Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The cold weather in Scottsboro means it’s time to schedule your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting along in years, it might be time to start thinking about a furnace replacement. As is the case with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a major investment in your home. The pros at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. can help you determine if it’s time for a furnace replacement or your yearly furnace service. We have some tips for you to ponder while deciding the future of your furnace. 1. Age of System This will probably be the decisive factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been great strides in furnace technology over the years, including an increase in efficiency and a decrease in noise. If your furnace has reached maturity, you should probably start looking for a new system. The experts at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. can help you determine if it’s the proper time for a replacement. 2. Cost Comparison Purchasing a new furnace is an investment a homeowner doesn’t want to make until necessary. That’s why analyzing the price tag of continually 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 Look into when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving whenever possible. Furnace replacement When considering what size your new furnace needs to be it’s wise to call in the professionals. A technician will determine a load calculation by taking into account 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 expense of a replacement. Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to greater energy savings down the road. After you’ve calculated the costs to continually repair your system or to replace it, there’s a simple rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the cost of a replacement or if your furnace is older, the sensible option may be a replacement. Our team in Scottsboro is here to guide you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some help in finding the ideal replacement, give the pros at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. a call at 256-574-1300 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.