Your air conditioner has no doubt been put to good use during summer months and with the change of seasons quickly approaching it is time to think about repairing or replacing your furnace. Not sure when the right time to replace your furnace is? Here are some simple tips that can help you determine if a repair or a replacement is needed.
How efficient is your heating and cooling system?
When you turn on the heating and cooling system, do you see a big increase in the cost of your energy bills? If your energy bill is getting higher and higher, look at the break down on the bill to see where the energy is being allocated. If you see a large increase when the air conditioner or heater is in use for extended periods of time, this could be a sign that your system is becoming inefficient. Over time, the system will slow down and it will take more energy to keep it working at its peak, especially if the unit is older or has not been maintained well on a regular basis.
Has it been repaired often?
Assess how many times you have had to call to get the furnace paired or how many times you’ve had to replace parts. If you’re spending major money in repairs every year to your furnace, you may need to evaluate if you’re spending more than you need to. Many times, it’s more cost effective to replace the system entirely and you’d be surprised at how affordable many of the systems are, especially with rebates and incentives that are offered throughout the year. In the long run, you will save money on your energy bill with a new and efficient system.
Is the system old?
Your heating and cooling system is a machine that unfortunately won’t last forever. After years of reliable use, the furnace will start to wear down and it will likely begin to have issues that need addressing. Determine how long you’re planning on staying in your home and if you need a basic system or something a little bit better. Consider the weight of repair costs versus replacement, but remember that if the furnace is more than 15 years old, you should consider replacing it with a high efficiency model.
Before you know it, the cold days and nights of autumn and winter will be here and you will want to have your new system in place to keep you comfortable, no matter what the weather is doing outside. We are proud of our no-pressure sales approach and each of our sales professionals are experienced in telling you about a variety of different systems that will keep you comfortable for years to come! We’re happy to come out and advise if a new system is needed or if simple repairs and maintenance will be enough.