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

March 05, 2015

We realize that buying a new furnace may not be a priority in the immediate future, but it’s wise 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

Similar to any other appliance, as furnaces age, the likeliness of heating repairs increase. If your system is over 15 years old, you might start to experience relatively expensive repairs. Costly, yet typical repairs include blower motor failures, ignition control failures and heat exchanger failures.

2. Operational Cost

The efficiency of gas furnaces in Miami area homes today can vary widely and has a direct correlation to the amount of money you pay your utility company each month. Furnaces older than 15 years can be extremely inefficient, with up to 40% of your heating dollars going out the window (in a manner of speaking). Even the latest models of furnaces can waste up to 20%.

3. System Maintenance

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

4. Tune-up Checks

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning receives a lot of questions pertaining to what really 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
  • And many others...

5. HVAC Maintenance Interval

A NATE-certified technician who has the insight, tools and expertise to perform a tune-up must maintain heating equipment annually. Simply put, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with old equipment are some of the more obvious indicators of a need to replace your furnace.

Excessive energy costs and the interest to reduce energy consumption are also pressing reasons to contemplate replacement of your furnace. In fact, an independent study by Decision Analyst stated that nearly 20% of homeowners who recently replaced their furnace specifically did so to lower their utility bills.

Miami area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at .

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