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Do I need a new furnace?

During winter season, there’s not a convenient time for your furnace to give up, especially considering the cold—and the real hazards - of a home without heat. Worse yet, according to Rich Severns, a master technician and owner of Prescott Furnace Repair Service, “Tired heating equipment has a tendency to die on one of the coldest days of the year.” Don’t flirt with disaster by relying on a troubled furnace. Rich recommends a proactive approach. “Make things easier and plan for any furnace project in advance, before the temperature drops and the problem becomes critical.” The first step? Find out whether your furnace really does require replacement or if “an inexpensive repair would keep it operating for another season.” Of course, for most homeowners who look at their furnace not only for heat, but kind of a mystery—it can be difficult to distinguish between a “going-to-fail” furnace and a inoperable one. That being the case, Rich recommends discussing your concerns with an experienced, certificated HVAC technician “sooner rather than later.” Until then, closely keep an eye on the heating unit in question, and watch for indications of poor performance. Below are a few things to look for!

 

1. If your furnace is more than 15 years old:

No furnace will operate forever. According to Rich Severns, Owner/Operator of Prescott Furnace Repair Service, “heating units last about 15 or 20 years with proper maintenance.” Unfortunately, “we can’t know it’s expiration date in advance.” All we can do is utilize caution as the unit enters the last years of its life. If a prior owner had the furnace installed, it may not be easy to determine how old it is. “Look for the serial number (It’s on the units nameplate)” Rich suggests, “it’ll contain a date code”. “We do not replace a functional furnace just because it’s old,” Rich says. “Over 97% of furnaces are repairable.”

 

2. Have your energy bills increased?:

Your furnace is one of the largest energy users in your home, its efficiency is directly connected to your wallet. So, as winter gets going, monitor your monthly energy bills. If it’s costing considerably more than last year—and the rates haven’t gone up—it means “your furnace needs attention.” Newer, well-maintained furnaces perform at peak efficiency levels; older ones typically don’t and end up wasting energy. Rich says, “With a Prescott Furnace Repair Service, nearly all units can have increased efficiency.” But if not, he says, “the waste in operating costs may be reason enough have your unit replaced.”

 

3. Is Your house not warm enough?:

Feeling cold inside even with the heat on is the most obvious reason for a close look at your furnace. Rich suggests, “you can’t rule out the possibility of other causes.” It may feel cooler due to new air leaks or maybe a thermostat that is not operating correctly. Rich advises homeowners not to push the heating system too hard. Instead, “call the professional”—especially if you notice significant temperature changes in your home.

 

4. It’s abnormally dusty in your home.

You can’t contain all the dust, regardless of how often you clean, you can never fully get rid of it. If you notice an increase of dust in your home despite your best efforts to eliminate it, not to worry—you’re not going crazy. It’s probably your furnace not removing airborne particles from the circulating air. Check the furnace filter and replace it if dirty. Rich recommends replacing the filter every couple of months. If you haven’t had A Prescott Furnace Repair Service and it’s been many seasons since you last changed the filter—“permanent damage has probably been done to some furnace components,” Rich says.

 

5. Something looks, sounds, or smells off.

“Most homeowners don’t even go near their furnace,” Rich says. But sometimes standing near and listening to your furnace can let you know how well its operating. Play detective and look for cracks, corrosion or water stains. In the process, listen for any abnormal sounds. While thumping and metal to metal noise like screeching is a sign that the blower assembly might need attention, other noises like grinding or banging show the need for either a repair or perhaps a complete furnace replacement. Rich  says, “Be aware of how the furnace area smells.” The first time you fire-up the unit for the season, it’ll likely have a musty smell, but this should go away in a day or so. If the smell continues for more than a few days, you need to schedule a Prescott Furnace Repair Service right away to avoid any potential hazards.

 

6. Your furnace isn’t cycling properly.

Furnaces “cycle” on and off during normal operation as they warm your home (Roughly 3-5 times per hour). When the thermostat detects the inside temperature is below the heating set point, the furnace fires up to warm your home. Then, when the thermostat reaches the set temperature, the furnace cycles off, and this process repeats until you are warm & comfy. If the performance of your furnace has you thinking it may be operating incorrectly or unlike it normally has in the past, closely monitor its operation. Or, as Rich puts it, ask yourself a couple questions: “Does the furnace have a “high cycle rate?” ie. on and off a lot?” “Does it seem to run most of the time?” If the answer is yes to one or both of these questions, Rich continues, “it’s a sure indication the furnace isn’t operating as designed.” Call in the qualified pro; Rich of Prescott Furnace Repair Service to look into the possible causes. Most remedies are simple repairs and your furnace will be purring along again in no time!

