Replacing a worn down and inefficient old furnace isn’t something any homeowner wants to deal with, but eventually we all do. The prospect of choosing a replacement, yanking the old one out and installing the new system can be daunting, so we often put it off for as long as possible. Meanwhile, the old furnace keeps chugging along as it gets closer and closer to a total breakdown and your energy bills climb higher and higher.
Don’t be overwhelmed with worry about replacing your old furnace – call DB Heating & Cooling to get the expert advice you need. Our Bergen County area furnace specialists have years of experience providing furnace replacement services. From choosing a new furnace to replacing your current system, we have the tools and experience needed to get the job done right.
Furnace Breakdown Warning Signs
The good news is that the life of a furnace rarely comes to a sudden end without any indications that something was wrong. Instead, there are warning signs along the way to let you know that it may be time to invest in a replacement. Two major signs to look for are a drop in heating efficiency and a need for frequent repair.
First, if your furnace is not heating your home as efficiently as it once did, it may be time for a replacement. Pay attention to your heating bills and the temperature of your home for signs of a problem. If your furnace doesn’t keep your home as warm as it used to, or if your costs are on the rise because it consistently takes more energy to do the same job, it may be time to replace.
Also, if you need to have your furnace repaired frequently because it keeps breaking down, it may be time to start considering replacement options. Some maintenance is necessary for every heating system, of course, but it’s probably not worth paying for regular repairs just to keep your furnace operating, especially when a new system will likely be far more efficient and cut down on your average monthly heating costs.
Furnace Replacement Options
There a number of factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right furnace to replace your existing unit. The first is heating capacity, which is a measure of how powerful the furnace is. If your old furnace was adequate in its prime, then determining the right capacity may be as simple as looking for options that have the same capacity as the old furnace. This is usually listed right on the furnace itself. If the figure has worn off, or you think you need something more or less powerful, you can use your home’s square footage to help estimate the right heating capacity for your needs. Either way, it’s important to have a professional assess your home and heating needs to make educated recommendations about furnaces that will work well in your home.
In addition to the capacity of a furnace, consider efficiency as well, which is demonstrated by the AFUE rating. The AFUE rating is a measure of how much fuel actually gets converted to heat by the furnace versus how much is lost in the combustion process. No furnace can be 100% efficient, but some new gas models have AFUE ratings as high as 98%.
Capacity and efficiency should be considered together, because a less efficient furnace with a high heating capacity may actually generate less heat than a more efficient furnace with lower capacity.
Professional Furnace Replacement
Once you have decided it’s time to replace your old furnace, call DB Heating & Cooling to begin discussing your options. Our Bergen County, NJ area furnace technicians are skilled at working with all types of furnaces. We can have your your old furnace removed and your new one in place in no time.