Repair Vs. Replace
While there are no set rules, there are some factors to keep in mind as you determine whether to keep your current furnace or upgrade to a more efficient model. Consider the following scenarios to help you decide whether you should repair your system or replace it entirely. Of course, no matter what time of year, the decision to repair or replace your furnace can be overwhelming. It’s never a simple choice, and every situation is unique.
1. Your Furnace Is Emitting Carbon Monoxide
Any system that could potentially expose you and your family to harmful carbon monoxide needs to be replaced not repaired as soon as possible. A furnace with a cracked combustion chamber allows carbon monoxide to leak into your home and should always be replaced immediately.
Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that causes death when inhaled over long periods of time. The highest number of deaths occurred in the winter during the months of frequent furnace use.
Some signs that your furnace may be emitting carbon monoxide include:
- Yellow furnace burner flame instead of blue
- Excess moisture on windows, walls and other surfaces
- Rusting on pipes
- Streaks of soot around the furnace
- Absence of upward draft in the chimney
- Feelings of nausea, disorientation, headaches and other flu-like symptoms.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to evacuate your home immediately, call the fire department, notify your utility company to turn off your gas and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Afterward, contact a Green Apple Mechanical heating professional to get your furnace replaced.
2. Your Furnace Was Installed Over 15 Years Ago
Unfortunately, even the highest quality heating systems don’t last forever. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a furnace should last 15-30 years before you’ll need a replacement. Of course, this varies by brand, furnace quality, and various other factors. But a heater will generally start to show increased signs of wear that will lead to more frequent and costly repairs during this timeframe. Instead of continually monitoring an old system for repairs, it may be a more economical choice to replace the furnace with a newer system.
If your furnace has been serviced a year ago or less and continues to need costly repairs, this may be a sign that your system is too old to function properly. Similar to a car with high mileage, an old furnace may run okay with minor repairs but won’t be able to adequately keep up with your needs as efficiently as a replacement. However, if it was recently installed and hasn’t reached its full lifespan potential, you should consider making repairs to keep it running as long as possible.
Overall, use the following to judge whether to replace your furnace due to age:
- Repair: If the system is less than 15 years old, it’s often best to have it serviced rather than install a new one.
- Replace: Any system over 15 years old is prone to frequent and expensive repairs and may need to be replaced.
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