Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Zelienople, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, 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 spring for that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service completed? At Knoechel Heating Company, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure which path to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is probably 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 applying that money towards a new system. However, the typical 12-15 year lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly and it has been well maintained, you might 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 considering 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 contains so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be calculated by the size of your home. Cost will vary 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 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 small number of the variables, but the pros at Knoechel Heating Company are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 724-452-6280 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.