Cooler weather is becoming a realistic possibility in Macon, which means one thing: it’s time to schedule your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry if your system is starting 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 many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service completed?
At Air Temperature Control, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re not sure which route to choose.
1. Furnace Age
This is most 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 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 applying that money towards a new system.
However, the typical 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly and it has been well 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 identifying 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.
- Get a couple 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 size will be calculated by the size of your home.
- Cost will vary 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 options, 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 team at Air Temperature Control are more than happy to help you choose which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 478-202-3170 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.