Heating Service & Repair Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN SHOULD I REPLACE MY HEATING SYSTEM?
You should consider replacing your existing heating system in several different instances. For example, a heating system that requires repeated and frequent repairs is probably worth replacing. It’s likely not very efficient and may not last much longer anyway. You can save yourself a lot of aggravation as well as money by replacing the heater sooner rather than later.
You should also consider investing in a new heating system if your current unit is more than 10 years old. Even if it seems to still be working well, the newer systems are so much more energy efficient that you’ll come out on top anyway. The monthly energy savings you’ll incur immediately will quickly offset the replacement and installation costs for your new heating system.
WHAT ARE AFUE RATINGS?
AFUE ratings tell us how energy efficient a particular heating system is. At this point, only heating systems with an AFUE rating of 80% or better are even sold, although if you have an older system its AFUE rating could be significantly lower than this. Current models are usually 80% AFUE or 90+%.
IS AN ELECTRIC FURNACE SAFER THAN A GAS FURNACE?
To a very small degree, an electric furnace is technically safer than a gas powered furnace. However, as long as you maintain your gas furnace properly, the risk of anything going wrong with it is quite slim. In particular, the newest gas furnaces are quite safe, quiet and energy efficient.
HOW LONG WILL MY NEW HEATING SYSTEM LAST?
The lifespan of your particular heating system will depend on quite a few things. For instance, an electric furnace will typically last longer than a gas one, and so on. But at the least, you should expect any new system you have installed to last you at least 15 years. Keeping up with regular maintenance can extend the life of your heating system considerably, as well as cut down on repair and energy costs over the years.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A NEW HOME HEATING SYSTEM?
There are many factors to consider when you’re trying to decide which home heating system is the best for you and your family. The size of your home, its layout, the type of climate you live in and the particulars of your family’s heating needs will all play a role. You’ll also want to make sure that you get a system that’s efficient and can heat your home comfortably without costing you ridiculous amounts of money on your heating bill each month.
This may seem like a lot of information to take into account, and it can be hard to do on your own with no real frame of reference to refer back to. That’s why you should always have a heating expert assist you in making this difficult decision. They can help you sort through all of the data to find the heating system that’s best for your home and your family.