Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Scottsboro, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing problems 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 buy 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 things to keep in mind if you’re unsure 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 setting aside 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 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 unique circumstances when it comes to figuring out the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when considering the two. Furnace service Get multiple 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 replacement 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 calculate 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 imminent. Give us a call at 256-574-1300 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.