Furnace Repair vs. Replace
WINTER IS COMING! We are beginning to experience cooler mornings and evenings. Prepare for the cold, bitter Utah weather by contemplating your furnace repair vs. replace needs. Is a furnace repair your best choice in the long run, or would a newer system offer you the function and dependability you’ve been eager for?
When determining repair vs. replacement, there are many variables to consider:
How old is your furnace?
The average life expectancy of your furnace is between 16 and 20 years. As your furnace begins to age, problems inevitably occur. If your furnace is original to the home it is probably a builders model. Generally this type is an inexpensive no frills furnace. It won’t have two stages of heat or a variable speed motor. Most are not high efficient either. As with any type of equipment, it is not designed to last forever. There comes a time when maintaining an older furnace becomes cost prohibitive, and eventually, a furnace replacement is required. Shopping for a replacement furnace in an emergency does not allow time to make your best decision, so make an educated decision while time still allows!
Gas & Electric Bills Rising?
Furnaces often lose their efficiency as they age (especially if they have not been properly maintained). As a result, your furnace may run longer to provide the same amount of heat. The extra money you are spending on gas & electric every month could be used to pay for new furnace!
Any Furnace Repairs in the last 2 years?
Furnaces incur the most breakdowns in the final 2 years of their lives. As a furnace ages, it gets harder to locate replacement parts. This not only means these parts come at a higher expense to you, but the waiting period could also be detrimental on a frigid Utah winter night!
Are you constantly adjusting your thermostat to make your home more comfortable?
This is a sign that your furnace lacks the ability to properly distribute the air to keep you comfortable in your home. Newer furnaces are designed to combat this issue, and ensure comfort in every room in your home. Ask about our Amana furnace that has two stages of heat and a variable speed motor. This furnace has a blower motor that senses the torque and ramps up or down in order to deliver the correct amount of air flow through your duct work. This furnace also features two stages of heat. The first stage uses a lower btu and airflow setting. If it doesn’t satisfy the thermostat within 7 to 10 minuets it kicks on to the second stage. In the spring and fall the first stage usually sufficient to keep your home comfortable.
Is your furnace making strange noises?
Old furnaces often start to make some strange noises as they get toward the end of their life. Have you heard any banging, popping, rattling, or squealing noises coming from your furnace? If so, this is a sign that your furnace may be nearing the end of its life expectancy.
Is your house dry or dusty?
Old furnaces often lack the ability to moisturize and clean the air in your home. Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies to airborne dust, mold, pollen, or dander? Frequent dust accumulation, static shocks, drooping plants, and musical instruments that do not stay in tune are also signs of a dry, dusty home. These signs all suggest that your old furnace is not capable of providing you with the comfort you and your family need and desire.
Does your HVAC system utilize R-22?
Years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated the phase out of R-22 as the result of growing environmental concerns. Production of new air conditioning units charged with R-22 ended in 2010, and by 2020 the servicing of R-22-based systems will rely solely on recycled refrigerants. More than likely, your heating and cooling units will have sufficient R-22, unless a leak occurs. However, if a leak does occur, costs to charge existing units leaking R-22 refrigerant have gone up and are expected to rise since production is limited. In addition to saving you on costly repairs, today’s HVAC units offer a green alternative to those utilizing R-22.
So it’s time to replace your furnace…
These are the benefits associated with a furnace replacement:
Substantial Cost Savings
If your system is more than 10 years old and repair costs are approaching 50% of the value of the system, a great deal of energy can be saved by upgrading to a newer system. Depending on the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), upgrading could save you up to 40% on monthly heating and cooling costs!
In Salt Lake City, Utah, the purchase of many of our furnace options comes with a rebate from Questar Gas, in addition to a potential Federal Tax Credit, offsetting your initial investment costs.
For any furnace, providing maximum comfort means achieving the proper amount of airflow. A new furnace will provide the ability to properly distribute the air to keep you comfortable in every room in your home.
Peace of mind
At Humphrey Heating and Air, we know peace of mind, trust, and dependability are of the utmost importance. We have teamed up with Amana, an HVAC distributor whose products and warranties far outweigh the competition.
Warranties on select units include:
10 Year part replacement.
Lifetime system replacement.
10 Year labor.