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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Moline, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it may not be that cut and dry 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 get that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service done?

At J.L. Brady Company LLC, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which route to choose.

1. Furnace Age

This is more than likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a number 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 applying that money towards a new system.

However, the normal 12-15 year lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been well 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 figuring out the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a couple 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 expires 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 differ 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 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 pros at J.L. Brady Company LLC are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 309-517-7511 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.