The furnace is arguably the most important appliance in the home; it keeps you and your family safe, dry, and warm. The winter season is a terrible time for your furnace to stop working.

A furnace can last well over 15 years before it stops working as efficiently as when it was new. When that happens, it might be time to consider replacing it before it’s too late. Replacing a furnace can be expensive, but if you’re running it at full capacity just to keep your home comfortable, you may end up spending just as much, if not more on energy bills over the course of just a couple of years.

Not only that, having a plan in place to replace your furnace is better than having it give up unexpectedly.  With that in mind, here are some things to consider before replacing your furnace. If you require furnace installation in Surrey, contact us to make an appointment for a consultation.

There are some tell-tale signs it may be time for a new furnace. These may include;

What Kind of Furnace Should You Get?

You can choose between a gas-powered unit or an electrical one. Generally, people tend to stick with the same kind of system as their previous furnaces. Making the switch from gas to electric (or the other way around) is both very costly and time-consuming.

There are two other factors you need to consider: the BTU and the AFUE.

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. This is the amount of heat needed to increase the temperature of a pound of water by one degree; generally, 30-60 BTUs per square foot of the home is acceptable, but this varies depending on your needs.

AFUE is the annual fuel utilization energy; it measures how efficiently your furnace functions. The higher the AFUE, the more expensive the unit will be, but you may save on your energy bills.

How Much Will It Cost and How Long Can It Take?

The cost of a new furnace plus installation will vary greatly depending on what kind of power you are using (gas or electric), the BTU and AFUE of the unit you choose, and the cost of labor and materials. You will need to discuss the cost with the installation specialists after they’ve done their inspection.

You should give your furnace installation specialist at least one and up to two days to complete the job, including installation, testing, and removal of the old one. For furnace installation in Surrey, click here for a consultation.

Are you having trouble keeping warm in Surrey? Is your furnace switched on, but the only thing blowing out of the vents is cold air? You’ve probably established that there is an issue with your furnace, but before you call for emergency furnace repair in Surrey, here are some fixes you can try yourself.

Double Check Your Thermostat

Sometimes an issue with your furnace can be as simple to solve as verifying your thermostat settings. Suppose the temperature in your home is ok, but your system is still spitting out cool air. In that case, it could simply be that your system is switched to ON – which will power the fan continuously – instead of AUTO, which will only run the fans when the system is actively heating.

If your thermostat is battery operated instead of hardwired, your batteries may be running low, leading to issues with your heating. Double-check your batteries before calling your furnace repair Surrey tech.

There could also be an issue with the thermostat unit itself. If you have recently installed a new thermostat, it may not be compatible with the rest of your heating system. Or an older unit may simply have reached the end of its life. If you still cannot diagnose the problem after an inspection, then it may be time for professional furnace repair in Surrey.

Dirty Air Filter

Furnace frequently shutting off and turning back on? The problem may not be with the unit but as a result of a clogged air filter. Air circulation is key to a combustion furnace’s operation, but the filters need to occasionally be cleaned if reusable, or replaced if they are disposable. When the air filters become clogged, the furnace’s safety mechanism will eventually switch off the burners, eliminating any heat coming from the unit.

Clogged Condensation Line

High-efficiency furnaces produce a condensed liquid as part of their normal operation. Usually, this condensation will drain away without issue, but if you have noticed moisture around your furnace, a musty smell, or your furnace is only pushing cool air, there could be a clog in the condensation line.

If you suspect that you have a clogged line, contact a plumbing or heating professional for servicing.

Pilot Light is Out

The pilot light is like the heart of your furnace; if it’s out, you will not get any heat from the unit. There are two possibilities for your pilot light being out. It may simply have blown out, in which case you can very (very) carefully try to relight it. Otherwise, there could be a blockage or malfunctioning thermocouple.

If your pilot light doesn’t easily relight, or if you continue to have issues keeping it lit, it may be time to call for furnace repair in Surrey.

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Unit Isn’t Getting Enough Gas

Gas furnaces run on natural gas; if they aren’t getting a sufficient supply, they will not produce any heat. Several problems could lead to issue with your gas supply. It could be as simple as your gas value being switched off, in which case you can simply turn it back on, or there could be a blockage in your gas line.

If your gas valve is on, and there has been no interruption to your gas supply, you will need a professional to investigate the cause of the gas line issue.

When the days and nights are cold, and your furnace isn’t keeping you warm, you can trust the team at Blue Sea Heating and Plumbing to find the cause and make it right.