Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in West Jefferson, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s possible may not be that cut and dry 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 most other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service done?
At West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc., we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is probably the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it puts out. 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 lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been properly maintained, you could be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always variables when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when assessing the two.
- Get multiple estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it includes 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 wanting.
- The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you determine the costs of both choices, 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 choice.
Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the experts at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 614-879-9091 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.