Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Newton, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that straightforward if your system is beginning to get up there in age and has been causing problems over the last few years.
Furnace replacement is an investment in your home, like nearly all 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 Brookwood Inc, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a lot of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. 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 average 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been correctly 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 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 a few estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.
- Furnace size will be determined by the size of your home.
- Cost will fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re looking 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 small number of the variables, but the team at Brookwood Inc are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 641-316-9803 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.