Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Madera, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut 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 just get your annual furnace service handled? At Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc., 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 way to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is more than likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a lot of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it puts out. If your furnace 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 typical 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly 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 variables 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 considering the two. Furnace service Get multiple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be figured out by the size of your home. Cost will differ 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 calculate the costs of both routes, 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 choice. Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the pros at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 559-675-1681 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.