Dealing with a broken furnace can be downright inconvenient as a homeowner. You can't call a landlord so they can worry about the problem — all the legwork and expenses fall on your back. The first thing you have to do is figure out whether to have your broken furnace repaired or to have it replaced altogether. Here are a few things to consider that should help make it easier to decide:
Age and General Condition
One important thing to think about when deciding whether to repair or replace your broken furnace is the furnace's age and general condition. Was the furnace already there when you purchased the home and moved in, or have you installed a new one since? If the furnace was already there, you likely don't know how old it is.
And if this is the case, you don't know how long it will last before it finally dies for good. So replacing the furnace now might save you money and help you avoid further inconvenience in the future. But if you know how old the furnace is and it still has several years of life left, repairing it is probably the best idea.
New Options on the Market
It's also a good idea to consider the new options that are available on the market when deciding whether or not to replace your broken furnace. If your furnace is even just a few years old, you might be missing out on convenient features such as:
An adjustable gas valve
An air filtration system
A built-in humidifier and dehumidifier
A dual heat exchanger
Ask your service provider for a list of the latest features and find out which features your current furnace does and doesn't have. Then you can decide whether it's worth buying a new furnace.
Your Family's Future Plans
Your family's future plans should also come into play when figuring out what to do with your broken furnace. If you don't plan on moving any time soon, you'll need to rely on the performance of your furnace for the foreseeable future. So if the furnace has broken down before or if it seems to perform poorly even when it's running, consider replacing it.
But if you plan to sell your home in the near future, you don't have to replace the furnace to attract buyers. You just need to repair it and make sure it's at least working when the buyers take over ownership of the house. If they want to replace the furnace once they own the house, they'd be free to.
For more information on furnace repair and replacement, contact a company like Washam Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.