Heating System Repair Vs. Replace: Which One Is Best?

image of a home with a broken furnaceYou rely on the heating system in your home to keep you warm all winter. However, over time, it is possible that your heating system may develop problems. Eventually, it will get to the point where you need to decide between performing a heating system repair vs. replace.

It can be difficult to know when to replace and when to repair your heating system. A lot of homeowners end up having endless repairs done to the system because it seems like a cheaper way to deal with the problem. In some cases, it will actually be a better choice to have the system replaced.

When You Should Opt For A Heating System Replacement Vs. A Heating System Repair

Here we will talk about some signs that will tell you that it is time for a heating system replacement. If you know the symptoms, you can actually save money on repairs, and you will have a comfortable home that does not waste energy.

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Is Your Heating System Getting Old?

Most of the time, heating systems function reliably. A furnace can last from 15 – 30 years, depending on various factors such as use patterns, manufacturer, design, and maintenance history. You can try your best to make your system function for as long as possible. However, some heating systems develop problems at 12 – 15 years. By that time, your system has already given you many years of service, so it will not be too painful to replace it. You can save on paying for many repairs by having it replaced before waiting too long. The new models of furnaces are very appealing due to technological advancements in energy efficiency and comfort.

Has Your Heating System Become Less Energy Efficient?

image of a home with a broken furnaceEvery machine will eventually lose efficiency as it gets older. You may be able to slow down the loss of efficiency with regular heating system maintenance. However, you cannot eliminate the loss of efficiency due to wear and tear.

When the efficiency of your heating system decreases, the system will need more fuel to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Eventually, the system can be so inefficient that it will use an unreasonable amount of fuel.

When this occurs, it makes more sense to replace the furnace rather than holding on to it. It is not good for the environment to have a very inefficient furnace as it will release a lot of greenhouse gases into the air. In addition, your heating bills will go way up.

Increase In Your Home Heating Costs

When your furnace consumes more fuel, you will end up paying much more money. Fuel prices go up and down due to varying levels of supply and demand. However, when the heating system becomes less efficient due to aging, it will use much more fuel than it should. You will spend a lot more money for fuel. You may find that repairing the furnace can save you a bit of money, but it will not be a significant amount. If you have the entire heating system replaced, you will notice immediately that the new system uses much less fuel to operate.

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Frequent Furnace Repairs

Theoretically, it is possible to keep having a furnace repaired as long as there is a steady supply of parts and technicians who know how to fix it. In theory, it should be possible to achieve a lifespan of 30 years for the furnace. However, having to repair the furnace endlessly will eat up a lot of time and money. A visit once a year by a furnace technician be tolerated. However, once the technician needs to come every few months, you start wondering why you are spending so much money on repairs. It may be time to invest that money into a new furnace that will be more reliable.

Your Home Feels Less Comfortable

poor indoor air qualityThe heating system will become less effective as time goes on. When the system is new, it can keep everyone comfortably warm in the entire home. Eventually, the rooms that are further away from the system will not heat up as well until it becomes very uncomfortable to be in those rooms.

This is the sign that you need to have your heating system replaced. The furnace can no longer do the task it needs to do, so you will have to replace it with a furnace that works properly. This must be done as soon as possible.

Your Home Is Dusty And Air Quality Is Poor

We worry about the quality of air outdoors because we know there is a lot of pollution coming from factories and cars. Many people do not realize that the air in our homes can suffer from pollution as well. Dust and debris trapped inside our homes can be recirculated in the air, causing discomfort to those in the home. A way to improve indoor air quality is to replace the filters, install UV lights, and have the ducts cleaned. An air purifier will also help improve indoor air quality. If the homeowner has taken all these steps and the air quality is still poor, it may be time to replace the heating system completely.

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Call Wilcox Energy For Your Heating System Requirements

It is possible to continue the debate about repairing or replacing the system for a long time. However, at some point, you will need to take action. You can start out by trying the less expensive options. However, it is always best to consult with an HVAC professional.

Just stay open to the idea that eventually, you will need to replace the heating system completely. This is true, especially if it gets too old or if it starts to show the signs listed above.

Wilcox Energy provides superior services for heating and cooling systems. We employ top NATE-certified technicians who will tune-up, repair, replace, or install your HVAC systems. Our technicians are experienced and knowledgeable and will do the work correctly.

Do you require your heating system to be replaced or repaired? There is no cause for worry. With Wilcox Energy, you are in very good hands. We can guarantee that our prices for furnace repair or replacement are the most competitive in the area. If you need your heating system replaced, we will recommend the best system that your budget will allow. We want to ensure you get comfort, good indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and more. You can call us to schedule an in-home, free estimate.

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