We’re glad you asked! Furnaces, as you probably know, don’t last forever. Nevertheless, they can be a burden to replace, often for financial reasons. Unfortunately, at a certain point, furnaces may actually be costing you more in repairs than it would cost to replace it.
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, you may want to upgrade to a newer model
1) Over the Hill
Furnaces, even well-maintained ones, have a lifespan of about 15-20 years. If yours is older than that, it may be time for it to retire.
2) Frequent/Expensive Repairs
Your furnace shouldn’t need to be repaired more than once a year, if that. As your furnace ages, repairs can become increasingly expensive. If a repair costs at least 50% of the amount required to replace the furnace, you should probably opt to replace it.
Note: If a technician is inspecting your broken furnace, he/she can tell you if repair or replacement is a better option.
3) Increased Heating Bills
To meet the demand of inflation, and to protect our environment, newer furnaces are more energy efficient. Older furnaces aren’t, especially if they are in poor condition. If your utility bills are suspiciously high, your furnace may be the culprit.
Still not sure if you need to replace your furnace? Call Design Air at 406.251.7997. One of our skilled technicians can run a detailed analysis to see well your furnace is running. We hate to see our neighbors in Missoula using furnaces that cost them an arm and a leg each month. If you’re ready to part ways with your old furnace, call and ask to set up a free estimate with our Home Comfort Specialist who will be happy to guide you through the process.