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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in West Jefferson, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, 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 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 unsure which path 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 furnace is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be putting that money towards a new system.

However, the normal 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly and it has been well 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.

Furnace service

  • 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 replacement

  • 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 614-450-1575 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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