Keep Home Cozy: Fix Your Furnace!

Do You Need a New Furnace

 Most homes have furnaces. They keep the home warm in fall and winter and work with the air-conditioning system to keep the home cool in spring and summer. Boise FurnaceHowever, most people don’t know how old there furnace is and when it was last replaced. The older the furnace the less energy efficient it’s likely to be. Older furnaces are also more likely to leak heat and gas, and are prone to breakdowns. Old furnaces are also more likely to explode and do damage to the home and cause serious injury or death. For this reason it is important to consider evaluating your furnace for repairs, or installing a new furnace.

Do You Need a New Furnace?There are four factors you should consider when trying to decide if you need a new furnace. You should consider the age of your furnace, how efficient it is, the cost of the fuel it take to run your furnace and your home’s “heating load”-the amount of energy it takes to keep the indoor temperature at about 65 degrees or so. If your furnace is more than 20 years old, it should be replaced. Newer gas furnaces use as much as 97% of the energy in the fuel it burns. This can save homeowners as much as 20% on their heating costs not matter what the price of gas or heating oil is currently. No matter what your heating load is, you could save money in the long run.

What are the benefits of a new furnace?An effective furnace can save you lots of money on your energy bills because new furnaces are more energy-efficient. Depending on the type of furnace you purchase, you may be entitled to rebates from the government. Plus new furnaces come with warranties which cover most replacement parts. This saves you money in the rare instance your new furnace does break down. A good furnaces are also safer and quieter than older ones.

A new furnace can not only provide your family with more warmth during the coldest months of the year, but it could also raise the value and safety of your property.Choosing the right furnace

The size furnace you need, its efficiency, and the type of fuel it uses are the most important considerations when choosing a furnace. Discuss the size of your home and your heating needs with an experienced HVAC professional and they will help you to understand your options when it comes to choosing a furnace.

Is the furnace in your Boise home not pushing out the proper heat? Get this taken care of by Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling, and call (208) 350-6413 today to get the furnace replaced.

Must-Know Information About Your Home’s Furnace

Dealing With Your Furnace

It is important to keep your home’s furnace in working order and to call for furnace repair services whenever needed. Lack of maintenance would create an environment where one’s furnace can experience a number of maladies. These could be all or any of the following.

1. The noisy furnace

A loud banging noise from your furnace could mean a number of different issues. these could include a very loose belt, a problem with the ignition system, or the replacement of a component that close to failing.

2. The thermostat requires a major notch up to produce heat.

If one finds their home cold on a regular basis the thermostat may be faulty culprit as well as possible leaking ducts. Another issue could be a problem with one’s pilot light.

3. Sky high electric bills

High electric bills often is a sign of inefficient performance.

4. The pilot light is yellow

This is a sign that the gas combination of one’s furnace is not in the best condition. Yellow can be a sign of bad gases such as Carbon Monoxide.

5. Its difficult to start the furnace and keep it going

A furnace repair may be needed to replace a thermostat, fix faulty wiring, or repair a pilot light, or a fan motor.

6. The air quality in one’s home is affecting the health of the family

If one’s family has experienced various breathing related issues such as asthma or other allergies a poorly operating furnace may be the culprit.

Cold spots exists in pockets within your house

Ice inside the home is never a good sign and requires immediate repair.

8. Condensation is seen inside of the house

Evidence of condensation inside of the house is a sign that the furnace is operating inefficiently. A repair visit should fix the problem but if that is not successful a new furnace may be needed.

9. One’s furnace is past ten years old

If one’s furnace is over ten years old it may be cheaper to purchase a new one and save costs on repairs over the course of the several years following the ten year anniversary of the furnace.

10. Lack of maintenance visits to one’s furnace

The normal age for a furnace is about 10 to 15 years based on use and periodic maintenance. If one’s furnace requires frequent repairs in a a few year period it may be time to purchase a new furnace.

Looking to hire professional HVAC technicians for your Boise home’s furnace repair? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 for our quick and efficient services.