Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Utica, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry 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 most 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 Main Heating & Cooling, Inc., we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re unsure which path 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 puts out. 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 scheduled regularly and it has been correctly maintained, you could 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 identifying 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 sure 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 calculated 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 calculate the costs of both choices, 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 experts at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 586-731-0950 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.