Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The cold weather in Longview means it’s time to make an appointment for your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting past its prime, it might be time to start thinking about a furnace replacement. As with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a large investment in your home. The pros at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you determine if it’s time for a furnace replacement or annual furnace service. We have some tips for you to ponder 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 great strides 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’s a good idea to start looking for a new system. The experts at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. can assist you in determining if it’s the right time for a replacement. 2. Cost Comparison Purchasing a new furnace is an expenditure 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 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 evaluating what size your new furnace needs to be it’s best 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 expense of a replacement. Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to increased energy savings down the road. After you’ve researched 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 cost of a replacement or if your furnace is reaching old age, the practical option may be a replacement. Our team in Longview is here to assist you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some assistance in finding the ideal replacement, give the pros at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 903-758-0701 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.