Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Homer Glen, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it may not be that cut and dry 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 Pinnacle HVAC LLC, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re unsure which path to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is more than 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 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 putting that money towards a new system. However, the normal 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly 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 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 make certain you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it includes so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be calculated 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 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 choice. Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the pros at Pinnacle HVAC LLC are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 708-301-0170 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.