Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Kearney, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that straightforward if your system is beginning to get up there in age and has been causing issues 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 simply get your annual furnace service handled?

At Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way to choose.

1. Furnace Age

This is more than 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 system 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 lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been well 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when assessing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get a few estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it includes 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 wanting.
  • 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 choice.

Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the team at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 308-624-3485 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.