The cold weather in Erie means it’s time to make an appointment for your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting along in years, it might be time to prepare yourself for a furnace replacement.
Just like any other home improvement project, a new furnace is a major investment in your home. The pros at Patterson & Stirling Inc can help you determine 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 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, you should probably start looking for a new system. The experts at Patterson & Stirling Inc can assist you in determining 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 necessary. That’s why comparing the cost of frequently repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is a vital part of the decision-making process. When you begin comparing the two we have a few things to keep in mind.
- Make note of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving everything you can.
- When figuring out what size your new furnace needs to be it’s wise 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 routines 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 price of a replacement or if your furnace is older, the best option may be a replacement.
Our team in Erie is here to guide you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some help in finding a good replacement, give the pros at Patterson & Stirling Inc a call at 814-308-0416.