For most heating systems in the Greater Las Vegas Valley, furnaces are an essential element. It can be tough to decide if you should invest in repairs or if a replacement furnace is in order. Generally, due to the expense, most prefer to wait out a furnace replacement if some repairs can buy them a few more years. This strategy can be a waste of your hard-earned dollars, unfortunately. Today, we at Hal Mechanical would like to help you with the inner debate of investing in more repairs or replacing the furnace.
What is Most Expensive? Cost or Repairs or Replacement
When compared to replacement costs, repair bills exceed more than 50%. As recommended by industry specialists, when the repair exceeds 50% of the cost of a replacement, it is in your better interest to replace the furnace. Also, your better option is replacing the furnace if it has operated through over 75% of their lifespan and repairs are around 1/3rd of a replacement cost. When the furnaces are older than 15 years and repairs are more extensive, replace the furnace as well.
Age of Furnace
The furnace’s age is a factor. Being is contingent on the quality of the model and manufacturing year, as well as the diligence in maintenance and care, furnaces tend to last anywhere from 15-20 years. The break downs and insufficient performance naturally increases as the furnace approaches the end of its life. If it is over ten years old and continually needs repairs for two seasons in a row, it is better to replace the furnace.
Furnace Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is a consideration. The supply and demand along with changes in weather patterns from year to year are reasonable factors that you should expect to fluctuate the heating costs. When the abnormal spikes month to month coincide with the use of the furnace, however, there may be underlying issues. The internal parts become worn with age and use. Just remember the age factor since furnaces under ten years can safely be repaired, and anything older should be further analyzed, especially if you need repairs often over 2 years should be considered replacing.
A Cracked Heat Exchanger is Serious
Carbon dioxide is a threat. It can be potentially fatal to be exposed to carbon monoxide over time. When its combustion chamber is cracked, which is irreparable, the furnace produces the carbon monoxide usually. The colorless, tasteless, and odorless toxic gas can be detected. Being subjected to prolonged carbon monoxide exposure will manifest the following symptoms:
– An inactive upward draft of the chimney.
– The furnace is surrounded by Soot streaks
– Rusted pipes
– The burner flame that is normally blue on the furnace shifts to a yellow
– Windows, walls, and others such surfaces have noticeable extra moisture buildup
– The development of flu-like symptoms like disorientation, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms
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In addition to maintenance services, Hal Mechanical provides furnace repair or replacement services. Call us to get started when your need furnace services.