Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Dayton, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that 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 buy that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service done?
At Jent Mechanical LLC, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re unsure which path to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is most 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 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 typical 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been properly 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.
- Get a couple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty expires 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 vary 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 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 solution.
Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the experts at Jent Mechanical LLC are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 937-845-1111 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.