Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Dallas, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that clear cut if your system is beginning 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 nearly all other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should spring for that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service completed? At Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way 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 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 lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent 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 variables when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when comparing the two. Furnace service Get a few estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be calculated 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 figure out 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 small number of the variables, but the pros at Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 214-261-0034 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.