Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Columbus, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it may not be that clear cut if your system is starting 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 handled? At Wolfe & Sons Inc, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re unsure which way to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is probably 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 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 putting that money towards a new system. However, the average 12-15 year lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent 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 unknowns 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 comparing the two. Furnace service Get multiple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it contains 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 fluctuate 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 choice. Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the team at Wolfe & Sons Inc are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 614-451-0846 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.