Now that winter is in full swing, you probably have turned your furnace on. After a furnace has sat for a long time, you may find that it isn’t working the way it should when you turn it on for the winter. The average furnace life span is about 15 years, though it can range from 13 to 20 years depending on how well it is maintained and other vaiable factors. While the equipment may last that long, it’s likely that your heating bills will keep rising higher than they need to be as furnaces lose efficiency as they age .Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about when you should go ahead and repair your existing furnace and when it might be time to consider replacing it.
Age of Furnace
When you are looking into getting your furnace repaired or replacing it, you need to consider how old your furnace is. The average furnace will work well for you for about 15 years. If your furnace is older than that, chances are you will be better off replacing it rather than fixing an old worn out system.
How Efficient is Your Furnace?
With energy costs so high, you want a furnace that will be energy efficient. When trying to figure out the efficiency of your furnace you need to find out the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) number. This number will let you know what percentage of the fuel is turned into heat rather than being lost through inefficiencies in the system. It might be expensive to replace your furnace, but you will save in the long wrong with energy costs. A furnace that is over 20 years old usually has an AFUE of about 70%. On top of savings on your energy bill each month, there could be local tax benefits that are worth looking into when you buy an energy efficient furnace for your home.
Consider Furnace Repair Costs
If you have had your furnace evaluated, you more than likely have a rough estimate of how much it will cost to fix it. If the cost of repairs is more that 1/3 the cost of a new furnace, you should consider replacing it. When you start to feel like something needs to be fixed frequently, it may also be time to replace rather than repair.
What Type of Furnace Troubleshooting & Repair is Required?
If you are looking at minor repairs on your older furnace, you will probably be better off just getting it repaired. When the repairs start to be major, then you have to consider the cost of replacing rather than repairing. You don’t want to dump a bunch of money into an old unit when you could put that money towards a more efficient, new furnace. You may have a small leak or thermostat issue that can be easily resolved. When the repair has something to do with repairing the heat exchanger or the control module, fixing it can really add up quick.
Furnace Installation, Replacement, Repair & More in the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
Whether you have decided to repair your existing furnace, or replace it with a new one, Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning can help you with either. You may find that it is far more efficient to bite the bullet and get a new furnace installed in your home, but if you can get several years out of your current furnace, repair away! Call us today for an appointment.