Furnaces aren’t built to last forever. There will come a time during the life of your equipment when you will need to decide if it’s more cost effective to repair or replace your equipment. Here are five factors to consider before you make that decision:
- The age of your furnace. With the average life expectancy of a furnace hovering between 15 and 20 years, you may want to consider replacement if your furnace is approaching these numbers.
- Listen to the sounds your furnace is making. If you’re hearing new rattles, squeals or clicks coming from the unit, ask your HVAC contractor to investigate the sounds to see if it’s an easy fix or something more serious.
- The cost of energy. If you find yourself paying more to heat your home, it may not just be rising fuel costs that are driving up your bills. Older furnaces are much less efficient than new, but can become even more so as they age and begin to break down.
- How often you are making repairs? If you have paid to have work done within the last two years on your furnace, consider replacement. Furnaces tend to require the most work in the final two or so years before they give out.
- Is your furnace keeping you comfortable? If you are continually fiddling with the thermostat in an effort to keep warm, consider replacing. Your furnace ceases to be efficient if it’s no longer doing the job for you.
It can be confusing to know what to do with your furnace, in particular whether to repair or replace. For expert advice, contact us at Climate Control Company. With over 50 years of service and experience in Glenwood Springs and nearby Western Slope communities, we can help you make the right choice.
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Climate Control Company services Aspen, Vail and the surrounding Western slope communities in Colorado.
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