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Heater Repair or Replacement: A Checklist to Determine the Best Investment

Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 by

Heater Repair or Replacement: A Checklist to Determine the Best InvestmentBefore you proceed with a heater repair, it’s worth the time to consider whether a replacement system may be the better option. Work with your HVAC contractor to run the numbers, comparing the return on investment in a heater repair, as opposed to a heating system replacement.

A replacement is generally the better investment over a heater repair when:

  • The system is aging. Most furnaces should last about 15 years, so if your furnace is reaching that age, or it’s well beyond that age, a heater repair probably won’t make sense financially. Don’t invest more repair money into a furnace that may be facing a significant component failure in the near future.
  • You have higher energy bills. If you’ve noticed energy bills climbing, in addition to increases in energy costs, it’s likely that the furnace can’t perform like it used to. If you repair the furnace, it will likely continue to run, but you’ll probably also be paying more in terms of energy bills.
  • You’ve already paid for several repairs. As a furnace ages, and the components have used up their useful service hours, it will begin to break down. You’ll likely experience more breakdowns in the future, even if you repair it. At a certain point, it doesn’t make wise financial sense to invest even more money into a heater repair.
  • You aren’t comfortable in your home. High energy bills are one thing, but if your aging furnace can’t keep you and your loved ones comfortable during a chilly winter, repairing the furnace probably won’t solve your comfort problems. Heating technology has made great strides over the last two decades, and new furnaces today employ advanced features to further home comfort, evenly distributing heat throughout the home with variable-speed air handlers, and delivering just enough heat to accommodate the heating load with two-stage gas valves.

If you suspect that a heater repair just won’t cut it this time, contact the experts at AirRite Air Conditioning Company to provide you with options and ideas for a replacement system that will save you money and keep you comfortable. We serve DFW with quality air conditioning and heating replacements, duct cleaning and sealing, and geothermal and solar solutions.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about heating repair or replacement and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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