Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Pocatello, 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 starting 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 Vogts Heating & Air, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits 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 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 applying that money towards a new system.
However, the average 12-15 year lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work 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 unknowns when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when assessing the two.
- Get a couple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it includes so you’re always saving as much as possible.
- Furnace size will be calculated 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 figure out 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 small number of the variables, but the experts at Vogts Heating & Air are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 208-621-0129 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.