A decision on whether to repair or replace an existing furnace is one that should not be taken lightly. 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 to get it repaired. Here’s a few things to consider to help with your decision.
- If your unit is over 10 years old, it may be time to upgrade. An older furnace may only be around 70 percent efficient. That means 30 percent of the fuel you purchase ends up leaving the flue as waste and pollution. New models are 90-95 percent efficient. What you spend on a new one may be recouped in just a few years on reduced fuel costs.
- If you haven’t had regular service maintenance on the furnace, you could be headed for problems. There are parts that need to be checked annually. Neglect can lead to long-term problems that are costly to repair. Carbon buildup in a fire box can corrode the walls, leading to thinning metal or cracks. This can become a fire or health hazard.
- If you find yourself paying for repairs often, this can be a sign of a failing system. Old systems often have parts that are hard to find. Take an assessment on what you are spending for repairs and determine if those costs would be better spent on a new unit.
If you’re confused as whether you should repair or replace your furnace, contact us at Air-Tro. We can answer your questions and give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Our technicians are happy to answer all of your home comfort questions.
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Air-Tro Inc. services the greater Los Angeles area as well as the metro areas of Riverside and San Bernardino County.