Should I Repair or Replace My Heating System?

heating systemThere’s never a convenient time for your heating system to fail but if there is a time you never want to deal with your heating system not working, it’s during the winter. With the especially frigid mornings, waking up and turning your heat on to only be met with silence isn’t anyones ideal way to start the day. Somtimes when this happens, it’s an easy fix to get your system back up and running but other times the entire system needs to be replace. We know dealing with repairing and replacing your system can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help you decide what to do!

Consider the Lifespan of the System

The average lifespan of a typical heating system is 15-20 years. If your system is older than this, or is around this old, it might be time to replace your system. Dependingon the amount of mainenance the system saw and how well it was taken care of over the years, this number could be higher or lower. A general rule of thumb is to replace your heating system if it needs major repairs and is at least three quarters of its way through its lifespan.

Cost of Repairs vs. Cost of Replacement

When making the decision to repair or replace your heating system, the cost should be a major factor when making the decision. Your HVAC technichian will be able to give you accurate estimates on how much various systems will cost to install as well as repair costs if you decide to go that route. Depending on the size of your home and the system you are currently utilizing, these costs can vary.

Consider Your Heating Plants Efficiency

Together, high fuel costs and the pressure put on reducing your carbon footprint make it more important than ever to have a system that runs efficiently. Every heating plant has a AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Effiency) number, which measures the percentage of fuel that is converted to heat versus what is lost to inefficiencies in the home. The minimum AFUE number is 80%, meaning that older heating systems aren’t going to be as efficient than newer ones, costing you more money in the long run on heating bills.

To make an appointment to repair or replace your heating system, give MRW Mechanical a call today at  (781) 639-9222.

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