We understand that buying a new furnace may not be a priority in the immediate future, but it’s smart to learn the keys that will likely influence your choice when you are ready to buy. Below are five important considerations that Comfortech Service Experts 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, 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 Jackson 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, 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 run more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and above all ensure your safety. Don’t forget, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point worth mentioning is a properly maintained furnace will last longer before replacement is necessary.
4. Tune-up Checks
Comfortech Service Experts hears many 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 certified professional who has the skill and hands-on experience to perform a tune-up should maintain heating equipment annually. Simply put, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with aged equipment are some of the more obvious signs of a need to replace your furnace.
High energy costs and the need to reduce energy consumption are also compelling reasons to consider 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.
Jackson area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Comfortech Service Experts at 601-852-3105.