Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Brookfield, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s possible may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing problems 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 Central Air LLC, we know that it can be a hard 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 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 applying 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 scheduled regularly 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 couple things to keep in mind when considering the two.

Furnace service

  • Get multiple estimates to make certain 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 searching for.
  • The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you figure out 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 couple of the variables, but the pros at Central Air LLC are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 203-357-5913 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.