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Important Questions To Ask Before Replacing Your Furnace

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Does it feel like your home is getting colder and colder, even though you have barely touched the thermostat? Are you getting tired of feeling like you need to wear a coat or a hat while indoors? You may be overdue for a furnace repair or replacement. But before you agree to have your furnace replaced, here are some questions you should ask:

Will my ducts need to be replaced? If you live in an older home, chances are good that the ducting could have been designed for an entirely different type of furnace. Your duct work may have been designed for a coal or wood-burning furnace, but now you're having a gas furnace installed. Your new furnace may have different airflow requirements to the one you have now, potentially making it less efficient if you don't have the ducts redone. There is also the possibility that a previous homeowner changed the duct layout without consulting with a professional, either adding or subtracting ducts. A furnace replacement is a good time to have your ducts inspected, to make sure that they are in the best possible condition.

What sort of maintenance will my new furnace need? Each furnace model is slightly different. While you are undoubtedly anxious to have a new furnace installed, it's also important to find out what you'll need to do to prevent unnecessary furnace repairs. Have your technician talk you through the process. What sort of filters will your replacement furnace need? Are there any parts that need regular cleaning? How often will the new furnace need professional testing and maintenance? Asking these questions before you actually purchase the furnace will allow you to choose a different model if the answers don't work for you.

What sort of warranty does this include? In addition to the manufacturer's warranty, which you should read through as soon as possible, a good furnace replacement company may include their own warranty. While a 30 day warranty may be standard in some parts of the country, you may want to find a company that provides a longer warranty. This is especially true if you have your furnace replaced in mid-summer and aren't expecting to use it until the end of autumn. By the time you find out about any issues with the installation, the installation warranty may be up. A longer warranty or a warranty that doesn't actually start counting days until the temperature dips below a certain mark is ideal. To find out more, visit a website like