Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

December 29, 2014

If the temperature outside is chilly, the health and function of your home’s furnace is obviously vital to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace problems, you probably are wondering whether it’s in your best interests to repair or replace your furnace. There are many factors that will determine which option is best for you. Your Shreveport area HVAC professional can help you evaluate your needs and your struggling HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the best short- and long-term answer for your Shreveport home.

When Repair Is Best

In most cases, furnace problems can be easily identified and repaired by a ACE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., under ten years — chances are very good that any issues it experiences can be solved through repair. Additionally, if your furnace is still heating your Shreveport area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you verify this), then it is still likely and more affordable to repair it. Usually, as long as you are not seeing a trending increase in your heating bills with regular usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is considered in good shape. A good general rule of thumb about furnace repairs is that if the repairs you need are less than one-third of the cost of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its expected lifetime, repair is likely your best option. Keep in mind that even if you are experiencing a drop in heating efficiency, there are other avenues you can explore before considering replacing your furnace. Talk to your HVAC service advisor about upgrading your thermostat or checking the integrity of your Shreveport home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these enhancement could improve the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will add years of quality service from your furnace and help you minimize further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

At times, repair will not be able to affordably resolve your issues. The estimated lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; after this point, the heating system will start to fail more and more often. Therefore, if your furnace is already at least 15 years old, it is time to think about replacement. Regardless of the age of your furnace, if you need your HVAC service provider for repairs too often, this could also be a sign that your heating system is failing and needs to be replaced. Although repairs may seem like a basic fix, if they aren’t keeping your furnace operating for years at a time, these frequent smaller charges will add up and cost you way more than buying new. There are several things that may determine whether replacement is best for you including the quality of your original furnace installation and the capacity of your furnace. A furnace is only as good as its installation, making proper installation essential. Also, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized according to specs for your Shreveport home size or heating needs. If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you might want to buy the correct unit versus trying to get the wrong unit to perform beyond it’s capacity.

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