Frequently Asked Questions
Furnaces are beneficial when they are working well. However, for them to work well, they need regular maintenance and servicing, because it can be frustrating when things go wrong. Of course, there are several steps one can take to prevent being frustrated by your furnace.
To prevent this and learn how you can protect yourself from unexpected breakdowns, let’s look at some of the most asked questions related to a furnace. We will try our level best to cover every question in this short document. For more information or question we have not covered, get in touch with us and well will help you.
However, before you call a professional technician, check on the following first:
- Is the filter clean?
- Is the thermostat set to the correct temperature?
- Is the thermostat powered correct (is the switch turned on or has the breaker tripped)?
- Do you have a gas supply if using a gas furnace?
How Often Should I Service My Furnace?
According to professionals and product manufacturers, a heating system should be serviced at least once a year. Observing this requirement will ensure your system is working efficiently, which can increase the lifespan of the unit substantially.
What Are the Signs That Show A Furnace Needs Replacement?
First, remember that there are many furnace types, makes, and models, and as such, each show trouble signs and symptoms in different ways. Nevertheless, the common problems with older furnaces include:
- Pilot light problems when it comes to gas furnaces
- Unpleasant odor
- Excessive corrosion
- Slow to ignite
- If not producing heat as it did in the past
Why Should I Replace My Furnace?
The truth is that buying a new heater is costly, but it is a worthy investment. If your furnace is old and needs repair, you may consider replacing it, especially if the repair cost is high. New models are efficient as much as 60%, which makes them cheaper to run. Therefore, replacing a 10 or 15-year-old furnace can reduce utility bills by half.
How Do I Choose the Right Furnace?
The right furnace depends much on your needs, size, property age, room size, and local climate. Also, other factors, such as rebate programs, utility bills, and regional incentives do play a role in decision making. Remember that these decisions play a role in the purchase and running costs. The best thing is that heating professionals can offer their advice based on the features and benefits of different furnaces.
Why Should I Seek the Help from a Professional Installation Company After Buying A New Furnace?
It is wise to have your new furnace professionally installed because some heating systems are complex and need a lot of work. Also, if a heating system is not installed correctly, it could waste energy in the best scenario, and dangerous (life and property threatening) in the worst-case scenario. It does not pay to cut corners when it comes to furnace installation.
What Is the Cost of a New Furnace?
There is a lot that goes into the overall cost of a new heating unit and installation. Examples include property size, ductwork, and equipment efficiency. Talk to a professional furnace company and request an accurate price range.
What Is the Best Size for Residential Property?
There is a specific calculation or rule used to tell the size of a heating system. A professional is qualified enough to suggest the right size for any residential property. There are many factors that come into play, such as ceiling height, property material type, room size, number of rooms, the size and location of a window, and room layout. All of these must be considered when deciding on the best furnace size for a residential property. Call us today for a FREE, NONE-OBLIGATION assessment.
Are Bigger Furnaces Better?
Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to furnaces. A bigger furnace will cost more to operate and often less effective in the long-term. All furnaces are least effective when they are first switched on, and when a heater is too powerful, it will run in numerous short cycles, making them less efficient and waste a lot of energy. Also, the furnace will never reach its full efficiency when it switches off and on repeatedly.
When Should I Get A New Furnace Fitted?
In a perfect world, you should have a new furnace installed during the summer months. However, when your furnace breaks during winter months, you can have the replacement fitted by a professional.
When Should A Furnace Be Replaced?
If you have a furnace that is more than 10 years, you should monitor it carefully for any efficiency loss signs or damage signs. If the furnace has been maintained very well and exceeded 15 to 18 years, it is time to consider replacing it.
How to Reduce Energy Usage?
There are many ways you can save money on utility bills, such as minimizing heating, lighting, and appliance usage. When it comes to a furnace, you should consider investing in programmable thermostats to set it at low temperatures during the night or when not at home. Taking such simple steps will reduce energy consumption. Also, high-efficiency furnaces will save you money compared to any standard heaters. Many modern furnaces are efficient, having an efficiency rating of 97%, whereas conventional furnaces have an efficiency rating of 55%.
Does an ENERGY STAR Logo Matter?
Any HVAC marked with an Energy Star logo has been designed and tested to be energy efficient compared to the minimum federal standards. In fact, choosing an ENERGY STAR rated furnace, you may save a lot of money from its operating costs as well as reducing the carbon footprint.
How Can I Make My Furnace as Efficient as Possible?
The best place to start is by selecting an energy-efficient furnace. Furthermore, you can apply the following:
- Do not allow debris or dirt build-up
- Clean or change the air filter regularly
- Leave the thermostat set to a consistent temperature
- Let a professional technician inspect the unit
- Service it at least once a year
Why Should I Invest in A Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat is more accurate compared to standard thermostats that use Mercury. Furthermore, programmable thermostats allow users to control the temperature properly and allowing a person to change the temperature daily. Moreover, a person can manage and check the temperature through a smartphone.
What Kind of Air Filter Should I Invest In?
It is wise to invest in an air filter that is easy to clean and can filter out everything, even the finest dust or pollen, while still maintaining HVAC systems clean and efficient. Also, cleaning should be easy.