Should I Repair or Replace My Central Air/Boiler/Furnace System?
Burlington HVAC provides expert installation and repair of forced air furnaces, water boiler systems and central air conditioning systems for our customers in Milwaukee WI, Kenosha WI, Whitewater WI, Elkhorn WI, and throughout southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. When you’re faced with making the decision to repair or replace your appliance, we have the advice you need.
Do you have a furnace, boiler or central air conditioning system that’s performing poorly? If so, you’re faced with two options: either keep spending money on repairs to prolong the life of the system, or purchase a new replacement system. Depending on many factors, either option might be the best one. In almost every case, one option is preferable, but the average homeowner often doesn’t know how to determine which move to make.
Complex systems need professional evaluation
When a heating or A/C system begins to do “weird” things, the exact problem usually isn’t obvious to an untrained eye. These complex appliances contain multiple large and small components, any of which can cause operational problems if they fall into disrepair. Sometimes, a simple replacement can restore full function. Other times, more extensive work may be required. In the worst-case, a complete appliance replacement could be needed.
Using a standard gas furnace as an example, there are many parts that the average homeowner doesn’t know how to inspect and evaluate. Those parts include:
- Heat exchanger
- Igniter & pilot lights
- Gas valve
- Flame sensor
- Draft inducer motor
- Pressure switch
- Blower motor
- Blower motor capacitor
- Limit switch
- Return air filter
A malfunction of any of these components will lead to operational problems. If several components are faulty, the system may not work at all.
The NATE-certified technicians at Burlington HVAC understand complex heating and cooling system components and can perform a detailed inspection to determine which part or parts is affected and make a recommendation on whether to do another round or repairs or look into installing a new system.
Considerations in repairing vs. replacing
- What, exactly, is wrong with the system?
- What is and isn’t still covered by the warranty?
- How old is the system?
- What has been the schedule of repairs over the last 18 months to two years?
- How much money has been put into repairs in recent months?
- Will the current recommended repair cost 25% or more of the cost of a new heating/cooling appliance?
- How long do you expect to be living in your home? Permanent residency may point toward system replacement; plans to move within a couple years might make repair work the best option.
If you’re scheduling more repairs on your furnace, boiler or central air system than you think is “normal,” let our HVAC experts take a look at your appliance before you make the decision to repair or replace it. When we perform inspections and evaluations, our goal is always to recommend action that’s most closely in line with your budget and heating requirements, now and in the future.
Whether you choose to repair or replace, Burlington HVAC can provide the necessary expertise and outstanding service to ensure the job is done right.
Call us at (262) 758-6272 and tell us what kind of trouble you’re having with your heating or cooling system. We’ll arrange an inspection and give you professional advice on what your next move should be.