Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Scottsboro, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing issues over the last few years.
Furnace replacement is an investment in your home, like many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should spring for that new furnace now or just get your annual furnace service completed?
At Southern Heating & Cooling Inc., we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which path to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is more than likely the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a number 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 putting that money towards a new system.
However, the average 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been correctly maintained, you might be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always variables when it comes to figuring out the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when considering the two.
- Get a few estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty is up 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 wanting.
- The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you determine 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 choice.
Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the experts at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 256-574-1300 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.