SHOULD YOU REPAIR OR REPLACE YOUR FURNACE
Everyone wants to save money and feel more comfortable at home. But with an older heating system, that can be a tricky combination to achieve. You can adjust the thermostat to produce warmer air, but your energy bills go up accordingly. And sometimes the thermostat doesn't help at all, not if the system has seen better days. 

If you're trying to decide whether it's time to replace your furnace or boiler, talk with the experts at Airquip to learn about your options. Until then, here are a few home evaluations that you can make on your own:

Your System is More Than 10 Years Old

The lifespan of a furnace goes on the decline after about 10 years. Although yours might be in great shape at a decade and counting, it's not unusual for other problems to start creeping up when the system is a little older. At 10 years, it's reasonable to start shopping for something new, such as a Trane Furnace. 

The money that you spend repairing chronic problems could go toward a new system. 


Repairs and Related Costs are Racking Up

All furnaces and boilers need repairs once in a while. But if yours is out of service as much as it's not, or if repair costs start to pinch, it's time to think about whether you should keep it. Some repairs happen sooner than they should if an over sized unit is installed. When a furnace is too big for the job, it cycles on and off frequently, which can cause the system to break down sooner than it should. 

Your Furnace Is Becoming Dangerous To Your Health & Family

Frequent cycling, in addition to old age, can lead to a dangerous situation. The "cracked heat exchanger" is a term that is thrown around a lot, but what is it exactly and what causes it? A heat exchanger is essentially a curved metal tube that combusted gases pass through and transfers all of its heat into the metal. Air is then blown over the exterior of the heat exchanger, transferring the heat into the air warming the air and pushing it into your home via the ductwork.

When a crack forms (as shown in the picture below), even very small ones, it leaks those combustes gases into your home via the air supply ductwork. The most common combusted gas is Carbon Monoxide (CO), an odorless, colorless gas that floods the bloodstream and causes unconsciousness and death if exposure is severe.

An annual inspection of your furnace will not only make sure you never have to deal with Carbon Monoxide poisoning, but it is also necessary to keep most manufacturer warranties valid.


The House Isn't Hot Enough

During some parts of winter, most furnaces really get a workout. But if your home isn't hot enough, you might need a replacement. Another reason for a too-cold house is a problem with the ductwork. However, if this is a new issue, then the problem resides with the furnace. A service call can determine whether you need a damper adjustment, or if the whole system is slowly giving up. 

Energy Bills are Sky High

An inefficient furnace requires too much energy to cool your home. If your heating bills are higher than what seems reasonable, a more efficient system can help. Trane's variable & modulating furnaces works smarter, not harder. It runs at a lower intensity, for a longer period of time. Much like comparing a Corvette to a Prius, a variable & modulating speed furnace may have much lower acceleration speeds, but it gets much better gas mileage than the Corvette.

The System is Too Noisy

All furnaces make some noise, but rattles, clanks and other unusual sounds mean something isn't working properly. If you catch it early, the problem might be repairable. But if it's not, replacement lets you start saving energy and money sooner instead of later. A high efficiency system from Trane is most certainly quieter than your old unit, and chances are, it produces less noise than a new furnace. 

You love your pets, but you don't want your house to smell like them. 

Air Quality is Dropping

Furnaces filter indoor air, which should make your home smelling fresher and cleaner, too. But when air quality drops off, there may be a problem with the system, or it is time to upgrade to a more efficient filtering system. Pet dander, dust and pollen can spread through the house. Moisture can also build up, leading to mold and mildew in some areas, especially windows. A Trane system can help by producing clean, filtered air.

The decision to replace your furnace isn't a light one. If yours is still repairable, it might not be quite time. The experts at Airquip can help explain the pros and cons of keeping it or buying something new.

Call Airquip today at 585-641-3080 for an furnace inspection, and to learn about all of your options. This might not be the fall/winter when you replace what you've got, but knowledge is power. When the time is right, Airquip will be there to install an energy saving system that makes your home as comfortable as it can be. 

Not Ready to Replace? Maybe a tune-up will give your AC the kick it needs.


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