Homeowners often wonder if they should repair or replace a furnace when it breaks down. There are a few things to keep in mind when making this important decision. Read on to learn about the most important factors to consider.
Your Furnace Is Producing Carbon Monoxide
A furnace with a cracked heat exchanger produces carbon monoxide. This odorless, colorless gas is dangerous to your health when breathed. A heater producing carbon monoxide needs to be replaced immediately.
Your Furnace Is More Than 15 Years Old
The average furnace lasts 15 to 20 years. This will vary by brand, model, how often it is used, whether it’s maintained, and your home’s indoor air quality. Once a furnace is more than 15 years old, it’s probably time to replace it with a new, more efficient model. Most breakdowns occur in the last few years of a furnace’s life. Frequent repairs can be more costly than replacing the system. If you need to keep having a technician out to repair an old heater, it’s time to think about replacing it.
At Roanoke Mechanical Heating & Cooling, we replace and repair furnaces for customers living in Roanoke and the surrounding areas. We’ve been in business for more than 40 years.
Your Energy Bill Keeps Going Up
Your energy bills will fluctuate year to year depending on the weather. Half of your energy bill consists of heating and cooling your home. If you notice your winter energy bills keep climbing, it’s likely because of your furnace.
Furnaces become less efficient over time. This is especially true if they haven’t been regularly maintained. You’ll see a reduction in your energy bills after installing a new unit, especially since new heaters are much more efficient than those made even a decade ago.
Your Heating and Cooling Solution
At Roanoke Mechanical Heating & Cooling, we offer heating and cooling solutions for residential and commercial clients throughout the Greater Roanoke area. We also install and repair Navien tankless water heaters. Call us today to schedule an appointment.