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Furnace repair versus replacement

It’s a cold night in Buffalo, and your furnace just died. It heated your home for more than a decade. Now, you’re at a crossroads: do you have Reimer fix your current furnace, or is it time to upgrade to a new system? Believe it or not, most homeowners have to make this decision at one time or another. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the furnace repair versus replacement debate.

Furnace Repair versus replacementWhen should I think about getting a new furnace?

On average, most furnaces last between 10-13 years. As a general rule of thumb, a furnace under ten years old may still be worth repairing, since you can expect to get some more years of efficient, effective heating out of it. Reimer can help with this: we offer 24/7 emergency furnace repair services.

However, if your furnace is more than a decade old, you should at least consider replacement as an option. If your furnace is 15 or 20 years old, you should strongly consider replacement: even if your furnace has kept itself running, it’s likely to be far less energy efficient or effective than a newer model.

For most homeowners, a furnace breakdown is the point at which they make the decision to replace their furnace. In some ways, that makes sense: it forces you to decide between furnace repair versus replacement right then and there. However, you may want to get a new furnace before your previous one dies. That way, you won’t have to be without heating during the coldest nights of winter in Buffalo.

Deciding between furnace repair versus replacement

If you’re trying to decide between keeping your old furnace or replacing it with a new one, you should consider energy efficiency, reliability, and performance.

  • Energy Efficiency: As furnaces near the end of their lifespan, they become less efficient, as parts that were once new don’t move as well as they did 20 years ago. Think about it: your furnace has been running nearly constantly for months at a time for many years now. Plus, a newer furnace can take advantage of two decades of better technology and energy-efficient design. If you’ve been debating furnace repair versus replacement, consider how much money a new furnace will save you on your heating bills each and every winter.
  • Reliability: In addition to being a major headache that leaves your home feeling frosty, a furnace breakdown can also cost you money for repairs. The older a furnace gets, the more likely it is to break down, and each time you decide to repair it, you could be just putting off the inevitable. All those repair costs can add up over time. In contrast, a new furnace is not only less likely to break down, but also comes with a warranty that covers some of the repairs it might need. Take this into consideration when weighing furnace repair versus replacement.
  • Performance: Has your older furnace been struggling to keep your home warm at night? Has your home had hot and cold spots and inconsistent temperatures between rooms? This may be a sign that your furnace is struggling to keep up with demand, and is seeing its performance start to slip. In addition to not being able to heat your home, your furnace is probably burning more and more energy to do less heating—a lose-lose situation. If this is the case, it might be time to consider upgrading to a new furnace from Reimer. Don’t forget to think about your comfort when debating between furnace repair versus replacement.

Reimer can help with both furnace repair and replacement

Every furnace is different. This blog post has some general tips, but to make an informed decision between furnace repair versus replacement, you’ll need to have one of the NATE-certified technicians at Reimer inspect your furnace. That’s why we offer 24/7 furnace repair services in Buffalo and Western New York.

Once our technician has inspected your furnace and provided you with an honest, upfront quote, we’ll be able to give you an informed recommendation on whether or not you should upgrade to a new furnace. From there, we’ll talk to you about some of our new systems and schedule a free, in-home estimate with you to discuss your options.

Ready to get started? Give Reimer a call today at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

Why you should consider furnace replacement this fall

Here in Buffalo, a cold winter is fast approaching. Western New York sees it all in the winter: blizzards, below-freezing nights, and windy days. Your home should be a warm place where both your family and water pipes aren’t freezing, but are instead warm and comfortable. However, if you’re relying on an aging furnace that is near the end, you might be in for a cold awakening. You’ll need furnace replacement.

Most furnaces last between 10-20 years, with some lasting longer thanks to a good furnace maintenance record. Yet, if your heating system is getting up there in age, this fall might be a good time to consider a furnace replacement. In this blog post, we’ll share just some of the reasons that upgrading to a new furnace makes sense.

Reimer offers free estimates on new advanced Carrier furnaces. To get started, contact our team, or keep reading to learn more.

Furnace ReplacementThe truth about an aging furnace

When you bought your house twenty years ago, maybe it came with a furnace. Or, if you’ve been in your home longer than that, maybe you remember having it installed in the mid-1990s. Perhaps your furnace is slightly younger than that, or you’re just not sure.

There’s a common saying you might have heard: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Many people use this a justification for keeping aging HVAC systems hobbling along, year-after-year. After all, it’s hard to come to terms with replacing something that’s technically still running, right? To use another expression, why look a gift horse in the mouth? Your furnace has been fortunate enough to live to a ripe old age. You’re lucky!

Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as that. Think of your furnace in the context of a car. Sure, your very old compact car might still be street legal, but it can’t get above 45 MPH and it gets below double-digits in gas mileage. At some point, what you’re spending on repairs and energy begin to add up, to the point where maintaining your clunker of a car just isn’t it worth it anymore.

