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Running Hot: Furnace Repair And When To Replace Your Unit

by Feride Halma

For many of those who live in colder climates, the furnace is the most important appliance in the home. But when your furnace begins to putter out, you'll need to call in help and fast. Read on for three things to consider when having issues with your heating unit and when to consider a replacement.

When to Call for Repairs 

If you suspect that your heating unit may be in need of repairs, it's best to call for help as soon as possible. Faulty heating units can pose a serious threat to the safety of your home including overheating which could possibly result in a fire. Strange noises when operating your unit, low airflow, and air that is either too hot or not hot enough are all signs that your heating unit is in need of service. Even if your unit appears to be in working condition but you know it's an older model, it's always a safe bet to get a tune-up just to be prepared as well as receive a general diagnostic of its working condition. 

When to Replace Your Unit

Although furnace repair is an excellent way to get your system running again, it may be best to simply go with a full furnace replacement. For older homes, this can prove to be very beneficial when it comes to safety as well as saving on your monthly utilities. Newer units will heat your home in a more efficient manner, saving you that extra cash that an older unit can end up costing you. Likewise, you will rest easier knowing that the heating unit in your home is brand-new and up-to-date on safety regulations. Speak to your HVAC technician regarding the benefits of installing a new furnace for a complete overview of what to expect including cost and how long installation will take. 

Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Once your heating unit is up-to-date, it's best to remember that annual checkups will be needed to ensure your unit is working properly and safely. Contact your local HVAC technician to schedule an annual tune-up and be sure to be prepared with any questions or concerns you may have! If needed, making a list of issues that you have noticed with your unit will come in handy as your technician is able to address them on the spot. Be sure that tune-ups are scheduled well ahead of the colder months as well to guarantee that once winter hits, you'll be snug as a bug in a rug in your wonderfully heated home!

Speak to an HVAC contractor to learn more about furnace repair