 

7. If Your Furnace Has Had It, It’s Not All Bad News!

The nuts & bolts of it: Many issues can cause a furnace to quit and need a Prescott Furnace Repair Service. (Rarely) is its life just over and in need of replacement. If the cost of the repair is uneconomical and a new furnace is the only option, keep in mind that a replacement heating unit doesn’t come cheap. (This is why Rich pulls out all his tricks of 33 years to repair your furnace-safely). When a new unit is the only option, there is a silver lining. New furnaces offer much higher efficiency, so you’ll save money every month on energy bills and recoup the cost of the new unit in just a few short years. Please be advised, to get the best benefits from a new furnace, it must be installed correctly. Not just installed, connected & turned on as a typical “installer” might do. There are many factors to address before commissioning your new unit into operation, including gas pressure adjustment, air flow and carbon monoxide testing. That’s where the “Technician with over 30 years of experience” comes into play. Performing these simple tests and adjustments will ensure a safe, long furnace life and optimal comfort for your home. For such an important undertaking, many choose to work with a small, local, well established outfit, to receive that one on one personal attention your new unit deserves. And that’s exactly what Rich and his wife provide.

 

Are you having issues with your furnace? Are your gas bills unusually high? Contact Rich of Prescott Air Conditioning and Heating Repair at 928-308-1254 or schedule a heating assessment today.

 

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"Thank you for your excellent service! On a cold winter morning, we discovered that our heater was broken. You returned our call very quickly and came out to fix our..." read more
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"Rich and Brenda showed up within an hour of us contacting them, assessed the problem with our furnace, had the broken part on hand (!!! It's a 26 year old..." read more
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"Best service I have ever received. Rich and his wife arrived at our residence in a timely manner, very nice people. Rich explained in detail our issue with our AC..." read more
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"Brenda and Rich were very helpful. I called and left a message at 10 am on a Saturday, they called back an hour later, and we had our ac up and..." read more
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"This business has the best service I’ve ever had. Rich & Brenda came the same day I called. When they arrived at my house Rich checked out every function of..." read more
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"Awesome company! Our dog chewed the wiring to our A/C unit and I called Rich to repair it. Available next day and did a great job making sure it would..." read more
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"Southern California’s loss; Prescott’s huge gain!! Rich came by today to perform a routine seasonal maintenance on my AC unit. I just bought my house and suspected that the AC..." read more
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"Prior to moving to Prescott, AZ fifteen years ago, we lived in California near Chino. That’s when I first met Rich Severns of Murrieta air conditioning. I had a leak in..." read more
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Prescott Air Conditioning and Heating in Prescott AZ | Full Service Gas Furnace and Cooling Repair
5 out of 5 stars Thank you for your excellent service! On a cold winter morning, we discovered that our heater was broken. You returned our call very quickly and came out to fix our furnace very quickly. Thank you! We have tropical birds and need to keep our house warm for them as well as ourselves. You are professional and prompt and your work is excellent. Thank you for your service! You may use this testimonial however you please.
Prescott Air Conditioning and Heating in Prescott AZ | Full Service Gas Furnace and Cooling Repair
5 out of 5 stars Rich and Brenda showed up within an hour of us contacting them, assessed the problem with our furnace, had the broken part on hand (!!! It's a 26 year old furnace!!!). They were extremely friendly, professional, explanatory and obviously care about the work they do. We had quite a few problems, and the 2 other HVAC folks said "just replace the thing" and took a service fee. While Rich tended to agree that it needs replacing, he made sure he got the unit working, inspected and was confident in its safety as a stop gap. Could not recommend them more. It's quite rare to get such thorough, professional.
Prescott Air Conditioning and Heating in Prescott AZ | Full Service Gas Furnace and Cooling Repair
5 out of 5 stars Best service I have ever received. Rich and his wife arrived at our residence in a timely manner, very nice people. Rich explained in detail our issue with our AC system and how it occurred. He fixed my problem and provided some tips to keep our system up to par. The best part of the whole thing, they cared about their customers and it showed. You can trust that they will give you an honest quote and do what they can to fix your problem without taking you to the bank. Thank You Prescott Air Conditioning & Heating!
Prescott Air Conditioning and Heating in Prescott AZ | Full Service Gas Furnace and Cooling Repair
5 out of 5 stars Brenda and Rich were very helpful. I called and left a message at 10 am on a Saturday, they called back an hour later, and we had our ac up and running by noon that day. Fast, friendly, easy to schedule and reasonably priced. As a local in Prescott I highly recommend them.