What You Must Know Before Buying a Furnace for Your Alliance Home

March 05, 2015

We realize that not everyone may need a new furnace right now, but it’s smart to learn the keys that will likely influence your choice when you are ready to buy. Below are the top 5 considerations that 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 potential for frequent heating repairs increase. If your furnace is over 15 years old, those repairs can become significant. 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 Alliance area homes today naturally influences your home energy bills, and the level of efficiency can vary tremendously depending upon the system you buy. Furnaces older than 15 years can be terribly inefficient, wasting up to 40% of the dollars you spend to heat your home. Even the latest models of furnaces can waste up to 20%.

3. System Maintenance

A properly maintained furnace will operate more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and most of all ensure your safety. Remember, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point worth mentioning is a properly tuned furnace will last longer before replacement is needed.

4. Tune-up Checks

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning receives a lot of questions pertaining to what actually can be done to tune-up or maintain a furnace and there are actually many important 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 insight, tools and expertise to perform a tune-up must maintain heating equipment each year. To put it bluntly, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with old equipment are a couple of the more obvious indicators of a need to replace your furnace.

High energy costs and the desire to reduce energy consumption are also pressing 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.

Alliance area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 330-235-1260.