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

March 05, 2015

We realize that not everyone may need a new furnace right now, but it’s important to learn the keys that can drive your decision when that time comes. 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

Like any type of appliance, as furnaces age, the potential for frequent heating repairs increase. If your heating equipment 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 Canada area homes today vary significantly and their efficiency directly influences your utility bills. Furnaces older than 15 years can be terribly inefficient, with up to 40% of your heating dollars going out the window (in a manner of speaking). Even recently manufactured furnaces can waste up to 20%.

3. System Maintenance

A properly maintained furnace will operate more efficiently, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs and above all ensure your safety. Don’t forget, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point to mention is a properly maintained furnace will last longer before replacement is needed.

4. Tune-up Checks

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning often receives questions relating to what truly 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
  • Much more...

5. HVAC Maintenance Interval

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

Out of control energy costs and the need to reduce energy consumption are also strong reasons to consider replacement of your furnace. In fact, an independent study by Decision Analyst shows nearly 20% of homeowners who recently replaced their furnace specifically did so to lower their utility bills.

Canada area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 866-397-3787.

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