Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Longview, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that straightforward if your system is beginning to get up there in age and has been causing problems 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 just get your annual furnace service done? At Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc., we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which route to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is most likely 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 typical 12-15 year lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly and it has been properly 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 number of things to keep in mind when assessing the two. Furnace service Get multiple 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 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 routes, 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 903-758-0701 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.