Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The chilly weather in Baltimore means it’s time to book your annual furnace service. If your furnace is getting past its prime, it might be time to prepare yourself for 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 Quality Refrigeration can help you determine if it’s time for a furnace replacement or your yearly furnace service. We have some things to keep in mind while deciding the future of your furnace. 1. Age of System This will most likely be the most telling factor in deciding if it’s time for a repair or replacement. There have been many advancements 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 Quality Refrigeration can work with you to determine if it’s the right 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 studying the cost of continually 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 Make note of when your warranty expires and note what it covers so you’re always saving everything you can. Furnace replacement When figuring out 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 habits 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 greater 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 expense of a replacement or if your furnace is getting up there in age, the practical option may be a replacement. Our team in Baltimore is here to help 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 Quality Refrigeration a call at 410-355-6010 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.