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Should I Repair or Replace My Heating System?

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If your heater is giving you problems this winter season, you may be wondering if it is time for a replacement. Or are repairs enough? The older your furnace is, the more likely it is that you will need a replacement. However, there are many times that we can make repairs to furnaces and keep the units in great working order.

Just give our team a call to schedule heating repair in Statesville. We can talk to you about what’s going wrong inside of your heater and outline your options so you can decide whether a repair or replacement is right for you. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about when you might repair your heater versus replacing it entirely. 

When to Repair Your Heater

Heater repairs make sense when they are smaller and less expensive. We often refer to the smaller repairs as maintenance. Replacing worn-down belts or other working components is a great way to keep your heater in excellent shape. These minor repairs can actually extend the life of your heater and help it to last longer and work more efficiently all along.

Repairs for your heater also make sense when the manufacturer’s warranty is still active. Most heaters have a 10-year warranty that covers various aspects of repairing and replacing your heater when certain conditions are met. It is important to invest in heater repairs during the warranty period because if repairs become excessive or significant, the warranty will kick in to cover the costs.

However, skipping out on making repairs all along can void your manufacturer’s warranty. Most heater warranties include a clause that you, as the homeowner, must invest in regular maintenance for your heater to keep it in great condition. Without maintenance, it is more likely to break down and face operation issues.

When to Replace Your Heater

It makes the most sense to replace your heater as repairs get more significant, frequent, or expensive. For example, if your heat exchanger cracks, you cannot repair that single component. Instead, you have to invest in a completely new heater. Or maybe you are making service calls to us every few weeks with small problems here and there. Smaller repair costs can add up quickly.

We recommend that you never spend more than 50% of the cost of a new heater on a repair to your existing heater. By the time you make an investment of thousands of dollars, you can upgrade to a much more energy-efficient unit that has years of life ahead of it. 

Although you may be spending more out of pocket to install a new heating system, you also stand to save on your monthly energy costs with better overall efficiency. Plus, a new unit offers you the peace of mind that your heater has years of life ahead and an active warranty.

Thank you for choosing Ace Hardware Home Services. Call us today to schedule an appointment for heating service.

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