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Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

Cooler weather is becoming a real possibility in Metro Atlanta, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your furnace service. However, it may not be that cut and dry if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing difficulties over the last few years.

Furnace replacement is an investment in your home, like nearly all other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should buy that new furnace now or simply get your annual furnace service done?

At ACS Inc, we know that it can be a difficult decision to make, so here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you’re unsure which route to choose.

1. Furnace Age

This is probably the biggest factor in to your decision, as furnace technology has improved a number of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it produces. If your equipment is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money in to repairs when you could be applying that money towards a new system.

However, the average 12-15 year lifetime of a furnace doesn’t mean it can’t operate well beyond that. If furnace service has been routine and it has been well maintained, you might be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.

2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing

There are always variables when it comes to figuring out the cost of replacing versus having furnace service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when comparing the two.

Furnace service

  • Get multiple estimates to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Keep track of when your warranty runs out and note what it covers so you’re always saving as much as possible.

Furnace replacement

  • Furnace size will be figured out by the size of your home.
  • Cost will vary depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re searching for.
  • The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.

After you figure out the costs of both routes, keep this helpful tip in mind: if your furnace service and repair is going to cost 1/3 or more of the cost of a new furnace and your system is between 12-15 years old, furnace replacement may be the better long-term option.

Of course, these are only a few of the variables, but the experts at ACS Inc are more than happy to help you determine which furnace is right when replacement becomes necessary. Give us a call at 770-939-7500 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.