Turning up your thermostat in the middle of winter and getting no response from the furnace can be a very frustrating and cold experience! During the coldest months of the year in St. Catharines and the Niagara Region this can especially be true, making furnaces all the more important for keeping the chill out of a home or business. To make sure you don’t find yourself without heat when you need it most, the team at Ideal Plumbing & Heating want to help you make the right decision about whether to have your furnace repaired or replaced. When It May Be Better to Have Your Furnace Repaired Opting for heating repair when your furnace begins acting up is often going to be the better choice if your furnace is less than 10 years old. Furnaces can last for around 15-20 years, so one that is 10 years old or less likely has some good operational years left in it. Even an older furnace that doesn't break down often can keep running well if it only needs a minor repair. Another factor to consider is the expected cost of the repairs. A good rule of thumb is that if the repairs will cost less than a third of the price of buying a new furnace and your furnace has been running fine up to this point, then repair should typically be your preferred option. When It May Be Better to Have Your Furnace Replaced So when should you replace a furnace? Cost-wise, if the repairs start to exceed a third of the price of a new furnace then it should definitely be considered. This holds especially true if your furnace has been breaking down frequently and needs repairs often. Age-wise, if a furnace has passed the 15-year mark and is showing signs of trouble, it is likely going to keep heading downhill. You'll find yourself fighting a losing battle if you keep trying to repair every little issue that comes up. The costs of these repairs will add up, and could end up being more money in a few years than you would have spent on simply replacing the furnace early on. Lastly, keep in mind that a new furnace tends to be a lot more energy efficient and reliable than older models, so your investment in a new furnace may soon pay for itself in the form of reduced heating bills! Furnace Installation and Heating Repair If you have any more questions about whether you should opt for a furnace replacement or heating repair in St. Catharines or the Niagara region, the heating contractors at Ideal Plumbing & Heating would be happy to help you better understand your options. We offer both furnace installations and furnace repair, so we've got you covered no matter which option you decide on. Going forward, we can also provide you with routine maintenance through our Ideal Club on your new or repaired furnace to make sure it continues heating your home or business reliably. Get started on your furnace repair or replacement today – contact Ideal Plumbing & Heating!