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DIY HVAC repair is a bad idea: Call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, instead

It has become increasingly popular for homeowners to take on more and more projects themselves. The “DIY” movement has blossomed because of easy, video guides online and quick access to craft and hardware stores. However, there has to be limits. In this blog, we’ll discuss why DIY HVAC repair is a bad idea for your home.

Here are four reasons why Bay Area residents should make the call to ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

You can make the problem much worse

This is typically the outcome of most DIY HVAC repair projects that we hear about. A homeowner looks up the problem online, sees the solution in a helpful guide, and decides to give it a shot. Hours later on a frustrating afternoon, they’re no closer to getting the air conditioner fixed.

It’s not you. It’s that air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces are incredibly complex pieces of machinery. Our techs have to undergo training, and then field work, to become the pros that they are today.

You can put the safety of yourself or others at risk

First, air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces are complex mechanical devices that all use electricity or gas to condition your home. By their very nature, they’re complicated and can be dangerous for an untrained person attempting DIY HVAC repair.

Working with air conditioners and heat pumps, you risk electrocution. With furnaces, you risk damaging the heat exchanger, which can eventually lead to carbon monoxide entering your home’s air.

Let’s contrast this with working with a professional HVAC technician. Our technicians at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing are experts who have repaired, maintained, and installed all types of HVAC systems for years. They know how to fix your system safely, with no risk to themselves or you and your family.

You can void your system warranty

Many air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps come with a manufacturer’s’ warranty protecting the system for years. To be fair to them, that’s under the all-too-reasonable condition that only a professional should be working on your system.

On the other hand, when you pry your system open, typically that’s a violation of the warranty, voiding it and meaning that any problems you cause—or that just happen down the road—are your problems.

It’s one of the primary reasons that we recommend even technically savvy homeowners call ABC for their HVAC repair. That warranty is worth it.

You can cause future problems

Even if you’re able to successfully maintain or repair your air conditioner or furnace on your own, you don’t know what future problems might arise from the way things were put back together.

For example, it might be too late by the time, in late summer, that you realize your air conditioner has been extremely inefficient.

Or, the consequences of this DIY HVAC repair might not be felt for years later, when a part fails and your system dies prematurely.

Call ABC with your HVAC repair needs

If your air conditioner is acting up, don’t try to fix it yourself. Instead, call the licensed, bonded, and insured professionals at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We offer AC repair and heating repair throughout much of the Bay Area.

Here are the signs you need heating repair this winter

Here in the Bay Area, we’re almost through winter and entering into spring. That means it has been a full season of your furnace working at its top capacity. Here are the signs you need heating repair this winter.

In this blog, we’ll review four reasons to give ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing a call.

What are the signs you need heating repair this winter?

Obviously, a furnace that won’t turn on is as sure of a sign as any that you need heating repair—and fast.

However, it’s possible for your furnace to still need to be repaired, but still technically be working. Let’s run through the signs you need heating repair.

#1. Your home isn’t comfortable

Your comfort is the entire reason you have a furnace in the first place. If your home isn’t comfortable, something needs to change or be fixed.

In many cases, a furnace that’s having issues with continue to operate—technically. But, it’s virtually hobbled, unable to keep up with the needs of your home and family.

If your home is far too cold and it seems like the thermostat is unresponsive, give us a call. It could be an issue with either your thermostat or your furnace, and you’ll need an experienced, professional HVAC tech to inspect the situation and figure out what the root of the problem is.

#2. You’re hearing strange sounds

A furnace that’s operating right should be quiet and calm, with only occasional noises, such as the ductwork “flexing” with heat meeting cold metal.

In contrast, consistent, loud “grinding,” “shrieking,” or “exploding” noises are not normal. They’re most likely a sign that something has gone wrong with your system.

Exactly what sounds match up with what problems is up to our tech to find out. In many cases, the same sound could indicate one problem when they’re actually caused by something completely different. Contact our team to have us come out and inspect your furnace.

