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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Auburn, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that clear cut if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing issues 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 buy that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service done?

At Forster Heating, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which route to choose.

1. Furnace Age

This is probably 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 puts out. 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.

However, the typical 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been properly maintained, you might 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 number of 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 expires 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 differ depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
  • The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you figure out the costs of both choices, 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 Forster Heating are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 530-885-8081 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.