If your furnace showed signs of aging last winter season, it may be time to consider an upgrade. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your old furnace with a new one? Why can’t you just make repairs to get through this winter season?
There are many cases when furnace repair in Boulder makes sense. But it’s important to recognize when your furnace really needs to be replaced so that you can take action before it breaks down completely. Otherwise, you might be left making an emergency decision. You can keep reading for tips on when to repair versus when to replace your furnace this season.
When to Repair Your Furnace
Repairs for your furnace make sense when they are relatively simple to complete and inexpensive. You may think that the small repairs are a headache, but they are actually completely normal. Components here and there are going to wear down as time passes. These minor repairs are an investment and your furnace’s longevity.
It also makes sense to make repairs while your furnace is still under the manufacturer’s warranty. If anything goes wrong that is covered by the warranty, you won’t have to pay out of pocket. Even if you do have to pay for some repairs here and there, maintaining that manufacturer’s warranty is important because if something major goes wrong down the road, it will be covered.
When to Replace Your Furnace
It may make more sense to replace your furnace when pairs are more expensive. There are a variety of different calculations used to estimate when repairs are considered too much. The easiest rule of thumb to follow is that if any one repair bill is more than 50% of the cost of installing a brand-new furnace, you should skip out on the repair and get a new system instead.
Spending that much on an existing furnace may not be a wise investment. This is especially true if your furnace is already older. If your furnace is at least 10 years old, you probably no longer have a manufacturer’s warranty in effect. This leaves you covering all of your repair costs yourself. With the average lifespan of a furnace only being 10 to 15 years, you may not get enough life out of your furnace to make an expensive repair worth it.
An Expert Opinion
If you’re not sure whether to repair or replace your furnace, our team can help. You don’t have to make the decision alone. Give us a call to schedule a service appointment and we can go over your options with you, even making a recommendation based on our years of experience.
If your furnace really needs to be replaced, but you’re not quite ready to make that leap yet, sometimes we can make repairs that will get you through this winter season so you can save up and prepare to install a replacement next year.
Contact Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with our professionals for furnace service.