When to Replace a Furnace: Is Yours Repairable?

When to Replace a Furnace: Is Yours Repairable?

No matter where you live, if you need a furnace to keep you warm throughout winter, the last thing you want is a malfunctioning furnace in freezing temperatures. Here in Michigan, and the midwest for that matter, frigid winters are all but uncommon. With this, ensuring your furnace is working properly before the temps drop is crucial to your comfort. Too often, homeowners come home to a freezing house to discover their furnace has gone on the fritz. Yet, there are several warning signs you can watch for in determining when to replace a furnace.

At Applegate Home Comfort, we strive to provide the best services to our mid-Michigan homeowners. Whether you live in Brighton, Holt, or Lansing, Applegate is your go-to service provider for all things HVAC. To ensure our customers are kept warm throughout Michigan’s frigid winters, let us fill you in on when to replace a furnace, as well as how to determine whether or not your furnace is repairable.

When to Replace a Furnace: Common Warning Signs

When it comes to furnace replacement, you can keep an eye out for certain warning signs that may point to the need for a new furnace. In some cases, your furnace may only need a few repairs, but often times, it’s best to replace your furnace and ensure efficiency. If you’ve moved into a new home, you should check the age of your furnace. If it’s over 15 years old, you might consider purchasing a new one. Additionally, take a look below to learn what to watch for in determining whether or not you need a new unit.

  • Furnace needs frequent repairs
  • Increasing energy bills
  • Uneven heating throughout the home
  • Furnace cycles more frequently than in the past (turning on and off)
  • Furnace makes loud noises when operating
  • Humidity within the home
  • Furnace has rust, cracks, or corrosion
  • Burner flame is yellow (should be blue)
  • Furnace is producing and projecting dust

Is Your Furnace Repairable?

Of course, it always makes sense to ensure your furnace actually needs to be replaced, rather than repaired. In many cases, repairing the furnace will suffice and expenses can be minimal. As mentioned, if your furnace is old (over 15 years), it’s almost always recommended you have it replaced. You may also be able to cut down on energy costs in replacing your furnace and upgrading to a more efficient model. However, we know repair is more sought after for some homeowners.

To see if your furnace can be repaired, you should always contact a professional to have them assess your current unit. The decision to repair your furnace over replacing it most often comes down to cost considerations. Will the repairs last? Will the repairs completely solve the problem? Is repairing just prolonging replacement? These are all questions you should ask yourself and your contractor when considering your options.

Problematic Furnace? Call Applegate Home Comfort

We know deciding to replace your furnace can be a daunting task, as furnaces are not necessarily cheap. However, no one wants to come home to a freezing house in the dead of winter, so it’s always worth calling a professional to help you make your decision in a timely manner. Our expert contractors at Applegate will give you an honest and informed recommendation, so you can be sure you’re making the right choice.

If you’re experiencing problems with your furnace, give Applegate a call at 517.337.7700 today. You can also contact us here.