What Salt Lake City Homeowners Should Know Before Buying A Furnace Published on March 05, 2015 We understand that buying a new furnace may not be a priority in the immediate future, but it’s important to learn the keys that will likely influence your choice when you are ready to buy. Below are five 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 system is over 15 years old, you might start to experience relatively expensive repairs. More common and costly repairs include blower motor failures, ignition control failures and heat exchanger failures. 2. Operational Cost The efficiency of gas furnaces in Salt Lake City area homes today can vary widely and has a direct correlation to the amount of money you pay your utility company each month. Furnaces older than 15 years can be terribly inefficient, wasting up to 40% of the dollars you spend to heat your home. Even the latest models of furnaces can waste up to 20%. 3. System Maintenance A well maintained furnace will operate more efficiently, decrease the likelihood of expensive repairs and most of all ensure your safety. Remember, these are gas-fired appliances. Another point worth mentioning is a properly tuned furnace will last longer before replacement is needed. 4. Tune-up Checks Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning hears many questions pertaining to what truly 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 education to perform a tune-up should maintain heating equipment annually. In short, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with aged equipment are some of the more obvious signals of a need to replace your furnace. High energy costs and the need to reduce energy consumption are also strong reasons to weigh the replacement of your furnace. In fact, an independent study by Decision Analyst stated that nearly 20% of homeowners who recently replaced their furnace specifically did so to lower their utility bills. Salt Lake City area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-871-8425.