Frequently Asked Questions

When should my furnace be replaced?

The answer to that question depends on how much you would like to avoid a complete furnace breakdown. You can either replace your furnace when it starts showing signs of wear and prior to a cold-weather catastrophe, or you can replace your furnace after it quits on you in the middle of winter.

We don’t blame anyone who wants to put off the purchase of a furnace, but if you work on replacing your furnace before it breaks down, you have the benefit of being able to shop around for the best deal and schedule installation at your convenience. If your furnace fails and needs to be replaced immediately, there will be no time for comparison shopping. Worse yet, there is the chance you’ll have to bring in installers on a holiday or weekend, possibly at a higher cost. A broken-down furnace at the wrong time can potentially turn into an emergency.

Standard oil or gas furnaces will last, on average, about 18 years. High-efficiency furnaces have a lower lifespan of about 12 years. We hope you’re getting your furnace inspected by an HVAC professional every few years, ideally every year. Your HVAC professional should be able to give you an idea of what kind of life your unit has left in it. Things you’ll want to be on the lookout for with your furnace because they indicate a faltering model are:

  • Pilot light outages
  • Pale or flickering flame
  • Delayed ignition
  • Temperatures too high or too low
  • An excess of soot or corrosion
  • An eggy or sulfurous smell

When should my air conditioner be replaced?

Similar to the answer we gave for furnaces, you can either replace your air conditioning when you can foresee a major problem with your system, or when hindsight is 20/20 and you’re stuck with a busted unit in the dog days of summer. However, since not having air conditioning will generally only lead to discomfort, not potentially life-threatening situations, there is no great need to have a replacement ready to go immediately.

Central air conditioning generally lasts about 15 years, while room air conditioners typically last 10 years. If your unit is approaching these life spans you may want to start watching for great deals in order to save yourself some money, not to mention a sweaty headache. You’ll know you’re ready for a new air conditioner when it starts requiring frequent repairs, or it simply isn’t cooling efficiently.

My house doesn’t seem to heat or cool evenly. How can I direct more heating/cooling to different parts of my house?

Your quickest fix is to adjust the registers in the areas where heating and cooling is plentiful. For instance, if you’d like more cooling upstairs in the summer, partially or completely close the registers in the downstairs so that the cooling will be directed upstairs.

A more high-tech, high-efficiency solution is a furnace with a variable speed blower motor. These units were designed to even out airflow and keep heating and cooling steady through the entire home. An added bonus is that furnaces with variable speed blower motors offer significant savings on energy bills.

A third option is the installation of an HVAC zoning system. A zoning system involves the use of several thermostats throughout the home, enabling users to heat or cool specific rooms or areas without affecting the rest of the house.

What is two-stage heating and two-stage cooling?

Two-stage heating and two-stage cooling are some of the higher-efficiency heating and cooling options now available to home owners. Two-stage heating and cooling means that the furnace or air conditioning unit has two levels of operation. The first level, or stage, is a low, more continuous setting that uses less energy but is adequate for the vast majority of days. So the first stage of a two-stage furnace will do for the average winter day, and the first stage of a two-stage air conditioner will do for the average summer day.

The second stage is for those outlier days that are either extraordinarily hot or cold. When the first stage isn’t sufficient for heating or cooling your home, the second stage will automatically kick in to get your household temperature to where it should be.

Why is my HVAC system freezing up?

There are a few things that can result in your HVAC framework to stop up, the vast majority of them typically need to be remedied by an expert specialist.

Making beyond any doubt the channel is clean or traded and verifying the wind stream is not confined are about the main things you can check or handle yourself.

Low refrigerant: In a few cases, solidifying up is created by a hole in the refrigerant lines. Powerless weld joints, grinding from funneling rubbing or vibrating against an item, spilling valves or detached fittings can result in breaks. The period of the framework and the nature and area of the hole are the deciding variables on whether to have the framework repaired or displaced.

Dirty evaporator loop: Over time, the evaporator curl will get filthy. At the point when this happens, the effects are like those of having a grimy channel. Slowly you will lose wind current, gradually enough that you most likely would not understand it until it stops up or is not cooling sufficiently. You will need to contact your neighborhood Service Experts deals and administration focus to adjust the issue.

Defective blower engine or hand-off: A blower engine not running at the correct velocity or not running at all can result in solidifying. It can additionally be discontinuous, beginning at full speed and easing off after it warms up. On the other hand a transfer could make it begin one time and not the following. In either case, you will need to contact your neighborhood Service Experts deals and administration focus to amend the issue.

Should you find that your framework was cold because of a grimy channel, in the wake of swapping or cleaning the channel, you can accelerate the defrosting process by turning the framework off and turning on the fan. In the event that you have a hotness pump framework, you can take a stab at turning the framework to warming mode until the ice has liquefied. After the ice has softened, switch the framework settings once more to ordinary. In the event that the framework refreezes, get in touch with us to amend the issue.

What reasons are there for replacing my existing water heater?

There are three main reasons for replacing a water heater. The first is that the existing water heater is broken. You probably didn’t need us to explain that to you.

The second reason for replacing a water heater is simply that it’s old. Not only are newer water heater models significantly more efficient to begin with, but sediment build-up in an older water heater can reduce its energy efficiency by up to 30%. Signs of sediment build-up include slow heating time and a smaller hot water output.

The third reason for replacing a water heater is if yours just isn’t meeting your hot water needs. If you simply don’t have enough hot water, it’s likely that your hot water heater is too small for your household. A family can outgrow a water heater pretty easily once kids start reaching those teenage years.

How do I determine what size water heater my house needs?

As with most things HVAC-related, we’d recommend that you contact an HVAC professional to help you answer this question for your specific household. An HVAC professional can determine what size water heater you require by assessing the size of your home and building, how many occupants or family members are typically in it, and how many hot water fixtures that are in the home. A few of the questions you’ll want to be prepared to answer are:

  • How many loads of dishes or laundry are washed on a daily basis?
  • How old are your children? (Teenagers tend to give hot water heaters a workout.)
  • How many bathrooms do you have?
  • How many bathtubs do you have? And are any of them whirlpool bathtubs?
  • Do you have a dishwasher? If yes, is it run daily?

An HVAC professional can help make sure you get the right size water tank without going overboard or over budget. He or she will also be able to find you the most energy efficient option.

How can I make sure that my HVAC system is safe for operation?

We recommend that you have your HVAC system checked annually. Not only will this help ensure that there are no problems with any of your equipment, but this regular maintenance can also extend the lifespan of your furnace, air conditioner, or hot water heater. Annual maintenance will take care of any necessary repairs, and fix small issues before they turn into big problems (and possibly big bills).

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