Q: When should I replace my furnace?
While the average life expectancy of a furnace is 15- 17 years, the best way to know when to replace your furnace comes during annual interactions with your HVAC Technician during the preventive maintenance, otherwise known as a tune-up or clean & check. A licensed certified hvac technician will be able to listen to your heating & cooling concerns, make suggestions & offer solutions, and assist in planning ahead with you to make your investment on a proactive basis, the best experience so there are no unexpected surprises or expensive surprises. You must have a relationship in place with a company you can trust to do this correctly.
Q: Why is my heater making strange noises?
Most heaters have two electric motors driving fans that can become restricted or out of balance due to dirt or airflow restrictions. The result is vibration that will produce noises wherever two surfaces are close enough to rub together. Continuous rattles, rumbles, squeaks, humming, (people use so many describing words for these) are going to need to be traced down, and the root problem corrected. Louder noise, such as booms, bangs, and anything that shakes the house is a very serious situation. Whenever you are in doubt, turn your heater off and call a professional contractor for help.
Q: How can I save money on my heating bill?
Getting annual maintenance or regular tune ups is the best way to ensure your heating system is running at peak efficiency. Making sure the system is clean & the filters are being changed regularly because this is an easy & inexpensive way to save money on your heating bill. If your heating system is over 10 years old or has needed frequent repairs it may be time to consider options for a new & high efficient furnace. High efficient furnaces may be a larger investment upfront; however you will see a significant reduction in your monthly heating bill.
Q: Should you turn your heating off in the summer?
Standard gas furnaces can be turned off during the summer simply by switch heat settings to cool settings on the thermostat. Some boiler systems are known to have a summer & winter mode setting on the thermostat or temperatures control. Turning the pilot light off on your heating system in order to decrease energy consumption & increase utility savings is a common myth & holds no truth.
Q: What type of furnace is best for my home?
A Trane High Efficient Model is always the best for your home in terms of efficiency & monthly savings. If you have plans to move in the near future & are not considered with the ongoing monthly energy savings, you many decide that a basic builders model is the right furnace for you. It is highly recommended that you receive an estimate (we recommend 1-3 estimates) from a professional, licensed Heating & Cooling Contractor. Make sure to invest in quality & name brands like Trane Heating & Cooling systems which provide both reliability & high quality. Trane furnaces go through extensive testing & come with amazing warranties so in the future if you do need any repairs your parts will most likely be covered by the manufacturer.
Q: How long do furnaces last?
A well maintained furnace will last 15-20 years. Failure to receive proper maintenance from a licensed & professional HVAC Contractor can not only void your Manufacturer Warranty, but it can also lead to a shorter lifespan & pricey repairs. It’s also important to receive annual tune-ups for safety reasons. Furnaces have both electrical & gas components both of which can be potentially dangerous & even life threatening if not properly inspected.