Purchasing a New Furnace
Purchasing a new furnace is a significant investment that impacts not just your immediate comfort but also your long-term financial planning. One of the critical components of this investment is the warranty that comes along with your new furnace. In this article, we’ll delve into what you should expect from your furnace warranty and offer some tips on maintenance practices that can extend the lifespan of your furnace. This includes insights into the warranty program provided by First Response Heating and Cooling.
Unpacking the Warranty: What’s Included
When you buy a new furnace, the warranty should not be an afterthought. It’s essential to scrutinize the warranty documentation to understand what it covers and what it does not. Typically, you’ll find warranties that cover specific components such as the heat exchanger, burner, or blower motor. The warranty period can range from a single year up to a decade or more. Labor warranties are generally shorter, often lasting just one year.
At First Response, we are committed to customer satisfaction, and that’s why we offer one of the best warranties in the business, with a 10 year parts and labor warranty, and a lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger.
Knowing the Terms
Heating and cooling system warranties often come with various terms and conditions that may require regular maintenance checks or using certified technicians for any repair work. Ignoring these conditions could void your warranty, leaving you with unexpected expenses. Also, check what steps you need to follow to keep your warranty intact.
The Importance of Professional Installation
Never underestimate the impact of professional installation on the longevity of your furnace. An improperly installed furnace may function inefficiently, leading to increased wear and tear. This could potentially void your warranty. First Response offers professional installation services that adhere to industry standards as well as the manufacturer’s specifications, ensuring that your furnace operates optimally right from the start.
How Long Can I Expect My Furnace to Last?
This is a common concern for homeowners, and the answer to the question is “it depends”. While most furnaces will have a lifespan of 15-30 years, some can last as long as 40 years. What’s the difference? Well, there are several factors that may influence how long your furnace will last:
- Make and Model of the Furnace – Newer systems have longer predicted lifespans than older models.
- Clean Filters – Regularly changing your furnace filters can help to extend its lifespan and efficiency.
- Frequency of Routine Maintenance – It’s recommended that you have your furnace serviced every year before and after the heating season by a licensed HVAC company that can also clean your system.
- Moisture Levels and Proper Ventilation – Excess moisture can cause components of your furnace to rust and breakdown prematurely.
- Professional Installation – As mentioned earlier, it’s vital to have your furnace installed professionally.
How to Extend the Life of Your Furnace
Regular Maintenance Checks
Consistent maintenance is the cornerstone of a long-lasting furnace. The longer you neglect your furnace, the shorter its lifespan becomes. Preventive maintenance can identify potential issues before they become major problems. It’s recommended that you have at least two annual check-ups: one before the heating season starts and another when the weather warms up in the spring.
Small issues can become significant problems if ignored. The sooner you address any malfunctions or inefficiencies, the longer your furnace will last. Early repairs often fall under the warranty, saving you money and extending the lifespan of the furnace. If you notice reduced efficiency, strange noises, or unexpected spikes in your heating bill, it’s time to call First Response for a repair.
Use of Genuine Parts
Using third party replacement parts might save you a few bucks initially but could void your warranty and reduce the overall longevity of your furnace. Always insist on genuine parts for any repairs or replacements.
Protect Your Warranty
Keep meticulous records of all maintenance work, repairs, or replacements. This paper trail will prove invaluable if you need to file a claim under your warranty. Also, make sure you register your furnace if required, as failure to do so can sometimes limit your warranty coverage.
After the Warranty Expires
Even after your warranty expires, continuing regular maintenance practices can go a long way in extending the life of your furnace. Consider purchasing extended warranty options if available.
Investing in a furnace is not just about immediate comfort; it’s about long-term peace of mind. Knowing what your warranty covers, following maintenance guidelines, and opting for professional services like those offered by First Response Heating and Cooling can substantially extend the life of your furnace. Remember, understanding and maintaining your furnace isn’t a luxury- it’s a necessity for long-term, cost-effective comfort in your home.
First Response Heating and Cooling is a family owned and operated business serving the communities of Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil Counties for over 40 years. Our mission is to provide fast and efficient heating and cooling solutions to both residential and commercial clients. We’re dedicated to integrity, family, and community support, values that have kept us in business since the beginning. We believe in going above and beyond for our customers, and we offer free estimates as well as second opinions. Whether your need regular maintenance, emergency repairs, or a new system altogether, we’re the trusted experts you can depend upon. Contact us today for unparalleled service.