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Replacing a Furnace Before It Breaks Down Again?

This time of year, we know they're likely to have a big question on their minds: "Should I replace my furnace, or pay for repairs once again?"

If someone's asking the 'repair or replace' question, they're already moving toward the logical answer. This is the question that comes up when their system is older than 10 years, the comfort isn't what it should be, the energy cost seems higher than it should be and they've been subject to the cost and inconvenience of repairs several times.

In making decisions like this, homeowners fall into two camps - one, those who wait until the furnace reaches a point of collapse where a repair is no longer possible, or two, those who make a proactive move that allows time for the best decision and continued comfort. We encourage our customers to be proactive when it nears time for a furnace replacement. When you're not in the middle of a heating emergency, you're in a much better decision-making mode, have a better appreciation for the pros and cons and have enough time to feel comfortable about your investment.

Energy Star, a federal energy program, points to several factors to look for when deciding whether to repair or replace your home comfort equipment:

  • The heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Replacing it with a high-efficiency unit that has earned the Energy Star label can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.
  • The furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old. An Energy Star qualified furnace is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. An Energy Star qualified boiler is 5% more efficient than a new, standard model.
  • If your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up, your cooling or heating equipment may have become less efficient.

You can also get a clearer picture of your home's energy use with a free energy analysis. For details schedule an appointment with us.