We understand that purchasing a furnace may not be an immediate need, but it’s important to learn the keys that will likely influence your choice when you are ready to buy. Below are five important considerations that Stevenson Service Experts advises our customers to think about during their evaluation:
1. Heating Repair Frequency
Just like any appliance, as furnaces age, the likeliness of heating repairs increase. If your system is over 15 years old, those repairs can become significant. 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 Dayton area homes today vary significantly and their efficiency directly influences your utility bills. Furnaces older than 15 years can be extremely 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 correctly maintained furnace will function more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and most of all ensure your safety. After all, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point to mention is a properly tuned furnace will last longer before replacement is required.
4. Tune-up Checks
Stevenson Service Experts receives a lot of questions relating to what really can be done to tune-up or maintain a furnace and there are actually many vital 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 skill and hands-on experience to perform a tune-up must maintain heating equipment each year. Simply put, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with dated equipment are a few of the more obvious signals of a need to replace your furnace.
High energy costs and the need to reduce energy consumption are also pressing reasons to contemplate 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.
Dayton area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Stevenson Service Experts at 937-503-7896.