Could this winter be the last for your furnace? Making an informed decision about whether or not you should upgrade from a furnace that still works to a brand new unit involves several factors. There are some issues to consider that are concrete in nature and make sense logically, then there are some issues that arise that are merely educated guesses. It is a good idea to think about these considerations now as opposed to having to make a snap decision when your furnace breaks down in the midst of a cold snap. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you have to call your Minneapolis heating service.
Age- If the furnace in your home was installed before you moved in, you may have no idea how old it is. It will take a little legwork to determine the age. If it is more than 15 years old, it is past the life expectancy for most gas furnaces. However, this does not mean that a furnace only 12 years old cannot completely fail, nor does it mean your 17-year-old furnace is ready for the scrap heap. But any furnace beyond 15 years in age can be expected to be replaced sooner than later.
Utility Costs- We can tell you that you are likely paying more for utility costs if your furnace is 15 years or older. Replacing your old furnace with a new unit will save you money in heating costs.
The Cost of Upkeep- If you are having to call your heating repair service several times throughout the year to keep your furnace properly functioning, then it makes sense to have it replaced. You must consider the costs of ongoing repairs to the cost of a new unit and make an informed decision.
Safety- Gas furnaces combine open flame with high temperatures and the potential to produce deadly carbon monoxide. So if you are worried about your outdated furnace, you will probably sleep better after having a new one installed.
If you have any questions concerning the lifespan of your furnace, give us a call.