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Both furnace repair and installation could save you money, depending on your circumstances, but how do you know when it’s time to let go and install a whole new system?
Generally, it is thought of as more economical to keep the furnace you have, but there are also other concerns to think about, like the environmental-friendliness of your furnace, and the extra features you’ll get with an upgrade.
In this article we run through a few of the main considerations to weigh up when choosing between furnace repair and installation.
Big or small repair?
How big is the repair your furnace needs? Before you call in a professional, there are a few things you can check for yourself: First, examine the air filter on your furnace – if it’s clogged, this is likely causing an airflow problem, but it can be easily cleaned and fixed.
Second, inspect the thermostat for loose wires. If it’s electric, try changing the batteries. If none of these is an issue, it’s probably time to call a furnace repair and installation service.
How efficient is your furnace?
If your furnace is more than 15 years old, it is high time to consider a change, as most furnaces last just less than 20 years at a stretch. Newer furnaces are much more efficient, and will save you money on energy in the long run.
By checking the annual-fuel-utilization-efficiency (AFUE) rating of your furnace, you’ll be able to gauge the percentage of heat it can get from a therm of gas. Some models can hit up to 97 percent, or near-total efficiency, making an excellent investment for a home.
Are advanced features important to you?
There are many advanced features you can expect from a new furnace system, which will be tempting when selecting between old furnace repair and new furnace installation. Options like variable speed and heat output will allow you to choose warmer and cooler, or slower and faster settings for heating your home.
Other options for larger homes include zoned heating, where you can adjust the temperature settings in various parts of the house. With more options, come more complications, but once you have a good service provider to contact and a warranty for any new installations, you’ll be covered in the case of problems or breakages in the first few years.
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