Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Kutztown, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is starting 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 get that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service completed?

At Moyer Total Indoor Comfort, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way to choose.

1. Furnace Age

This is probably 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 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 putting that money towards a new system.

However, the normal 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 unknowns 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.

Furnace service

  • Get multiple estimates to make certain 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 replacement

  • Furnace size will be determined by the size of your home.
  • Cost will vary depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re searching for.
  • 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 couple of the variables, but the pros at Moyer Total Indoor Comfort are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 484-646-3363 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.