Repair vs Buying New

Furnace Repair Vs Buying a New Furnace

The furnace is the workhorse of any home, especially in cold cities like Calgary and Edmonton. With our winter starting anywhere from September to December, and continuing all the way to April or May, your furnace will likely be turned on at least 6 months out of the year. With most furnaces lasting up to 15 to 25 years, that’s a huge chunk of time where your furnace is working hard to keep your home safe and warm.

Do you ever ask yourself if it’s time for a new furnace or if another furnace repair will be enough to last another long Alberta winter?

Ways to tell when it’s time to replace the old furnace:

Age matters! The average life of a well maintained furnace can last between 15 and 25 years. That is, if it is properly taken care of throughout its life. As a major appliance in your home, the furnace deserves regular filter changes, scheduled yearly maintenance, and clean components (such as fan & blower). Regular maintenance can ensure your furnace lasts and can decrease any future emergency repairs.

Cost effective fixes! First, look at the age of your furnace, then think about all of the repairs you have done thus far and the cost of each repair. Think about how much additional money you are willing to pay for any future repairs; does this exceed the cost of a new unit? If so, it may be time to think about replacing your older furnace unit.

Future energy savings! Once you have thought about your current unit’s age and the cost of old and potential future repairs, it’s time to think about your future energy savings with a new furnace unit. Chances are, your old and less efficient unit is costing you more money in energy bills than the reduced cost of a newer high efficiency unit.

Now for a recap, if you are considering a furnace repair over buying a new furnace Calgary or Edmonton, remember these – Age, Past & Future Repair Costs, and Future Energy Savings!

Still haven’t made a decision? No problem! AAA is here to help! Call our Calgary or Edmonton office now for a free quote and additional advice on purchasing a new furnace to ensure your home is heated throughout a long Alberta winter.


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