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Should You Replace or Repair Your Furnace

Now that the summer season is coming to an end and the winter is around the corner, it is time to ensure that your furnace is working as it should be. Whether you live in an area where the winters are completely brutal or just a bit frigid with little to no snowfall, your furnace needs to be in working condition to get you through the season. If you go to check out your furnace and find that it’s not in working condition, it is time that you assess whether you need to look into furnace repair or a total replacement. When you aren’t a professional, it can be difficult to determine whether your furnace needs to be repaired or completely replaced. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

How long have you had your furnace?

If you are noticing that your furnace is having a functioning issue that will interfere with its efficiency, you want to first consider how old your furnace is. If your furnace is less than three-quarters of its life expectancy, then repairing it can still be cost effective. If your furnace is beyond that age, it doesn’t make much sense to repair it because of the cost associated with repairing. At that point, it makes more sense for your wallet and peace of mind to simply replace your furnace. Determine whether your furnace is 15-20 years old and if it is, then it’s time for a replacement. Otherwise, your furnace has hopes for repairs from a repair professional.

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Do the costs of replacements outweigh repairs?

If you asses an issue with your furnace and find that the repairs that are necessary and three quarters of the price it would cost to replace the entire unit, it is likely better to simply replace your furnace. If the repairs are low in costs, in relation to the total costs of a new unit, then repairing or replacing specific parts of your unit can be more efficient.

When it comes to your furnace repair, it is important to have the proper assessment of a furnace repair professional. They will be able to give you a price estimate, tell you what needs to be replaced, or if the entire unit must be replaced.