Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

December 29, 2014

If the temperature outside is chilly, the condition of your home’s furnace is obviously vital to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace troubles, you probably are wondering whether it is ultimately more sensible to repair or replace your furnace. There are several factors that will determine which option is best for you. Your Toronto area HVAC professional can help you evaluate your needs and your current HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the ideal short- and long-term answer for your Toronto home.

When Repair Is Best

More often than not, furnace issues can be easily pinpointed and repaired by a NATE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., under ten years — odds are highly likely that any issues it has can be solved through repair. Additionally, if your furnace is still heating your Toronto area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you verify this), then it is still probable that you will repair it. Typically, as long as you are not seeing a continuous increase in your heating bills with continual usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is functioning efficiently. A good general rule of thumb relating to furnace repairs is that if the repairs you must get are less than one-third of the expense of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its anticipated lifetime, repair is likely your best option. Remember that even if you are experiencing a reduction in heating efficiency, there are other avenues you can explore before considering replacing your furnace. Talk to your HVAC professional about upgrading your thermostat or checking the integrity of your Toronto home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these solutions could boost the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Service Experts Commercial HVAC about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will keep your furnace functioning its best and help you avoid further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

Eventually, repair is not your best option to restore your furnace to optimal function. The expected lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; after which, the heating system will start to fail more and more often. Thus, if your furnace is already at least 15 years old, it is time to think about replacement. Beyond the factor of the age of your equipment, if you need your HVAC service provider for repairs on a regular basis, this could also be a sign that it’s time to consider replacement. Although repairs may seem like a simple fix, if they aren’t keeping your furnace functioning for years at a time, these frequent smaller charges will add up and cost you way more than buying new. There are many things that may determine whether replacement is appropriate for you including the quality of your original furnace installation and the capacity of your furnace. Installation means everything in terms of furnace effectiveness. In addition, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized according to specs for your Toronto home size or heating needs. If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you should consider replacing the system and starting anew, rather than continually addressing breakdowns and poor function.

If you have questions about whether repair or replacement of your Toronto home’s heating system is right for you, contact Service Experts Commercial HVAC today.