Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The cool weather in Excelsior Springs means it’s time to schedule your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting up there in years, it might be time to start thinking about a furnace replacement. As is the case with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a large investment in your home. The pros at Colvin's Inc can help you determine if it’s time for a furnace replacement or annual 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 most telling 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 nearly reached adolescence, you should probably start looking for a new system. The experts at Colvin's Inc can help you determine if it’s the proper 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 comparing the cost of constantly repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is an important part of the decision-making process. When you begin comparing 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 a good idea 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 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 more energy savings down the road. After you’ve looked at 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 expense of a replacement or if your furnace is getting up there in age, the best option may be a replacement. Our team in Excelsior Springs is here to assist 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 Colvin's Inc a call at 816-630-2702 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.