Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Selbyville, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s possible 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 arrange to get your annual furnace service handled? At Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which route 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 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 putting that money towards a new system. However, the normal 12-15 year lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been correctly 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 figuring out the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a couple 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 is up and note what it includes 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 wanting. 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 option. Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the experts at Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 302-436-2922 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.