Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Northwest Arkansas, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that straightforward 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 just get your annual furnace service done? At AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re unsure which route 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 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 putting that money towards a new system. However, the average 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine 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 unknowns when it comes to figuring out the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when assessing the two. Furnace service Get a couple estimates to ensure 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 figured out by the size of your home. Cost will differ 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 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 option. Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the experts at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 479-372-4304 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.