What Provo Homeowners Ought To Know Prior To Buying A Furnace Published on March 05, 2015 We know that not everyone may need a new furnace right now, but it’s wise to learn the keys that would impact your decision when you do need to buy a new one. Below are the top 5 considerations that 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 likeliness of heating repairs increase. If your heating equipment is over 15 years old, you might start to experience relatively expensive repairs. Some of the typical repairs include blower motor failures, ignition control failures and heat exchanger failures. 2. Operational Cost The efficiency of gas furnaces in Provo area homes today naturally influences your home energy bills, and the level of efficiency can vary tremendously depending upon the system you buy. Furnaces older than 15 years can be terribly inefficient, resulting in up to 40% of your home energy dollars being wasted. Even the latest models of furnaces can waste up to 20%. 3. System Maintenance A correctly maintained furnace will function more efficiently, decrease the likelihood of expensive repairs and most of all ensure your safety. Don’t forget, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point to mention is a properly serviced furnace will last longer before replacement is necessary. 4. Tune-up Checks Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning receives a lot of questions relating to what actually can be done to tune-up or maintain a furnace and there are actually many essential 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 is needed to maintain heating equipment each year. In short, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with dated equipment are a couple of the more obvious signals of a need to replace your furnace. Excessive energy costs and the desire to reduce energy consumption are also strong reasons to consider 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. Provo area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-396-0637.