We understand that purchasing a furnace may not be an immediate need, but it’s important to learn the keys that would impact your decision when you do need to buy a new one. Below are five important considerations that A-PLUS Service Experts advises our customers to think about during their evaluation:
1. Heating Repair Frequency
Just like any appliance, as furnaces age, the potential for frequent heating repairs increase. If your furnace 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 Waldorf area homes today vary significantly and their efficiency directly influences your utility bills. Furnaces older than 15 years can be terribly inefficient, resulting in up to 40% of your home energy dollars being wasted. Even recently manufactured furnaces can waste up to 20%.
3. System Maintenance
A well maintained furnace will function more efficiently, lower the likelihood of expensive repairs and above all ensure your safety. After all, 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
A-PLUS Service Experts receives a lot of questions relating to what truly 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 NATE-certified technician who has the education to perform a tune-up must maintain heating equipment annually. In short, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with aged equipment are a few of the more obvious signs of a need to replace your furnace.
Out of control energy costs and the need to reduce energy consumption are also strong 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.
Waldorf area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call A-PLUS Service Experts at 301-747-3140.