Have you wondered if this is the last winter for your furnace or heat pump? If you know it’s been acting up, or if you inherited it with your house, it may be at the end of its useful life. How can you be sure? What should you do next? Read more…
Repair or Replace Your Furnace
Is it time to repair or replace your furnace? If it’s been breaking down and frequently requires repairs, the answer is probably to replace. A general rule is to consider if it’s past 75 percent of its lifespan, and if the estimated repairs are more than one-third of the replacement cost.
What is the life expectancy? Check the label for a manufacture date. Most furnaces last 15 to 20 years. Add a couple more years if it’s a well-respected brand, and you know it’s been well-maintained.
It’s possible your furnace is about 80 percent efficient. This was a builder’s standard for many years. At 80 percent, this means 20 percent of the energy vanishes. Now it’s possible to have a furnace with up to 98.5 percent efficiency.
This represents an incredible evolution in HVAC technology. Although a furnace with exceptional efficiency may cost a bit more upfront, the increase in energy efficiency is often worth it.
If you have access to your heating bill history, a team member from Estes Services can run the math for you. He or she will be happy to help you understand how much a furnace upgrade will benefit you, based on your usage and how long you plan to be in your home.
Even if you plan to sell your home in less than five years, a newer and more efficient furnace could be a strong selling point to buyers. According to research from the National Association of Home Builders, home buyers overwhelmingly seek energy efficiency in a new home.
Preserve Your Furnace as Long as it Makes Sense
If your furnace is “on the bubble,” you can take the plunge into a new model if you want to capitalize on the energy savings. If a new purchase is not feasible, preserve your current system with responsible maintenance.
Estes Services makes it so easy with preventative maintenance agreements. We offer agreements to cover your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. We even offer ones for your whole home! Call us to get a tailored estimate, based on your specific appliances and needs.
Preventative maintenance generally includes a tune-up of your furnace or heat pump, for example. It would include a thorough inspection of the system by our industry-certified technicians.
They look for any signs of distress, which may indicate a coming breakdown. Then they clean, test, and lubricate all applicable components. They verify the thermostat is communicating appropriately with your equipment. It’s a comprehensive service, and in many cases, it also preserves the manufacturer warranty.
Heating and Cooling Experts in Atlanta
At Estes Services, we’ve served the greater Atlanta area for nearly 70 years. We can expertly guide you on your heating and cooling options. If you are concerned about finances, we offer financing options to keep your household budget intact.
We’re happy to help you evaluate your anticipated energy savings, based on your current HVAC equipment and usage. Let’s talk! We want to help you enjoy a more reliable, efficient, and safe system today.
Contact us now to schedule service, or to learn more about energy-saving furnace and heat pump models for your home.