or heating needs. If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you will probably need to consider a new unit instead of dealing with a heating system that lacks the capacity to properly heat your home.

If you have questions about whether repair or replacement of your Naples home’s heating system is right for you, contact Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today.