If you have recently been told that your heat exchanger is broken, cracked or needs to be replaced, you might think that this will be easier and less expensive than installing a new furnace. However, replacing your heat exchanger is often more complicated than it sounds. In fact, it may easily cost you nearly as much as a brand-new unit.
Now, make no mistake. If your heat exchanger is cracked or broken, you need to do something. Doing nothing may put you and your family at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
If your heat exchanger is broken, you have two choices: either replace the faulty part or install a brand-new furnace.
Ultimately, the decision is yours, but ask yourself these questions before you jump to any conclusions:
1. How old is your furnace?
If your furnace is more than 10 years old, it is nearing the end of its life. You can expect a furnace to last anywhere up to 20 years, but there are definite warning signs that it’s on the decline:
- Your energy bills are creeping up
- Your furnace repairs have increased over the past couple of years
- Your burner flame is yellow (it should be blue)
- It is making strange noises
- The blower is running all the time or turning on and off frequently
- You or your family have been getting sick more often
- Your house is more dusty than usual
2. Is your furnace heating your home efficiently?
If there are hot and cold spots throughout your home, your furnace may not be working properly. If your furnace is not living up to its expectations, if you are paying more than you should for your energy bills, it might be time to look into your options.
Replacing the heat exchanger vs. new furnace installation
One of the arguments in favor of a heat-exchanger replacement might be if your furnace is still under warranty. Most new furnaces come with a 10-year warranty, but depending on the brand, the model, and any extended coverage you may have purchased, the heat exchanger might be covered. If this is the case, it won’t cost you anything for the part. However, your labor warranty generally only covers work done five years following the installation.
What this means is that you will pay the labor costs of installing the heat exchanger – which may be more cost-effective than a new furnace if it’s still within its expected life cycle.
When it’s a good idea to replace your furnace
If your furnace is more than 10 years old, if it is past its parts warranty, then it’s probably a better idea to go for a brand-new furnace. A new furnace will be more energy-efficient, which could save you big bucks in the long run.
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If your furnace is not heating as it should, don’t hesitate – call the N.A.T.E. certified experts at Summit Heating & A/C today. We will inspect your unit and walk you through your options to ensure you make the best possible decision based on your budget and needs.
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