Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Holdrege, 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 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 get that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service done? At Durable Service , we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits 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 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 setting aside that money towards a new system. However, the typical 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine 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 unique circumstances 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 a couple estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be figured out by the size of your home. Cost will differ 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 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 few of the variables, but the experts at Durable Service are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 308-995-8177 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.