#3. Your energy bills are on the rise

No homeowner likes opening their utility bill and being surprised at how high it’s been getting. Here’s the thing: a malfunctioning furnace is generally an inefficient furnace. Your energy bills could very well be the “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to furnace headaches.

If you’ve been noticing that your monthly bills are spiking, give ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing a call. We’ll send a technician to inspect your system and see what could be the cause of your additional energy use.

#4. Your furnace is stopping and starting constantly

This is related to the noises coming from your furnace, since it’s something you’ll have to listen for when you’re at home. If you notice your furnace is constantly starting and stopping (also called “cycling on-and-off”), it’s probably a sign that something is wrong.

“So, it starts and stops frequently. Does that really require repair?” We certainly think so. A cycling furnace is one with problems; a properly installed and properly running system should run consistently.

By cycling, you’re going to see problems #1 and #3 from this list, and your system is going to experience greater wear-and-tear than normal.

Call ABC for furnace repair in Hayward and the Bay Area

If you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned signs you need heating repair, contact us. We offer emergency heating repair service in Hayward in the Bay Area.

5 signs you need a new heating system installed by a professional

Here in Hayward and the Bay Area, winter has arrived, and the nights are getting cold. The last things you want in your home is an old, dying furnace or heat pump. If you have one, it might be time to get a new heating system. In this blog, we’ll run through the signs that it’s time for an upgrade.

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing is your source for professional furnace and heat pump installation here in the south and east Bay. Contact our team to get started.

5 signs you need a new heating system

Here are five signs that indicate that your old heating system needs replacement.

1. You feel cold all the time

Do you feel cold, even when you turn up the heat? Are different rooms radically different temperatures? This is a clear sign your heating system needs to be replaced or repaired.

With an older furnace, repairs to a burner or blower might not be worth the cost if the unit is having other problems. Talk to your ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing tech about what you can realistically expect in terms of lifespan for your system moving forward.

2. Your furnace is getting up there in age

If the furnace has been with you for 15 or more years, you need to consider replacing it with a new one. Most heating systems have a lifespan of around 15 to 20 years; after that point, they may be technically operating, but using far more energy, with far more repairs needed, than when they were new.

If you’re caught paying for higher energy bills every month and expensive repairs, a new furnace or heat pump might be the answer. A new heating system may be an initial investment that saves you in the long run, especially if your old furnace is on the verge of dying, anyway.

3. Your system is constantly starting and stopping

A properly installed furnace or heat pump should be able to operate without constant starting or stopping. This action not only leads to extra wear-and-tear on the system, but it negatively impacts your comfort and your energy-efficiency.

However, older furnaces often get to the point where they can’t keep up with your home’s heating demand, from an effectiveness or efficiency standpoint. They’re constantly running to catch up, leading to wear-and-tear that can cause a final breakdown.

4. Your furnace is making loud and strange noises

Loud noises coming out of the furnace also indicates that your furnace may be at the end of its life. The noise can occur due to many reasons. You should get the system checked to find out whether there is some serious fault with the furnace.

5. Your energy bills are on the rise

Older furnaces and heat pumps are a double-whammy. Not only are they less efficient because of their wear-and-tear over the years, but they’re also technologically behind newer models. Think about it this way: your computer from 20 years is probably far less powerful, fast, or efficient than your computer today. It’s the same concept for your furnace.

If your energy bills have been rising during the winter, you’ll have to weigh just how much a new system could save you versus how much it will cost upfront. The truth is that an energy-efficient new heating system may represent a great value.

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Call ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing to schedule a free in-home estimate

The above signs indicate that you need a new heating system. But, which one? Where do you start?

If you live in the Bay Area, the right team to call is at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We offer free in-home estimates on new furnaces and heat pumps. Our experienced techs can help measure your home and find the system that’s right for you. We’re a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer.

To get started on your free quote, contact us.

