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What to Consider Before Diving into Furnace Replacement

The last thing you want is to be stuck without heat on a cold night. However, you also don’t want to spend money on an unnecessary furnace replacement. Sometimes, other measures can solve problems with your indoor heating, or at least ensure you’re getting your money’s worth. Here are some tips when considering a furnace replacement.

How Old Is Your System?

Like all mechanical systems, furnaces break down over time. According to the federal Energy Star program, you may want to consider a furnace replacement if your current furnace or boiler is over 15 years old. If your system is more recent than that, repairs or maintenance may be able to solve whatever problems you’re having. However, some problems, such as a cracked heat exchanger, likely will necessitate furnace replacement no matter how new your existing heating system is.

How Often Does Your Furnace Need Repair?

A heating system that’s constantly breaking down can become a serious money drain, and sometimes it makes more sense to replace your furnace than to keep paying for repairs. If the repairs amount to half the cost of a new furnace, most experts say this is the time to consider replacement. However, some simple troubleshooting steps may be all that’s necessary to solve heating problems, even those experienced by aging units.

Are Heat or Cold Problems Confined to a Single Area In Your Home?

Do you notice one room or area of your home is consistently hotter or colder than others? For example, rooms over garages are notoriously prone to chilliness, while areas facing west, or with a lot of windows, can often get hot in the summer and cold during the winter. If heating or cooling issues only affect part of your home, you may be able to fix the problem by adding insulation, repairing ductwork or installing a zoned cooling and heating system.

Are There Issues With Dust or Air Quality?

Finally, issues with air quality may not call for a furnace replacement. In many cases, faulty or aging ductwork (or ducts that haven’t been properly maintained) can cause air quality problems. Try replacing filters and checking for air leaks, sealing the latter with metal-backed duct tape or mastic sealant. A duct cleaning may resolve the issue, as well, though make sure a reputable firm inspects your ducts before going that route.

For More Information

If you need more information about whether you need to replace your San Diego area home’s furnace, please contact us at Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning. Our knowledgeable, friendly HVAC pros can help.