Sometimes spending money can end up saving you money. In the case of furnaces and air conditioners, investing in your home comfort system can save you a significant amount of money in a short period of time. But beware: An inefficient furnace does not always need to be replaced, as furnace repair and changes can be made and might potentially help. Warner Service has put together this guide to help you decide which investment is right for you.
Here are three main reasons why you might need to replace a furnace:
1) It’s Extremely Old and Inefficient
If you move into a home that was built in the 1960s or even earlier, chances are that it has an old boiler system or furnace. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you must get a new furnace, but your system will likely need an overhaul to make it more energy efficient.
2) Heating Load
Heating load is the amount of energy required to maintain a steady 65-degree temperature indoors. To find out your heating load, you might want to consider contacting your utility company to perform an energy audit, which will help you figure out ways to make your home more energy efficient and maybe save you from replacing the entire furnace or air conditioner. If you find that despite your efforts your furnace continues to work inefficiently, you will most likely need a new furnace.
3) The High Cost of Running Your Furnace
Find out which is least expensive in your area: gas or electricity, and try to use the least expensive resource for your system.
Sometimes, however, repairs are a more viable option. If your furnace does not have the issues listed above, but is still not operating at full capacity, it might still be possible to breath new life into your unit. Here are the top maintenance tasks your HVAC technician can perform to save you money on your operating costs and prolong the life of your unit:
1) Basic Lubrication and Calibration
A furnace is very similar to a car. There are many moving parts that do little jobs inside your unit, and if even one isn't working properly, the whole system will suffer. Have your HVAC tech make sure that every part is properly placed and lubricated to make sure that the parts will last as long as possible.
2) Pilot or Ignition Control Problems
Along with other mechanical parts, your furnace’s ignition control could be malfunctioning, causing intermittent or no heat. The hot surface ignition system uses resistance heating elements (somewhat like a filament in a light bulb) controlled electronically to ignite the gas burner. The intermittent pilot system is also electronically controlled but uses a high voltage electrical spark to ignite the gas pilot and then the main burners, when the thermostat calls for heat.
3) Thermostat Issues
Your furnace’s thermostat is the device that controls and determines when heat is to be produced and how much. Problems with your thermostat can result in no heat, no fan to force the hot air through your home, or intermittent heat which result in comfort problems. These common issues can be quickly diagnosed and fixed by Warner Service certified technicians.
Finally, if you would like to have your unit checked out and be reassured that you're making the right investment for your home, contact us to have a qualified technician help you out.