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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in the Main Line, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s possible may not be that cut and dry if your system is beginning to get up there in age and has been causing problems over the last few years.

Furnace replacement is an investment in your home, like nearly all other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should spring for that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service done?

At O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure which path to choose.

1. Furnace Age

This is most likely 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 produces. If your equipment is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be applying that money towards a new system.

However, the normal 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly and it has been well 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 figuring out 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 couple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires 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 vary depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re looking for.
  • 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 610-626-2540 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.