It can be difficult to decide whether you should repair or replace your furnace. There are multiple factors at play, such as how old the unit is. This is a guide to help you decide what your best course of action is.
Age of Your Furnace
If your furnace is less than 12 years old, it is likely better to have it repaired. A natural gas furnace that has been maintained can be expected to last for 16 to 20 years. It’s likely that a furnace newer than 12 years old does not have an issue that would warrant it being replaced.
Your Energy Bills Keep Increasing
If your energy bills keep climbing, it could be because your furnace is getting old and increasingly inefficient. You may hear strange noises coming from it, another sign that it does not have much life left in it.
Furnaces are like vehicles in that in their last years, they get increasingly expensive to keep repairing. There comes a point when you are financially better off with a replacement instead of a repair. If you have to wait for parts, that is a warning sign that you ought to replace your heater. Older units have parts that HVAC companies have a hard time sourcing.
At Stan’s Heating, Inc, we help homeowners to determine whether they are better off repairing or replacing their furnace. We are located in Guelph, Ontario, and won the Guelph Mercury Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Award in 2018.
Your Gas Furnace’s Flame Is Yellow Rather Than Blue
A yellow flame is indicative that your furnace is not efficiently burning natural gas. It is also an indication that your furnace is emitting dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. A yellow flame means that you need a heater replacement rather than a repair.