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A Wise Man Once Said, “Call Mast Heating & Cooling”

A homeowner who needed furnace repair in Zeeland, MI climbed to the top of a very high mountain in the Upper Peninsula (okay maybe it was more of a hill than a mountain) looking for answers. He was told a very smart man with a long white beard lived there. Surprisingly enough, he found the man sitting on a rock overlooking Traverse Bay. The homeowner asked his question, “I’ve been told you are a very wise man and I need to know, should I repair my HVAC system yet again or should I replace it?” The man gazed out over Lake Superior, pulled on his long white beard for a minute or two, then looked the homeowner in the eyes and responded, “Hey, I’m just a leftover hippie from the 60’s who likes living up here in the woods by myself. When it comes to furnace replacement in Grand Rapids and all of Southwest Michigan, you need to call Mast Heating & Cooling!”

We really appreciate the referral from the old gent, but the truth is there often is no clear-cut answer to the question. What we do know is when it comes to furnace and/or air conditioner repair and replacement in Grand Rapids, Mast Heating & Cooling will always give you the straight talk so you can make an informed decision. We understand every situation is different, but this chart will give you a good starting point to determine if it’s time to replace a unit, rather than spend more money on repairs.

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Beyond just the numbers, here are some things to consider:


The magic number from the EPA is 15 years for furnaces and boilers. It’s possible they may last longer but will continue to lose efficiency meaning higher utility bills.

Frequent breakdowns

If your system has trouble keeping up during the hottest and coldest times of the year, it’s a danger signal. The harder a furnace or air conditioner has to work, the greater the chance of multiple breakdowns.

Uneven temperatures

If you are experiencing hot and cold spots in the house that wasn’t there before, it is an indication your systems may need to be upgraded.

The highly trained at Mast Heating & Cooling will help you assess your options and find the right solution for your situation and budget. No heating or cooling system lasts forever, so there will come a time when a new system is the right choice.

The decision to repair or replace can be very difficult, but Mast Heating & Cooling wants you to make sure you remember the advantages of a new system. New technology can save you as much as 30% or 40% on energy costs if your current units are 10 years old or older. The extra money can help to offset the upfront cost. A new system will also give you peace-of-mind knowing your home will be comfortable year-round.

We understand the search for answers and the hope a wise old man can really provide them for you. But take his advice and call Mast Heating & Cooling. Our only goal since opening our doors in 1956 is to keep you comfortable.