Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The chilly weather in Asheville means it’s time to book 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 is the case with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a major investment in your home. The pros at 1st Choice Service Group Inc can help you decide if it’s time for a furnace replacement or regular 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 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 1st Choice Service Group Inc 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 it’s crucial. That’s why studying the amount you’ll spend constantly repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is a crucial 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 as much as possible. Furnace replacement When considering 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 cost 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 price of a replacement or if your furnace is reaching old age, the practical option may be a replacement. Our team in Asheville is here to guide you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some help in finding a quality replacement, give the pros at 1st Choice Service Group Inc a call at 828-551-2913 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.