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The average lifespan of a furnace is 20 years. Some makes of equipment may even need to be replaced sooner. Your particular furnace may have a reputation for faults that may make you consider replacing it. For example, the Heat Exchanger may be designed in such a way that may make it susceptible to cracking. If the heat exchanger cracks, then the gases from combustion may leak into the air stream and contaminate the air you breathe. Having the heat exchanger inspected and the air tested for carbon monoxide is a good idea.
Furnaces are fuel-fired appliances and any repairs should be done by a licensed technician. When you call, it’s important you provide us with the following information:
- Make, Model Number and Serial Number of your appliance
- Description of the malfunction
Things you should also check for:
- Has the power been turned off to the appliance
- Is there anything that has blocked the vent
- Is the pilot light on
- Has the filter been replaced
A consideration when determining if you should replace your furnace is the cost of repair. If you need a new blower motor, ignition control, blower control, or gas valve, you may consider replacing the furnace. The average cost of repair may be around $500 and that money simply fixes the problem but does not improve the heating system. The money you spend on repair could be used to buy a new, more reliable and more efficient furnace.