Furnaces are an essential element to most heating systems in the Greater Las Vegas Valley. When the furnace starts to display symptoms of failing, it can be tough to decide if you should invest in repairs or a replacement furnace. Generally, most prefer to wait out a furnace replacement due to the expense if some repairs can buy them a few more years. Unfortunately, this tactic can be a waste of your hard-earned dollars. Today, we at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to continue to analyze furnace repair versus replacement. To help homeowners make a more informative choice and ultimately, decide if a replacement or repairs are in order, we prepared simple guidelines below.
The furnaces tend to last anywhere from 15-20 years, and it is contingent on the quality of the model and manufacturing year, as well as the diligence in maintenance and care. When the furnace approaches the end of its life, the break downs and insufficient performance naturally increases. For furnaces under the age of 10 years, it is generally safe to opt for repairs. It is better to replace the furnace if it is over ten years old and continually needs repairs for two seasons in a row.
Abnormally High Power Bill
It is generally expected that heating costs will fluctuate with the supply and demand and changes in weather patterns from year to year. There may be underlying issues when the abnormal spikes month to month coincide with the use of the furnace, however. As the furnace ages, the internal parts become worn. Keep in mind that common and normal wear occurs with use. Especially if you need repairs often over 2 years should be considered replacing, just remember the age factor since furnaces under ten years can safely be repaired, and anything older should be further analyzed.
Frequent Furnace Repairs
When repair costs exceed more than 50% of the total price of a replacement. It is in your better interest to replace the furnace, as recommended by specialists, when the repair exceeds 50% of the cost of a replacement. The replacement is your better option when, furnaces that have operated through over 75% of their lifespan should need repairs of 1/3rd of a replacement cost. Also, if the furnaces are older than 15 years and repairs are more extensive.
Carbon Monoxide Symptoms in House
With long-term exposure to carbon monoxide can be potentially fatal. With the placement of carbon monoxide detectors, the colorless, tasteless, and odorless toxic gas can be detected. The furnace produces the carbon monoxide often when its combustion chamber is cracked, which is irreparable. The following are symptoms of being subjected to prolonged carbon monoxide exposure:
– Rusted pipes
– The normally blue burner flame on the furnace becomes shifts to yellow
– Extra moisture buildup is noticeable on windows, walls, and others such surfaces
– Flu-like symptoms like disorientation, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms develop
– The chimney’s upward draft is inactive.
– Soot streaks surround the furnace