We know that buying a new furnace may not be a priority in the immediate future, but it’s wise to learn the keys that would impact your decision when you do need to buy a new one. Below are the top 5 considerations that Freschi Service Experts advises our customers to think about during their evaluation:
1. Heating Repair Frequency
Just like any appliance, as furnaces age, the probability of frequent heating repairs increase. If your system is over 15 years old, those repairs can become significant. Some of the typical repairs include blower motor failures, ignition control failures and heat exchanger failures.
2. Operational Cost
The efficiency of gas furnaces in Concord area homes today vary significantly and their efficiency directly influences your utility bills. Furnaces older than 15 years can be very inefficient, resulting in up to 40% of your home energy dollars being wasted. Even newer furnaces can waste up to 20%.
3. System Maintenance
A properly maintained furnace will function more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and most importantly ensure your safety. Remember, these are gas-fired appliances. Another important point is a properly serviced furnace will last longer before replacement is needed.
4. Tune-up Checks
Freschi Service Experts receives a lot of questions pertaining to what truly can be done to tune-up or maintain a furnace and there are actually many vital 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
- And many others...
5. HVAC Maintenance Interval
A NATE-certified technician who has the education to perform a tune-up is needed to maintain heating equipment annually. In short, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with dated equipment are a few of the more obvious signals of a need to replace your furnace.
Out of control energy costs and the interest to reduce energy consumption are also compelling reasons to contemplate replacement of your furnace. In fact, an independent study by Decision Analyst suggested nearly 20% of homeowners who recently replaced their furnace specifically did so to lower their utility bills.
Concord area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Freschi Service Experts at 925-384-1303.