When the weather is bitter cold outside, you rely on your furnace to keep you and your family comfortable in your home. If you furnace happens to sputter and you begin to feel the chill, you call your St. Paul heating repair company for help. But sometimes repairs just aren’t possible, or it just makes more sense to have the entire furnace replaced. The problem is deciding what to do in such a situation. Your St. Paul heating technician can help, but here are a few things to keep in mind.

In the majority of cases, your furnace professional can easily discover the problem and have it fixed in short time. But this is mostly true only if your furnace is less than 10 years old. Also, if your furnace is working, but suffering a minor problem then all you probably need is a relatively simple repair. A general rule of thumb is if the cost for a repair is less than 1/3 of the total cost of a new furnace, then go ahead and have it repaired. Now, you may feel your furnace is working good enough, but your energy costs have steadily increased. This might be the time you look into having the furnace replaced as you will save money with a new, energy-efficient model.

Since the average lifespan of a furnace is from 15 to 20 years, any problems you have with an older furnace may not be repairable or not worth the repair. Just like a car with many thousands of miles on it, your older furnace will likely need repairs more often. When the cost of repairs increases, consider buying a new furnace.

If you have any questions concerning your furnace, feel free to give us a call.