Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Marshalltown, which means one thing: it’s time to set up 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 get that new furnace now or just get your annual furnace service completed?
At Kapaun & Brown Inc., we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re unsure 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 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 putting that money towards a new system.
However, the typical 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when comparing the two.
- Get a couple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty is up 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 differ depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
- The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you determine 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 experts at Kapaun & Brown Inc. are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 641-812-2028 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.