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 five considerations that Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning advises our customers to think about during their evaluation:
1. Heating Repair Frequency
Similar to any other appliance, as furnaces age, the likeliness of heating repairs increase. If your heating equipment is over 15 years old, you might start to experience relatively expensive repairs. 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 Voorhees area homes today vary significantly and their efficiency directly influences your utility bills. Furnaces older than 15 years can be terribly inefficient, wasting up to 40% of the dollars you spend to heat your home. Even recently manufactured furnaces can waste up to 20%.
3. System Maintenance
A properly maintained furnace will operate more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and above all ensure your safety. After all, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point to mention is a properly tuned furnace will last longer before replacement is needed.
4. Tune-up Checks
Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning often receives questions relating 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
- And many others...
5. HVAC Maintenance Interval
A certified professional who has the education to perform a tune-up should maintain heating equipment each year. In short, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with aged equipment are some of the more obvious indicators of a need to replace your furnace.
Out of control energy costs and the interest to reduce energy consumption are also strong reasons to consider 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.
Voorhees area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 856-310-4824.