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Broken Furnace: When to Repair or Replace

furnace-burner-litHaving trouble with your furnace? Don’t jump to conclusions just yet. The best thing you can do is call in a technician to have a look. You might find out a small repair is the solution. However, it may end up a new furnace is in order.

This doesn’t have to be a bad thing. A new furnace will likely run much more efficiently and effectively than your older worn-down model, which (if it’s decades old) simply wasn’t manufactured using the high-performance technology manufacturers have today. Read on to learn more about when you may need furnace replacement and contact our technicians for more information.

Any Potential Safety Issue

Although furnaces today are safer than they have ever been, there is the chance of a potential hazard. A cracked heat exchanger may allow carbon monoxide, a toxic gas, to leak into your home. If you find that you have a cracked heat exchanger or a similar safety issue, you should have the furnace replaced.

Catch potential heating safety issues early by:

  • Installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home.
  • Scheduling inspections for your furnace each year.
  • Calling technicians for heating repair as soon as a problem arises.

Installation Troubles

Unfortunately, you can run into problems with your furnace shortly after installation. Sometimes, this is due to a manufacturing problem. Or, an electrical fix may be in order. However, it could be because the furnace is not the proper size for your home.

When a heating system is too small, it is not the correct size to fully heat the home. This can cause it to overheat from all of the extra work, and you may never feel comfortable enough. And many people are surprised to hear that a large heater can cause issues too, short cycling so that it wears down the blower motor. When a system isn’t the proper size, the best solution is typically a replacement.

Costly Repairs and Old Age

Unfortunately, every furnace has an end to its lifespan. Depending on the model of furnace, it may work for anywhere from 10-15 years. After this point, however, it may be better to replace the furnace and prevent sudden system breakdowns.

When an older system needs lots of expensive repairs, it’s a sure sign you should replace the heating system. You should not have to pay half the cost of a new heating system to repair it. At this point, heating replacement is more cost effective.

What Can Be Repaired

Of course, any problem that comes up with a heating system does not mean you have to throw in the towel. Often, your furnace can be repaired. It’s all a matter of making sure you call a technician in a timely manner, so that the issue cannot get any worse. Check out some of the common repairs we commonly make:

  • Cleaning a dirty flame sensor.
  • Repairing wiring problems.
  • Replacing safety switches.
  • Fixing components of the blower motor.

Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp. installs and services furnaces in Westfield, NJ. Call us today–established 1912!

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