So you’ve got this old, beloved gas fireplace in your home. For years, it has been faithful and reliable when it comes to heating your home and providing a cozy place to sit next to after a long day. But lately… not so much.
There’s a saying out there that you don’t get older, you get better. But that certainly doesn’t apply to your gas fireplace. Because now, all of a sudden, your fireplace is giving you problems, and not to mention, a whole lot of stress. You’re stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to figure out if it’s worth it to repair it – or if you’d be better off just replacing the whole thing altogether.
We all know appliances aren’t meant to last forever. So, where do you start when it comes time to consider repairing or replacing your gas fireplace? We recommend contacting Winston’s Chimney Services first! Whether it’s gas insert and fireplace services or gas log installation and services, we hear to help with it all. We will also help you weigh your options and make an informed decision on what is best for you, your household, and your budget.
But before we jump to any conclusions, let’s discuss this topic further and give you examples on when it makes more sense to repair versus when it makes more sense to replace your fireplace.
How Do I Know if My Gas Fireplace Needs To Be Repaired?
Whether or not you should repair your gas fireplace isn’t just a one-size-fits-all answer. There are a few factors that will help you determine if a repair might be be the more viable route. Consider a repair job if the following is true:
- The fireplace is in overall good condition. You don’t notice any signs of serious wear and tear within the firebox or around the fireplace.
- There are only minor issues with the fireplace. You aren’t having to schedule frequent appointments to get it working again.
- The fireplace is still aesthetically pleasing. You like the way it looks and feel no need to update the space.
- You’re satisfied with the current features of your existing fireplace. Fireplace technology is changing frequently. As long as you’re happy with what your current fireplace has to offer, it may be worth hanging onto it for a few more years.
- You want to extend its lifespan with new components. It’s much more cost-effective to upgrade parts to improve performance and efficiency than it is to get a whole new fireplace.
- The fireplace is less than 10 years old. Most well-maintained fireplaces last 10-15 years. If your system is less than 10 years old, it’s likely got a few more years left (as long as you’re booking those regular inspections).
Should I Replace My Gas Fireplace?
Now, replacing your gas fireplace might make more sense if you are experiencing any of the following:
- The fireplace technology is dated compared to newer models. You aren’t pleased with what you have and want a fireplace makeover with the latest design and features.
- It requires frequent or significant repairs. Not only is it costing you more and more money just to keep it operating, it is also costing you more in energy bills.
- It works, but looks old and worn out. You would love it to be a nice looking focal point of the room instead of a depressing one.
- You plan to buy/sell a house and want your home to look its best. Because fireplaces can add value to your home, it’s worth investing in a new one if the old one just isn’t cutting it.
- The fireplace is inefficient or unsafe to use. It is extremely dangerous to use an appliance that combines fire and gas if it isn’t working up to standards.
It is also important to keep in mind that replacing a gas fireplace comes with additional costs, such as purchasing a new unit, installation and labor expenses, and any costs associated with potential modifications to your existing set up.
Still Unsure About Repairing or Replacing Your Gas Fireplace? Call Winston’s Chimney Services
Whether or not you should repair or replace your gas fireplace is a tough and stressful decision. It really comes down to your personal preferences and your budget. Consider the long term cost comparison of the two. Are you going to spend more money trying to keep your current fireplace operating than you would have with the upfront costs of a new fireplace?
And if you’re still struggling with the decision, give Winston’s Chimney Services a call. Our team of experts can help you make an informed decision by inspecting your fireplace, suggesting repairs or replacements, and keeping your budget in mind.
Start by contacting us today at 703-379-5006 or by scheduling an appointment online.