A decision on whether to repair or replace an existing furnace is one you should not take lightly. After all, an old furnace is not going to be as efficient as a new model, but depending on its performance and your budget, you may be better off investing in a furnace replacement. When it’s time to decide regarding your furnace, here are a few questions you should ask yourself:
How Old is Your Furnace?
If your unit is over 10 years old, it may be time for a furnace replacement. An older furnace may only be around 70 percent efficient. Unfortunately, this means 30 percent of the fuel you purchase ends up leaving the flue as waste and pollution.
New furnace models are anywhere from 90 to 95 percent efficient. Remember: you can recoup the money you spend on a new furnace in just a few years because you’re reducing fuel costs.
Do You Regularly Maintain Your Furnace?
If you haven’t had regular service maintenance on the furnace, you could be headed for problems. As with any HVAC system, a professional technician should check parts annually. Plus, neglecting furnace maintenance can lead to long-term problems that are too expensive to repair. Also, carbon buildup in a fire box can corrode the furnace walls, leading to thinning metal or cracks, and becoming a fire or health hazard.
How Often Are You Paying for Furnace Repairs?
If you find yourself paying for furnace repairs often, this can be a sign of a failing system. Unfortunately, old furnace systems often have parts that are hard to find. If you’re unsure of whether your furnace is failing, take an assessment to determine how much you’re paying for repairs and to determine if a furnace replacement is a better investment.
Still Not Sure if it’s Time for a Furnace Repair or Replacement?
If you’re confused as to whether you need a furnace repair or replacement, contact us at Air-Tro. We can answer all your questions and give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Our technicians are happy to answer all your furnace repair and replacement questions!
Choose Air-Tro for Your Furnace Repair and Furnace Replacement Needs
Here at Air-Tro, our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues specific to HVAC systems. For more information about furnace repair, replacement and other HVAC topics, visit our website or call us at 626-357-3535 today! Since 1969, Air-Tro has been providing heating and air conditioning services to the greater Los Angeles area.