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

March 05, 2015

We realize that not everyone may need a new furnace right now, but it’s wise to learn the keys that will likely influence your choice when you are ready to buy. Below are five 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 probability of frequent heating repairs increase. If your system is over 15 years old, those repair can be especially expensive. Costly, yet typical repairs include blower motor failures, ignition control failures and heat exchanger failures.

2. Operational Cost

The efficiency of gas furnaces in Naples 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 very inefficient, resulting in up to 40% of your home energy dollars being wasted. Even the latest models of furnaces can waste up to 20%.

3. System Maintenance

A properly maintained furnace will operate more efficiently, decrease the likelihood of expensive repairs and most importantly ensure your safety. Don’t forget, these are gas-fired appliances. Another important point is a properly maintained furnace will last longer before replacement is necessary.

4. Tune-up Checks

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning often receives questions relating to what really can be done to tune-up or maintain a furnace and there are actually many important 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
  • Much more...

5. HVAC Maintenance Interval

A trained and certified HVAC specialist who has the skill and hands-on experience to perform a tune-up should maintain heating equipment each year. Simply put, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with dated equipment are a couple of the more obvious indicators of a need to replace your furnace.

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

Naples area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 239-908-6991.

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