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

March 05, 2015

We realize that purchasing a furnace may not be an immediate need, but it’s smart to learn the keys that can drive your decision when that time comes. Below are the top 5 considerations that Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning advises our customers to think about during their evaluation:

1. Heating Repair Frequency

Like any type of appliance, as furnaces age, the potential for frequent heating repairs increase. If your system is over 15 years old, those repairs can become significant. Costly, yet typical repairs include blower motor failures, ignition control failures and heat exchanger failures.

2. Operational Cost

The efficiency of gas furnaces in Indianapolis area homes today vary significantly and their efficiency directly influences your utility bills. Furnaces older than 15 years can be terribly inefficient, wasting up to 40% of the dollars you spend to heat your home. Even recently manufactured furnaces can waste up to 20%.

3. System Maintenance

A properly maintained furnace will function more efficiently, decrease the likelihood of expensive repairs and most importantly ensure your safety. Remember, these are gas-fired appliances. Another important point is a properly tuned furnace will last longer before replacement is required.

4. Tune-up Checks

Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning receives a lot of questions concerning what actually 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
  • Others...

5. HVAC Maintenance Interval

A certified professional who has the insight, tools and expertise to perform a tune-up should maintain heating equipment annually. In short, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with old equipment are some of the more obvious signals of a need to replace your furnace.

High energy costs and the need to reduce energy consumption are also strong 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.

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

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