It’s almost the time of year when you’ll be depending primarily on your furnace for your comfort at home. As such, it’s important to determine if you should have it repaired or if it’s time to purchase a new one. Here’s a simple guide to help you figure out whether you should get furnace repairs or a replacement.
Furnace Repairs vs. Replacement
When to Repair
If your furnace is less than 10 years old, it’s almost always repairable. An HVAC technician can easily source parts for a relatively new unit and can fix them quickly. Another way to determine whether your furnace is repairable or not is by looking at its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, which can be found either on the cabinet or the user’s manual. An AFUE rating of 87% or higher is an indication your furnace is operating efficiently and is still worth repairing.
When to Replace
If you’ve had your furnace for more than 15 years, a replacement might be the better option. At this age, there are certain furnace issues that can potentially be a safety hazard. A cracked or worn-out heat exchanger, for example, can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. A furnace with an AFUE rating of 56% or lower is also a candidate for a replacement, since it’s no longer considered efficient and practical to use by today’s standards. You can conduct a cost-and-benefit analysis to determine whether the cost of furnace repair is still worth it compared to the price of a brand-new unit.
If you want to find out whether you should repair or replace your current heating system, get in touch with a furnace repair expert from Bowman Heating & Air at (918) 486-2861. This HVAC service company has been offering air conditioning and heating services in the Coweta, OK, area for over 40 years. You may also visit their website to learn more.