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Knowing When to Replace Your Furnace

There are some things in life that should never only “kind of” work. Things like lightbulbs, bookshelves, and airplanes have a specific function to perform and, at the end of the day, they either do it or they don’t. One household appliance that falls into this category is your furnace.
All too often homeowners get complacent with a “kind-of-working” furnace. After all, it still functions—for the most part—even if it has been getting more expensive to run each month. But today we’ll take a look at knowing when to draw the line in the sand and replace your furnace to have a warm, cost-efficient winter.

A cost-benefit analysis for your furnace

Believe it or not, furnaces have a fairly predictable lifespan with an average of 15 years ranging from 13-20. If you’re experiencing serious problems with a furnace that is over 12 years old, chances are you should consider replacing it sooner rather than later. That said, one of the most common questions we get is what constitutes a “serious problem with my furnace?”

Not all repairs are created equal. Some furnaces need minor, inexpensive fixes to get back on track, such as a clogged air filter; others, however, require professional help, like when the problem becomes mechanical. That’s why one of the biggest questions you need to ask yourself before deciding whether or not to replace your furnace is:

“What kind of repair does my furnace likely need? Large or small?”

For a furnace to function properly, all the little pieces need to work together. If one of these parts gets damaged or malfunctions, it can affect the entire system. Before anything, do a bit of research on common problems for furnaces and troubleshoot your own furnace. Often, you may find that the problem you’re experiencing is as simple as a bad thermostat setting (also known as “user malfunction”). When this is the case, it obviously wouldn’t make sense to replace your entire furnace.

But some problems run deeper. Mechanical disruptions, trouble with the igniter, or any other part of the furnace that makes you think, “I probably shouldn’t be touching this.” In those instances, you’ll want to hire a professional to “take a look under the hood” and get a quote on what it would cost to repair. Often, it is this price that will determine whether or not you want to replace your furnace.

Furnaces play such a vital role in keeping you and your family warm all winter long, it’s important to have a healthy, well-maintained furnace. If you start to see that your furnace is malfunctioning or getting more expensive to run, take a look at some of the more common problems that may need a quick fix. Otherwise, call an expert to diagnose and give you a quote for the cost of repairing your furnace. Again, if repairs are over 50% of buying a new one, it’s wisest to replace it!

After all, no one wants a furnace that only “kind of” works, and you deserve more than a house that is only “kind of” warm. 

If you need any help with diagnosing any of these issues reach out to Godby and we would be more than happy to help keep you warm this upcoming winter.

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