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When Should Your Repair vs. Replace Your Furnace

The internal components of a heater are exposed during a repair of the furnace.

Winter is just around the corner, and you’ll rely heavily on your furnace to stay warm. Yet, if your heater is older, you may wonder whether you should replace the unit or handle repairs as needed. While every heating system is different and each home has unique circumstances, there are several things you should keep in mind when it comes to repairing or replacing your furnace. Here are a few problems that may occur and whether or not repairing or replacing your heater would be in your best interest with each situation:

Odd Noises Coming From the Unit

One of the most obvious signs there may be an issue with a furnace is if you hear strange sounds during operation. Although it’s normal for heaters to make some noise while working, any unfamiliar sounds should be investigated as soon as possible. For example, if you hear loud banging or rattling, a professional should be contacted immediately to determine the cause. Additionally, if the cost of any repairs is high, it may be time to consider installing a completely new heating system.

Uneven Heating Throughout the Home

Your furnace should be providing heat throughout the entire home. There should be little variation in temperatures from one room to the next. If you’re experiencing uneven heating, this could indicate a problem with the ductwork or that your furnace has lost the ability to fully heat the house. In situations like these, contact a trained professional to determine if you need a repair or replacement for your heating system.

How Often Do You Need Repairs?

Are you constantly having to have your heater serviced? If so, this is a good indication that you should seriously consider replacing the entire heating system. Furthermore, you’ll save money in the long run by purchasing a new unit. A new heater won’t need constant repairs and will be more energy efficient as well. As a result, you’ll save money on service calls and see a reduction in your monthly energy bills.

Increased Energy Usage and Costs

If you find yourself paying more to run your heater without changing your thermostat habits, this could be a sign that the furnace needs a repair or a complete replacement. Older heaters lose efficiency over time, meaning you’ll be paying more to heat your home. If you’re constantly stressed about energy bills and want to see some relief, it may be a good time to have a new heating system installed.

Age of Heating System

Finally, if your heater is over 15 years old, you should probably consider replacing it rather than having any repairs performed. As previously mentioned, older units are less efficient and effective than newer heating systems. You’ll also find the cost of making repairs increases as parts become less available and more expensive as a result. If your furnace has seen better days, contact a professional to discuss new energy-efficient heating systems that will save you a lot of money over time.

Dilling: Your Source for Premier Heating Services

At Dilling, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality heating repairs and replacement services. We specialize in a range of heating systems, including gas boiler repairs, and are professional heat pump contractors. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make a difference in your heating needs and schedule an appointment!

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