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With colder temperatures quickly moving in, it’s time to ensure your heater is working optimally to keep your home comfortable. If you’re experiencing issues with your furnace, you need to decide if it needs repairs or replacement. Fortunately, there are warning signs that Taylor, TX, residents can look for to help make that decision easier.

Age: More Than Just a Number

The life expectancy for most furnaces is somewhere between 16 and 20 years. It’s important to note that to get that much time out of your furnace, it requires proper maintenance. While there may be some variance of the maximum age between brands, regular maintenance lands most makes and models in the 16–20-year range.

If your furnace is older than that, it’s time to consider having a new system installed. Failure to do so will lead to more frequent and costly repairs for a system that needs replacement anyway.

Repair Cost is Too High

While all household appliances need an occasional repair, an increase in furnace repair costs is a good sign it’s time to opt for a new installation. When the price of repairs is more than half the cost of a new furnace, you should choose to have a new system installed. If the furnace is nearing the end of its useful life, you’re encouraged to buy a replacement if the repairs cost more than a third of the price of a new system.

Increase in Utility Bills

When a furnace stops working, it also becomes less efficient. When a furnace’s efficiency drops, you’ll notice an increase in your utility bills. If every month’s bills are increasingly higher, it can be a sign that the furnace is no longer able to run efficiently and needs replacement.

Our team is completely committed to making your home as comfortable and efficient as possible. Contact Texas Comfort Air today for help deciding whether to replace or repair your failing furnace.

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