Homes with an older heating system may be hard to keep warm in the winter, and the system may not be very efficient to operate. Replacing the system with a new heating system is an excellent way to lower the cost, improve reliability, or change to a different heating system type in your home.
The cost of replacing your existing heating system may be a concern, but when factoring in the price of a new heating installation with the operating cost over the next few years, you may find that replacing the old furnace, even with the installation cost, can be cheaper than trying to maintain or repair the old system.
If your furnace turns or cycles off within a few seconds of coming on, have an HVAC contractor check the appliance for short cycling. Furnaces that shut down soon after are considered overactive. Overactive furnaces can heat up and burn out quickly over time. In some cases, a short cycling furnace can completely stop working. Learn why your furnace switches off and on so quickly and what you can do about it below.
Window air conditioning units provide relatively affordable cooling for homes that don't have a built-in air conditioning appliance. Because these units are much cheaper than other options — even portable air conditioning units can cost a few hundred dollars, and window units typically cost less than a couple of hundred — they may seem less likely to be worth fixing if they break. However, despite the seemingly cheap nature of these appliances, it can be worth it to pay for repairs instead of paying for a new unit.
It may not seem like it, but the act of heating your home causes your furnace to get dirty. Even if you keep a clean house and change the filter regularly, the inside of the furnace can still get dirty. If you're lax about filter changing and housecleaning, your furnace may get dusty and dirty more quickly. Plus, a gas furnace creates soot as a byproduct that coats the ignition area of your furnace.
When you're busy or money is tight, you may not want to be bothered with air conditioning maintenance. Skipping maintenance could be a bad idea since it could cause you to spend more time or money later on. Here are four reasons annual cleaning of your central air unit is important.
1. A Dusty AC Could Affect Air Quality
The filter keeps a lot of dust out of the air handler, but it can't keep it all out, especially if you forget to change the filter.