Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Mount Pleasant, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it may not be that straightforward 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 most other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new furnace now or just get your annual furnace service done? At Olde Towne Heating & Air, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few tidbits to keep in mind if you’re not sure which way to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is probably 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 puts out. 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 putting that money towards a new system. However, the typical 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t run well beyond that. If furnace service has been consistent and it has been well maintained, you may be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average. 2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing There are always unique circumstances when it comes to figuring out 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 make certain you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it includes so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be calculated 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 figure out the costs of both routes, 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 solution. Of course, these are only a couple of the variables, but the experts at Olde Towne Heating & Air are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 843-856-1433 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.