4 benefits of heat pumps (and why you should consider one for your home)

Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional air conditioners and furnaces. They offer both heating and cooling, and are perfect for homes in mild climates like ours. In this blog, we’re going to run through some of the benefits of heat pumps and discuss why you should consider one for your home.

The four benefits of heat pumps

ABC is your source for professional heat pump installation in Hayward and much of the Bay Area.

1. Heat pumps offer both cooling and heating

Heat pumps are capable of both heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. They’re ideal for temperate climates with mild winters and warm, but not hot summers. That sounds like the Bay Area’s perfect weather, if you ask us.

Of course, one of the advantages of a heat pump is that you only have to buy and install one system as opposed to two. You only have to maintain or repair one system, as well. This is one of the factors that make heat pumps extremely popular here in the West.

2. Consistent and even comfort

With heat pumps, you’ll worry less about uneven heating and cooling, which is a problem sometimes encountered with traditional HVAC systems. Since furnaces and air conditioners are often different makes and models and different ages, you can’t predict how well one will perform compared to the other.

The heat pump uses the same basic physics and mechanism to cool and heat your home. That means that it’s just as good at one as it is at the others. Of course, that means more consistent energy bills, too. Those bills will already be looking good, because…

3. Heat pumps are more energy-efficient

Heat pumps use less energy than typical air conditioners and furnaces. This is because they’re essentially moving air from one place to another instead of burning energy to warm or cool it. (By the way, this is the same mechanism your fridge uses to keep your food cool).

You’d be surprised at just how energy-efficient heat pumps can be. Of course, over the course of an entire year, those savings can really add up.

4. You’ll see greater cost savings with a new heat pump

Due to being highly energy-efficient, heat pumps can greatly reduce your monthly energy bills. Unlike with a traditional furnace or air conditioner—which can only save you money during the months its in use—an energy-efficient heat pump runs all year, and will save you money all year. Talk about a great deal!

For more about the benefits of heat pumps and installation, call ABC

Now that you know about the benefits of heat pumps, you’ll have an easier time making a decision about whether one is right for your home. If you reside in an area having a moderate climate, a heat pump will be the best solution for your heating and cooling needs.

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing installs, maintains, and repairs heat pumps in much of the Bay Area, including Hayward, San Jose, and surrounding communities. For affordable and professional HVAC services, contact our team today.

Here are 5 furnace tune-up benefits for your home

A furnace tune-up can save you a lot of money. It can ensure that your furnace operates efficiently without any trouble. In this blog post, we’ll run through the top-5 furnace tune-up benefits for your home—and why you should contact our team here at ABC for your furnace maintenance this fall.

The 5 benefits of scheduling a furnace tune-up

If you want to keep your heating system running right (and who doesn’t?), getting a furnace tune-up is not optional. It’s absolutely necessary. Here are some of the benefits of getting a furnace tuned up by the professionals at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing:

Furnace Installation in Hayward1. Maintenance ensures proper airflow

An experienced HVAC technician will always inspect your system to ensure proper airflow. This matters: restricted airflow can not only negatively impact your comfort and energy-efficiency, but it can also put additional wear-and-tear on your heating system. This can result in a shortened lifespan for the system.

If the airflow is restricted, our tech will diagnose the problem and remove the blockage. We’ll also clean or insert a new air filter—an action that can also have a positive impact on the airflow.

2. Lower your energy bills

Another big benefit of a furnace tune-up? Reduced energy bills. In the winter, your heating bills can account for a big part of your energy bills. Without maintenance, your furnace or heat pump will need extra energy to generate warm air. That energy use adds up over the course of an entire winter season!

Regular furnace maintenance will ensure that the furnace works efficiently without any strain, saving you money on your bills.

3. Avoid an emergency breakdown

Our maintenance will also help you avoid a breakdown that puts your furnace or heat pump out of commission. A tune-up will greatly improve the odds that your furnace works all winter efficiently without any problems. That’s because faults with the system that go unaddressed have the potential to turn into a crisis after months of near-constant use at night.

