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Should You Replace Your Heat Exchanger or Buy a New Furnace?

Making the decision between repairing or replacing anything can be a difficult and conflicting choice. If you’ve been put in the situation where your heat exchanger needs to be replaced keep in mind a few factors during your decision making process.

Damage
The reason why you may have to repair your furnace’s heat exchanger, or completely replace your furnace, may be because there is damage to your current heat exchanger. If your heat exchanger is cracked, you will have minimum time to make a decision because a cracked heat exchanger can leak out carbon monoxide into your home which is extremely fatal. If you notice any damage to your furnace’s heat exchanger, make sure to call a Certified HVAC Technician immediately to understand how badly the damage is.

Cost
Unfortunately, the cost of replacing a heat exchanger isn’t the most affordable choice. The cost of replacing a heat exchanger ranges from $2,000 to $3,500. Replacing your furnace’s heat exchanger would be a good route to take if your furnace is fairly new. However, it is not worth spending your money on replacing your furnace when it is near the end of its life span, which is ten years or more.

Functionality
If your furnace is not functioning properly, meaning it is not properly heating your home, it is a sign that you need to replace your furnace. Poor functionally is a sign of replacement, and unfortunately repairing your heat exchanger in a poorly functioning furnace is not worth the price. You will start noticing that your furnace is not functioning properly when your monthly electricity bills are higher than normal and when you feel hot and cold spots in your home. The cause of your furnace struggling to function properly may be a result of age (it is at the end of its lifespan) or it is not the proper size for your home. If you are unsure about the age of your furnace, or whether or not it is the right size for your home, the best option would be to book an appointment with a Certified HVAC Technician to take a look.

In summary, if your furnace is nearing its lifespan and not functioning properly it is best to completely replace your furnace as it will not be worth the cost to repair it. If your furnace is still fairly new and functioning well, repairing your furnace’s heat exchanger will be the best solution. If you notice that your furnace’s heat exchanger is damaged make sure to call a Certified HVAC Technician from Maple Air immediately to check out your system. Do not wait and procrastinate as a cracked heat exchanger can be very dangerous to your home and health. Contact us today to book an appointment, and check out the variety of furnaces Maple Air offers for you to choose from.

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