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Furnace Maintenance Tips for Winter

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

It is important for your furnace to be in top shape in the winter. Gettting a furnace checkup at least once a year is highly recommended in order to make sure your heating system is operating perfectly and provides the right amount of heat in your home. This maintenance procedure should be taken seriously in order to ensure safety as well.

Inspecting your venting pipes and draining tubes. The technician will check if they are properly tied and arched. Also, take the opportunity to note for any rotten egg or sulfur-like smell. This distinct odor indicates gas leak and can cause fire explosion if not detected early.

Meanwhile, they will assess defective thermostat wires by yanking the wires slightly. They should be securely snugged and close-fitted. Keep in mind to turn off the power before beginning your inspection.

Ensure the furnace is clean, particularly the filters. Accumulation of dust and dirt can hamper the furnace’s optimum performance. Filters should be kept unclogged and should be replaced regularly so as to prevent the system from overworking and eventually overheating. This routine can help you save a lot on your energy bill and can spare you from spending on a full HVAC unit replacement.

Having a professional furnace technician to tune-up your furnace is also a great idea. For a thorough checkup on your heating system, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

How Long Should a Furnace and Air Conditioning Unit Last?

Darren Kincaid - Monday, January 08, 2018

Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VAToday's heating, ventilation and air conditioning units are more energy-efficient than their predecessors.

New air conditioning and heating equipment lasts longer than ever. The end of a furnace's or air conditioner’s service life depends on more than just chronological age. Energy-efficiency issues and the price of any necessary repairs versus the cost of upgrading to a new unit all enter into that determination.

Furnace Lifespan

The average service life of a new furnace is 16 to 20 years. Most furnace parts that fail during that span are replaceable at a cost that makes repair a better call than replacing the entire furnace. The exception is the heat exchanger, a furnace's single most expensive component. A cracked heat exchanger in a unit that’s already out of warranty is usually a tipping point that means it’s time to shop for a new furnace.

Central Air Conditioners

Central air conditioners typically last from 12 to 15 years. The lifespan of a central cooling unit may be reduced if its capacity is not properly matched to the cooling load of the home. Oversized air conditioners “short-cycle,” turning on and off rapidly, inflicting excessive wear and tear on the compressor. Like the furnace heat exchanger, the compressor is the most costly part in the system. A worn-out compressor in a unit that’s outlived its warranty is usually a deal-breaker that warrants upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient air conditioner rather that repairing the existing unit.

For more information on heating and cooling equipment, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

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