Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Rocky Mount, 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 nearly all other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should buy that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service done? At Davis Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way 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 applying that money towards a new system. However, the typical 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been correctly maintained, you may 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 identifying the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a number of things to keep in mind when comparing the two. Furnace service Get a few estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be determined 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 calculate the costs of both choices, 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 few of the variables, but the pros at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 540-483-5605 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.