Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Columbia, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is beginning to get up there in age and has been causing problems 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 arrange to get your annual furnace service done?
At Watts Electric & A/C Inc, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which route to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is more than 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 gives off. 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 lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly 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 determining 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.
- Get multiple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it includes so you’re always saving as much as possible.
- Furnace size will be calculated by the size of your home.
- Cost will fluctuate 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 figure out 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 solution.
Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the experts at Watts Electric & A/C Inc are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 601-736-7362 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.