Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Pacheco, 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 climbing 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 handled? At Clean Air HVAC, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure which route to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is more than likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved quite a few things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. 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 lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been correctly 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 identifying the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when comparing the two. Furnace service Get a couple estimates to make sure 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 figured out 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 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 couple of the variables, but the pros at Clean Air HVAC are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 925-689-7017 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.