Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

The chilly weather in Monroe means it’s time to make an appointment for your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting along in years, it might be time to start thinking about a furnace replacement.

As with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a considerable investment in your home. The pros at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can help you figure out if it’s time for a furnace replacement or regular furnace service. We have some tips for you to ponder while deciding the future of your furnace.

1. Age of System

This will probably be the most telling factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been a lot of improvement in furnace technology over the years, including an increase in efficiency and a decrease in noise. If your furnace has reached maturity, you should probably start looking for a new system. The experts at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can assist you in determining if it’s the appropriate time for a replacement.

2. Cost Comparison

Purchasing a new furnace is an expenditure a homeowner doesn’t want to make until necessary. That’s why studying the cost of constantly repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is a crucial part of the decision-making process. When you initially compare the two we have a few things to keep in mind.

Furnace service

  • Look into when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • When evaluating what size your new furnace needs to be it’s a good idea to call in the professionals. A technician will determine a load calculation based on your home size and various other factors such as home design, insulation and the typical routine of people living inside the home.
  • The energy efficiency level of the system will factor into the cost of a replacement.
  • Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to increased energy savings down the road.

After you’ve looked at the costs to continually repair your system or to replace it, there’s a straightforward rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the expense of a replacement or if your furnace is getting up there in age, the practical option may be a replacement.

Our team in Monroe is here to assist you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some assistance in finding a quality replacement, give the pros at Lanz Furnace and Fireplace a call at 608-291-3606.