Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

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Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Greencastle, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut if your system is climbing 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 spring for that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service handled?

At Premier HVAC Services LLC, we know that it can be a tough 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 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 putting that money towards a new system.

However, the typical 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly and it has been properly maintained, you might be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always unknowns when it comes to figuring out the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when comparing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get multiple estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • Furnace size will be determined by the size of your home.
  • Cost will fluctuate 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 routes, 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 option.

Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the team at Premier HVAC Services LLC are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 717-597-9900  to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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