There are plenty of times in life when the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach is the best course of action. When it comes to home heating equipment, however, this just isn’t always the case. For example, the need for furnace replacement becomes urgent when the system completely shuts down; it often becomes significantly more expensive and stressful, too. By taking proactive action to maintain your heating system, you can prolong its life and put off the need for a furnace replacement for many years. Still, there are many reasons why you don’t want to wait until the last possible minute to consider replacing your furnace.
- The Blower Motor Fails – Technically, you can replace a blower motor and avoid a full furnace replacement. The problem is that a new motor can cost anywhere from $400 to well over $1,000. When you crunch the numbers, springing for a new blower motor could actually mean leaving money on the table down the line. A new unit will have new energy-saving features capable of shaving significant amounts off your monthly heating (and cooling) bill. Depending on the system you choose, you may also have tax incentives and rebates to sweeten the deal.
- Cracked Heat Exchanger – Some heating system components are absolutely vital for safe operation. The heat exchanger is responsible for keeping carbon monoxide and other noxious gasses from making their way into your home. These potentially deadly substances must be prevented from seeping into ducts and vents, so a cracked heat exchanger is undoubtedly a cause for a furnace replacement.
- A Circuit Board Needs to Be Replaced – Some components of your heating system control so much it’s often best to spring for a full furnace replacement over swapping out the part. Circuit boards fall squarely in this category. Depending on the age of your unit, especially one older than fifteen years, it’s often a better bet to replace the entire furnace. Rather than the three to five years average span a new circuit board might add, you’ll get the full benefit of a newer, more efficient system you can expect to last up to two decades.
- Repair Costs are Mounting – Replacing a part here and a part there every so often is tolerable, but there’s a point where it pays to add up the cumulative costs of multiple small repairs. If you’re regularly replacing parts and hardware, the over-time costs of maintaining your current system are likely to be higher and more stressful than a furnace replacement.
- You’re Ready to Sell – Thinking about cashing in on a nationwide housing shortage and seller’s market? If you’re planning to sell, a new furnace replacement is a major selling point that can help you command top dollar for your property.
Not sure if it’s time for a new furnace? Sure-Fire can help you consider all your options to keep your home comfortable year-round.