What You Must Know Before Buying a Furnace for Your North America Home

March 05, 2015

We realize that buying a new furnace may not be a priority in the immediate future, but it’s smart to learn the keys that will likely influence your choice when you are ready to buy. Below are five important considerations that Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning advises our customers to think about during their evaluation:

1. Heating Repair Frequency

Just like any appliance, as furnaces age, the potential for frequent heating repairs increase. If your system is over 15 years old, those repair can be especially expensive. 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 North America area homes today can vary widely and has a direct correlation to the amount of money you pay your utility company each month. Furnaces older than 15 years can be terribly 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 function more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and most importantly ensure your safety. After all, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point to mention is a properly serviced furnace will last longer before replacement is needed.

4. Tune-up Checks

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning hears many questions pertaining to what really 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
  • Others...

5. HVAC Maintenance Interval

A trained and certified HVAC specialist who has the skill and hands-on experience to perform a tune-up must maintain heating equipment each year. To put it bluntly, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with dated equipment are some of the more obvious signs of a need to replace your furnace.

High energy costs and the need to reduce energy consumption are also strong reasons to contemplate replacement of your furnace. In fact, an independent study by Decision Analyst shows nearly 20% of homeowners who recently replaced their furnace specifically did so to lower their utility bills.

North America area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at .

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