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Does Your Heater Need to Be Replaced?


You wake up and the house is chilly, so you rush to turn on your furnace. The thermostat responds to your command and you hear your furnace kick on … but after an hour you are feeling no difference in your home’s temperatures. You check the thermostat and confirm you aren’t imagining things—the temperature in your home really hasn’t changed.

When your furnace isn’t performing its job, you have a problem on your hands. There is a chance you might have a repair need to take care of such as a disconnect in your ductwork. However, it is also likely that you have a furnace that needs to be replaced.

If you aren’t sure what the indicators are that you need a new furnace, we can help. On top of that, we can provide the services you need for furnaces in Columbia, SC.

But first, let’s do some diagnostic work.

Is Your Furnace Calling It Quits?

It will eventually happen to even the best furnace system. Your heater will one day reach a point where it needs to retire. When it reaches this stage, it is good to know how you can tell the time has come to call for an upgrade rather than a repair. The following signs are helpful in letting you know that time has come.

  1. Your Furnace is Old. We know age is just a number, but when it comes to your heater, that number counts. Furnaces are built to reliably heat your home for up to 10 to 15 years. If well-maintained, your system may reach the 15-year mark easily, but once it passes this point, you are much better off if you begin the process of a system replacement before you wake up without any heat one day.
  2. Your Furnace Can’t Produce Heat. Let’s be clear, there is no point in keeping around a heater that doesn’t heat. If this is what you are dealing with, you will end up paying large amounts of money for an oversized fan that doesn’t offer you any warmth. If your furnace won’t heat your home no matter what your service technician tries to do, schedule a replacement instead.
  3. System Repairs Are Too Expensive. Any furnace will require repair during its lifespan, some of them pricey. But eventually you will encounter repairs that have too high a price tag. A good rule to go by is that if you have a repair equal to or more than half the cost of a new system, you should just opt for the new system. Repairing a system that costs you this much is akin to repairing a totaled car.

If you need a furnace replacement, the sooner you schedule your service the better for your comfort. Just make sure you schedule your service with the professionals like the ones on our team.

Fulmer Heating & Cooling has been in business for over 30 years, providing reliable services to the residents of Columbia, SC and the surrounding areas. When you need a team you can trust to care of your heating needs, you can lean on us.

Contact Fulmer Heating & Cooling for expert service provided by experienced staff.

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