We realize that purchasing a furnace may not be an immediate need, but it’s important to learn the keys that can drive your decision when that time comes. Below are five considerations that Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning advises our customers to think about during their evaluation:
1. Heating Repair Frequency
Like any type of appliance, as furnaces age, the likeliness of heating repairs increase. If your system is over 15 years old, you might start to experience relatively expensive repairs. More common and costly repairs include blower motor failures, ignition control failures and heat exchanger failures.
2. Operational Cost
The efficiency of gas furnaces in Saint Charles area homes today vary significantly and their efficiency directly influences your utility bills. Furnaces older than 15 years can be extremely inefficient, with up to 40% of your heating dollars going out the window (in a manner of speaking). Even the latest models of furnaces can waste up to 20%.
3. System Maintenance
A correctly maintained furnace will run more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and most of all ensure your safety. Don’t forget, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point worth mentioning is a properly maintained furnace will last longer before replacement is required.
4. Tune-up Checks
Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning hears many questions pertaining to what actually can be done to tune-up or maintain a furnace and there are actually many essential checks and calibrations in the process:
- Gas Pressure and gas valve calibration
- Cleaning and checking safety switches
- Cleaning the heat exchanger
- Inspecting the heat exchanger for dangerous conditions
- Cleaning the blower system
- Cleaning and replacement of worn ignition sensors
5. HVAC Maintenance Interval
A NATE-certified technician who has the insight, tools and expertise to perform a tune-up is needed to maintain heating equipment annually. In short, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with old equipment are a couple of the more obvious signals of a need to replace your furnace.
Excessive energy costs and the desire to reduce energy consumption are also pressing reasons to consider replacement of your furnace. In fact, an independent study by Decision Analyst stated that nearly 20% of homeowners who recently replaced their furnace specifically did so to lower their utility bills.
Saint Charles area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at .