When Should You Repair or Replace Your Furnace? Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Has The Answer. Published on December 29, 2014 If the temperature outside is chilly, the health and operation of your home’s furnace is obviously vital to your comfort. If you’re experiencing furnace problems, you may be wondering whether it’s in your best interests to repair or replace your furnace. There are several factors that will help you resolve which option is best for you. Your Salt Lake City area HVAC professional can help you judge your needs and your current HVAC system to determine whether furnace repair or replacement is the best short- and long-term answer for your Salt Lake City home. When Repair Is Best In most cases, furnace problems can be easily identified and repaired by a NATE-certified, HVAC professional. If your furnace is new—i.e., less than ten years old — odds are highly likely that any issues it has can be solved through repair. Additionally, if your furnace is still heating your Salt Lake City area home efficiently (your HVAC professional can help you verify this), then it is still in your best interest to repair it. Usually, as long as you are not seeing a steady increase in your heating bills with continual usage and your home is not having issues with uneven heating, your furnace is functioning efficiently. Conventional wisdom about furnace repairs is that assuming the repairs you must get are less than one-third of the expense of a new heating system and your furnace is in the first half of its anticipated lifetime, repair is likely your best decision. Remember that even if you are experiencing a reduction in heating efficiency, there are other avenues you can explore before considering replacing your furnace. Talk to your HVAC professional about upgrading your thermostat or checking the integrity of your Salt Lake City home’s ductwork to see if he thinks these solutions could boost the efficiency of your furnace. Talk to Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning about scheduling regular furnace maintenance, which will keep your furnace functioning its best and help you prevent further repairs or drops in efficiency. When Replacement Is Best In some cases, repair will not be able to affordably resolve your issues. The anticipated lifetime of most furnaces is 15-20 years; after which, the heating system will begin to fail more and more often. Accordingly, if your furnace is nearing or passed the 15 year mark, it is time to think about replacement. Beyond the factor of the age of your equipment, if you’ve been calling your HVAC service provider for repairs too often, this could also be a sign that it’s time to consider replacement. Although repairs may seem like an easy fix, if they aren’t keeping your furnace operating for years at a time, these frequent smaller charges will add up and cost you way more than buying new. There are many things that may determine whether replacement is appropriate for you including the quality of your original furnace installation and the capacity of your furnace. Having your furnace installed properly is critical to the performance of the unit. Furthermore, your furnace may be struggling if it’s not sized according to specs for your Salt Lake City home size or heating needs. If your furnace isn’t sized or installed properly, you will probably need to consider a new unit instead of dealing with a heating system that lacks the capacity to properly heat your home. If you have questions about whether repair or replacement of your Salt Lake City home’s heating system is right for you, contact Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today.