Even though we live in California where the temperatures in the summer months stretch over 100 degrees, the winters usually get cold and wet.
When it's cold outside, a working furnace is one of the most valuable appliances in your home. It provides the heating you and your family need to be comfortable and even safe throughout the winter. However, it’s usually a large and complicated piece of machinery, meaning that it is pricey to fix and even more expensive to replace entirely.
When most people purchase homes in Atwater or the surrounding area, they purchase a home that has an existing furnace unit or boiler already installed. A typical heating system is designed to have a lifespan of at least one to two decades. Because of an air conditioning system's longevity, many homeowners have never needed to purchase a new furnace unit.
Most furnaces have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. However, this doesn’t mean you can wait that long to replace yours. After about 15 years or so, you may need to consider a furnace replacement if your unit has been experiencing significant problems and requires frequent repairs.
You can extend the lifespan of your furnace by performing regular maintenance, including changing the filters and cleaning the burners. Also, consider hiring an HVAC contractor to perform annual inspections and a tune-up before the winter season.
Just like everything else a furnace will get old and require a furnace replacement. However, if you neglect system maintenance, the life of the furnace will be shortened. Properly maintaining your system is crucial to extending your furnace's life.
If you are a DIY person, you probably can handle the maintenance yourself. If you aren't or don't have the time that's not a problem! Our Total Comfort Club members get a spring and fall tune-up.
No matter if you do the maintenance yourself or have one of our licensed experts perform the tune-up, neglecting the maintenance is not an option.
If you are unsure of your system’s condition, scheduling routine maintenance with us will help you identify potential problems before they occur. Our HVAC professional will perform a thorough inspection and be able to determine whether a new furnace is needed.
Make sure to also watch out for the signs that your equipment is breaking down, since waiting too long to upgrade your furnace can be hazardous for your entire property.
The Age of Your System
Start by checking the age of your old furnace. If you’re like most homeowners, it’s likely your furnace was already in place when you moved into your home, which means it could be at the end of its lifespan. Locate the owner’s manual or look up the system’s model number which should be located on the furnace itself. The average lifespan of a furnace ranges from 15-20 years, depending on maintenance and usage.
Rising Energy Bills
A failing furnace unit becomes less energy efficient that a new furnace. If you notice an increase in your energy bill there might be a problem with the heating system. This is obviously broad since so many other things affect your energy bill. Don't throw out the idea when trying to determine the cause of the increase.
Rooms are Heating Unevenly
If you noticed different rooms within your home are heated unevenly (or not heated at all) it’s likely due to your furnace. As your furnace ages, it can be more difficult to push heat evenly throughout your home.
Furnace Becomes Unusually Noisy or Develops Rattles, Buzzes, or Hums
If you notice your system running louder than normal or developing rattles, buzzes, or hums, it’s time to replace it due to cracks, leaks, or other structural issues.
Furnace Has Visible Signs of Rust or Cracks in or Around System
Going back to the last point, if you’ve noticed signs of rust or cracks developing in or around your furnace, it’s time to replace it. This naturally occurs over time as your furnace ages.
Look back at your repair bills and note how many times you had to call an HVAC contractor to fix your heating system or specifically make a furnace repair within the last two years. If the number is significant, your furnace is likely getting to the end of its life.
Some of these warning signs may only indicate that furnace repairs or maintenance is needed. However, as they begin to add up near the end of the appliance’s lifespan, they can be signs that it’s time for a furnace installation. An HVAC professional will be able to tell you if a new furnace is necessary, and you can always get a second opinion from another contractor to ease your mind.
When we quote furnace replacement, we factor in the entire process: the new furnace itself, the installation costs, the removal and disposal of the old furnace, any building permits or fees, and any necessary changes to your existing HVAC system. Clearly, a new furnace is a substantial investment.
The total cost of replacing a furnace including materials, equipment, and labor is $5,500. According to HomeAdvisor, the cost is typically between $2,572 and $6,221, depending on the type and size of the furnace.
To clarify, this is not our price to replace a furnace. This is an average price according to Home Advisor. There are many things that change the installation costs of a new system. Having one of our air conditioning experts come to give you a proper quote is the only accurate way to get a price on a new installation.
There are many variables involved when designing and installing a heating system, but as residential furnace replacement specialists, we can help you take care of them all.
“Sizing” your equipment based on your home’s needs is critically important, as well as having the right ductwork for your space. Improper sizing and installation can reduce performance efficiency by as much as 30%, affecting not only your utility bills but also leading to a variety of other comfort problems.
You don't need to worry about what size your new furnace news to be. Our experts will determine the furnace size your home needs to replace your current broken furnace.
We get it, the Cosmic Comfort way is a little "extra". We may include things that others might not or recommend changes you haven't heard anywhere else.
We do this because we are committed to installing new equipment such as a new furnace that stands above the crowd in terms of comfort, energy efficiency, and trouble-free service life.
Have you ever had a contractor leave a mess in your home?
We promise to treat your home with respect. Every area we work in will be clean before we leave.
Who do you want working in your home?
Cosmic Comfort furnace installation experts are the best in the business, with unmatched skill, attitude, and workmanship.
They are constantly trained to keep up-to-date with new market developments. That means you can have the confidence that a true, knowledgeable expert will help you! They will not smoke or swear in or near your home, and our team is drug-free.
If they have not performed in accordance with these high standards, we will refund whatever portion of the purchase price you feel is fair and reasonable.
Our goal is to provide our customers with the best service possible. We strive every day to leave customers satisfied and bring them into a long-term relationship with us. Our team is committed to changing the traditional "Chuck and a truck" methods of service, and providing you with HVAC service you will never forget. When it comes time for a furnace install, we will be here to install it efficiently, and cost-effectively.