Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Great Falls, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s possible may not be that cut and dry 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 most 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 Falls Mechanical Services LLC, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which route 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 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 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 well 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 identifying 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 a couple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it contains 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 figure out 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 few of the variables, but the experts at Falls Mechanical Services LLC are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 406-761-7283 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.