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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Augusta, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that cut and dry if your system is starting to get up there in age and has been causing issues 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 spring for that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service completed?

At Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re uncertain which way to choose.

1. Furnace Age

This is probably 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 gives off. 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 setting aside that money towards a new system.

However, the average 12-15 year lifecycle of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been correctly maintained, you may be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always unknowns when it comes to identifying 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 couple estimates to make sure 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 figured out by the size of your home.
  • Cost will vary 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 calculate the costs of both choices, 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 small number of the variables, but the team at Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 706-722-5304 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.