Thereâ€™sÂ an old expression that â€œwhen itâ€™s raining outside itâ€™s not the best time toÂ have your roof fixedâ€. The same thinkingÂ works for a new furnace. The dead ofÂ winter is not the best time to buy a new furnaceÂ because HVAC techniciansÂ are busy fixing homes that are out of heat. A little planning goes a long way when it comes to replacingÂ your furnace. Hereâ€™s how you can stay ahead of the game:
Determine how old your existing furnace is. That may be a bitÂ tricky but some Google searchesÂ of your furnace’s serial number may help you identify theÂ date your itÂ was built. ManufacturersÂ keep good records of model number releases along with product numbers.
Get a tune up: If youâ€™re concernedÂ you may need a new furnace, first get a tune up. A professional will notÂ only check your furnace, theyâ€™ll determine itâ€™s efficiency as well as its life estimate. You should also reviewÂ old heatingÂ bills andÂ figure out what itâ€™s costing you to heat your home. A new furnace may be more efficient and couldÂ help lower fuel costs, which means the savings may help cover new furnace costs.
Weatherproof your home: A new, more efficient furnace will not necessarilyÂ deliver the savings you want if you have leaky windows, poor insulationÂ and missing weather stripping around your doors. You will end up heating your house andÂ then watching the heat (and savings) disappear. Oh yes, close your fireplaceâ€™s chimneyÂ flu until you have your next fire. People forget, and a lotÂ of heat escapes this way.
Ask about size. The furnace should be sized to fit yourÂ heating needs as well as installed by a professional company. Too small (to offer you a cheap price)Â may never work well over the long run. Too largeÂ and youâ€™ll be buying more than you need.
Get multiple quotes. If youÂ like the idea of getting multiple quotes, here are the things you should considerÂ in the process:
In this day and age it can be a long and confusingÂ process with a LOT of technical stuff discussed that may not make anyÂ sense to you.
- First take a good look at the company you currently have aÂ relationship with.Â DoÂ you trust them? If so, stick withÂ them.
- IfÂ you feel a strong need to check pricing with another contractor, Â you may justÂ be comparing an apple to an orange if they are not reputable or trustworthy.
- SomeÂ contractors like to center their sales presentation around equipment as ifÂ thereâ€™s nothing else to look at. Donâ€™tÂ fall for that. Itâ€™s much more than that.
- EquipmentÂ is equipment. It has little to NO impactÂ on the company that will install your new system
More important than the quote is how your contractor does business.Â
- AreÂ they reliable?
- AreÂ they drug free?
- WhatÂ programs do they have in place that are of value to me?
- DoÂ they offer maintenance plans? If so, howÂ much do the cost?
- HowÂ are their online reviews?
- DoÂ they respond to negative ones? If so,Â how?
- IsÂ your contractor going to fulfill their commitment now and in the future? If so, how?