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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

The cold weather in Plainfield means it’s time to make an appointment for your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting along in years, it might be time to start thinking about a furnace replacement.

As is the case with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a large investment in your home. The pros at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help you figure out if it’s time for a furnace replacement or annual furnace service. We have some advice to help you along while deciding the future of your furnace.

1. Age of System

This will almost certainly be the decisive factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been great strides in furnace technology over the years, including an increase in efficiency and a decrease in noise. If your furnace has nearly reached adolescence, it may be time to start looking for a new system. The experts at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help you determine if it’s the appropriate time for a replacement.

2. Cost Comparison

Purchasing a new furnace is an expenditure a homeowner doesn’t want to make until needed. That’s why comparing the price tag of constantly repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is a vital part of the decision-making process. When you start comparing the two we have a few things to keep in mind.

Furnace service

  • Look into when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving whenever possible.

Furnace replacement

  • When evaluating what size your new furnace needs to be it’s a good idea to call in the professionals. A technician will determine a load calculation based on your home size and various other factors such as home design, insulation and the habits of people living inside the home.
  • The energy efficiency level of the system will factor into the price of a replacement.
  • Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to increased energy savings down the road.

After you’ve calculated the costs to continually repair your system or to replace it, there’s a simple rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the cost of a replacement or if your furnace is reaching old age, the sensible option may be a replacement.

Our team in Plainfield is here to guide you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some assistance in finding the ideal replacement, give the pros at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc a call at 815-410-1231.