When to Try and Save Your System
Determining whether your furnace just needs a repair, or if the whole unit needs to be replaced can be answered by several factors, and our Wyckoff technicians use these components to figure out the best solution for your furnace issues. So, what are the indicators that you may need a repair, rather than a replacement on your current furnace?
Common Furnace Issues
A lot of the time, furnace issues can be fixed by simply replacing a part, or cleaning out filters. Contact a Wyckoff professional to help diagnose what it is that is making your furnace act out, and if it is something like a cracked heat exchanger or an out-of-warranty compressor, most often a repair will do the trick.
Your Furnace is Relatively New
A furnace can live up to 20 years, so if your system is under 10 years in age, it might make more sense to pay for a repair in order to fully maximize what you can get out of that furnace. You can find the age of the furnace based on the inspection sticker or serial number. The first four digits of the serial number typically represent the year and week, or the week and the year, depending on the manufacturer.
When It’s Time to Replace Your System
Your Furnace is Over 10 Years Old
With a lifespan of 15-20 years, if your furnace is experiencing issues and is over 10 years old, spending the money now to buy a new one could offset the cost of paying for repairs on a dying furnace only to have to buy a new one down the road anyway.
Furnace Repair Costs
If the repair total is over $800 for systems older than ten years, Wyckoff recommends getting a new furnace. We encourage our customers to follow our rule of 50 — if a repair is 50% or more of what a new system would cost, purchase the new one.
In 2006, a new standard was put into effect that required residential systems to have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 13 or higher. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the product. As your furnace ages, it becomes increasingly difficult for the system to properly heat your home in a timely and effective fashion, resulting in a lower SEER rating, and an increase in electric bills. If you notice a spike in your payment or are struggling to achieve a comfortable indoor temperature, contact a Wyckoff professional to determine what the next best step will be.
Frequency of Repairs
Are you constantly replacing parts or experiencing endless furnace issues? HVAC systems that require frequent repairs or have a major component failure end up costing a lot more in the long run. Similar to your car, there comes a time when an update is cost-effective, convenient, and sensible.
Wyckoff Furnace Installation
When it comes to heat, Wyckoff has a variety of quality heating solutions to ensure your family is comfortable. Wyckoff is proud to employ the most System Adjustment and Verified Efficiency (SAVE) certified technicians in the state of Iowa. With this designation, the technician installing your HVAC system is properly trained in energy efficiency installation and measurement, and can install a variety of furnaces in different kinds of homes.
We recognize that a new heating system is a significant investment. That’s why we offer financing solutions through Wells Fargo to help make your indoor comfort a reality. Contact us for more information, or apply today.
Request an In-Home Visit
Is your furnace suffering these problems? Contact Wyckoff or complete an appointment request to have a Wyckoff technician visit your home, properly assess your issue, and determine what would warrant a repair or a replacement so you can go back to enjoying your home.
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