Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

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You really need a working furnace to keep your home warm and your family safe. So, when your furnace starts making strange noises, producing less heat, or otherwise acting unusually, you know you need to call a furnace replacement or furnace repair company. But this still begs the question: does your furnace need to be repaired or replaced? In most situations, the answer isn’t 100% cut and dry. Instead, you’ll want to consider these factors to determine whether replacement or repairs are the better approach in your situation.

Age of the Furnace

Is your furnace just a few years old? In that case, it is often worth repairing since the rest of the components are likely in good shape and will probably last for many more years. On the other hand, if your furnace is on the older side, you may simply want to replace it instead of making the repairs. Once old furnaces start breaking, they often continue to need additional repairs as time goes on. The cost of continually repairing an old furnace may be higher than the cost of having a new one installed.

Cost of Repairs

Most good heating and cooling companies can give you a fairly accurate quote for furnace repairs. If the repairs are relatively affordable, you may just want to go ahead and have your furnace fixed. But if the repair bill is expected to be in the thousands, it’s time to consider replacement as another alternative.

The following are some furnace repairs that are usually quite affordable:

  • Replacing the ignitor
  • Replacing a limit switch
  • Replacing a broken thermocouple

On the other hand, these furnace repairs tend to cost a lot more:

  • Fixing or replacing a cracked heat exchanger
  • Replacing the blower motor
  • Replacing the burner(s)

Warranty

Most furnaces come with a warranty on parts. Your HVAC installer may also have included a secondary warranty to cover labor costs. If the furnace is under warranty, then it almost always makes sense to have it repaired since the cost of repairs will be covered by the warranty. You may have to pay for some labor costs, but that’s still generally less than a furnace replacement. The only exception may be if your furnace needs such extensive repairs that the manufacturer decides giving you a new one would cost less than making repairs – but the cost of replacement should still be covered in such cases.

Efficiency Concerns

How efficient is your current furnace? If you were paying more for energy than you would have liked even before your furnace broke, this could be a good time to upgrade to a more efficient model. On the other hand, if your furnace is already quite efficient, it’s more worth having repaired. Just make sure you schedule routine furnace tune up appointments to keep it working efficiently.

If your furnace isn’t working properly, you either need repairs or a replacement. The experts at H & H Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide. Contact us today. We offer emergency furnace repair, installation, and so much more.

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