Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Menomonie and western Wisconsin, 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 climbing up there in age and has been causing issues 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 spring for that new furnace now or just get your annual furnace service done?
At Halverson Brothers Inc, 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 route 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 produces. 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.
However, the normal 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been correctly maintained, you could be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always unique circumstances when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when considering the two.
- Get a couple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it covers 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 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 few of the variables, but the pros at Halverson Brothers Inc are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 715-352-4052 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.