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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in San Jose, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry if your system is beginning to get up there in age and has been causing difficulties 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 American HVAC Inc, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way 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 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 normal 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been properly maintained, you might 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 comparing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get a few estimates to make certain 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 vary 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 choice.

Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the pros at American HVAC Inc are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 408-215-1018 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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