Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

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Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Heflin, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry 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 many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service done?

At Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure 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 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 applying that money towards a new system.

However, the normal 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been properly maintained, you might 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 comparing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get multiple 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 replacement

  • Furnace size will be determined by the size of your home.
  • Cost will fluctuate 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 determine the costs of both options, 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 few of the variables, but the team at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 256-270-1196 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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