Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Alice, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for 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 difficulties over the last few years.
Furnace replacement is an investment in your home, like most other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should buy that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service done?
At Rescue Heating & Air , we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few things 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 quite a few things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it gives off. 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 normal 12-15 year lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly 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 unknowns 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 comparing the two.
- Get a few estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible.
- Furnace size will be determined 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 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 option.
Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the experts at Rescue Heating & Air are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 361-265-4371 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.