Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

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Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Marietta, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that clear cut if your system is beginning 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 arrange to get your annual furnace service completed?

At Boyles Mechanical LLC, we know that it can be a tough 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 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 gives off. 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 normal 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 might be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always unknowns when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when assessing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get a couple estimates to ensure 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 replacement

  • Furnace size will be calculated by the size of your home.
  • Cost will differ 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 determine the costs of both options, 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 small number of the variables, but the pros at Boyles Mechanical LLC are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 866-326-9537 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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