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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Humble, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that straightforward 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 nearly all other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should spring for that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service completed?

At Arrings A/C & Heating, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re unsure which way 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 gives off. 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 average 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent 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 unique circumstances when it comes to determining the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when comparing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get multiple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • Furnace size will be figured out by the size of your home.
  • Cost will differ 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 figure out 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 small number of the variables, but the team at Arrings A/C & Heating are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 281-713-8304 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.