Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

The chilly weather in Elk River means it’s time to make an appointment for your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting past its prime, it might be time to consider a furnace replacement.

Just like any other home improvement project, a new furnace is a considerable investment in your home. The pros at Home Comfort Heating & Air can help you determine if it’s time for a furnace replacement or regular furnace service. We have some things to keep in mind while deciding the future of your furnace.

1. Age of System

This will almost certainly be the decisive factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been many advancements in furnace technology over the years, including an increase in efficiency and a decrease in noise. If your furnace has nearly reached adolescence, it’s a good idea to start looking for a new system. The experts at Home Comfort Heating & Air can assist you in determining if it’s the proper time for a replacement.

2. Cost Comparison

Purchasing a new furnace is an expense a homeowner doesn’t want to make until needed. That’s why comparing the cost of frequently repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is an important part of the decision-making process. When you initially compare the two we have a few things to keep in mind.

Furnace service

  • Make note of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving everything you can.

Furnace replacement

  • When considering what size your new furnace needs to be it’s best to call in the professionals. A technician will determine a load calculation related to your home size and various other factors such as home design, insulation and the typical routine of people living inside the home.
  • The energy efficiency level of the system will factor into the expense of a replacement.
  • Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to more energy savings down the road.

After you’ve calculated the costs to continually repair your system or to replace it, there’s a straightforward rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the expense of a replacement or if your furnace is getting up there in age, the best option may be a replacement.

Our team in Elk River is here to guide you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some assistance in finding a quality replacement, give the pros at Home Comfort Heating & Air a call at 763-276-0617.