Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

The chilly weather in Lawrence means it’s time to book 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 Scott Temperature can help you determine if it’s time for a furnace replacement or your yearly furnace service. We have some tips for you to ponder while deciding the future of your furnace.

1. Age of System

This will probably be the chief factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been a lot of improvement 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 Scott Temperature can work with you to determine if it’s the proper time for a replacement.

2. Cost Comparison

Purchasing a new furnace is an expenditure a homeowner doesn’t want to make until necessary. That’s why studying the amount you’ll spend frequently repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is a vital part of the decision-making process. When you begin comparing 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 as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • When considering what size your new furnace needs to be it’s wise to call in the professionals. A technician will determine a load calculation based on your home size and various other factors such as home design, insulation and the routines of people living inside the home.
  • The energy efficiency level of the system will factor into the price of a replacement.
  • Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to greater 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 price of a replacement or if your furnace is older, the best option may be a replacement.

Our team in Lawrence is here to help you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some guidance in finding a good replacement, give the pros at Scott Temperature a call at 785-269-0465.