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Is Your Furnace In Need Of Replacement? Look For These Reasons To Replace It

by Yolanda White

Do you have a furnace in your home that currently has some problems? You're likely wondering if your furnace only needs a simple repair or if it is time to replace it. Here are some reasons to replace your furnace instead of repair it.

The Furnace Is Really Old

The first thing you'll want to ask yourself is how old the furnace is. That is because furnaces typically have a lifespan of between 15 and 20 years. While you don't want to simply replace the furnace if there is an easy fix to make in that age range, it is a thing to consider for big repairs so you know if the fix is going to be cost effective. You likely do not want to make a repair on a really old furnace and then have it break down and require another expensive repair soon after. Age can be a good indication that it is worth doing a repair as well, since if the other components in the appliance are still fairly new, then there is a chance it won't break down again anytime soon.

The Home Now Has More Square Footage 

Did you add an addition or finish a basement since the furnace was last put in, and now the furnace is working overtime to heat all that additional square footage? If so, a broken furnace may be a good excuse to upgrade to one that is the proper size. If you've noticed that the current HVAC system is struggling to keep those new parts of your home hot, it could be due to the furnace being undersized. It would then make it worth replacing the entire furnace with a bigger one that can heat your entire home without any issues. 

The Furnace Is Short Cycling

A warning sign that you typically have a big problem with your furnace is when the entire system is short cycling. This is a problem where the furnace turns on and off quickly, often not getting the home to the proper temperature before the entire system shuts down. While this can be a problem that can be fixed with a repair, you should know that it could be quite costly to get the furnace up and running. When that's combined with the furnace being old in age, replacement may be the best option.

Not sure what to do with your broken furnace? Bring in an HVAC professional to diagnose the problem for you and make a recommendation about whether you need to invest in furnace replacement