Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Wisconsin Rapids, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it’s possible may not be that cut and dry if your system is climbing 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 simply get your annual furnace service completed? At Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc, 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 path to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is probably 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 setting aside that money towards a new system. However, the average 12-15 year lifespan of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly and it has been correctly maintained, you could 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 couple things to keep in mind when considering the two. Furnace service Get multiple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty is up 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 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 determine 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 Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 715-421-5555 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.