Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Plainfield, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that 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 spring for that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service handled? At PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, 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 way 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 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 putting that money towards a new system. However, the normal 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run 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 identifying 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 few estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be determined 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 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 small number of the variables, but the experts at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 815-768-6656 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.