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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in West Valley, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule 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 nearly all 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 completed?

At Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way 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 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 typical 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been well 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 identifying 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 make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it includes so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • Furnace size will be determined by the size of your home.
  • Cost will fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re searching for.
  • The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you calculate 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 option.

Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the pros at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 801-969-7088 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.