It’s a cold winter night, and you’ve just heard a terrible sound in your attic. It was the sound of your furnace dying, and now you’re faced with a choice between furnace repair versus replacement. In other words, do you choose to have the professional team at Wagner revive your current furnace or is it better to just cut your losses and have Wagner install a new one.
Every situation—and furnace—is different, and resolving the furnace repair versus replacement debate will require a certified professional technician inspecting your heating system and providing you with details. However, in this blog post, we’ll review some things to think about if you’re debating between having your furnace repaired or just getting a new one.
No matter what you decide, Wagner is here to help. To get started with either a furnace repair or new furnace estimate, give us a call at (505) 884-2822. We serve the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metro areas.
Upgrade to save on repair costs
No one plans on having their furnace break down. It just happens, but it’s often unexpected, and the cost of repair can be surprising. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, any manufacturer’s warranty it might have once had has probably since expired, meaning that you’re on the hook for any and all repair costs. To make matters more complicated, with an older furnace, there’s no guarantee that something else unrelated to the first problem might break down the road, or even in the same season.
In contrast, a new furnace is not only far less likely to break down, but most new systems—including those installed by the professional team at Wagner—come with a manufacturer’s warranty protecting parts and labor. If something does go wrong, you’ll be covered in most cases. Over time, the cost of repairing an older furnace can add up to the cost of just replacing it with a new one. But, that’s not the only place where your older system can be stealing money from you.
Upgrade to save on your energy bills
For good reason, many of us think that it’s a good idea to keep using things until they break for good. For example, you wouldn’t throw away a toaster oven that keeps toasting your bread. However, a furnace is much more complicated, and as furnaces age, they become less and less efficient. Your toaster oven may also be using more energy as it gets older, but since toasters don’t account for nearly 50% of your home’s energy use, you don’t notice the problem. That’s not the case with your furnace.
Your older furnace could be costing you money on two fronts. Not only is an older furnace more likely to experience mechanical failures and breakdowns as it ages, but it’s also draining more money out of your bank account every single month through higher and higher bills. If you’ve been debating furnace repair versus replacement on the grounds of costs, take into consideration what you’ll be spending extra for the old system, in the form of higher monthly bills. Over time, those additional costs can add up.
Upgrade for better comfort
So, your older furnace isn’t getting the job done in terms of reliability or energy efficiency. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s probably also not performing like it once did. As furnaces age past ten years, they just don’t heat your home as effectively as they did when they were new. In most cases, your home will begin to experience hot and cold spots instead of the even heating you once had. When this happens, you’ll know that it’s time for an upgrade.
Wagner can help you resolve the furnace repair versus replacement debate
The best way to determine if it’s better to repair your older furnace or replace it with a new one? Talk to the technicians from Wagner Mechanical. We pride ourselves on being honest and helpful. We’re not going to push you into buying a new furnace that you don’t need. Instead, we’ll lay out the advantages of upgrading and what things will cost, so that you have the knowledge to make a great decision. From there, we’ll help you with whatever you need. Debating between furnace repair versus replacement doesn’t need to be stressful.
Ready to get started with either furnace repair or new furnace installation? Give Wagner Mechanical a call at (505) 884-2822, or contact us online.