Should You Repair or Replace Your Furnace?

Posted on: December 10, 2013

Having furnace trouble can be very frustrating—especially when you’re not sure if another repair is worth it or if it’s time to replace your aging system. At Dowd’s Mechanical, Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been helping homeowners in our area decide whether to repair or replace their furnace since 1997, and we can help you by accurately assessing your unit and recommending the best course of action.

Let us put our years of experience to work for you—call us today at 215-752-3638!

How to Decide Between Repairing & Replacing Your Furnace

Here are a few things you should consider when trying to decide whether to repair or replace your furnace:

The Age of Your Furnace

If you take care of your furnace and have it properly inspected each year, it should last you 10 – 15 years. That said, if you start to experience furnace problems after about a decade (such as decreased performance, higher costs, and frequent breakdowns), you may save more in the long run by opting for a replacement—that way you can benefit from the energy savings of a newer, more efficient system.

Your Monthly Heating Costs

If you’ve had your furnace for a while and you’re starting to notice your heating bills have ticked up recently, the first thing you should do is call Dowd’s Mechanical, Heating & Air Conditioning for a furnace inspection. We can help you determine whether or not you need a furnace replacement, as well as how much money you could save with a new furnace. If the costs and savings add up, we’ll replace your furnace right away!

The Frequency & Cost of Repairs

As furnaces get older they start to need more frequent repairs, and this is especially true as they approach the last two or three years of their lives. If you find that you’re paying almost as much in repairs as you paid for the furnace in the first place, it means you’re probably due for a furnace replacement.

The Overall Comfort of Your Home

This is a great indicator as to whether you should repair or replace your furnace. Can your furnace reliably maintain the temperature set on your thermostat? Is your home heated evenly from room to room? If your furnace can’t manage these two things and it’s near 10 years old (or older), it’s time to replace your furnace. Otherwise, you can consult with one of our HVAC professionals to see what repairs can be made to improve your comfort.

Schedule Your Furnace Service in the Philadelphia Area

If you need more help deciding between a furnace repair and a furnace replacement, call the experts at Dowd’s Mechanical, Heating & Air Conditioning. We can assess your system and make an educated recommendation based on our findings.

Contact us online or by phone at 215-752-3638 to schedule an appointment in the Philadelphia area!