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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Odessa, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s possible may not be that clear cut if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing issues over the last few years.

Furnace replacement is an investment in your home, like many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new furnace now or just get your annual furnace service completed?

At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way to choose.

1. Furnace Age

This is most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a lot of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it puts out. If your equipment 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 lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been well maintained, you might 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 figuring out the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when assessing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get a few estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty is up 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 fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
  • The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you calculate the costs of both routes, 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 experts at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 432-333-2208 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.