Is it Time to Replace Your Furnace?

Replacing your furnace is a significant investment, and we know that many homeowners labor over the decisions. After all, replacing your furnace usually means not doing other work that needs to be done in and around your home. At some point, though, you just need to get it done. Knowing for sure that you will be warm all winter long is worth a lot.

If you’re struggling with this decision, here are some things to think about.

How Much are you Spending on Repairs?

While most problems with a furnace can be repaired, at some point you will spend more getting these repairs done than your furnace is worth. In fact, you can spend several times the cost of a new furnace just replacing parts on the old one.

At Lion Home Service, we don’t like to see you waste your money this way. After all, we value your business and we want you to call us back whenever you need us. That’s why we’ll always tell you when we can get you a new furnace for less than what you would spend to repair your current one. The final decision is always yours, but we will tell you what we’d do in your place.

 

Is Your Furnace Dangerous?

At some point, most furnaces become dangerous. If you have let yours go without tune ups for a while or you move into a home where the furnace hasn’t been cared for, there are all kinds of things that can happen. Gas leaks, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning are just a few of the things that can happen.

We don’t want you or your family to suffer any ill effects from your furnace. We’ll let you know if we notice anything potentially dangerous about your furnace, and we’ll tell you what needs to be done to fix it. We always work with the safety of you and your family first and foremost in our minds, so we’ll be sure to tell you if anything hazardous is going on.

 

Is Your Furnace Old?

Most furnaces are made to last 10-20 years. Sure, some end up going a lot longer than that, but you never can tell when yours is going to go out. Many families choose to replace their furnace before it dies, to avoid the frustration and bother of waking up without heat one morning. If you have the means and you like to stay warm, this might be the right choice for you.

When we tune up your furnace, we’ll let you know if we think it’s on its last legs. We’ll tell you what could happen, then we’ll let you decide if it’s time to replace it.

In the end, it’s usually up to you as to whether it’s time to replace your furnace, or whether you want to perform needed repairs, or wait and see what happens. When you call Lion Home Service, know that we will give you all of the relevant information, then let you make the final decision.

Signs You Need a Furnace Tune Up

It’s cold outside and you need your furnace to work. Whether you’ve just moved in or you’ve been in the same place for a while, it’s a good idea to get your furnace checked out every year. We offer a comprehensive furnace tune up that does just that. We’ll make sure everything is running smoothly, diagnose any problems before they cause your furnace to stop heating entirely, and make sure you stay warm all winter long.

Not sure if you need this service? Here are some signs that it’s time to call for your tune up today.

  1. It’s been at least a year since you had one. Most furnace manufacturers recommend getting your furnace tuned up at least once a year. Some actually want you to do it twice! Check out the manufacturer’s guidelines in your manual or online, and we’ll come out and do the work according to their specifications. If your furnace is under warranty, it’s even more important that you get this done. Some warranties are voided if you don’t have regular tune ups.
  2. Your furnace is old. Most furnaces last between 10 and 20 years. If yours is 10 years old or older, it’s a good idea to get it checked out more frequently. This can head off any problems before they affect the temperature of your home.
  3. Your energy bills are high. Do you pay more than you used to when you run your furnace? If so, then there’s a good chance that something isn’t working as well as it could. We’ll diagnose the problem, which is often solved simply by servicing the unit. If it needs more work, we’ll let you know that, too.
  4. Your furnace makes unusual noises. Most furnaces run almost silently. If yours is making banging noises or any other noises, it’s time to get it check out. We’ll perform routine maintenance and, in the process, determine what is making the unusual sound. Then, we’ll get it fixed before your house gets cold.
  5. Changing the temperature on the thermostat doesn’t help. If you feel like you’re constantly turning up the heat but your house isn’t getting any warmer, let us know. Part of our tune up involves checking your thermostat and making sure it’s still properly connected to your furnace and is correctly reflecting the temperature in your home. If there’s a problem, we’ll let you know.
  6. Your furnace turns off and on frequently. Your furnace should turn on, run until your home is warm, then turn off again. If it’s turning off and on more frequently than that, it’s time for a tune up. We’ll service the unit and see if that helps. If it doesn’t, we’ll figure out what else is going on and get it all working again.

 

When it’s time for a tune up, call us at Lion Home Service. We’ll send out a professional furnace service expert to perform standard maintenance on your unit according to the manufacturer’s specifications. We’ll also help you get any problems fixed, so you and your family aren’t left out in the cold.

Keep Energy Bills Low this Winter

Nobody likes spending a lot of money on heating. After all, there are a lot of things you want to do, so those dollars can always be spent on something a little more interesting. However, most homeowners don’t really know what they can do that will help.

If this is you, don’t worry. You don’t have to spend an exorbitant amount of money to keep your home warm and your family cozy this winter. No matter how big your home and how efficient your furnace, here are some good ways to save money on energy.

 

Manage Your Thermostat

Most people want to wake up warm, so they keep the temperature inside their house up all night. However, this doesn’t save money. Instead, get a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. If you’ve got one, start using it.

The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 65 degrees, which is a lot cooler than most people keep their houses overnight. Program your thermostat to go down overnight, so it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your house warm when you don’t need it. Then, program it to warm back up just before you get out of bed.

You can also save money by turning your thermostat down when you’re not home. If there’s nobody in the house all day, while you’re at work and your kids are at school, program the thermostat lower. Once again, tell it to heat things up right before everyone gets home. You’ll save on energy and still be comfortable at home.

 

Insulate Your Windows

Your home loses heat and lets in cold air through drafts in and around your windows. If you don’t have double or triple paned windows, consider installing them. However, windows can be expensive and not everyone will choose to invest in their home that way.

Even if you don’t get new windows, though, you can always insulate the ones you already have. Most home repair stores sell window kits. These have a film that will stick to your windows and help keep cold air out. It takes a bit of work to figure out how to put the film on, but after that you will lose less energy that way.

Finally, be sure to fill or cover any cracks. Sometimes, you can feel cold air coming in around your windows even though you can’t see a crack or anything else. Fill in the gaps with caulk, or place a blanket or insulating tape around the place where your window meets your wall, until you can’t feel the cold air anymore.

 

Get a New Furnace

If your furnace is old, it’s probably not working efficiently. It surprises many homeowners that they can save money on energy simply by installing a more efficient furnace. If you’re interested, call us today. We’ll help you find the right furnace for your home and get it in, so you can start saving today!