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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Plainfield, which means one thing: it’s time to set up 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 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 buy that new furnace now or just 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 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 a lot of 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.

However, the average 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 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when comparing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get multiple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it includes so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • Furnace size will be determined by the size of your home.
  • Cost will vary 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 pros 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 815-410-1231 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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