Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Columbia, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it may not be that clear cut if your system is beginning 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 arrange to get your annual furnace service handled? At Alltemp Comfort Services LLC, we know that it can be a difficult 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 probably 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 puts out. 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 putting that money towards a new system. However, the typical 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been well maintained, you could 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 couple 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 is up and note what it includes 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 wanting. The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings. After you figure out 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 team at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC are more than happy to help you decide which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 803-318-6995 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.