Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The cold weather in Hamilton means it’s time to make an appointment for your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting up there in years, it might be time to prepare yourself for a furnace replacement. As with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a major investment in your home. The pros at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can help you figure out if it’s time for a furnace replacement or your yearly furnace service. We have some advice to help you along while deciding the future of your furnace. 1. Age of System This will almost certainly be the decisive factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been many advancements 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can work with you to determine if it’s the proper time for a replacement. 2. Cost Comparison Purchasing a new furnace is an investment a homeowner doesn’t want to make until needed. That’s why analyzing 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 Keep track of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving whenever possible. Furnace replacement When evaluating what size your new furnace needs to be it’s a good idea 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 price 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 a simple rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the cost of a replacement or if your furnace is reaching old age, the sensible option may be a replacement. Our team in Hamilton 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC a call at 513-275-3601 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.