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Tips From Chester NY Contractor: Furnace Repair vs Replacement

Posted On: January 24, 2016

In the course of your adult life, you will face one question at least twice – whether to repair or replace your old furnace. Fortunately, there are many warning signs which can help you make this determination. It is important to note that replacing a furnace before it needs to be replaced is a waste of resources and also a costly process. On the other hand, repairing an old furnace which needs to be replaced will force you to fork out hundreds of dollars in repair costs on a regular basis, which can be extremely costly. It is therefore important for homeowners to watch out for warning signs and make the right decision when the time comes. The following tips and warning signs will help you decide if you need a furnace repair or furnace replacement in Chester NY or in any of the towns in our service area.

Your Furnace Is Over 15 Years Old

furnace repair chester nyMost furnaces have a lifespan of around 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is well over a decade old, you may want to consider replacing it instead of continuing with frequent repairs. Even if a repair job is effective, the furnace is bound to break down again in the near future. Furthermore, an old unit has a low energy efficiency rating, so you will be paying a higher energy bill than you need to. If you have an old furnace, replacing it will allow you to acquire a newer model, which is not only more energy efficient, but also performs better than your old unit.

Your Heating System Produces Strange Noises

Every furnace produces some noise, but if your furnace sounds like it’s possessed, you should consider replacing it. If you hear groaning, whining and banging noises coming from your furnace, that’s a clear sign you need to have it replaced. This is because repairing the furnace will cost you a lot of money since several parts will need to be replaced. In many cases, these strange noises are an indication your furnace is nearing the end of its useful life.

Your Heater Frequently Breaks Down

There is no machine which is immune to breakdowns. However, frequent breakdowns are an indication of a larger problem. Either the heating company you hired to fix the problem is incompetent or the furnace is simply too worn out to be effectively repaired. If the heating company which repaired the furnace is certified, the latter may be the only logical explanation. In such a case, you may want to have the furnace replaced by a certified HVAC company.

Your Heating Bill Is Abnormally High

If there is an unexplained increase in your heating bill, your furnace could be consuming more fuel to compensate for its inefficiencies. You should have the unit checked and replaced since this is a warning sign that your unit needs to be replaced.

Replacing a furnace is a costly process. Fortunately, we offer financing options with approved credit so you can pay over time. When deciding whether to repair or replace your furnace, it is important you compare the cost of replacement to the cost of repairs. Furthermore, you need to check the age of your furnace. If it is over 15 years old, be sure to have it replaced. To ensure the replacement is done properly, it is important you hire a reputable heating company to conduct a furnace repair or replacement.

If you believe that you need a furnace repair or replacement, contact SOS XTREME Comfort® or, give us a call at 845-351-4700. We specialize in heating equipment of all types and models including propane gas furnaces and oil-fired furnaces.

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