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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Hickory, which means one thing: it’s time to arrange for your furnace service. However, it’s possible 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 most other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new furnace now or arrange to get your annual furnace service handled?

At Climate Control Systems, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re not sure 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 lot of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. If your furnace 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 work well beyond that. If furnace service has been scheduled regularly and it has been correctly maintained, you could 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 determining the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when assessing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get a couple estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • Furnace size will be figured out 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 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 couple of the variables, but the pros at Climate Control Systems are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 828-283-0369 to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.

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