Heating FAQ

Heating FAQfotex2020-11-26T14:00:55-08:00
When is the best time to replace my furnace?fotex2020-11-27T16:48:27-08:00

You don’t want your heater to go out in the middle of winter, leaving you scrambling to find a new one. In your rush, you may overpay or find one that doesn’t fit your needs. To catch the problem before it’s too late, scheduling a maintenance check once a year will help indicate when it’s time to replace.

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Should I repair or replace my furnace?fotex2020-11-26T13:13:34-08:00

Generally, you should consider replacing it for these two scenarios:

  • If it’s three-quarters of its lifespan
  • If repairs cost more than a third of a replacement

You’ll want to consider how often you’ll have to repair it and how high your energy bills are. Getting a more efficient replacement could save you money in the long run.

How often does my heating unit need maintenance?fotex2020-11-27T16:54:38-08:00

We suggest servicing your furnace at least once a year, with the fall being the best time to do so.

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How can I keep from running my furnace too much?fotex2020-11-26T13:11:56-08:00

When leaving your home for an extended period, we recommend turning off your heater. But, if you’re only leaving for a short while, you can simply turn it down a couple of degrees. If you completely turn it off and then back on after a short period, your furnace will have to work twice as hard to heat your home back up.

What can I do to help maintain my furnace?fotex2020-11-27T16:55:14-08:00

We always recommend getting a maintenance check at least once a year. In between these inspections, you should check and change your filters. If you have pets, these filters should get changed once a month. When the filter gets full, it blocks the heater makes it work harder, lowering its lifespan.

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What is the lifespan of a furnace?fotex2020-11-27T16:56:21-08:00

If appropriately maintained, heaters can last for 15-20 years. This timeframe depends on whether it was adequately maintained, where you live, and the furnace’s quality. You may need a couple of small repairs during this lifespan, but they’ll be much less expensive than a new unit.

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When should I replace my heater?fotex2020-11-27T16:55:53-08:00

There’s a couple of signs to look out for that your heater may be failing. If you notice any of them, we recommend you can start shopping around and find a new one before your current heater quits on you. Some signs include:

  • You can’t heat your home properly
  • Your energy bills have suddenly increased
  • You have an abnormally dusty home
  • Your unit is making unusual sounds or smells
  • Your unit is 15 years old or older

In some cases, we will only have to repair the unit, not replace it. We can help determine if it’s more cost-effective to buy a new one or repair your old one.

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How often should I service my HVAC system?fotex2020-11-27T17:00:22-08:00

To keep your heating and cooling system in top shape and prolong its lifespan, we recommend servicing it twice a year. Once for heating and once for air conditioning.  

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What’s the best thermostat to use for my heating system?fotex2020-11-26T13:09:14-08:00

The right thermostat depends on your personal preferences, along with the equipment you have. We offer both programmable and non-programmable thermostats. Give us a call, and we can help you find the right one to maximize your heating system’s performance.  

What is a heat pump?fotex2020-11-26T13:08:44-08:00

A heat pump is an all-in-one heating and air conditioning unit that works year-round. During warmer months, it works as an air conditioner to cool your home, and during the colder month, the process reverses and heats your home. 


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