The decision to repair or replace your furnace is not an easy one. There are several aspects you need to consider and even then it can be difficult to know which option is best. While there are no set rules that you can follow, the following information can help you decide whether you should repair the furnace you currently have or replace it altogether. 

  1. If there is even the slightest chance that your furnace is emitting carbon monoxide, then it needs to be replaced immediately. Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and you and your family should never be exposed to it, ever. Signs of carbon monoxide include rusting on the pipes, a yellow furnace burner instead of blue, feelings of nausea or disorientation and excess moisture, to name a few. Remember that carbon monoxide is referred to as the silent killer, so if you have any concerns, you must look into a replacement as soon as possible. 
  2. Consider when your furnace was installed. These units don’t last forever and the age of your furnace will help. If your system is less than 15 years old, you should be fine with a repair if you notice a problem. Having it serviced is probably the better option in this case. However, if your system is older than 15 years old and you’re constantly dealing with repairs, then a replacement is the better option. 
  3. Compare the cost of the repair with the cost of a replacement. If the issue you’re having with your furnace is not serious and both options are possible, it’s best to do a comparison to see which option makes more sense. If the cost of the repair is more than half the cost of a new replacement, then it doesn’t make sense to go with that option. 
  4. If you have to deal with repairs more often than you would like, it’s probably better to consider a replacement. Sometimes, it’s just not worth the maintenance, especially if you need to call in a specialist to take a look at your unit frequently. You need to decide if your current unit is worth keeping based on the amount you’re spending fixing it or if a replacement would make more sense and save you the constant repair costs.
  5. If you notice strange noises coming from your furnace that only gets louder as the days go by, it’s a sign that you should consider a replacement. Keep in mind that all furnaces make noise and every situation is different. Some are more serious while others can get away with a repair.

If you’re not sure about the condition of your furnace, contact CMO HVAC today! They can assess your unit and help you decide on the right course of action. If you’re in the Winnipeg area and need a furnace repair or air conditioning, contact CMO HVAC today!


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