Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The chilly weather in Portland Metro means it’s time to book your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting along in years, it might be time to consider a furnace replacement. As is the case with any home improvement project, a new furnace is a large investment in your home. The pros at Central Air Inc can help you decide 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 most telling 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, you should probably start looking for a new system. The experts at Central Air Inc can work with you to determine if it’s the proper 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 comparing the amount you’ll spend frequently repairing your furnace against the cost of a replacement is a crucial part of the decision-making process. When you initially compare 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 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 by taking into account 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 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 an uncomplicated rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the price of a replacement or if your furnace is getting up there in age, the sensible option may be a replacement. Our team in Portland Metro is here to guide 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 Central Air Inc a call at 503-656-1908 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.