Lack of a warranty
If you have had the furnace for at least 10 years and it has been breaking down frequently, it may be time to replace it. After that duration, the chances are that you are no longer using the warranty, which means you’re paying for those repairs out of pocket. The costs will only keep increasing if you don’t replace the furnace.
Another good reason for replacement is a red tag. Eventually, the technicians you call to repair the furnace will have to deem it unsafe by giving it a red-tagging it. If you get a Type A red tag, your heating unit will no longer be approved to function. The technician will explain to you why it is unsafe before turning off its gas line.
Although this situation is always serious, you can still get a second opinion, preferably from a different company. Some technicians have been known to red-tag heating systems unjustly to increase their sales. Find out for sure if your system can no longer serve you for a few more years before spending money on a new one.
You have to remember that seeking a second opinion for the red tag can still land you in trouble if you are not compliant with some of the gas codes in Oakville. Your best option is to always ensure you are compliant and maintain the heating system regularly to avoid needing regular repairs. If you suspect the system isn’t up to code, replacing it without a second opinion will be better.
It’s impossible to predict when these issues may arise. If your furnace breaks down or you get red-tagged in winter, you will need an alternative heating source urgently. A wood stove may be the perfect solution, especially if you have one that is efficient and safe. Alternatively, you can call Air Makers, and we will try to give you immediate assistance.
We recommend that you research the suitable measures you can take to keep your furnace from breaking down in winter. Find reputable contractors near you as well to ensure you get help as soon as you need it.
The quality of your furnace will deteriorate with time. Most furnaces have a lifespan ranging between 15 years to 25 years. As your unit nears the 10-year mark, it will not function as well as it did when it was new. You may consider replacing it with a new one for a more stress-free experience.
High fuel costs
Whether your furnace uses gas, oil, or electricity, it shouldn’t increase your energy bills too much. A furnace that loses its efficiency will only make your life unbearable if you don’t replace it.
If you live in the GTA area and you need help determining if it’s the right time to replace your furnace, we are here for you. We still prefer that you become knowledgeable about the furnace to avoid incurring a lot of expenses, but we won’t turn you away if you contact us.