Repair vs. Replace
Occasionally we’re called out for a “HUGE” problem that’s taken care of with a minor repair (loose wiring, dirty filter, clogged drain tube, blocked exhaust vent, debris in the fan blades). But the opposite is also true.
So as a general rule of thumb, if you notice any of the following, it’s time to call a licensed HVAC technician, with the expectation that a replacement could be on the horizon:
The Efficiency Of a New Unit
While it may be expensive on the front-end to purchase a new furnace, updating can cut your monthly heating bills dramatically, sometimes by one-half.
Newer gas-burning furnaces that are up to 95 percent efficient have been around for years, yet we still come across older units that are operating at 50 percent, or worse! What this means is that for every therm of heat making its way into your home another therm escapes into an attic, basement, or crawlspace, or out through a furnace exhaust pipe. The newer technology in higher efficiency gas and electric furnaces also allows them to operate at different “stages” or “speeds” so they’re not constantly running at full capacity.
We quote installations with a written and detailed explanation of everything included with your new unit including the manufacturer and model number(s) and the efficiency ratings (SEER, EER, AFUE, BTU, HSPF), so you can make an informed choice about buying a new central heating system.
Gas Leak Safety
As part of general maintenance and inspections, our licensed HVAC technicians use industry-specific diagnostic equipment to thoroughly test gas combustion furnaces for output of carbon monoxide and other pollutants, regardless of whether it comes from the infamous “cracked heat exchanger” or somewhere else in your furnace or ventilation system.
We make sure that all of the safety checks that were built into your original furnace or heat pump, or put in place when it was installed, are still connected and working like they should.
Each of our service vans is equipped with a full set of the best in time-tested tools and diagnostic equipment in our field to make sure everything about your furnace or heat pump is working as it should. No sharing equipment, skipping diagnostics, or saying “we’ll be back” later. When we leave a service call you know whether or not your equipment is safe.
Types of Heating Units We Install
After analyzing your home, and taking into account square footage, number of rooms, and other factors, we’ll provide recommendations for the type of heating system you need.
We supply Carrier equipment and install single-stage, multi-speed, variable speed, gas and electric furnaces, heat pumps, air handlers, and ductless mini-split systems made by all manufacturers, including: Amana, American Standard, Armstrong Air, ArcoAire, Bryant, Burnham, Carrier, Clare, Coleman, Comfortmaker, Ducane, Frigidaire, Gibson, Goodman, Heat Transfer Products, Heil, Janitrol, Keeprite, Lennox, Luxaire, Maytag, Olsen, Payne, Rheem, Tempstar, Trane, WeatherKing, and York.
How Long Does it Take to Install?
Typically, furnace installations take about a day. We remove your old furnace (and take it away), install the new one, install any components (thermostat, UV light, humidifier, dehumidifier), reconnect the ductwork, calibrate the controls, and test your new installation.
We always do a final walk-through with you to make sure you’re happy and understand the operation of your new unit.
Is There a Warranty With My New Heating System?
Yes! We offer a lifetime warranty on all of our central heating installations, in addition to any limited warranty provided with your equipment or extended warranty offered by the manufacturer. If anything about our installation fails (i.e. we installed it poorly) you’re 100 percent covered. Just let us know.
But we like call backs about as much as you do, that’s why we send only qualified technicians, inspect all of our work when we’re done, and do a final walk-through with you, our customer, making sure you’re 100 percent happy with the job. But mistakes happen, parts fail, and there are “perfect storms” so if that’s the case, just let us know. We give priority preference to warranty calls with our same-day scheduling, two-hour arrival windows, and 30-minute heads up when we’re on our way. Click HERE to read more about our lifetime service warranty.