We understand that not everyone may need a new furnace right now, but it’s important to learn the keys that will likely influence your choice when you are ready to buy. Below are five considerations that Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning advises our customers to think about during their evaluation:
1. Heating Repair Frequency
Like any type of 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. 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 Shreveport area homes today vary significantly and their efficiency directly influences your utility bills. Furnaces older than 15 years can be very 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 well maintained furnace will function more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and most importantly ensure your safety. After all, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point worth mentioning is a properly serviced furnace will last longer before replacement is required.
4. Tune-up Checks
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning receives a lot of 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
5. HVAC Maintenance Interval
A NATE-certified technician who has the knowledge, skills and experience to perform a tune-up must maintain heating equipment annually. In short, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with dated equipment are some of the more obvious indicators of a need to replace your furnace.
Excessive energy costs and the desire to reduce energy consumption are also strong reasons to consider replacement of your furnace. In fact, an independent study by Decision Analyst stated that nearly 20% of homeowners who recently replaced their furnace specifically did so to lower their utility bills.
Shreveport area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 318-588-8163.