REPAIR? REPLACE? BEFORE YOU DO EITHER, READ.
If it seems like a private tropical island may be cheaper than your heating bill, your equipment may be to blame. Read on, and we’ll let you know if you need some repairs—or a whole new system.
CAN YOU REKINDLE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FURNACE?
The first step is getting to know your furnace. First, how old is it? A typical furnace lasts about 20 years. And chances are, the older it is, the less efficient it is. If you don’t know your furnace’s AFUE rating, call the manufacturer. They should be able to tell you by the serial number of the unit. The AFUE number describes what percentage of fuel consumed is actually used for heat, and how much fuel is simply wasted. For example, if your AFUE rating is 60, your furnace is converting 60% of its fuel to heat for the home, and losing the remaining 40% of heat, usually through venting. Obviously, the higher the number, the better the efficiency. And while no furnace operates at 100%, some get pretty darn close.
Now that you have this number, look for your energy bill. Depending on how much fuel your furnace wastes, you can easily calculate how much money you’re unnecessarily spending every month.
In many cases, the significantly lower energy bills may enable you to recoup the expense of replacing your system in just a few short years. So, does replacing your furnace make sense? You betcha Well, unless you’re moving to that private island.
No company is better able to serve you than the professionals at Top Rank Air Conditioning and Heating. Nothing is more important to us than providing complete customer satisfaction through excellent workmanship. Whether you need a new heater installed in your home, or you have an office building that needs a commercial heating system, Top Rank service the greater Sacramento area and most of the Central Valley.
Repairing a poor system can sometimes just be delaying the inevitable. Heaters, like most major appliances, have an operational life expectancy. Do your best to get the most out of your heating system with regular maintenance, but if your heater is malfunctioning, losing efficiency, or has completely shut off, it may be time for a new system. Our technicians have years of experience helping homeowners pick out heaters that are best suited for their size and style of home or commercial property.