4. Prevent costly repairs

Beyond just the headache, repairs can cost your home a lot of money. A regular tune-up of the furnace will help prevent costly repairs. Initially, many issues with the heater are minor and can be easily resolved. However, left unaddressed, those issues can turn into a much more expensive problem.

Of course, ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing is here for all your heating repair needs. However, we recommend maintenance so that you can prevent the need for those repairs in the first place!

5. Ensure that your home remains safe for you and your family

Certain problems with a gas furnace—such as a cracked heat exchanger—can actually lead to problems far more serious than just lower energy-efficiency or costly repairs. Cracked heat exchangers have the potential to release deadly carbon monoxide gas into your home. This is a very serious situation that needs to be dealt with immediately.

If you suspect that your gas furnace has some kind of leak, turn off the gas immediately and call the fire department. Once they’ve deemed that things are safe, call our team for repairs.

To see furnace tune-up benefits in your home, call ABC!

There are many reasons to get heating maintenance this fall. Here’s another: peace of mind. That’s what you get when you have an experienced, friendly ABC technician inspect your furnace or heat pump before winter. You’ll know that you’re going to be comfortable. You’ll know that you’re going to save on your energy bills. And you know that your furnace will operate safely.

To schedule your tune-up or to learn more about our services, contact our team or give us a call at (510) 471-8181.

5 Pitfalls To Avoid When Buying A New Furnace

5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying a New FurnaceBuying a new furnace is a major home purchase whose consequences will be felt for years to come.

That is why it’s essential that you shop smartly and avoid buying the wrong one for your home. And you can’t afford to make mistakes when thousands of dollars are at stake when buying a new furnace for the home.

While cost is a prime consideration when buying a new furnace, you should look at several other factors otherwise, you will end up losing money in the long run. The consequences of making a bad choice are many.

Here are 5 mistakes that you should avoid when buying a new furnace that can light your wallet on fire.

1. Focusing too much on costs

The most common mistake that you should avoid when buying a new furnace is to focus too much on the cost. A lower cost unit might seem a better deal as compared to a costly unit. However, in most cases, low cost also translates into less energy efficiency. This means that any amount that you save when buying a low-cost unit will be negated due to higher bills over the long term.

2. Buying a furnace with a low SEER rating

You must never overlook the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) when buying a new furnace. The SEER ratio tells about the efficiency with which the furnace heats up the room. Units that have a low SEER will result in substantially more energy bills as compared to those with a high SEER rating.

Ideally, you should buy a new furnace with a SEER rating of above 17. Avoid buying a unit with a rating below 12 as it can cost a lot in terms of high energy bills.

3. Overlooking rebate opportunities

Many manufacturers and states offer rebates on certain models. The rebates offered by the manufacturer can be as much as $1,000. That’s why you should always search online to find out whether the company offers rebates or discounts. However, again keep in mind that cost should not be your main focus and look at other aspects to ensure that you are getting the best bang for the bucks.

4. Selecting the wrong type of fuel

Keep in mind that not all furnaces use the same heating source. Some use methane (natural gas) while others use propane (LPG) or electricity. Generally, natural gas heaters are the most energy efficient option as compared to the others. However, you can’t use gas furnace unless you install a gas supply line. So, it’s important that you consider this option before paying for a new furnace.

5. Not scheduling maintenance for your new furnace

Maintenance contracts are necessary to ensure that your furnace performs without breaking down during the middle of the winter. You must ensure to sign up for an annual maintenance with a reputable furnace repair and maintenance company. Regular maintenance will ensure that the system performs without any major problems for a long time.

If you want to get in touch with experienced and reliable furnace repair and installation firm in the Bay Area, you can contact ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

5 Tips to Minimize Heating Bills

Heating bills during the winters can pack a real punch, having a big impact on your home budget. Managing the bills is a challenge for a number of people. If you’re searching for tips to minimize heating bills, you’re at the right place.

5 Tips to Minimize Heating BillsAs winter settles in and that cool breeze starts blowing, the heating bills of most homes tend to go through the roof. If you are also facing a similar predicament, you can proactively take steps to lower the monthly heating bills by following these tips. Also, consider schedule a heating tune-up with us.

