We have over 20 years experience in handling residential furnace repair, replacement, and maintenance needs and can assist in providing you with the best solution for your budget, space, and needs.
Whether it’s a worn down or broken part or an issue with the power, we can solve it almost always on the same day. And while we’re there, we’ll look for other potential problems to make sure your furnace is running efficiently.
Have your heating bills crepes up for the same amount of usage over the years? Is your furnace over 10 years old? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, it may be time to replace it.
We have a wide variety of options that we can review with you given your considerations such as the size of your home, your budget, the fuel type, noise level, and anything else that is key to your needs.
Avoid the hassles and potentially costly performance and efficiency issues by booking a regularly scheduled maintenance service. Our technicians have the training and expertise to perform an inspection on your furnace.
If your home’s furnace or heating unit is broken beyond repair, our service staff will help you choose the right one for your needs. Our expert technicians can install a new system promptly to bring comfort back to your home.
If you are looking to upgrade your existing system due to of safety, dependability, or other considerations, we will help you pick from a wide array of excellent heating units with extended warranties giving up to 10 years of coverage.
Most systems have a lifetime of 10 to 20 years. As your equipment gets older, its efficiency can decrease dramatically. You may notice that it gets noisier and needs repairs more often. When a unit begins to show its age, you have two choices: overhaul the system or replace it. Because heating and air conditioning technology improves over time, a unit designed with newer, more energy-efficient equipment makes sense, especially if your system is 10 or more years old. Our authorized air conditioning and heating professionals (alliancehvac.ca) can provide an in-home estimate on the cost of a new system as well as a payback schedule that will show you how much money your newer, more efficient system will save you in utility bills.
Industry experts estimate that as many as 70% of all homes with central air have poorly installed ductwork. Ducts that are not properly sealed or insulated fail to get the hot or cool air where you want it efficiently, therefore costing you money. Before you invest in a new system, make sure a heating and air conditioning professional checks your ducts and includes specific recommendations in their proposal to you. This can normally be done as part of your in-home estimate. Don’t spend the money on a new, super-efficient system unless you are sure those efficiency gains won’t be lost by poor ductwork.
No, you don’t want your heating or cooling system to be too large. Air conditioners control the comfort level in your home by cooling the air and by removing humidity. An oversized air conditioner can cool your home faster, but it will use more energy and will not remove humidity adequately. In addition, your existing ductwork may not be able to support the airflow of a larger system. A unit that is too big for your home will have short-run cycles. It can take only a short time to cool the air, but the unit shuts off before enough air blows across the indoor coil where moisture condenses into water and drains from your system. Too much moisture left in the air can lead to mold and mildew problems. These short-run cycles also mean your system starts and stops more often, which uses more energy and causes a lot of wear and tear. An air conditioner operates more efficiently during long-run cycles. The same holds true with heating systems. An oversized furnace can warm the house quicker, but it uses more fuel and causes greater temperature swings in the home.
Here are some ideas to reduce your energy costs: upgrade to a high-efficiency air conditioning or heating system, install ceiling fans, schedule annual maintenance check-ups, don’t block vents in well-used rooms, close vents in unused rooms, and install a programmable thermostat.
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How to Replace Your Own Furnace
It seems that every house I’ve ever owned has needed a new furnace. I mean sure, the old furnace was still there clunking along and producing heat, but it was always some embarrassingly old thing installed by someone that obviously didn’t care about energy efficiency (or it predated the invention of efficient furnaces entirely).
But like all owners of these same houses before me, I let it slide and let projects that seemed more urgent on the surface suck up my time. I renovated kitchens and bathrooms or replaced roofs. It was financially easy to justify the procrastination as well: heating bills for a typical house are under $1000 per year in my area, but if you hire out the installation of a new furnace you’re looking at about five grand. Even more if you’re replacing the air conditioning system at the same time. Even if you could find one that ran on free magic unicorn dust you would have a six year payback and more realistically it will take decades.
So I let the slow leakage continue and always felt a small hole in my heart every time that machine kicked on, because for Mr. Money Mustache, energy efficiency is a moral issue even more than it is a financial one.
I figured the numbers would work out much better if I could actually do the replacement job myself, because a top-of-the-line gas furnace only costs about $1200 online these days. But I didn’t know exactly how to do it and there never seemed to be a good time to learn*. Nobody I knew had ever replaced their own furnace, and the building materials stores don’t even sell them – everybody says you need to hire a pro for such a thing.
But finally, here in the year 2015 and at the embarrassingly late age of 41, I have finally studied up on the necessary tricks, successfully installed two beautiful high-efficiency gas furnaces alongside friends, and am here to tell you it is a perfectly reasonable do-it-yourself project after all**. So let’s get started.
How the hell does a furnace work?
