Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The cold weather in Winchester 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 with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a large investment in your home. The pros at Thornberry Bros Inc can help you figure out if it’s time for a furnace replacement or regular furnace service. We have some tips for you to ponder while deciding the future of your furnace. 1. Age of System This will probably be the chief 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 almost hit its teen years, it may be time to start looking for a new system. The experts at Thornberry Bros Inc can assist you in determining if it’s the appropriate time for a replacement. 2. Cost Comparison Purchasing a new furnace is an expense 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 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 wise 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 calculated 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 cost of a replacement or if your furnace is older, the best option may be a replacement. Our team in Winchester is here to assist you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some guidance in finding a good replacement, give the pros at Thornberry Bros Inc a call at 859-745-1564 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.