When Should You Replace Your Furnace or Boiler?

During the winter months, you may wake up or come home to find out your furnace or boiler isn’t working. This can be a very stressful time for many families.

How do you decide whether to make an emergency furnace repair or invest in furnace replacement? It’s hard to decide whether you should repair or replace your furnace or boiler, which is why we are sharing these general guidelines for whether you should repair or replace your furnace or boiler.

Repairing your furnace or boiler is usually the less expensive option. However, it is possible for some repairs to cost just as much as a furnace or boiler replacement.

For older furnaces and boilers, decide whether you want to put money into a failing piece of equipment or invest in a new system. If you choose to go with a new system vs. a boiler repair in NJ, you will have a warranty so you don’t have to worry about your system from day to day.

Below are some general rules for when it’s time to replace from EnergyStar.gov:

Your furnace or boiler is more than 10 years old

This is the normal life expectancy for heating & air conditioning equipment. After this time, repairs generally don’t make sense when compared to the cost of a new system as you have exceeded the average life of a furnace or boiler. In addition, upgrading to a newer, more efficient system can save significant money on your utility bills.

Your furnace or boiler needs frequent repairs and energy bills are going up

These are the tell-tale signs that it’s time to invest in a new heating system. Investing in a system that can provide a higher, more stable level of comfort as well as reduced energy bills is a more sensible alternative to furnace repair service.

No one is home for long periods of the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat.

A modern system with a programmable thermostat like the ecobee can keep your energy bills low, while still ensuring you are comfortable while at home. Smart thermostats can also learn about your behavior and keep your home comfortable and more efficient.

You experience humidity issues or problems with excessive dust

Older equipment and leaky ducts can cause these problems. As NJ’s trusted cooling & heating contractors, Meyer & Depew can install new equipment as well as offer solutions for humidity and indoor air quality control. Managing your home humidity keeps your home comfortable for you, your family, and your pets.

Not sure if you need a replacement?

At Meyer & Depew, we offer free, no obligation, in-home consultations.

If you aren’t sure if you would benefit from a new furnace or boiler, Click Here or call us at 908-272-2100 to schedule an appointment today!


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