Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

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Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Dallas, 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 starting to get up there in age and has been causing issues over the last few years.

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

At Tri County Air Care LLC, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re not sure which path to choose.

1. Furnace Age

This is more than 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 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 average 12-15 year lifetime 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 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 comparing the two.

Furnace service

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

Furnace replacement

  • Furnace size will be determined 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 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 solution.

Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the experts at Tri County Air Care LLC are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 469-213-8367 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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