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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

The chilly weather in the Bay Area means it’s time to make an appointment for your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting up there in years, it might be time to consider a furnace replacement.

As is the case with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a large investment in your home. The pros at Contra Costa Heating & AC can help you decide if it’s time for a furnace replacement or regular furnace service. We have some things to keep in mind while deciding the future of your furnace.

1. Age of System

This will almost certainly be the most telling factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been a lot of improvement in furnace technology over the years, including an increase in efficiency and a decrease in noise. If your furnace has almost hit its teen years, you should probably start looking for a new system. The experts at Contra Costa Heating & AC can assist you in determining if it’s the right time for a replacement.

2. Cost Comparison

Purchasing a new furnace is an expenditure a homeowner doesn’t want to make until it’s crucial. That’s why comparing the price tag of constantly repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is a crucial part of the decision-making process. When you start comparing the two we have a few things to keep in mind.

Furnace service

  • Make note of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving whenever possible.

Furnace replacement

  • When figuring out what size your new furnace needs to be it’s a good idea to call in the professionals. A technician will determine a load calculation based on your home size and various other factors such as home design, insulation and the routines of people living inside the home.
  • The energy efficiency level of the system will factor into the price of a replacement.
  • Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to more energy savings down the road.

After you’ve calculated the costs to continually repair your system or to replace it, there’s an uncomplicated rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the cost of a replacement or if your furnace is reaching old age, the practical option may be a replacement.

Our team in the Bay Area is here to assist you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some help in finding a good replacement, give the pros at Contra Costa Heating & AC a call at 510-343-9841.