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Central heating systems are the most common setup for residential applications.
There are two types of setup for a central heating system, the horizontal installation and the vertical installation.
Normally these setups come with the air conditioning system as well. The heater or also known as the furnace goes together with the evaporator coil, which is connected to the condenser, usually located in the backyard.
A horizontal setup is usually located in the attic, and the vertical setup is installed in a closet within the house or in the garage.
A typical furnace is 80% efficient, which means that it will utilize and transfer 80% of the heat produced into your home.
Some of the most efficient models are 90 – 97% and normally can cost $1500 more than an 80% furnace.
As we mentioned in some other articles, a good rule of thumb is that if the cost of the repair is more than 50% than the cost of installing a new one, don’t waste your money, and replace that old heater with a new one.
Another good reason to replace your heating system is that if the furnace is too old. The lifespan of most heaters these days is between 10 – 15 years.
Therefore is very important to provide maintenance to your furnace at least once a year. We will give you some tips on how you can take care of your heating system in another article.
Now, the following reason to replace your furnace is not too common, but I’ve seen it happen sometimes, and it happens when the homeowner is trying to save money and hires the cheapest guy they could find to do the installation.
And that is when the guy they hired, installed the wrong size furnace and is not big enough to cover the entire house/building.
Is really bad and sad when this happens, because the homeowner has to spend more money to remove the old system, purchase the new equipment, and pay the new contractor to do it right this time (That’s when we come in)
I hope this gives you a better idea of what to consider when is time to replace your old heating and air conditioning system.
If you are looking for a local HVAC contractor, call us at (951)541-5579. We can help you design, install and service your heating and air conditioning system.
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