The same principle can apply to furnaces. Here in Buffalo and Western New York, heating systems are in-use through almost every night of the cold winter, working hard to keep your home and family warm. All this constant work puts strain on your furnace, and parts begin to wear down. Winter after winter, your heating system is marching toward its eventual breakdown. Along the way, it’s becoming less efficient and breaking down more often.

When will the final day be?

Nothing lasts forever. If you’re counting on your furnace to get you through the cold nights this winter, your old furnace may not be up to the task. In fact, a very old furnace could just quit working as a result of mechanical failure.

Part of the problem with gambling with an old furnace is that you don’t get to pick the time or circumstances under which your system gets replaced. For example, having to replace your furnace in a pinch is possible, but it means that you’ll need to figure out how to heat your home without it. Replacing your furnace in the fall, spring, or summer is easy for everyone involved, while replacing your furnace in a January blizzard is less so. Reimer will work with you to get your furnace replaced as fast as possible, but it’s sometimes better to plan ahead.

When you get a new furnace before your old one breaks down, you get to choose the place and time of your furnace replacement and have a minimal gap in heating.

Why should I upgrade to a new furnace?

In contrast to your old, aging furnace, a new furnace gives you a fresh start. Here’s how.

Furnaces manufactured today are better than those manufactured ten or twenty years ago. That’s because the technology has improved and furnaces are being designed with a greater emphasis on energy efficiency, to meet the (very reasonable) demands of consumers who want to save money on their electricity or gas bills. In addition to using less energy, today’s air conditioners are more powerful, have more precise heating, are often connected to smart devices, and run more quietly.

With a new furnace, you get a clean start on a new maintenance record (especially important if you purchased a home with a furnace and don’t know how or even if it was taken care of before your ownership) and a manufacturer’s warranty. That’s on top of the fact that a brand-new system is unlikely to encounter any major repair needs during its first few years of operation.

How do I start the furnace replacement process?

At Reimer, we offer free estimates on new systems. Give us a call, and we’ll arrange for one of our certified techs to come to your home and begin measurements. These are important: your heating system needs to match the size of your home for consistent and energy-efficient heating. As a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, we carry a wide selection of some of the most powerful and efficient furnaces on the market today. Once you’ve received your free estimate, you can make the decision whether to purchase.

We look forward to working with you on your furnace replacement. Contact Reimer today for your free estimate.

Why you should consider tankless water heaters

While most people are familiar with the traditional water heater tank that has been a fixture in households for decades, tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular thanks to their numerous benefits. The Reimer team has installed many of these water heaters in homes over the past few years. In this post, we explore what makes these systems different from the usual water heater and what advantages they have.

They’re more efficient

Tankless water heaters use less energy than conventional water heaters; according to some estimates, a gas tankless system uses more than 20 percent less energy than a normal water heater. Those savings can add up over the total lifespan of the system, eventually coming close to paying for the cost of the unit itself. Plus, by using less energy as a part of your water heating, you’re doing your part to help the environment. Tankless water heaters have a number of benefits, but energy savings is probably the most prominent.

You get hot water, when you want it

Unlike normal hot water heaters that hold a set amount of water in a tank, tankless water heaters circulate water past heating coils that quickly raise it to the requested temperature. Since this water is coming from the normal water supply and is being heated as needed, you have—effectively—an endless supply of hot water. This makes tankless water heaters popular amongst multi-generation households or those with large families: many people can shower consecutively in the morning without the system “running out” of hot water.

Plus, tankless water heaters are better at providing you with hot water faster than a traditional tanked water heater, which means less waste while you wait for the sink or shower to “heat up”.

No risk of flooding

Tankless water heaters, as the name implies, do not carry a store of water. Traditional water heaters carry a risk of leaking or bursting in a way that floods your home and causes major damage. With tankless systems, there is no tank that can burst, and it’s highly unlikely that the system will have a leak.

While these systems don’t last forever, most last for about 20 years. This can be twice the lifespan of a normal tanked water heater. That lifespan should factor into your purchasing decision: while tankless systems can be more expensive, you may be able to just have one in the time you would have gone through two normal water heaters.

Call Reimer to learn more about tankless water heaters

Since 1921, Reimer has been helping the residents of Western New York with their heating, cooling, and plumbing service needs, from new system installation to upkeep and emergency repair. In those 95 years, Reimer has set the standard for service and product excellence. Today, our experienced technicians and plumbers continue that proud tradition. Skilled and friendly, they’re ready to help with any project, from tankless water heater installation to emergency plumbing fixes.

If you’re interested in learning more about what a tankless water heater can do for your home and energy bills, give our team a call at (716) 694-8524.