Should I Repair or Replace my Furnace?

There are no hard rules when determining whether you should repair or replace your furnace, but there are a number of significant factors that should contribute to your decision. In either case, you’ll want to be sure you are ready for the heating season with a safely functioning furnace that is up to the task. Here are some things to consider when determining whether to buy a new system.

Carbon Monoxide Emissions

If your furnace is creating excess levels of carbon monoxide, it should be replaced immediately to avoid a life-threatening situation. This substance is poisonous. High carbon monoxide levels could be a sign of a cracked combustion chamber within the furnace, and this is not something to take lightly.

Age of the Furnace

Older furnaces are not as efficient as newer ones. In general, furnaces are designed to last 15 to 30 years before they need to be replaced. Of course, this varies with the furnace manufacturer and quality of the build.

Cost of Repair Versus Cost of Replacement

Professionals generally recommend replacing your furnace when the cost to repair it is greater than 50% of the replacement cost. New furnaces typically cost between $2000 and $7000 based on type and efficiency rating.

Increased Heating Costs

Heating costs in any given year can vary with the weather and the economy. However, if you see unusual increases in your heating bill from what you have been paying on an annually averaged basis, this could be a sign your furnace is using too much energy to produce heat and needs to be repaired or replaced.

Decreased Efficiency From Room to Room

Do you notice room-to-room temperature variations while your furnace is running? This is a sign your furnace is losing efficiency, and it might be time to consider a new one.

Where Should I Go for Help With My Furnace?

If you are located anywhere in or near Littleton, CO, you can rely on the experts from Littleton Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve been conscientiously serving the people of this area since 1972. In addition to helping you repair or replace your furnace, we can help you maintain either the old or the new one. We can also clean your ducts, take care of your indoor air quality needs or deal with any cooling issue you encounter. Call us today for any type of HVAC services.

Meet the Author
Darek Buczysnki
Darek Buczysnki

Darek Buczysnki is the proud owner of Littleton Heating & Air Conditioning and has over 35 years of experience in the HVAC industry.