Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in McHenry, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that clear cut 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 simply get your annual furnace service done?
At Jett's Heating & Air 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 uncertain which way to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is more than 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 puts out. If your equipment is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be setting aside 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 routine and it has been well 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 couple things to keep in mind when assessing the two.
- Get multiple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.
- Furnace size will be figured out by the size of your home.
- Cost will differ depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
- The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you determine 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 solution.
Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the pros at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 815-410-1128 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.