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Replacing Your Furnace – Do it now or do it later – Air Wise tip 10

It’s February, and your home’s furnace has almost made it through another winter. It ain’t broke, it’s still working, so why should you replace it?

Here in Houston, we don’t really use our furnaces that much. However, with one that’s a decade or older, it’s not if it breaks but when.

The two most common furnace repairs are a blown circuit board and burnt-up fan motor. Both are costly to fix, around $800-$1,000 a piece. That’s a lot of money, especially considering a typical brand-new furnace runs $2,000-3,000 installed.

Fixing a decade-old furnace is like putting a new $3,000 transmission into a 10-year-old pick-up truck that has over 400,000 miles on it. Yes, you now have a truck that works but it is still 10 years old and has over 400,000 miles on it. False economy never pays.

Greater efficiency equals greater savings

If your furnace is more than 10 years old, consider having it replaced with a more energy-efficient one. Since 2000, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry has made amazing strides in technology. A 2010 furnace typically uses only half the gas to heat your home as a 2000 model plus does it in half the time.

More importantly, the new furnace’s blower motor uses only one-tenth the electricity as the one found in the decade-old furnace. This blower motor is also used by your air conditioning system to distribute cool air throughout your home during the summer. Imagine the savings all year long!

Lastly, your new furnace will have a 10-year parts and labor warranty compared to the old furnace which usually came with a five-year, parts-only warranty. Labor was not covered. In some cases, the new heat exchanger will have a limited lifetime warranty as well.

With a new furnace, you will experience comfortable, even heating throughout your home, improved humidity balance and control from room to room and reduced noise level while it runs. Best of all, you can keep your home as warm and cozy as you please without burning a hole in your wallet.

 

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