Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

During a frigid New Jersey winter, you expect your furnace to chug along all season long to keep you and your family comfortable. If your furnace goes on the fritz, you’re suddenly faced with a big decision of whether or not to repair or replace your heating system. Consider the following guidelines to help you decide if a repair is in order or if investing in a new heating unit is the best choice for you.

When Is Replacing My Heating System the Best Choice?

Replacing your heating unit is probably the right choice if you face the following issues:

Your Unit Poses a Safety Risk

If the heat exchanger in your furnace (the metal plate separating the fuel source and the air it’s heating) is cracked or otherwise damaged, you run the risk of being exposed to dangerous carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can incapacitate a person and eventually lead to death if too much is inhaled.

Your System Is Nearing the End of Its Lifespan

Furnaces should last a long time—sometimes up to 30 years—but if your older unit is in the 15-20 age span, you’re probably better off replacing the unit if you face a costly repair. Older units are much less efficient than the newest heating systems (a unit installed in 1992 is only 65 percent as efficient as a new unit), which means you’re paying a lot more in energy bills each month to operate it while getting less comfort in return.

If your heating system is about three-quarters into its expected lifespan and your repair estimate exceeds a third of the replacement cost, you should seriously consider replacing your unit. For example, a $700 repair on a system that would cost $2,000 to replace is not a good return on your investment. Although you’ll obviously pay more for the replacement system, you’ll enjoy greater efficiency, less energy consumption, and a possible government rebate.

When Should I Invest in Repairs to My Heating Unit?

A new heating system isn’t always necessary. A trained technician can expertly and affordably replace worn belts, clean clogged filters, clean the blower system, fix faulty wiring connections, repair broken thermostats and more, even on older heating systems. In fact, by signing up for a preventative maintenance program, a technician will ensure all of the components of your heating unit are in tip-top shape before winter gets underway. Not only will you have peace of mind knowing your furnace is ready for winter—you’ll face fewer repairs and extend the lifespan of your heating system.

Contact Rubino for Heating System Installation & Repair Service

Deciding whether to repair or replace your home heating system is a big decision. At Rubino Service Company, our trained professionals are ready to help you make the decision that’s right for you. We’ll thoroughly inspect your heating unit and offer you an informed, honest opinion on repairs versus replacement based solely on the condition of your unit. Contact us online today or give us a call at 856-281-1297 to learn more about repairing or replacing your heating system.