What You Must Know Before Buying a Furnace for Your Columbus Home

March 05, 2015

We realize that purchasing a furnace may not be an immediate need, but it’s smart to learn the keys that will likely influence your choice when you are ready to buy. Below are the top 5 considerations that Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning advises our customers to think about during their evaluation:

1. Heating Repair Frequency

Just like any appliance, as furnaces age, the potential for frequent heating repairs increase. If your furnace is over 15 years old, those repair can be especially expensive. 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 Columbus area homes today can vary widely and has a direct correlation to the amount of money you pay your utility company each month. Furnaces older than 15 years can be extremely inefficient, wasting up to 40% of the dollars you spend to heat your home. Even newer furnaces can waste up to 20%.

3. System Maintenance

A well maintained furnace will run more efficiently, decrease the likelihood of expensive repairs and most importantly ensure your safety. Don’t forget, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point to mention is a properly tuned furnace will last longer before replacement is needed.

4. Tune-up Checks

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning receives a lot of questions relating to what actually can be done to tune-up or maintain a furnace and there are actually many important 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
  • And many others...

5. HVAC Maintenance Interval

A certified professional who has the knowledge, skills and experience to perform a tune-up is needed to maintain heating equipment once a year. Simply put, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with aged equipment are some of the more obvious signs of a need to replace your furnace.

High energy costs and the need to reduce energy consumption are also compelling reasons to consider 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.

Columbus area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at .

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