Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The chilly weather in Hattiesburg 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 prepare yourself for a furnace replacement. Just like any other home improvement project, a new furnace is a large investment in your home. The pros at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine 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 decisive 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 nearly reached adolescence, it may be time to start looking for a new system. The experts at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning can assist you in determining if it’s the right time for a replacement. 2. Cost Comparison Purchasing a new furnace is an investment a homeowner doesn’t want to make until needed. That’s why comparing 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 begin comparing 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 whenever possible. Furnace replacement When considering what size your new furnace needs to be it’s a good idea 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 expense of a replacement. Furnaces with higher AFUE ratings will lead to greater energy savings down the road. After you’ve looked at 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 Hattiesburg is here to assist you wherever you are along the decision-making process. Whether you need a repair or some guidance in finding the ideal replacement, give the pros at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 601-268-3486 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.