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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

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Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Newton, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that straightforward 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 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 path 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 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 average 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been correctly maintained, you may 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few 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 is up and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • Furnace size will be calculated by the size of your home.
  • Cost will vary 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 options, 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 solution.

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.

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