In some cases, an upfront investment can help customers save money later on, and nowhere is that more true than with furnace repair. Replacement isn’t necessary with every inefficient furnace in Sacramento, CA, but certain repairs will certainly be helpful. For instance, filter changes can help older systems operate more efficiently, and upgrading to an electronic ignition can help the homeowner save money while extending the system’s life. If a homeowner believes they need a new heating system, they should call the HVAC experts at Clarke and Rush for a professional analysis.
Below are three reasons why a furnace may need replacement:
The Unit is Inefficient, Old and Outdated
If a person moves into a home that was built in the 1960s or earlier, the odds are that the furnace or boiler system is old as well. Age does not automatically mean that the home needs a new furnace, but it makes it more likely that the system will need a complete overhaul to improve its energy efficiency.
The System Costs too Much to Operate
If the furnace operating costs are rising but fuel costs are staying the same, the system’s efficiency should be evaluated. The homeowner should determine whether electricity or gas is the least expensive option, and they should choose a system accordingly. Clarke and Rush has over 50 years in the business, and can help customers make the right decision for their home.
A system’s heating load is the measurement of energy required to keep the home at a steady interior temperature of 65 degrees. To determine the heating load, customers should contact their local utility company for a free energy audit. The audit will enable a homeowner to discover ways to improve the home’s energy efficiency, and it may prevent them from spending thousands on a replacement furnace. If, despite a homeowner’s best efforts, the system remains inefficient, replacement may be the right option.
Add it Up
If a homeowner chooses a replacement furnace that is 97% efficient, they can save up to 20% or more on monthly heating bills. To determine whether it’s financially sensible to replace the system, customers should add up the last season’s fuel bills, and multiply that figure by 20%. Divide that answer by the new system installation cost, and determine how long it will take to recoup the initial investment.
Clarke and Rush has the knowledge and experience to determine the best option for heating your home. Contact us today for more information, or to schedule an inspection.