Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The cold weather in Lexington means it’s time to make an appointment for your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting along in years, 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc can help you decide 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 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc can work with you to determine if it’s the right time for a replacement. 2. Cost Comparison Purchasing a new furnace is an investment a homeowner doesn’t want to make until necessary. That’s why comparing the amount you’ll spend constantly 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 as much as possible. Furnace replacement When evaluating 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 habits of people living inside the home. The energy efficiency level of the system will factor into the cost of a replacement. Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to greater energy savings down the road. After you’ve researched the costs to continually repair your system or to replace it, there’s an uncomplicated rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the cost of a replacement or if your furnace is older, the sensible option may be a replacement. Our team in Lexington is here to assist you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some help in finding a good replacement, give the pros at James Heating & A/C, Inc a call at 336-853-6070 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.