Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The chilly weather in West Columbia means it’s time to schedule your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting along in years, it might be time to prepare yourself for a furnace replacement. Just like any other home improvement project, a new furnace is a large investment in your home. The pros at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., 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 most likely be the decisive factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been great strides in furnace technology over the years, including an increase in efficiency and a decrease in noise. If your furnace has reached maturity, you should probably start looking for a new system. The experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can assist you in determining if it’s the appropriate 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 analyzing the cost of 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 Look into when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving whenever possible. Furnace replacement When figuring out 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 simple rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the price of a replacement or if your furnace is reaching old age, the sensible option may be a replacement. Our team in West Columbia is here to help you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some help in finding the ideal replacement, give the pros at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. a call at 803-796-9172 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.