Repair or Replace Dilemma: Know Your Furnace’s Expected Lifespan

If your furnace has been breaking down on a frequent basis, or is just not providing the comfort that it used to during our northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan winters, you may be having trouble deciding if it is time to repair or replace it. If you bills are climbing higher over time for no apparent reason, this may be an indication of a problem, as well.

EnergyStar recommends replacing your furnace if it’s more than 15 years old. At that point, the amount of money you will save on monthly utility bills is significant, because new systems are designed to ever tougher standards for energy efficiency. New systems are also made to function better and provide better service, making your home more comfortable than ever before, with better indoor air quality.

Aside from the energy and money savings in the long term, and making your family more comfortable, you will also be keeping your family safer and healthier with a new furnace. Older heating units waste energy and can also develop leaks over time that can allow dangerous and unhealthful conditions to occur, such as the build-up of carbon monoxide or humidity causing mold within the walls. This can happen before you realize it.

If your furnace is fairly new, one of the best things you can do to make it last for many years to come is to schedule regular routine maintenance. This will ensure that any small problems are caught before they become dangerous or expensive to fix. You will also have a clean, well-tuned system that will run efficiently and reliably through the season, eliminating the need for any emergency visits. Maintenance is the best way to avoid the need to repair or replace your system early – allowing you to get the most out of your original investment.

Contact the local HVAC professionals at Home Comfort Experts with your furnace questions. Whether you need a new system designed or installed, maintenance service or advice, we provide guaranteed work, superior products and low prices. Founded by an HVAC professional with over 31 years experience, our company serves the entire Northern Indiana & Southwestern Michigan area.