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 fundamental to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace problems, you probably are wondering whether it is ultimately more sensible to repair or replace your furnace. There are many factors that will determine which option is best for you. Your Daytona Beach area HVAC technician 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 Daytona Beach home.

When Repair Is Best

Oftentimes, furnace problems 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. Furthermore, if your furnace is still heating your Daytona Beach area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you verify this), then it is still in your best interest to 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 deemed operationally sound. A good general rule of thumb regarding furnace repairs is that assuming the repairs you require are less than one-third of the investment of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its anticipated lifetime, repair is likely your best decision. Keep in mind that even if you are experiencing a decrease 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 Daytona Beach home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these HVAC products could improve the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to All American Air Service Experts about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will ensure your furnace is in top condition and help you minimize further repairs or drops in efficiency.

When Replacement Is Best

Sometimes, repair is not your best option to restore your furnace to optimal function. The anticipated lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; after which, the heating system will begin to fail more and more often. Therefore, if your furnace is already at least 15 years old, it is time to discuss replacement. Irregardless of equipment age, if you need your HVAC service provider for repairs frequently, this could also be a sign that your furnace is beyond help and requires a 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 ultimately cost you more money. There are several 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. Also, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized properly for your Daytona Beach 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 Daytona Beach home’s heating system is right for you, contact All American Air Service Experts today.