Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015Cooler weather is becoming more and more of a possibility in Tuscaloosa, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that straightforward if your system is climbing 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 just get your annual furnace service completed? At KDM Service Corporation, we know that it can be a hard decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way to choose. 1. Furnace Age This is most 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 equipment 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 average 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 might 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 comparing the two. Furnace service Get a few estimates to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it contains so you’re always saving as much as possible. Furnace replacement Furnace size will be determined by the size of your home. Cost will vary depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re looking for. The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings. After you determine 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 pros at KDM Service Corporation are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes imminent. Give us a call at 205-758-2703 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.