What Kitchener Homeowners Must Know Before Buying A Furnace Published on March 05, 2015 We realize 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 the top 5 considerations that Hammond Plumbing & Heating advises our customers to think about during their evaluation: 1. Heating Repair Frequency Just like any appliance, as furnaces age, the likeliness of heating repairs increase. If your furnace 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 Kitchener 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 very inefficient, resulting in up to 40% of your home energy dollars being wasted. Even newer furnaces can waste up to 20%. 3. System Maintenance A correctly maintained furnace will function more efficiently, lower the likelihood of expensive repairs and most importantly ensure your safety. After all, 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 Hammond Plumbing & Heating hears many questions concerning 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 trained and certified HVAC specialist who has the knowledge, skills and experience to perform a tune-up must maintain heating equipment each year. To put it bluntly, without routine maintenance, frequent repairs combined with dated equipment are some of the more obvious signals of a need to replace your furnace. Excessive 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. Kitchener area homeowners seeking more information are urged to call Hammond Plumbing & Heating at 519-894-3222.