How do You Know When to Repair or Replace Your Heating System?

By Charity Lombardi-Simard, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Charity is president of Lombardi Oil & Gas. She is second generation in the family business that was started by her father in the 1950’s. Her interest in the industry is the continued evolution and fast-paced movement into cleaner and more efficient energy. Her vision for the business is to maintain a personal culture with the community and to provide options and service to those that heat with fuel – with focus on hi-efficiency equipment, use of new technologies and Biofuel delivery. In her personal time, Charity is active in the Icelandic Horse Community, with 2 of her own. She travels regularly to Iceland to train and supports promotion of the breed in the US.
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Having a reliable and efficient home heating system is really important here in the North Shore, where we rely on our furnace or boiler for almost two-thirds of the year. Having a reliable and efficient home heating system is really important here in the North Shore, where we rely on our furnace or boiler for almost two-thirds of the year. If your confidence in your heating equipment is flagging, don’t worry, we’re here to help: whether you need to fix or upgrade your equipment, we have options for you. If you’re on the repair/replace fence, here are some general guidelines to help guide your decision.

Repair your equipment if:

  • Your system is less than 10 years old
  • It can be fixed with a reasonable hope that there won’t be further issues.
  • Your equipment is properly sized for your home
  • The problems are minor (smaller electrical issues, minor ductwork repairs, blocked drain lines, etc.)
  • Repair costs are 25 percent of the cost of replacement or less
  • Your monthly energy bills have risen by less than 10 percent since last year
  • Your system has been repaired less than twice over the last decade

Replace your equipment if:

  • Your system is 10 years old or older
  • Damage is severe
  • Your system is undersized for your home (for example, if you’ve built a house addition since installing it)
  • The repair costs more than 25 percent of replacement costs (especially on older equipment)
  • Your monthly energy bills have gone up by more than 10 percent since last year
  • Your system has been repaired more than twice over the last decade

Mass Save Rebates Could Tip the Scales

Sometimes the repair/replace equation is close to dead even, making your choice a tougher one. In those cases, incentives can tip the scales in favor of a heating system upgrade.

This year, for example, you may qualify for thousands of dollars in rebates and loans with zero percent interest to cover equipment replacement. Mass Save rebates in 2021 include up to $2,750 on natural gas furnace and boilers and $800 on oil furnaces and boilers. Additional savings are available for natural gas and oil water heaters – contact us today to learn more.

Considering a new heating system installation? We can help! Contact Lombardi Oil and Gas today to learn more about natural gas and heating oil heating system installations in the North Shore!