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Repair or Replace That Troublesome Furnace?

old-furnaceWinter isn’t over yet, and we can expect to run into cold days even through the early part of spring. If you have a furnace that isn’t working up to expectations, or is just working … weirdly … you don’t want to put off doing something about it.

But what do you do about it? Repairs are probably the first idea that comes to mind. But you might also have a furnace that is too far gone where repairs aren’t worthwhile—the whole thing needs to come out and a new furnace go in.

The “repair or replace?” question is a big one, because making the wrong choice can end up costing you a lot of money, as well as end up with a busted furnace on a cold day. Fortunately, this isn’t a question you have to answer without any help. Schedule service with our heating professionals, and they’ll give the advice necessary to make the right choice.

The Issue of Long-Term Costs

The first thing to consider when talking “repair vs. replace” is how much it will cost to repair the furnace (and continue to repair it in the future) compared to the cost to install a new furnace. What is too expensive for a repair?

Your HVAC professional can help you with this, but there are a few guidelines you can follow. One is the “Rule of 5,000”: if the estimated cost of a repair multiplied by the age of the furnace is more than 5,000, the repair is probably too expensive. So a repair that costs more than $500 for a 10-year-old furnace would be overly costly. A furnace that accumulate more than $500 a year in multiple repairs is also probably declining too fast and should be replaced.

Another factor that comes into play for long-term savings is the energy efficiency of a new system. If you have a high-efficiency furnace to replace an older mid-efficiency one, you’ll start saving money right away, and the furnace can often pay for itself in a few years.

Basic Age and Safety

Another marker of when a furnace may have moved beyond repairs is if it’s extremely old. For a gas furnace, this is older than 15 years. Often a gas furnace can work past 20 years, but at that age it’s not only a higher chance of suffering an abrupt breakdown, it might turn into a safety hazard. Safety always comes first! When our technicians are looking over your furnace, they’ll tell you if they see a major problem like a cracked heat exchanger that can be dangerous. A cracked heat exchanger can be replaced, but it’s usually more cost-effective to replace the furnace at that point.

You can trust us for any heating repair in Salt Lake City, UT you may need. We won’t attempt to sell you on a replacement if a repair is the better route. We won’t waste your time and money with anything that’s unnecessary. Reach out to us any time of the day or night when you’ve got furnace concerns.

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