When is the best time to replace my furnace?

We rely on our HVAC systems nearly every day in the Kansas City area.  The HVAC system in a home is, in most cases, taken for granted until it decides to quit providing the comfort you rely on when you are home.  Our technicians at Balance Point are often asked, “When is the best time to replace my heating and air conditioning system?”

Generally, the answer depends on the homeowner and whether they are proactive or reactive when making their decisions about home maintenance. Yes, a bit of psychology comes into play but we’re not psychologists!  Balance Point Heating & Cooling is here to provide you with professional service for your HVAC and that alone!

Answering this question is as easy as asking yourself: 1) Would you rather take care of a problem before it happens when you have some control in gathering information and making an informed decision? or  2) Do you just want to wait until it breaks and rely on the quickest and best repair under the circumstances because you need the heat or the a/c now?

If your answer is that you would like to take care of a problem before it happens and make an informed decision, then the age of your equipment would be the factor in deciding when to replace the equipment.  And, of course, pre-season specials offered by manufacturers and utility rebates factor in to the equation as well.

Taking care of an issue before it becomes an emergency gives a homeowner considerable power in making an informed decision.  A planned installation allows you, the homeowner, to think over the many options available to you today in the industry and feel control and comfort over moving forward and making the right decision for you and your family. If, on the other hand, your answer is #2 above and you react well under pressure, then waiting until a problem presents itself will work fine for you.  Our technicians are trustworthy and reliable in helping you make a decision under those circumstances.

Think about where you are in the reactive or proactive scenario above and consider this:

If the temperatures dip below zero as they have this winter and you had a furnace failure, how much would you pay to keep comfortable and protect your home from freezing pipes?

In an emergency situation how much mark-up do you think that most companies have? (Yes, there are companies who have prices that can vary as much as 40% between peak seasons).

So, if your furnace is over 10 years old, be sure and have it checked annually for safety reasons.  And if you are the proactive homeowner when it comes to resolving maintenance, then begin the process of finding out your options for a valued furnace replacement and call Balance Point Heating & Cooling today.

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