A malfunctioning gas furnace can not only make your family uncomfortable on a cold night, but it can also affect their health.
Homeowners may question whether they should pay for a furnace repair or a furnace replacement. Both can be expensive, but you don’t want to keep repairing a failing furnace. There are several ways you can tell which the best option is.
The Life of a Furnace
The average life span of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace falls into that age, it would probably be best to go ahead and replace it. If your furnace is younger than 12 years old, you should go ahead and repair it as there are years left in the furnace life span.
The question then becomes what to do with furnaces that are between 12 and 16 years old. That’s where you should do a self-diagnosis to determine the best option for you and your family. Or call in a professional HVAC contractor like TemperaturePro in Cedarburg. Their trained technicians can quickly asses the situation & offer options.
Check Your Thermometer
See if the temperature in your home is rising to the temperature set. If it’s dramatically lower, there could be a problem with your gas furnace.
Check Your Filters
Dirty, unchanged filters are the number one reason a furnace may be ineffective. Filters are supposed to be changed every 30 days, but few people do that. If your air filter is dirty, replace it and see if your house gets warmer.
It is also a good idea to clean out your duct work at least once a year. Dusty ducts not only contribute to inefficient heating and air but could also be a fire hazard and affect allergies.
Talk to Your Family
Find out if family members feel colder than usual. It is helpful to know when the coldness started, whether it was during a recent, sudden temperature drop or if it is cold all the time. It could be the furnace doesn’t function well in extreme environments, although it should keep you warm all the time.
Look at Your Bills
A good indicator of a problem and when it started may be in your energy bills. A dramatically escalated bill indicates inefficiency somewhere in your home. If the increase matches when your family started feeling cold, then you have solid evidence of a furnace problem.
Check Your Pilot Light
Pilot light problems could mean big furnace problems. If it keeps going out, you will want a repair person to look at it. A yellow or flickering burner flame could be a serious health issue for your family as that may be an indicator of a carbon monoxide issue. That should be looked at by a professional immediately to determine the risk and repair cost.
Most furnaces hum quietly as they work. A furnace that makes a lot of noise is probably in need of repair. One common noise signaling a repair is if the blower is operating continuously. Another sign of a malfunction is if the blower cuts off frequently or blows cold air.
Look around the furnace also to check for bent or damaged pipes. Also look for soot around the furnace as that could be a sign of disrepair. Another possible problem and that is an easy fix, is if the furnace area is covered with dust. Sometimes a collection of dust could be causing the problem, as it clogs vents and pipes and sometimes is the sign of a problem as furnaces are supposed to clean your home’s air. Clean the area and see if that helps with your furnace’s efficiency. If it doesn’t, then consider a repair or replacement.
Once you have identified a problem, it’s time to consider whether you should repair your furnace or pay for a furnace replacement. There are several factors to think about when it comes to this decision.
The Money You Have Spent
Look at how much you have spent on furnace repair in the past two years. If it is considerable, you probably should opt for a new furnace. Typically, failing furnaces require ongoing repairs. Another repair may not permanently fix your problem in this situation.
It is also a good idea to compare what you have spent, including the estimate of another repair with what a new furnace would cost. You may find the difference isn’t that much.
Check Your Warranty
Gas furnaces come with warranties, although the length and extent of the warranty varies. If you bought your home new, you could still be under warranty. Normally, a pre-owned home is inspected, but does not come with warranties on heating and air, appliances or other things in the home. Those who bought a furnace in the past 10 years could be under a warranty.
Find Out About Parts
A sign of an out-of-date furnace is whether repair parts are hard to find. Not only is this frustrating but can be expensive as discontinued parts tend to cost more. If this is the case, consider a new furnace.
Find Out About Tax Credits
Sometimes, homeowners replacing older furnaces with new energy efficient models are eligible for state or federal tax credits. It could pay to investigate whether you could qualify.
Once you decide about your furnace, you can call TemperaturePro in Cedarburg with any questions and cost estimates of repair versus furnace installation. There are trained technicians who can answer all your questions and the company has an array of products and services that will make your family comfortable again. The company also participates in a program to install heating units for low-income families in need and has a wealth of financing options to discuss.
There is absolutely no reason for you and your family to be left in the cold! You just need to decide which option is best for you and call TemperaturePro Cedarburg.
About Temperature Milwaukee in Cedarburg:
TemperaturePro is your full-service in-home heating and cooling provider. Whether you need a new unit installed or your current unit repaired and maintained, our certified HVAC technicians can do it all. An HVAC system is an important investment that will impact your life for years to come. It’s important to protect that investment, and TemperaturePro does it better than anyone in the business. We provide quality HVAC services at a great cost!
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