When To Repair versus Replace Your Heating System
Sometimes, it makes more sense to upgrade to a new furnace or boiler.
As a home comfort provider with many years serving households in Canton, Stoughton, Sharon and other South Shore communities, we understand that a home heating breakdown is never a welcome occurrence. Furnaces and boilers are complex and pricy pieces of equipment. They also have an outsize impact on your home budget and the well-being of your family.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 55% of the average American home’s energy consumption. And at this time of the year — with artic nights and snow in the forecasts — you need to know that your home heating is reliable.
That said, if your older gas or oil-fired heating equipment needs repair, it might be worth considering whether it’s time for an upgrade. Frank Lamparelli can help you make that decision.
What is the lifespan of a boiler or furnace?
Typically, a boiler or furnace can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years before needing to be replaced if you properly maintain it.
However, a home heating system that’s approaching 15 years old will not be as reliable or efficient as a newer product. You could deal with more frequent equipment repairs or higher heating oil or propane use.
How efficient are today’s home heating systems?
The metric for determining a heating system’s efficiency is called Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency or AFUE. AFUE tells you how much of the heating oil or propane your equipment consumes is directed toward heating your house. If your system has an AFUE of 84, then 84% of the fuel it burns heats your living spaces while the rest is wasted. Today’s high-efficiency heating equipment has AFUE ratings in the 90s — sometimes as high as 98%.
By contrast, a boiler or furnace that’s over 15 years old may have a fuel efficiency that’s deteriorated to 60% or lower. Upgrading to a system with an AFUE over 90% will significantly slash your fuel expenses for years to come!
When should you consider replacing a home heating system?
In addition to age, certain factors make a heating system repair less appealing than a replacement. If your heating system cannot keep you consistently warm during the winter or is making loud noises, it is likely struggling to the point that a new system is necessary. If the repair cost is more than 30% of the expense of a new furnace or boiler, you should consider replacing your equipment.
It’s also important to note that poorly maintained systems can create safety issues, especially if they are not properly ventilating combustion gases. The Frank Lamparelli home heating maintenance team can look at your current system and advise if it’s in trouble.
Frank Lamparelli makes heating upgrades stress-free.
Is it time to replace your struggling home heating system? Frank Lamparelli performs home heating installations from top makers like Carrier. We’ll look at your home and recommend the ideal product for your heating needs. Our technicians treat your property with respect and always get the job done right the first time.
Contact us today for a FREE estimate on new heating equipment.