When you start noticing that your furnace struggles to keep up with Midlothian’s wintertime temperatures, it’s natural to wonder whether you should call for a professional furnace repair or it’s time to replace the system. While many homeowners want to delay paying for a new furnace, there are some cases in which it’s the best option. Learn more about how to decide between furnace repair and replacement.
Knowing When to Repair the Furnace
Repairing a furnace instead of replacing it makes more sense in several scenarios. If your furnace is less than 10 years old, for instance, it may be more cost-effective to have it fixed than to replace it. Some repairs, such as those that focus on a furnace’s thermostat or a damaged burner, are generally affordable and don’t take long to perform. On the other hand, repairs involving a heater’s circuit board, blower motor, or draft inducer can get extremely expensive, making a replacement more cost-effective in the long run. Of course, this is all predicated on the status of your warranty.
You should also consider the maintenance history of your furnace when choosing whether to repair or replace it. Not only do well-maintained furnaces last longer, but repairs on them are also usually less expensive than repairs performed on furnaces that haven’t been maintained.
Knowing When to Replace the Furnace
While there are plenty of furnace issues that can be resolved with a simple repair, some issues make furnace replacement the best course of action. If the unit is over 15 years old, it’s typically best to invest in a new one because of the greater efficiency newer systems provide.
There are other signs that may indicate you need to replace the furnace instead of repairing it. Perhaps you notice rising utility bills despite regular maintenance. Another red flag is uneven heating or lack of warm air. A furnace that requires constant repairs is due for replacement. Of course, if the system is too old to find replacement parts for it, that says it all.
The best way to decide between a furnace repair and replacement is to have your system inspected by one of our qualified technicians from Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp.. We offer a full line of HVAC services from heat pump installation to AC repair. We also handle sheet metal and water heaters.
Contact us at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. today to schedule a furnace inspection anywhere in Goochland County.