Most experts recommend that homeowners replace heating equipment before winter sets in. If you’ve had your furnace system for a while, you may be wondering how to tell if it’s time to replace your system. Arpi’s Industries provides these insider secrets to help you decide if it’s better to invest in a repair or replace the system altogether.
HVAC experts generally follow the 50-50 rule. If a potential repair will cost 50 percent or more than the total cost of a new system, you should probably replace. In the end, you’ll invest your money in a system that will require fewer repairs, provide better comfort and get you energy savings that an older system could never provide.
Of course, there are several other factors that you should discuss with your contractor before making a decision. These factors include:
- The age of your current system. Furnaces are generally manufactured to last about 15 years. Even if your system is just 10 years old, your money might be better spent on a new system that can achieve higher energy savings. However, if you have a relatively new system, the repair might fall under warranty protection.
- How often you use the furnace. While manufacturers set a predicted lifespan, if you use the furnace consistently over a long winter season, the expected lifespan may decrease.
- How well the system is maintained. Regular preventive maintenance adds years to your furnace, keeping its components in good condition. If your system has been maintained by an expert HVAC professional every year, you can add an estimated three to five years to its lifespan.
- If you’re planning on relocating. Upgrading to a newer system will increase the value of your home.
If you’re having trouble deciding whether your system is in need of repair or replacement, contact Arpi’s Industries for an expert consultation. We will take the time to go through each factor with you and help you make the best decision for your home comfort and your budget.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whether to repair or replace and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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