When Should You Replace Your Furnace or Boiler?

You may wake up one morning to discover that your heating or boiler isn't working during the winter months. This can be a significant blow for many homes.

How do you choose whether to repair a failed boiler or furnace, or HVAC system, or upgrade to a new model? It's difficult to determine whether you should repair or replace your heating units, so we've compiled a list of broad guidelines for determining whether you should repair or replace your heating systems.

The less expensive alternative is generally to repair your furnace or boiler. Some repairs, on the other hand, may cost as much as a new furnace or boiler.

Consider whether you want to spend money on a malfunctioning piece of HVAC equipment or invest in a new system if your existing equipment is older. If you're going to replace your system rather than repair it, you'll get a warranty on the functioning of the new system.

The following are some broad guidelines for when it's time to replace your Climate Control Systems:

  • Your heating equipment or boiler is at least ten years old: This is the average equipment life expectancy for heating and air conditioning systems are 12-15 years, with regular maintenance. When compared to the expense of a new system, repairs usually don't make sense after this period since you've passed the typical life span of a furnace or boiler. Upgrading to a more efficient, more modern system may help you save money on your utility expenses. And, if you haven’t done maintenance as recommended by the manufacturer, and regularly changed your filters, you’ll get fewer years out of your investment.
  • Your furnace or boiler is failing frequently, and your energy costs are going up: These are the clear indicators that it's time to upgrade your heating system. Instead of spending money on a heating system that may provide greater, more consistent comfort and lower energy expenses, it is better to invest in one.
  • You are not home for long stretches of time, and you don't have a smart thermostat.: The best smart thermostat for your home is the Ecobee, which can be programmed to keep your energy bills low while also ensuring that you are comfortable. Automated and smart thermostats can also understand your routines, behavior, and energy to make your house more comfortable and efficient.
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