Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Sacramento, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing difficulties over the last few years.

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

At American HVAC 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 most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. 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 normal 12-15 year lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when comparing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get a couple estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • Furnace size will be figured out 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 determine 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 choice.

Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the experts at American HVAC Inc are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 916-243-6714 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.