Replacing The Furnace – How Do You Know When It’s Time?

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Furnace Repair Minneapolis & St. Paul Area

Having a reliable furnace, one that you can count on during the most frigid temperatures, is one of the most important things to have in order to ensure a safe and comfortable winter.  Especially for Minnesotans, a working furnace can mean the difference between keeping your family and your personal property safe, or having to pay for other accommodations and/or losing personal property from the fallout of frozen water pipes.  In this post, we will outline some tips on how to determine if the time is right to purchase a new furnace, thereby insuring peace of mind throughout the winter season.

Age of the Furnace

If the furnace in your home is nearing 20 years old, know that it is probably close to the end of its reliable service.  If you had the furnace installed and you made sure the furnace was serviced regularly, then you might yet be able to receive reliable service from it.  However, if you are not the original purchaser of the furnace, then you probably don’t know if it was well taken care of or not.  Don’t be surprised during a furnace inspection if the HVAC personnel recommend that you buy a new furnace.

Repair or Replace Your Furnace

If you’ve spent the last few years paying for a repair here and then another repair there and you suspect your furnace will need more repairs this winter, you might be better off replacing the furnace altogether.  Just as with every other appliance, furnaces will reach a point where it is more economical to replace it rather than spending additional dollars to fix it.

Increasing Energy Efficiency of Your Furnace

If your furnace is older and it is still fairly reliable, but you are spending more and more on utility bills, there is a point where it is more economical to buy a more energy efficient furnace rather than gradually spending more on your utility bills.  Some of the newer gas furnace models are up to 15% more efficient than a traditional gas furnace, making replacement a more attractive option.

Sometimes homeowners will notice a sharp increase in their heating bills.  If this is the case, then it is definitely time to have a qualified professional to come out in order to address the problem.  If the furnace is older, then the heating company may very well recommend installing a new furnace, rather than trying to repair the old one.

A Cracked Heat Exchanger

If the HVAC service person tells you that your gas furnace has a cracked heat exchanger, then in all likelihood it would be less expensive to simply replace the furnace altogether, rather than paying for repairs.  The cost of repairing a cracked heat exchanger is high enough to make purchasing a new furnace a better solution.

Your Furnace Isn’t What It Used To Be – Maybe It’s Time To Replace It

If you’ve been in your home for some time, then you probably just “know” how your furnace is supposed to sound.  You may also remember how your furnace warmed the house in the past.  If your furnace is making sounds it never used to, that is a potential signal of its impending demise.

Problems With Your Furnace? Give Metro Heating & Cooling A Call!

The best way to receive the most reliable service from your furnace is to have it regularly inspected and maintained.  However, even the best of furnaces will eventually wear out and need replacement.  If you are having problems with your current furnace or you know it is wearing out and needs replacement, please contact us.