Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider09/11/2015The cool weather in Keokuk 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 major investment in your home. The pros at WM J Kraus & Son can help you figure out if it’s time for a furnace replacement or regular furnace service. We have some advice to help you along 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 reached maturity, it’s a good idea to start looking for a new system. The experts at WM J Kraus & Son 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 necessary. That’s why comparing the amount you’ll spend constantly 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 evaluating what size your new furnace needs to be it’s best 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 increased energy savings down the road. After you’ve researched the costs to continually repair your system or to replace it, there’s a straightforward rule to use as a guide. If your repair cost is 1/3 the cost of a replacement or if your furnace is getting up there in age, the practical option may be a replacement. Our team in Keokuk 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 WM J Kraus & Son a call at 319-524-3714 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.