Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Justin, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that clear cut if your system is beginning to get up there in age and has been causing difficulties over the last few years.
Furnace replacement is an investment in your home, like nearly all other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new furnace now or just get your annual furnace service completed?
At Pepper AC & Htg Inc, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved quite a few things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it gives off. If your system is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be setting aside that money towards a new system.
However, the average 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been well maintained, you might be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always unique circumstances when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when comparing the two.
- Get a few estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.
- Furnace size will be calculated by the size of your home.
- Cost will differ depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re searching for.
- The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you calculate the costs of both options, keep this helpful tip in mind: if your furnace service and repair is going to cost 1/3 or more of the cost of a new furnace and your system is between 12-15 years old, furnace replacement may be the better long-term solution.
Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the experts at Pepper AC & Htg Inc are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 940-202-1184 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.