Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Bossier City, 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 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 done?
At Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which path to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is probably 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 puts out. 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 typical 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 properly maintained, you could be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always variables 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 considering the two.
- Get a few estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible.
- Furnace size will be calculated by the size of your home.
- Cost will vary depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
- The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you calculate 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 solution.
Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the experts at Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 318-855-2326 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.