When a home heating system isn’t working, homeowners have two options: they can either replace or repair their furnace. If you’re on the fence about whether repair or replacement is the best course of action, talking to a professional is key. At Naughton Mechanical LLC, we can inspect your heater and make a recommendation about whether repair or replacement is best. In the meantime, consider the following about how to know when it’s time to replace vs. repair your heater—
One of the first things to think about when considering whether to replace or repair a broken furnace is the age of your system. If your heater is less than a decade old, then chances are that repairing it will be a better choice long term. On the other hand, if your system is more than a decade old, replacement sooner rather than later is probably an inevitability, and spending money on repairs now when you’ll have to replace it anyway may not be the wisest.
Is this the first time that you’re having to repair your heater? If you’ve already sunk money into repairs in the past, you should ask yourself whether spending more money on repairs is really the best financial choice. Talk to a professional—does the professional believe that repairing this one problem now will result in a heating system that works without issue for a few more years (or longer) to come? If so, the repairs might be a good idea. But if things are starting to break regularly, you might save more money in the long run by replacing your heater.
Some repairs are relatively inexpensive, whereas others can really set you back financially. You should compare the cost of repairs and expected repairs in the near future with the cost of replacement. Sometimes, replacing a furnace is a larger upfront cost, but long term, it’s a choice that will save you money.
You should think about whether replacing your furnace will have any other benefits. For example, if you currently have an old furnace, chances are high that it’s inefficient and is costing you more to run through the winter than a new, energy-efficient model would. Or, if you’re thinking about selling your home in the next few years, a newer furnace could make your home more attractive to potential buyers.
At Naughton Mechanical LLC, our experienced professionals can help you to understand the benefits and drawbacks of heater repair vs. replacement, and can handle either process in full. To learn more about our services and our team, call us directly or send us a message online at your convenience.