Here in Mohave County, winter is well underway. Chances are that you’ve turned on your furnace for the season and it’s been keeping your family warm on these cold nights. But, then, out of nowhere, it stops running. Now, you’re faced with a big decision: should you have Air Control repair or replace your furnace?
It’s a choice that almost every homeowner eventually has to make, especially as their furnace gets older and more prone to breakdowns. In this blog post, we’ll outline some of the factors you should consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your heating system. For either service, Air Control Home Services is your go-to source for HVAC expertise, service, and products.
Factor #1: Age of the system
As furnaces get older, they tend to slow down, losing both energy efficiency and their heating performance. Proper maintenance from a certified HVAC company like Air Control can help prolong their life, but most furnaces only last 12-15 years, and some only make it past a decade before parts begin to fail. When something goes wrong and the system breaks down, you’re stuck with a decision: do you repair or replace your aging furnace?
Remember: a new furnace will be more energy efficient and reliable than your aging one, so upgrading to a new furnace—while costing more upfront—could also yield monthly savings on your energy bills for years to come. Plus, fixing your older system is no guarantee that something else—unrelated to the original breakdown—could break, putting you back at square one.
That’s not to say that you need to run out and replace a decade-old furnace just because it’s past that threshold. But, do talk with your Air Control technician about your options. You may find that the costs of keeping an older system running are higher than you might think.
Factor #2: System performance
So far, we’ve been discussing the decision to repair or replace your furnace within the scenario that your furnace is currently broken. But, there are circumstances under which your older furnace is technically working, but it might be a good idea to get it replaced in the near future.
As we mentioned, most furnaces slow down their performance as they age. Parts don’t move as well as they did when they were new, and your furnace has to work much harder and burn far more energy to create the same amount of heating it once did. Not only is this going to result in a spike on your heating bills, but you’ll start to feel the impacts in your home, including: hot and cold spots, poor air movement, and rooms that just aren’t receiving heat.
If your home is struggling with poor heating performance, give Air Control a call. Our experienced technicians can inspect your system for any problems and give you an honest, no-obligation recommendation on whether you should repair or replace your home’s furnace.
Factor #3: The cost of everything
Air Control offers upfront estimates for all the repairs that we do. When you get your estimate, weigh it against the potential cost of a new system, and then consider the cost of higher energy bills and the potential for even more repairs to pop up in coming years. It might make better financial sense to replace your furnace than to repair it.
One final thing to consider: the furnaces we install come with manufacturer’s warranties that protect the system for a select number of years. So, not only would you be upgrading to a newer furnace that is far less likely to need repairs, but you could also be protected against any repairs that are needed.
Looking for some other factors to consider? Here are some tips on when to replace your furnace from Energy Star.
Repair or replace? Either way, Air Control can help
We offer both furnace repair services and new furnace installation—including ductless cooling and heating systems. If your furnace needs to be repaired or inspected, we offer emergency service at locations throughout Mohave County, including Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, and Kingman. We’re an official Trane dealer with NATE-certified techs, and we offer free in-home estimates on all new system installations.
Our team can help you decide whether to repair or replace your furnace. To get started, give us a call at (928) 680-0600or contact us online.