If you live in Stafford, Virginia, you need a reliable furnace to keep warm during the cold winter months. If your furnace is acting up or you are not getting the comfort you need, you may have to decide whether to repair or replace it. Here, we discuss several factors that can help you decide.
Age of Unit
Furnaces usually last 15 to 20 years. If your furnace has been well-maintained, it may last longer. However, older furnaces break down more often and cost more to run than newer models. Because components are old and worn, furnace repairs may be more expensive.
If your unit is more than 10 years old or out of warranty, your HVAC contractor can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of repair versus furnace replacement. The savings on utility bills and repair costs may quickly offset the price of a new furnace.
High Energy Bills
Furnace efficiency is described by annual fuel utilization efficiency. An AFUE of 80% means that 80% of the energy in the fuel consumed is converted to heat and 20% is lost. Older furnaces have AFUEs as low as 58%. The Department of Energy requires that AFUEs of new furnaces be at least 80%.
Upgrading to energy-efficient equipment can save you hundreds of dollars each year on energy costs. The technicians at Total Comfort can help you evaluate the cost savings of new equipment.
Call the Trusted Professionals at Total Comfort
Our family-owned business has been serving northern Virginia customers since 2002. Our NATE-certified technicians are trained on leading-edge equipment. We love to come up with solutions that save money and energy and enhance comfort.
We are a Trane Comfort Specialist, a designation awarded to fewer than 5% of HVAC contractors nationwide. In addition to Trane products, we work on all brands and types of heating equipment, including furnaces, boilers, heat pumps and radiant heating systems.
Customer satisfaction is so important to us that we back our work with a lifetime guarantee. We are available for emergencies. For more information about our heating system services, call today to talk to one of our licensed service technicians.