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Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

Your furnace is an extremely important part of your home, and you need to know that it’s able to keep your home warm and comfortable throughout those cold, Alberta winter months. If your furnace has been malfunctioning at all during thee colder parts of the year, you may need to consider whether or not it’s time to have the unit replaced.

Sometimes, problems with your furnace can be solved with little more than a tune-up or some necessary repairs. But eventually, no matter how well you take care of it, you will need to replace your furnace. At West Coast Mechanical Corp, our experienced technicians can provide you with any maintenance or repair services you may need for your furnace. We can also replace it when the time comes. Every situation is different, and West Coast Mechanical Corp Technicians would be happy to consult with you about your options.  However, if you’re unsure of whether or not it’s time to replace your furnace, take a look at some of these warning signs:

Consider the Lifespan

The average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years, and that all depends on the care and maintenance that it receives. If your furnace is around this age, then now is a great time to start considering replacing your furnace. Start by researching options, and make sure that you’re having a tune-up and inspection of the machine performed at least once every year.

Watch Your Energy Costs

If your home’s energy costs are rising but you haven’t been using your furnace more often, then your furnace is probably losing some of its efficiency. As furnaces age, they become less efficient, which means that they’ll use more energy to produce the same amounts of heat. If your furnace loses too much efficiency, replacing it can be your most economical option.

Does Your Furnace Require Frequent Repairs?

Furnaces break down most often during the last two years of their lives. If you need to have your furnace repaired very frequently, it could be that it’s nearing the end of it’s life. Start considering whether or not it’s time to replace your furnace, and talk to West Coast Mechanical Corps experienced technicians about possible replacements.

Dust or Humidity Problems in Your Home

Poorly operating or improperly sized equipment could be to blame as well. Leaky ductwork can also cause these problems, so having it sealed may be a solution. Monthly maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment’s filters may also help. Old furnaces often lack the ability to moisturize and clean the air in your home.


For a more exact answer to your questions, give us a call at 780.940.6850 and we will be sure to look in to your specific situation.

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