1. Reverse Fan Direction

Do you have ceiling fans installed in the house? If so, you should consider installing a device that reverses the direction of the ceiling fan. The ceiling fans normally operate in the counter-clockwise direction and push the air downward.

By reversing the direction of the ceiling fan, the cool air inside the room will be pushed upwards. This will create an updraft that will allow the hot air to circulate inside the living room. As a result, you won’t have to crank up the thermostat to keep the room warm during the winters.

2. Wear Warm Clothes

When you wear warm clothes inside the house, you can keep the thermostat at a lower temperature without feeling cold. Turning down the thermostat by even a degree can help you minimize heating bills.

You can cut 12 percent of the energy bill when you turn down the thermostat 4 degrees. So, if your monthly energy bill comes to around $350, you can save up about $42 every month by lowering the thermostat and wearing warm clothes.

3. Install A Programmable Thermostat

You can cut your energy bills even more by installing a programmable thermostat. According to energy.gov, a programmable thermostat can result in savings of about 10 percent on your monthly energy bills.

You can program the thermostat to turn the heat down to 60 degrees when you sleep at night covered with a blanket, and then turn up the temperature to 70 degrees when you wake up in the morning. You can also have the thermostat to turn down the temperature when you are away at work and then again turn up the temperature when you reach home at night.

4. Close the Curtains at Night

Keeping the windows drawn at night will reduce the heat loss. The benefit will depend on the type of curtains that you hang over the windows. Curtains having high-density or acrylic foam insulation and reflective film greatly help in keeping the room warm.

You should also take advantage of the solar heat by opening the curtains during the day. This will effectively increase the temperature. Keeping the windows closed at night will help in retaining the heat.

5. Get the Heating Unit Serviced Regularly

Regular servicing of the heating unit will not only ensure that it continues to keep the house warm, it will also help you avoid increased energy bills. An improperly functioning heating unit can bloat the energy bills. This is because a fault in the heating apparatus makes the system draw more power, thereby raising the heating bill.

Heating repair service by an experienced technician can ensure that the heating bills do not take up a major portion of your monthly expenses.

Minimize heating bills with the help of ABC Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

If you want to get in touch with a professional and experienced heating service technician in the Bay Area, give our team a call at (510) 471-8181.

Signs that you need professional furnace repair

It’s a cold winter night here in Hayward, and you’re a few weeks into using your furnace for the season. Suddenly, it stops working, leaving your home without heat. Or, maybe you see your energy bill spike. Or, something smells weird or you’ve been hearing strange sounds coming from the furnace. Why is the blower fan constantly running?

Truth is, there’s a lot that can go wrong with a furnace, and that’s why ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing offers professional furnace service to homeowners in Hayward and much of the Bay Area. In this blog post, we break down some of the most common signs that indicate that it’s time to have an expert ABC technician look at your system.

Professional Furnace Service Hayward

When something goes wrong with your furnace, call ABC for professional furnace service

Out-of-control energy bills

You think your furnace is running great. Your home is cozy, but you haven’t been doing anything excessive temperature-wise and you’ve been smart about turning it off during the day. Then, you open your November energy bill and your costs are much, much higher than you expected, and certainly far above where they were the previous year. If your heating use didn’t change, then what happened?

A mechanical or airflow problem with an otherwise great-functioning furnace can cause your system to work harder to heat your home, burning far more energy in the process. Take the system’s air filters, for instance: as they become clogged with dirt and dust, the furnace has to double its efforts to circulate the home through your vents into your living spaces. A mechanical issue could also cause constant cycling for the furnace, or a blower that runs continuously.

These energy bills can start to add up. Address the issue head-on by giving ABC a call for professional furnace service. You may also want to consider getting a new furnace: most furnaces last between 12-15 years, and an aging furnace can encounter performance issues as time goes on.

