When Is It Time to Replace Your Heater?
The useful life of a furnace is generally considered to be 15-20 years. Heat pumps tend to last closer to 10-15 years. Both numbers depend on a number of factors.
If the previous owners of your home attempted to save money during the life of the home with Do-It-Yourself maintenance, they probably skimped on important tasks because of inexperience. Or, perhaps maintenance was not performed at all. Some manufacturers are better than others, or the original installation and equipment sizing might have been botched.
It’s frequently more economical to replace a central heating system than keep an old one going. The challenge is you may not know your heater is on its last leg until you’ve spent almost the amount it would take to replace it on useless repairs. Add to that the stress of untimely breakdowns, when you could easily be enjoying a more comfortable home and lower utility bills. Who needs that kind of frustration?
Our experienced licensed HVAC technicians will examine your heating system and let you know whether repair or replacement makes sense.
Replace vs. Repair
Every now and again, we’re called by a flustered homeowner for a “major” problem that’s easily resolved with a minor fix (i.e. dirty filter, clogged drain tube, blocked exhaust vent, debris in the fan blades, loose wiring). Sometimes, the exact opposite happens.
Here’s a quick checklist to let you know when it’s time to call a licensed HVAC technician:
- Frequent Repairs needed (excluding seasonal maintenance)
- Energy Bills increasing, even though energy usage remains the same
- Burner Flame in gas furnaces in an odd color. It should be blue, so watch for orange or yellowish flame as a clue.
- Uneven Heating, meaning that some rooms may get warm while other rooms stay cold
- Listen for unusual noises, like a sizzling, crackling, popping, buzzing, or humming
- Obvious Physical Deterioration, like water leaks, rust, corrosion, or a crack in the heat exchanger
- Unwanted, increased humidity, as in the heat in the system isn’t pulling moisture from the air
- Contaminated Air, including dust particles, soot, possible carbon monoxide
How Efficient is a New Unit?
The cost to purchase a furnace can be high initially, but updating to a new system can slash your monthly heating bills dramatically, sometimes as much as 50 percent.
High efficiency gas forced air furnaces that operate at 95 percent efficiency or more have been around for awhile, but we still occasionally encounter older units operating to half their capacity or less. That means for every therm of heating making its way into your home, another therm escapes into an attic, crawlspace, basement, or through a furnace exhaust pipe. Newer technology in higher efficiency gas and electric furnaces allows them to operate at different stages, or speeds, so they’re not running at full speed constantly.
When you’re ready, we’ll provide a complete, detailed price quote of everything included with your new unit, including the manufacturer, model number(s), and efficiency ratings and capacity (SEER, BTU), so you’ll be able to make an informed decision about purchasing a new central heating system.
Gas Leak Safety
As part of general maintenance and inspections, our licensed HVAC technicians use industry standard diagnostic equipment to test gas combustion furnaces for carbon monoxide and other pollutants. We can tell whether the leaks originate from a cracked heat exchanger or somewhere else in your heating system.
We ensure that safety checks originally built into your furnace or heat pump are still connected and working as they should.
Our service vans are equipped with a complete set of the best time-tested tools and diagnostic equipment, to ensure everything about your furnace or heat pump is working exactly as it should. We don’t share equipment, or cut corners, or promise to return later with the right equipment. We know for certain when we leave your home that your equipment is safe and poses no danger to your family.
Type of Heating Equipment We Install
We start with the square footage of your home, number of rooms, and other factors, then analyze the information and compile it into recommendations for a replacement system.
We offer top-of-the-line Trane equipment that includes single-stage, multi-speed, variable speed, gas and electric furnaces, heat pumps, air handlers and ductless mini-split systems. We represent other major brands of HVAC equipment as well.
How Much Time is Involved in the Install?
Our installation techs typically perform a new system installation in about a day. We’ll remove your old unit (and dispose of it), install the new one, install components such as thermostat, humidifier, dehumidifier, and UV light. We’ll reconnect the ductwork, calibrate controls, and test the new system.
Our techs will walk you through the system, ensure you’re happy and thoroughly understand the operation of the new heating system.
What’s the Warranty with My New Heating System?
We offer a lifetime warranty on all central heating installations, in addition to any limited warranty provided on your equipment by the manufacturer. If there are any issues with our installation, you’re 100 percent covered.
We’re not very fond of call backs, so we’re sure to only send qualified install technicians, double-check all of our work when it’s complete, and do a final walk-through with you. We want to ensure you are 100 percent satisfied.
Sometimes, mistakes do happen, so we give priority preference to warranty calls with our efficient same-day scheduling, three hour arrival windows, and 30-minute pre-calls to let you know we’re on our way.
Need An Accurate Estimate?
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Ready to Schedule?
We would love to help you with a new central heating system. Call us at (614)490-7540 or click the Appointments page to get started, and we’ll soon be on our way to restoring your home to warm comfort.