Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Mechanicsville, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it may not be that cut and dry 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 many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new furnace now or just get your annual furnace service completed?
At M & S Heating & Air LLC, 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 most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. 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 lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been well maintained, you may be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always unique circumstances 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 multiple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it includes so you’re always saving as much as possible.
- Furnace size will be figured out by the size of your home.
- Cost will fluctuate 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 team at M & S Heating & Air LLC are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 301-363-4699 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.