When you get right down to it, a gas furnace is just a box-shaped heater connected to some tubes. These days, they have added more internal complexity to make them more efficient, but all you really need to know as the installer is this: Cold Air in, Warm air out, Gas and Electricity in, Combustion air In and Out. It gets even easier if you write these same things on a picture of a box (aka furnace).
What kind do I need and where do I buy it?
In general, you’ll want a high-efficiency (94% or higher) condensing furnace, with variable speed blower and roughly the same overall heating capacity as the one you’re replacing. It can be smaller in physical size (they have shrunk nicely over the years), but probably not much bigger since you have to fit it into the same space.
Actually finding a place that sells furnaces can be tricky. Like plumbing was a few decades ago, the heating and cooling industry is still an insider’s game, with low-profile stores that only sell to contractors, and contractors that insist their field is far too dangerous and exacting for any homeowner to master. If your personality type is at all similar to mine, the very words “consult a qualified installer” piss you off a little and make you want to learn the trade.
Typing “where to buy a gas furnace” into Google leads to a mixed bag you can sift through, but I ended up finding the best results for my situation at a place called Alpine Home Air. Specifically, for both recent installs, my friends just went for the top-of-the-line Goodman 96% unit.
For a bit more background reading on the field, Consumer Reports has a free furnace buying guide. To buy this stove, you can visit alliancehvac.ca
The Furnace Installation Process
As a heating and cooling company we get a lot of questions about the furnace installation process, which we’re always glad to answer. After all, understanding the full scope of what needs to happen to install a furnace that works well for your needs is key to ensuring that the process goes smoothly and efficiently.
So if you’re looking for a quick guide on the furnace installation process, this page is the right place to be.
Winter weather can be bitterly cold, and homeowners depend on a reliable furnace to keep the indoor environment warm and comfortable. While the build quality of a heating appliance is important, the installation process will have a greater impact on efficiency, comfort and unit longevity.
Choosing the Equipment
Once the load calculations are completed, the installing HVAC contractor will provide equipment options based on capacity. High end furnaces incorporate better components, which will result in quieter operation, improved efficiency and even levels of comfort throughout your home. Homeowners can choose from a variety of options including two-stage burners and variable-speed blowers. These upgrades work in tandem to trim the burner flame and fan motor speed to precisely match the varying outdoor temperature conditions. Instead of simple on/off operation, the furnace adjusts to the meet the prevailing indoor load so that comfort and energy savings are maximized.
When the equipment is set, the technician will begin the connection process by completing the following steps:
* Properly align the furnace
* Connect the furnace to the supply plenum and return ductwork
* Properly seal the connections
* Connect the gas line and check for any leaks
* Connect the condensate line
* Connect the flue pipe system to the furnace
* Connect the low-voltage thermostat wiring to the unit
* Make the final high-voltage electrical connections
Most problems have several solutions… heating your home is no different. Throughout the United States, homeowners use electric, gas, and oil furnaces. A furnace heats air and then blows that heated air through the ducts in your home. Keep in mind that some homes are heated by boilers rather than furnaces, but we’re talking about furnace installation so we’ll leave boilers aside for now.
First thing’s First: Choosing a Furnace
Before installation begins, you need to choose a furnace. An expert from a heating and cooling company in alliancehvac can help you choose one but it’s important to keep in mind that electric, gas, and oil furnaces each have their benefits and drawbacks. For example, electric furnaces are generally more effective in moderate climates and can be expensive to operate, however, the maintenance and installation cost is less than that of oil furnaces.
Installing the Furnace
Once you’ve chosen the type of furnace you want, you’ll need to find a location that’s suitable for the furnace. The location must have enough room for the unit’s clearance and ventilation specifications. An expert from a heating and cooling company in alliancehvac like American Home Heating and Air Conditioning should be on hand to help you make other space considerations. For example, if the furnace is going into a basement, it’s important to make sure it is clear of any potential floodwater. You’ve also got to make sure that the furnace is placed somewhere so that its duct, drain, pipes, electric supply, and gas supply will run where you want it to.
Once you’ve chosen a location, an expert can connect the ducting system, vent pipes, gas supply, electric supply, and condensate drain.
Final Check of Furnace Installation
Even the most seasoned HVAC technicians understand how important it is to run the unit and check for any gas leaks or drainage problems. During the final check, a heating expert will check your temperature outputs to ensure the unit is operating as it should be. Once that’s done, you’re ready to enjoy your (heated) home again.
Once the installation process is finished, the technician will start the unit and run it through a complete heating cycle. The temperature differential between the supply and return should meet or exceed the manufacturer’s specifications. Finally, the contractor will air balance the registers to ensure that every room in your home receives the exact amount of conditioned air required to maintain a comfortable, even temperature.