Replacing your furnace: When is the right time?

APRIL 3, 2017

Older heating systems are prone to breakdowns, often require more fuel and electricity to run, and can be unreliable. But how do you know when it’s time to take the plunge and invest in a new furnace?

Let’s face it, most people don’t look forward to buying a new furnace, and even then, only when it’s absolutely necessary.

However, upgrading to a new furnace might not be a decision worth delaying. That’s because in some cases, it’s smarter and more economical to upgrade your heating system that is still functional, than to wait for the moment when your furnace finally stops working to look for a replacement. If your heating system has been in regular use for more than 10 to 15 years, it’s easy for small problems to pile up and hamper the proper functioning of your furnace. Here are a few sensible arguments that could motivate you to make an investment into a new furnace, sooner rather than later.

Better to err on the side of caution

Older furnaces that have experienced heavy use can be notoriously unreliable and could stop working in the middle of winter without any warning. Every year you delay replacing your furnace may add a bit more risk. Regular scheduled maintenance is essential to avoiding a breakdown at the most inconvenient time, but it is always better to be prepared and without this regular maintenance you may end up spending more money in the process. A professional furnace technician can spare you the headaches and allow you to enter the cold season with a new high-efficiency furnace for complete peace of mind.

Cutting energy expenditure and repair costs

You don’t have to be an expert to know that poorly maintained furnaces burn more energy and break down more frequently than newer and well-maintained models. By putting off a large expenditure for too long, you could rack up a lot of bills on furnace repair without any long-term benefit to show for it. Instead of bleeding cash every winter, you are probably better off opening your wallet now and getting a modern, high-performance furnace installation that should only require regular maintenance will help keep your house warm day and night. It’s a bit of short term pain for long term gain.

Taking advantage of seasonal discounts

During the fall, many companies try to expand their customer base by offering great deals on heating systems. Take advantage of these promotions to help you to shave down some of the cost of a new furnace. That way, you can upgrade your home and achieve long term savings at the same time, especially if your timing is good.