Tagged Furnace: Smart Decision-Making’s Essential When You’re Seeing Red

Tagged Furnace: Smart Decision-Making's Essential When You're Seeing RedOnce you get over the shock that your furnace is in need of major repairs or may have to be replaced, it is critical that you take the proper steps to protect your family. When a furnace is “red tagged,” it could release dangerous carbon monoxide fumes if the furnace is turned back on without needed repairs.

The most common cause for a tagged furnace is a cracked heat exchanger. It is the piece of equipment inside the furnace that transfers the heat generated by the burners to the air that will be blown into your home. When cracks or holes appear, the furnace needs to be taken out of service until the problem can be addressed. While the heat exchanger is usually under warranty, the labor cost of installing the new exchanger is not and the repairs can be very expensive.

The question most homeowners need to ask if they have a tagged furnace is if it is worth making the repairs or is it wiser to install a new furnace? If your current HVAC unit is more than seven years old then replacement is most likely the way to go. New high-efficiency furnaces operate much more economically than older models and replacing the furnace will save you money on your utility bill.

The decision on replacing a tagged furnace can get complicated if your current unit is not that old and the cost of the new heat exchanger is covered by your warranty. You will have to pay the labor for the repairs, but that may be more economical in the long run. Generally speaking, if the cost to repair is 25 percent or less than the cost to replace; you should repair the unit.

For all of your service needs, contact us at Powers Heating and Air. Our service technicians are experts in both repair and installation of home heating and cooling equipment. We can help you figure out what’s best for your family in the Fayette & Coweta County areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about red tagged furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Powers Heating & Air serves Peachtree, GA and the surrounding areas.  Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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