Should I Repair or Replace My Heating System?

A heating system is a significant investment for any homeowner – and like any investment you’ll need some guidance when it comes to making a decision about whether to repair or replace it.

Here are four key questions to ask when you have to choose between repairing an old furnace or boiler and installing a new one:

  1. How old is your current heating system? If your system is more than 10-12 years old, it’s nearing the point where it’s no longer cost-effective to repair it. A new furnace or boiler – especially one of today’s newest high efficiency models – will perform much better than one that has been running for over a decade, no matter how well it has been maintained.
  2. Are you satisfied with the current heating system’s level of performance? Is your heating system providing consistent comfort to every room in your home? Are your monthly bills steadily increasing year after year despite performing routine maintenance? If your furnace or boiler isn’t warming your house as quickly and effectively as it should – or if you can’t seem to get your house to a comfortable temperature no matter how hard you try – it may be time to replace it.
  3. Is your furnace making noise? Clanking, rattling, or banging sounds often mean your equipment is nearing the end of its life.

The bottom questions to the repair/replace debate is this: would the upkeep of your old system be worth it – that is, how much is it going to cost you to repair your old furnace, and will you need to repair it again in the near future? The answer varies, but here’s a rule of thumb: if your heating system repair costs more than 50 percent of a new furnace, replace it.

Not sure whether to repair or replace the heating system in your Connecticut home? We can help you decide what makes sense. Contact us today for expert installation, repair, and maintenance on heating oil fired heating systems anywhere in our service area.

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