Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Bishop, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that straightforward if your system is starting to get up there in age and has been causing issues 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 spring for that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service handled? At Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is most likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved quite a few things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it gives off. 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 setting aside that money towards a new system. However, the normal 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been properly 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 identifying the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a number of 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 runs out and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be calculated by the size of your home. Cost will fluctuate 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 calculate the costs of both choices, 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 solution. Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the pros at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 760-784-9034 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.