Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in McMurray, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it may not be that cut and dry if your system is starting to get up there in age and has been causing issues 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 completed?
At Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which route 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 gives off. 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 applying that money towards a new system.
However, the typical 12-15 year lifespan 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 may 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 assessing the two.
- Get a couple estimates to make sure 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 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 few of the variables, but the experts at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 724-370-0141 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.