No heat, or limited heat

You turn up the heat in your home, but, after time passes, you notice that the thermostat isn’t changing. The furnace sounds like it’s running, but there’s no hot air coming out of the vents. This could be a sign that something is wrong with your furnace, or that it needs to be replaced through our furnace installation.

It’s possible that your furnace just has a clogged filter that is restricting airflow to your home’s ducts. However, the problem could be more serious. It might have a mechanical issue that is preventing it from operating properly, or that the thermostat is having issues connecting to the furnace. Listen for any noises or patterns. One common effect of a clogged filter is a furnace that keeps cycling on and off continuously, never really heating the space or sending heat through the vents.

Then, give ABC a call for professional furnace repair. Our experienced technicians will diagnose the problem and provide you with an upfront, honest estimate for how much the repair will cost. We’ll get heat going in your house in no time.

Strange noises or odors

As you might expect, any strange noises or odors coming out of your furnace and your home’s air ducts may indicate a serious problem. You shouldn’t be hearing any rattling, rumbling, grinding, or squeaking. Such sounds are a sign that something is wrong mechanically with the system, and ignoring them (if you can even sleep through them!) could be a mistake that could end up destroying the entire furnace for good. The best thing to do is to call ABC for emergency service. We don’t charge you anything extra for work on weekends or holidays, and our friendly techs are always willing to help you find the source of any obnoxious furnace noises—and provide you with the professional furnace repair you need.

Odors are another problem. It’s not uncommon to have odor problems as a result of dirty air ducts—our indoor air quality testing can help with this—but a burning smell or any smoke coming from your vents is obviously not a good thing. Turn off the system immediately and call ABC for emergency, professional furnace repair.

Call us for professional furnace service

Worried about other signs of furnace trouble that we didn’t cover here? This infographic has some handy tips on other signals of furnace problems. You should also note that you can prevent most of the furnace issues listed here by scheduling your annual furnace tune-up with the professionals at ABC. Our technicians will make sure your furnace is in great shape for the winter ahead, which reduces the changes of weird noises, smells, bills, or performance.

If you need professional furnace service and repair, give ABC a call at (510) 471-8181, or contact us online. We look forward to helping make your home warm and cozy again!

Furnace repair versus replacement

When your furnace dies for good, the furnace repair versus replacement debate is settled. You’ll need to get a new furnace. That’s an easy decision. However, what if it’s possible to fix your current furnace? Are there any advantages to choosing to upgrade to a new system when your current furnace technically still works?

In this blog post, we’ll weigh in on the furnace repair versus replacement debate that all homeowners have at some point, and discuss some reasons that changing to a new furnace makes sense.

How do I decide between furnace repair versus replacement?

As we discussed last month, decisions about furnace repair versus replacement often come down to the age of the system. As a furnace ages, the money you spend repairing it has diminishing returns. After all, furnaces become less energy efficient and more likely to break down as they age. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it. If it’s more than 20, you should probably make the switch.

Here are some other things to consider when debating furnace repair versus replacement:

  • Your future energy costs: An older furnace uses more energy than a new one, both because of age and because the technology used to construct new systems has improved significantly in the past decade. You can better energy efficiency out of your furnace with a furnace tune-up, but even that only goes so far. Every winter that you run your old system, you’re losing out on potential energy savings. Take that into your cost consideration.
  • Your future repair costs: Not only are older furnaces more likely to break down after years of heavy use, but the manufacturer’s warranty that protects them has usually expired by that point. This means you’re paying for any needed repairs out-of-pocket. If furnace repairs are adding up, consider how saving on repair factors into your buying decision.
  • Your future home comfort: In addition to being inefficient and more likely to break down, older furnaces often have difficulty heating like they once did. This can result in cold spots, inconsistent heating, and constant, noisy running. If your home’s comfort matters, take that into consideration when you’re debating between furnace repair versus replacement.

How to decide between furnace repair versus replacementHow do I get started?

ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing offers both heating repair and heating installation services. We recommend starting with furnace repair. Give us a call, and we’ll send a technician out to inspect your system and determine what the problem is. From there, we’ll give you an upfront, honest quote for how much it’d take to repair the system. This may factor heavily into your furnace repair versus replacement decision, so it’s good to have that upfront.

From there, you may decide that you want to get a new furnace. We can help with that, as well. We offer a free in-home estimate on new furnaces, and we’ll measure your home to help you find the perfect new system. As a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, our technicians are furnace installation experts, each with years of experience. They’re also equipped with the training and tools to do the job right.

Ready to get started? Give ABC a call at (510) 471-8181, or contact us online. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you resolve the furnace repair versus replacement debate.

Replace your aging furnace with a newly installed furnace

It’s fall. The night temperatures in the Bay Area are beginning to fall, and it’s almost time to turn off the air conditioner for the year and turn on the furnace. There’s just one problem: your furnace may be older than the dinosaurs and barely made it through last winter. In fact, you had to get it repaired twice last year. Deep down, you know that you need a newly installed furnace in your home.

If you’re frugal, your first instinct is to keep running that ancient furnace until it doesn’t run anymore. After all, it’s still a furnace, and it still provides heating, right? Unfortunately, this logic just doesn’t hold up on closer examination. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the reasons that replacing an older furnace with a newly installed furnace makes more sense than running it into the ground. ABC provides furnace installation services to most of the Bay Area.

Pictured: An ABC technician works on the wiring inside of a newly installed furnace in a Bay Area home.Your old furnace is an energy hog

Your aging furnace has two things working against it. First, if it was manufactured two decades ago, it’s only as good as the technology two decades was. In 1996, not only was furnace manufacturing technology not as advanced, but there wasn’t as much of a focus on energy-efficient design. Here’s the second part of the double-whammy: furnaces get less and less efficient as they age. So, your furnace most likely has both age and design against it.

As any homeowner can tell you, energy costs can really add up throughout the year. If your furnace is running half the year and it’s inefficient, that’s a ton of extra money you’re spending every month on gas or electricity. Each season you stick it out with your current furnace, this situation will get worse and worse.

Your furnace might be performing poorly

“Okay,” you might say. “So, my old furnace is a tad on the inefficient side. At least it still runs.” While that’s true, take a moment to think: how good is the heating in your home with this older system?

In most cases, furnaces see performance dip as they age, and are no longer as good at heating your home as they were on the day they were installed. Even in the beautiful winter climate of northern California, your furnace is expected to run nearly constantly for season-after-season. Even with maintenance from a professional HVAC team, parts and the system as a whole will eventually wear down.

The result? Your home will probably experience spotty heating, complete with cold, dead zones. Sure, your kitchen is nice and toasty, but your living room is an icebox. Parts of your bedroom are hot, while others are cold. It’s an uncomfortable experience, but older furnaces can often have trouble maintaining consistent temperatures throughout an entire home.

In contrast, a new furnace will be able to do just that, keeping your home a consistent temperature.

It’s the final breakdown

When death comes for your furnace, when will it come? Will it be at 2 a.m. in December, so you and your family can wake up to a cold home in the morning? It could be anytime. Your dead furnace will no longer be able to heat your home, and you’ll have to quickly make arrangements to have it replaced. In the meantime, your home will be pretty frosty. Had you replaced your furnace before this point, you could have chosen the time and place when you changed out your furnace for a new model.

Get a newly installed furnace this fall

So far, we’ve outlined several reasons to replace your furnace this fall. Here’s another one: you’re going to really enjoy your newly installed furnace. You’ll love the consistent heating, lower energy bills, and reliability. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing your system is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. And when you purchase a new Carrier furnace from ABC, you’ll know that your new heating system has been professionally installed by certified technicians.

If you’re ready to make the upgrade to a new furnace that will heat your home for winters to come, contact our team. We offer free, in-home estimates on installed furnaces, and we can help you find the perfect furnace to replace your old one. Soon enough, you’ll be enjoying a warm home this winter.