In the United States, furnace repairs typically range between $131 and $454, with many potential fixes costing much more than that. If you end up having to replace the unit altogether, you’re talking several thousand. For these reasons, it is important to keep these tips in mind regarding your furnace to ensure you’re getting the maximum life out of it.
- Turn the heat down when you’re not home. Whether manually or by using a programmable thermostat, you will not only save money on energy by scaling it back when no one is home, you’ll save wear-and-tear on the unit by having it cycle on and off less.
- Keep cold air out. If you have cold air infiltrating your home, your furnace will constantly be fighting it to maintain your desired temperature. This could add up to a lot of extra work for your furnace which can lead to breakdowns. This can easily be combated by ensuring that your home is properly insulated and sealed.
- Don’t close vents or block them with furniture. Besides throwing off the balance of your home’s heating, you can also do damage to your furnace. Your system is designed to move a certain amount of air to function properly, something it can’t do if some of the outlets are closed.
- Change your filter. Making sure your filter is changed on a regular basis will keep your furnace free of dust and dirt that can damage components and restrict proper airflow.
- Have your system serviced annually by a professional. The most effective way to get ahead of a substantial repair is to catch an issue early before it can turn into a major problem. Having a qualified service professional clean and check your system on a regular basis is the best way to prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns.
- Don’t go with the cheapest furnace replacement option. It might seem appealing at the time to go with the lowest number quoted to you, but the quality of the installation goes a long way to determining how long your unit will last. An extra thousand dollars at the time of installation might seem like a lot, but if it’s the difference between a unit that lasts you 12 years versus 20 years, it’s extra money well spent. Always go with a licensed contractor that you know will do a quality install, stand by their work, and still be in business for the duration of the unit’s warranty period.
Remm Heating, Inc.
1495 Jersey Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
P: (732) 297-6620
F: (732) 545-9583