Furnace repairs and install
A new furnace installation is a major decision. Determining if an old unit can be fixed depends on several factors.
- Ever increasing utility bills
- Constant repair issues
- Family sickness can occur with aging furnaces with leaking carbon monoxide caused by a failing heat ex-changer inside your furnace. Symptoms include constant headaches, a burning feeling in nose or eyes, nausea, disorientation, flu-like symptoms.
- Age of the heating and cooling system
- Strange noises from your furnace
New Furnace Installation Signs and Symptoms :
Higher Utility Bills – As your furnace ages it can lose its efficiency. A lack of routine maintenance can cause higher heating bills when thermostats malfunction or filters are not replaced.
Repairs – Furnaces and air conditioners like all machines break down over time.Less efficient gas furnaces tend to breakdown more frequently in the last two years of their life.
In addition, it may be hard to find replacement parts for older units. This is another sign that a new energy efficient furnace is needed.
Carbon Monoxide – If your pilot on your furnace has a yellow or flickering flame it may be a sign that poisonous carbon monoxide could be present.
Some other possible signs to look out for are:
- Soot around your furnace
- No upward draft in your chimney
- Excessive condensation on windows, walls, or other cold surfaces
- Rusty flue pipes.
If your furnace is emitting carbon monoxide it is important to address it immediately.
Age – The average life expectancy of HVAC units in homes today can be between 16 and 20 years.
Many people delay a new furnace installation due to costs but pay more for heat, air conditioning and electric as a consequence.
The pilot light is a good indicator of age. If the pilot light is out in the open it is almost certain to be over 25 years old.
Another way to determine the furnace age is to look for a model and serial number on your unit that you can verify with the manufacturer for the age of the system.
Strange Noises – Old furnaces and air conditioners can make some strange noises such as rattling, squealing, squeaking, banging, or popping noises.These should be investigated by a licensed professional to determine the proper repair or replacement.
Options and Upgrades
There are various types of furnaces on the market today. Each heating and cooling system is rated according to its level of efficiency.Several upgrades are available including:
- Air cleaners
- Air purifiers
- Zoning systems
- Chimney liners
- Condensate pumps
- Carbon monoxide detectors
Humidifiers – These add-ons are for the cool seasons in which you utilize your heating system. They add moisture to air which can remedy the dryness of most heating systems.
Air cleaners – Upgrade from standard air filter by installing an air cleaner. They are often recommended by physicians to people who have breathing issues. It helps to keep the air and the home cleaner providing better air quality and is installed directly in to the HVAC system.
Air purifiers – Different than an “air cleaner.” Remove bacteria, mold, and various other pathogens in the home. Installed directly in to the HVAC system.
Thermostats – Upgraded thermostats such as programmable tstats to gain energy savings for when heating or cooling is not need it will automatically turn itself down when premises is not occupied or during sleeping times. It allows the hoemoenwr to choose the air temperature without constantly changing the thermostat
Zoning systems – Total comfort control. You can have multiple thermostats to control one heating system allowing for different temperatures in different areas of the home
Dehumidifiers – This offers whole house dehumidification. Works in conjunction with A/C. Good for musty or humid homes.
Other factors to consider when installing a new HVAC system in your home are:
Ducting – It’s important to have properly sized ducts. When searching for a new system it would be good to have ductwork inspected to ensure that it is compatible with the new system of your choice.
Chimney liners – Required on most new installations per city regulations (check with your city building department for specific requirements in your area), it lines the inside of the chimney to protect the brick structure from condensation and deterioration.
Condensate pumps – Optional item instead of using a drain line crossing the floor like if you have a traffic area that you would trip over it.
Carbon monoxide detectors –Every piece of heating equipment produces CO but should be properly vented to the outside of the home. A CO detector helps to alarm occupants if there is a dangerous level of CO in the home.
Professional HVAC Advice
Our knowledgeable representatives can help you decide what is best for your home. Each house and family has its own needs and we are ready to walk you through the process of selecting the right system for you.
In closing a new furnace installation is a big decision.There is no charge to have one of our technicians provide an inspection of your heating ventilation and air conditioning system. Your furnace will be examined for safety.
Often times minor repairs can make a big difference in performance such as installing the correct furnace filter.
We do our best to educate our customers, passing on our knowledge so that they can decide which option works best for them.