Many homeowners might find themselves in a predicament concerning their furnace that makes them consider if replacing the furnace is a better option than fixing it. Most hesitate at the thought of pouring in substantial funds for a replacement, especially when a furnace can last fifteen or more years. There are some factors to consider before choosing which route to take. Before taking the plunge and buying a new furnace or replacing the old, you need to make an informed decision and though there is no rule book for this, having a general guideline can better help you make a practical decision. Below NY NJ A/C Connection outlines some general basics as to which option is better for your circumstances.
A 15 years or older furnace. Depending the diligence of the maintenance, the quality of the model of the furnace, a furnace can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. The closer it gets to retirement the more signs of wear will manifest, causing the need for frequent repairs. If the furnace is under 10 years of age, consult with the professional on the repairs, a furnace over 15 years however, is better off replaced.
Frequent Furnace Repairs
Repairs costing more than half of a replacement. A furnace replacement, for a general guideline, is optimal when repairs exceed 50% of the cost of a replacement. However, if your older furnace has exceeded 75% of its life and it will cos 1/3 of the replacement cost, you should consider a replacement.
High Furnace Operating Cost
Operating costs is abnormally high. With supply and demand and the changing weather patterns, the heating costs fluctuate year to year. Months that coincide with your furnace and unusual spikes indicates a problem. Internal parts wear, causing the unit to perform inefficiently. With the extra strain to deliver, the furnace has to siphon more energy, hence the increased bill. If you notice peculiar spikes, contact a professional. If the furnace is under 15 years and less than half of the costs to get it replaced, repairs are likely the better option.
Carbon Monoxide Leak
Long-term exposure to carbon monoxide, is fatal. Known as a silent killer, carbon monoxide is a gas that is silent, odorless, and tasteless. A few circumstances can cause carbon monoxide from the furnace, but the most common is when the furnace that has a cracked combustion chamber. When carbon monoxide is being produced, it is best to replace the furnace.
Signs of Carbon Monoxide Leak & Poisoning
Signs of carbon monoxide include the following, and if you suspect carbon monoxide present, call a professional as soon as possible.
– Extra moisture builds up on the walls, windows, along with other surfaces
– Absent from the chimney is the upward draft
– Flu-like symptoms manifest including headaches, disorientation, and nausea
– Streaks of soot buildup on the furnace
– Pipes are rusted.
– The furnace burner flame is yellow where it should be blue