The choice between repairing or replacing your furnace is a big decision. Ultimately, your decision depends on the current state of your furnace. The following list of common furnace problems can help you decide if it’s best to replace or repair your furnace.
- Presence of Carbon Monoxide
Immediately replace your furnace if it’s emitting carbon monoxide. Don’t even think about getting a repair. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, poisonous gas. From 2010 to 2015, more than 2,000 people died from carbon monoxide fumes.
Signs of carbon monoxide include:
- A yellow burner flame instead of a blue flame.
- Rusting on the outside of pipes.
- Excessive moisture on surfaces such as walls and windows.
- Presence of soot around the furnace.
- Illness such as headache, flu-like symptoms, and disorientation.
- The Furnace is More than 15 Years Old
Your furnace is likely outdated if it’s been in use for more than 15 years. A typical furnace can last for up to 30 years, but that depends on variables such as brand and quality. If you’re continuously making repairs to an old furnace, getting a replacement is more economical. But if the furnace is less than 15 years old, an occasional repair is normal.
- Repair Costs More than a Replacement
Get a new one if the repair cost for a relatively new furnace is more than 50% of a replacement. The replacement will cost less than the repair and offer better performance. For an old furnace that’s less efficient, replace it if the repair costs more than one-third of a new one. You’ll probably end up replacing it soon anyway.
- Significant Increase in the Heating Bill
Your heating bill will fluctuate between billing cycles. But if you notice extreme spikes, it could mean there’s a problem with the furnace. It might need an inexpensive repair. But if it’s an old furnace that requires an expensive repair, consider a replacement.
Professional Furnace Repair and Replacement in Sudbury
Call Muirfield Mechanical for furnace repair in Sudbury. We will inspect your furnace and get it in working order. But if a new furnace is necessary, we also provide furnace replacement in Sudbury.
Contact us at (978) 263-7130 today. You can also complete our contact form or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Get your free, no-obligation estimate for a new hybrid HVAC system or a new air conditioning installation.
Our specialist will offer a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate for a new air conditioner or hybrid HVAC system for your home or office. Muirfield Mechanical is a pioneer in the ductless mini-split and has serviced many properties in and around Ayer, Westford, Sudbury, Hudson, Marlborough, Stow, Concord, Newton, Littleton, Groton, Bolton, Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, and Cambridge.