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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Pella, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s possible 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 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 handled?

At Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which path 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 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 applying that money towards a new system.

However, the normal 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been properly maintained, you could 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when considering the two.

Furnace service

  • Get a couple 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 determined by the size of your home.
  • Cost will vary depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
  • The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you calculate 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 team at Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 641-628-3621 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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