Your Furnace Seems Less Effective Than Ever
Have you noticed that some rooms in your house are warmer than others? Do you feel like you need to run back and forth adjusting the thermostat to stay comfortable in any given area? Does the air feel muggy or humid? If so, these might be signs that your furnace is losing its effectiveness.
If your furnace felt less powerful this past winter than it did in previous years despite similar temperatures and household routine your system might be losing power, or you may have an outdated duct system that’s struggling to distribute heat evenly through your home. If the system has continued to worsen after two heating seasons with no apparent cause, it may be time for maintenance.
You can make the decision to repair or replace an ineffective system by considering the furnace’s age and the cost of repairs:
- Repair: If the system is less than 15 years old and the cost of repairs doesn’t exceed 50% of the cost of replacement, repair the issues that are causing lost productivity.
- Replace: If your furnace is nearing the end of its expected lifetime, repairs may provide a temporary fix to a problem that will increase over time. Consider replacing ineffective older systems.
Repairs Are More and More Serious or Frequent
Like an old car, you know when your old furnace just isn’t worth the cost of excessive maintenance. If you’ve had the same system for over 15 years that has only needed repairs once or twice but you now find yourself calling a heating specialist once every few months, this indicates that your furnace isn’t worth the cost of upkeep. Likewise, you may need to consider purchasing a new heating system if repair costs are increasing with each repair. You can expect future maintenance to be more severe and frequent once a furnace has reached its life expectancy, which puts an unnecessary strain on your wallet. It’s often more cost-effective to install a brand new system than to patch an existing broken-down one.
However, if you notice frequent or serious breakdowns in a newer furnace that is well within its expected lifespan, this could mean that the problem is being misdiagnosed or mistreated. If you have a younger system that’s needed two or three repairs in the past couple of years, consider contacting a different heating specialist to get another opinion on the root issue.
Consider the following options when dealing with severe or frequent repairs:
- Repair: Repair if your furnace needs minor maintenance such as low airflow, water leaks or thermostat repairs, and get a second opinion for repeated repairs of a newer system.
- Replace: Replace your system entirely for major repairs such as a damaged heat exchanger or control module, and replace old systems that need frequent maintenance.
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