Having a furnace that can keep your home comfortable is essential during the winter in Asheville, NC. Even though some issues with your furnace simply need a repair by a professional HVAC service technician, you might need to replace the system. Here are some ways to decide between a furnace repair or a replacement:

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Known as the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause serious health issues. A cracked heat exchanger can lead to a carbon monoxide leak that makes your home unsafe. In most cases, any furnace that’s leaking carbon monoxide into your home needs replacing as quickly as possible.

Age Is More Than a Number

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, furnaces typically last a minimum of 15 years. If your furnace is less than 15 years old and experiencing issues, it’s probably a good idea to opt for repairs. A furnace that;s 15 or older is probably nearing the end of its useful lifespan, so a replacement could be a wise investment. When considering age, also consider how much a newer heating system can increase energy efficiency compared to your current unit. If there’s a significant gap, consider a replacement.

Increased Utility Bills

It won’t take long for you to notice an increase in your monthly heating bills. As a furnace ages and its parts wear out, the system often becomes less efficient. Once a professional service technician has diagnosed the reason for this newfound inefficiency, you can decide if the entire system needs replacement or if a repair can improve your furnace’s efficiency.

Our team of professional service technicians and installers have been keeping Asheville, NC, residents comfortable since 1963. Call Gentry Heating, Inc. (now Gentry Service Group) today to ask about our HVAC services that can help to keep your home comfortable, safe and efficient.

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