Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

September 11, 2015

The chilly weather in Rapid City means it’s time to book your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting up there in years, it might be time to consider a furnace replacement.

As with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a large investment in your home. The pros at Street Heating and Cooling can help you figure out if it’s time for a furnace replacement or annual 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 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, you should probably start looking for a new system. The experts at Street Heating and Cooling can assist you in determining if it’s the right 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 studying the price tag of frequently repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is an important part of the decision-making process. When you start 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 best to call in the professionals. A technician will determine a load calculation by taking into account your home size and various other factors such as home design, insulation and the habits 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 greater energy savings down the road.

After you’ve looked at the costs to continually repair your system or to replace it, there’s a straightforward rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the price of a replacement or if your furnace is older, the practical option may be a replacement.

Our team in Rapid City 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 Street Heating and Cooling a call at 605-206-3915.