Furnace repair or replace… that’s the question

A good furnace should last for 15 to 20 years. But when the old girl is getting too aged to hum, maybe it’s time to start thinking about investing in a new furnace. How do you know when the time is right for a furnace repair or replacement?

1)      Consider how much you are investing in furnace repairs versus a new system. Furnace technology has come a long way since the 1990s, when those old units were installed. Today’s technology is efficient, quiet and works with your house. Think of your furnace like a car. When you keep putting cash into it every few months to make it purr (but it’s still wheezing), move on to step two. After all, who wants a break-down on the coldest day of the year? Then you’ve really got a problem.

2)      Consult a professional technician to discuss your options. Most homeowners today have a company that services their HVAC unit seasonally (if you don’t, it’s recommended to find an HVAC partner; regular maintenance means a longer-lasting HVAC system). Call your HVAC contracted partner and get some good advice.

3)      Use the checklist we prepared in Wayne’s Wisdom when you talk to your furnace repair professional. Consider it your buying guide. You’re only going to make this investment one time every 15 to 20 years. Educate yourself and make a smart buying decision for long-term satisfaction and comfort.