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Is it Time to Repair or Replace? What Your Furnace Issue Is Trying to Tell You

If you’re a homeowner who is unsure if you should repair or replace your furnace when you’re having trouble this winter, you’re not alone. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your furnace system just needs one repair so that’s its ready to provide you with heat for the rest of our winter season or if replacement would be a wiser option.

We’ve created a quick guide below to help you make that decision, but ultimately, it’s best to have a professional come to your home and assess it personally. You need someone with licensing and experience to examine the unique needs of your space. If you need furnace services performed here in Littleton, CO this winter the contact our team today.

You Should Replace If…

  • Your Furnace is Over the Age of 15: Has your furnace seen better days? If your furnace is over the age of 15 and you have frequent trouble running your system, then you need to think about replacement rather than perpetually repairing your system. Your furnace can only last you so long. Furnaces are only intended to be used for 15 to 20 years and if you push your furnace too far past this then you’ll waste money. Running an inefficient system or a system that’s far past it’s prime only forces the system to exert unnecessary energy.
  • You Have Frequent Repairs: If you have frequent repairs, you should replace your system. Any heating system is going to need some repair services throughout its lifetime, but if you have frequent repairs more than once every few years then you should allocate the money you spend on repairs toward replacement. A heater that needs to be replaced often is normally past its prime. If you’re unsure how to find the right system for your home, then contact our team. If you’re worried about funding a new furnace, then we have financing options available for you.

You Should Repair If…

  • You Hear Odd Noises: Most odd noises you’ll hear coming from your heating system are an indication of a problem within your system. Most noises just indicate an issue with your blower or a loose or malfunctioning part. Have a professional come out and look at your system and we can quickly and efficiently fix any problems at hand. If you’re unsure what makes a noise “odd” in this context—it’s anything other than a soft rushing sound of air moving through your venting system. Common troubling furnace noises are: rumbling, rattling, banging, or grating—be sure to call our team quickly if you hear these noises.
  • Excess Dust: Notice that there’s way too much dust in your home no matter how often to clean up? This is typically a problem with your furnace system. A furnace that hasn’t been maintained adequately will accumulate dust and circulate this through your home—make sure that you schedule routine maintenance to avoid these problems.
  • It Blows Cool Air: Notice that the air from your heating system isn’t hot? Then you should call a professional for repairs. A furnace blowing cold air is usually because of a malfunction at its source or a blockage in the ductwork.

If you’re still unsure if you should repair or replace your heating system, contact Southwest Heating and Cooling for a meticulous assessment of your furnace system.

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