Keeping your furnace running at it’s peak performance is very important to most homeowners.
- Make sure you schedule yearly inspections for your furnace and air conditioning with a licensed professional. They have the knowledge and the tools to get the job done right. They are prompt ,courteous and professional .
- Change your furnace filter often . Change it every 30 days if you have pets. In Colorado it is so dusty we recommend changing the filter at least every 60 days. This will help extend the life of the furnace and air conditioning system .
- Keep combustible material away from furnace area . Recommended clearance is 30″ in front of any appliance. Paint cans or any chemicals will easily catch fire if they are too close to the furnace . Safety is important.
- Keep carbon monoxide batteries are fresh and the detector needs to be within 15 feet of a sleeping area.
- Change batteries in your thermostat yearly. I try to do it when the time change happens.
- Save for a new system . If your system is over 13 years old. New technology and more efficient units come out every year. We recommend replacing your furnace when it is over 13 years old . Otherwise it could start costing you money or leave you without heat on a cold night or weekend when rates are expensive.
- We sell Amana and Goodman furnace and air conditioning units.
furnace repair is expensive. So here are some tips to help keep your expenses down and your furnace running efficient.
- Replace filters on your furnace often . When it is running daily on cold days it is taking in all the dirty air and running through the blower motor. Change the filter at least every 60 days or more often . When you do remodels or any sort of home improvement the dust enters into the furnace and if the filter is not clean all this dust and dirt will pass into the motor and cause the furnace to shut down on high limit. Not good.
- You should have your furnace and air conditioning inspected yearly. If not inspected your hvac system could shut down on the coldest winter day and you may be without heat for a long period of time . We do a 15 point inspection. We check gas pressure . Amp draws. We check for carbon monoxide. We make sure the furnace is safe. The average life span of a furnace is 10-15 years. Inspections will help prolong the life of you hvac system . Neglect shortens the life . After that time we recommend replacing the furnace due to part failure and parts wearing out. The furnace also is not as efficient as it used to be when it was brand new . So an 80% efficient furnace installed 20 years ago is probably now about 50% efficient and is costing you alot more money on your gas bill .
- We recommend having your duct work cleaned every 5-10 years . This depends on if you have pets and where you live. If you do replace your furnace your duct work should be cleaned . It will make the process of changing out the furnace a cleaner job . Less dust blowing around.
- Replace batteries in your thermostat every year. I recommend you do the battery change out when the time changes . Programmable thermostats are great. I recommend leaving the thermostat set at your favorite setting and leaving it. It is easier for the furnace to keep the house at the same temperature. Instead of trying to bring the house to temperature on a cold day . This causes alot of stress on the internal parts of the furnace .
1)Replacing a furnace is a major expense. Know the details about the furnace…. such as the quality of the product. What the blower tonnage is. Is it sized right for my home. All these things are important to make your home more comfortable when it is heating or cooling your home .
Did you know that if your duct work is under sized you should really have at least a two speed furnace installed or a variable speed. The blower will run at a lower speed on a warm day and make the house more comfortable . Instead of turning on and off at one speed to blast heat into the home.
I have received some calls from homeowners who have installed their own furnaces. Purchased them off the internet. I would question if there was ever a problem with the furnace(fire) if insurance would pay a claim . This is something you should discuss with your agent and see if it is covered. Sometimes it pays to have a licensed professional to change out your furnace or air conditioner due to liability . Permits are required in alot of cities if you change out a furnace. It also helps with selling the home . Buyers like to have that guarantee that nothing is wrong with the installation.
Fire can catch anyone off guard . Home fires are unexpected and move through the home fast. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor near every bedroom are a great idea. Safety first. One exposed wire or improper installation of any gas fired appliance could become a huge mistake .
Guessing or practicing on your own furnace is probably not a good idea.
Hiring a licensed professional who has done the training is a better idea. It may cost you some money….but isn’t it worth it for your peace of mind and your families safety?