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5 Furnace Replacement Tips

by VitalStorm Content on November 21, 2018

Replacing your furnace can be daunting. It is a major investment, but sometimes the decision making can feel rushed. Even if you are anxious to restore heat to your home after an old furnace breaks down, make sure you are confident in your furnace replacement decisions.

Our technicians at Blue Flame have installed countless furnaces in Mountlake Terrace area homes. Here are five furnace replacement tips from our team to help you make a decision you are happy with for years to come.

1. Consider the fuel type.

You can choose from a wide selection of units for gas heating, electric heating, or oil heating. Before you replace your furnace, it is important to understand the difference between all three types of fuel.

Gas furnaces are typically the most cost-effective option because they run on natural gas. Oil or propane furnaces make an excellent alternative for homes that don’t have gas lines. However, they require more storage space and they can be more expensive to operate based on the fluctuating price of oil.

Another alternative is electric furnaces. Because they generate heat through electricity, they can raise your electric bill. Electric heat pumps are the cheapest solution if you can’t add a gas furnace. Rather than burning or generating heat, heat pumps simply transfer streams of air to remove cold air from your home and replace it with warm air. These are typically a better option for warmer climates that don’t experience heavy amounts of snow regularly.

2. Consider the size.

When it is time to replace your furnace, don’t automatically assume your old one was the optimal size for your home. Many homes have unnecessarily oversized furnaces that cost more to operate. Have an HVAC expert asses which size furnace will be best for your home based on the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s Manual J. This will ensure you purchase a furnace that is the right size for your home based on industry standards rather than simply square footage.

3. Check on the warranties.

Be sure to select a furnace model that comes with a warranty for repairs and the cost of parts. Additionally, find out if the HVAC company installing your furnace has a warranty for labor during repairs. At Blue Flame, we offer a two-year warranty on every furnace replacement.

4. Understand energy efficiency.

Most furnaces are about 80% efficient, which means 20% of the fuel you pay for is wasted. You can replace your furnace with a newer model that has up to 98.5% efficiency and save money on your monthly utility bills. If the amount of money you will save per year by increasing the energy efficiency is great enough, it can impact the value of your up-front cost to replace a furnace.

5. Only hire licensed HVAC professionals for installation.

One of the most common reasons for inefficiency or repair needs in furnaces is improper installation. Although it might be tempting to hire a handyman for tasks around the house, you shouldn’t skimp on furnace installation. Since you will be investing thousands of dollars to purchase a new furnace, make sure it is installed correctly for peak performance. A NATE-certified HVAC technician is the right person for your new furnace installation job.

We hope these furnace replacement tips help better prepare you to make the right investment.

If you need furnace replacement in the Mountlake Terrace, WA area, give us a call at Blue Flame. Our polite and professional technicians offer superior service, and we guarantee all of our services. We also have some special offers available now for your heating system!

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.