Our Experts Answer Questions About Furnaces and Boilers
Today’s heating systems are complex, but the certified technicians at Gross Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to answer your questions. Our team has extensive training and experience working with all makes and models of heating units. We’re happy to share our knowledge to help you make informed decisions.
When is the best time to replace my furnace?
Don’t wait until your furnace dies to consider replacing it. In an emergency—usually in the dead of winter—you’ll be in such a rush to restore heat that you might not carefully weigh all your options for service and savings, plus it will be more difficult to schedule an install in a timely manner. If you have annual maintenance performed, we’ll be able to catch early warning signs and give you recommendations for a new installation.
What are the warning signs that my heating system is failing?
Systems more than 10 years old will probably show some signs of slowing down and losing efficiency. That’s not to say it can’t last another 10 years if you do regular maintenance and minor repairs, but watch for slower warming, reduced airflow, higher energy bills, strange odors, and loud noises.
My furnace is acting up again—should I fix it or replace it?
As a general guideline, consider replacement if the equipment is beyond three-quarters of its life expectancy and repairs will cost more than a third of replacement. Also consider the cost to operate it each month, because a newer, more efficient unit could actually save you money over time.
How much does a furnace cost?
This is a common question but it’s difficult to answer because furnaces come in many sizes, with many features. On average, you can get a quality Carrier® unit starting around $3,000. The good news is that financing is available, with approved credit. Plus, there are often manufacturer rebates, tax credits, and energy incentives to make your new system more affordable.
Is it cheaper to install an AC with a furnace?
Why is my furnace leaking water?
There are a number of problems that could cause leaking, from a simple clog in the drain line to a dirty condensate trap. Start by checking the tube that runs to the floor drain—if water is draining properly, you will need a more thorough inspection to find the problem before you get moisture damage or mold. Call us for service, especially if you’ve skipped annual maintenance that includes new filters and humidifier pads.
What is the average life of a furnace?
How often should I service our furnace or boiler?
How often should I replace my furnace filter?
Does it make sense to replace my old steam boiler?
Converting an old steam boiler to a hot water system results in a quick payback, because newer models work much more efficiently and are easier on the pipes in your home. You may also want to consider adding in-floor radiant heat lines, which use hot water to warm the entire surface of your floors for comfortable, consistent temperatures.
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Brookfield, WI 53005
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