We realize that not everyone may need a new furnace right now, but it’s smart to learn the keys that can drive your decision when that time comes. Below are five important considerations that Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare 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 heating equipment 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 Oakville 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 very inefficient, with up to 40% of your heating dollars going out the window (in a manner of speaking). Even recently manufactured furnaces can waste up to 20%.
3. System Maintenance
A well maintained furnace will run more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and most importantly ensure your safety. Remember, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point worth mentioning is a properly serviced furnace will last longer before replacement is necessary.
4. Tune-up Checks
Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare often receives questions relating to what truly 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
- Much more...
5. HVAC Maintenance Interval
A trained and certified HVAC specialist who has the insight, tools and expertise to perform a tune-up is needed to maintain heating equipment each year. Simply put, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with old equipment are a few of the more obvious signals of a need to replace your furnace.
Excessive energy costs and the interest to reduce energy consumption are also compelling reasons to weigh the 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.
Oakville area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare at 289-813-5566.