Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Beaverton, 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 climbing 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 buy that new furnace now or just get your annual furnace service done? At Garoken Energy Co. Inc., we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re unsure 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 putting 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 scheduled regularly 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 unique circumstances 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 considering the two. Furnace service Get multiple estimates to make sure 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 vary depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re searching for. The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings. After you determine 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 option. Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the team at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 503-848-3838 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.