As fall makes its way to the Northeast, the weather is getting colder, and it’s time to think about furnaces. When deciding whether to repair or replace your furnace, you’ll have several factors to consider. Here are some helpful tips when deciding what to do with the furnace in your Carlisle, PA, home.
1. Cost of Replacement vs. Cost of Repair
One critical factor in the decision-making process for replacing or repairing your furnace is the cost. When dealing with a consistently faulty furnace, it may be worth the cost to replace it and avoid future headaches and higher energy bills. An inefficient furnace will cost you more in repairs and monthly utility bills.
Components of your furnace are expensive to fix, so it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire unit. A new furnace will help reduce your energy bills, saving you even more money.
2. Old Age
If your furnace is old, it may be time to replace it. After a certain number of years in service, furnaces don’t work as efficiently, and it may be worth the investment to purchase a new unit.
The average lifespan of a furnace is 15 to 20 years, but depending on usage, you may need to replace it sooner. One sign that your furnace is on its last legs is if it needs constant repairs.
3. Emitting Carbon Monoxide
If you have a faulty furnace, it may emit carbon monoxide. This is a deadly colorless and odorless gas that compromises your indoor air quality. If you suspect that your furnace is emitting carbon monoxide, contact a professional to help you pick a new furnace and install it.
4. A Spike in Energy Bills
A sudden spike in your utility bills, especially in the fall, is a tell-tale sign of an inefficient furnace. The problem may be due to a damaged component that needs repair. However, if nothing changes after repairing the unit, it’s time for a replacement.
Contact your local heating specialists for assistance with a faulty furnace. Replacing a unit can be expensive, but it will prevent you from wasting money on a broken system.
Deciding to repair or replace your furnace is a difficult decision. If your furnace is breaking down frequently, it may be time to retire the aging unit. Contact us at Bream’s Heating and Cooling Solutions for furnace installation and replacement services.
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