Gibson Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating System Replacement’

How to Tell Your Boiler Needs to Be Replaced

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

rusted-boilerDo you have reasons to believe the boiler warming your home this winter is coming to the end of its long road? Not a pleasant realization to have, since replacing a boiler is a big investment. But if your current boiler isn’t going to last much longer or is costing you a small fortune to continue running, acting fast to replace it will reward you for many years.

Let’s talk about why you think your boiler needs to retire to the recycling center. There are a number of signs you may have already noticed, as well as others to watch out for.

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How Long Can You Expect Your Furnace to Last?

Monday, January 20th, 2020

basement-furnace-openA furnace is not designed to run forever—no mechanical device can do that. But modern furnaces are built to last for many years before they start to malfunction on a regular basis, cost too much to run, or simply breakdown so completely that the labor involved in getting it working again would be prohibitively expensive.

What you want to know is… how long before your furnaces reached one of these points?

The answer is, as with so many other home comfort decisions, “it depends.” We can make a few generalizations about furnace age as well as signs of a steep decline that will tell you when a furnace is near to the end.

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Dual Fuel Systems vs. Other Heating Options

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

fireplace-coupleA dual fuel system is designed as a halfway point between using the power of a furnace and the energy efficiency of an electrical heat pump. Natural gas furnaces are one of the best ways to provide warmth to a house because of their high heat levels and the availability of natural gas. Heat pumps can help save money using electrical heat, plus they also work as air conditioners.

But because of the cost of using natural gas and the trouble that heat pumps can encounter with extremely low temperatures, the dual fuel system became popular—a heat pump that uses a backup natural gas furnace to help when temperatures drop below 40°F. It does sound like the best of both worlds.

So why aren’t dual fuel systems in every home?

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How a High Efficiency Furnace Gets Such Great “Mileage”

Monday, October 28th, 2019

green-houseEfficiency is one of the big words in today’s consumer products. People are always looking for appliances and vehicles and other devices with improved energy efficiency. Government labels like ENERGY STAR make it easier than ever for customers to find appliances that meet the standards for efficient operation.

Because a large amount of the energy consumed in your house during the winter goes to your gas furnace, finding one with a high efficiency rating can mean a significant difference in your utility bills. Older furnaces have AFUE ratings between 60% and 80% (meaning they lose about 20% to 40% of their fuel source to exhaust). New special efficiency furnaces have AFUE ratings of more than 90%. These high-efficiency furnaces cost more than mid-efficiency models, but they often pay for themselves in a few years.

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End-of-Season Questions to Ask About Your Furnace

Monday, March 18th, 2019

couple-in-kitchenWhen winter ends, we recommend homeowners make a short evaluation of their central heater and how it performed over the last few months. This evaluation is all in service of the Big Question: “Should I replace the furnace during the spring?”

But several smaller questions build up to the Big Question, and we’re going to go over a few of those smaller questions for the end of the season. You can make an estimate about whether you should call us to schedule a new furnace installation or to continue with the furnace for another year (or more) and rely on heating repair in Medford, NJ if problems do come up.

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Why Your Furnace Just Isn’t Getting the Job Done

Monday, February 4th, 2019

cold-sweater-manIt’s frustrating to have your furnace running during the winter, and yet still fell the nip of the cold around your home. If this a new experience—the furnace has always done the heating job you need before—then you may need heater repair in Marlton, NJ. You might even need a new furnace!

But let’s not jump ahead. We’re going to go down a list of reasons the furnace may not be providing the heat level you want or is unevenly heating the house. But please, don’t ignore the problem and instead push the thermostat up higher to try to compensate for the heating loss. The issue has to be solved at the source, or you may end up with a completely busted furnace, enormous high heating bills, or even a hazardous heater!

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5 Things You May Not Know About Your Boiler

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Equipment, Water, Drinking Water, Machine Valve, Metal

Does a boiler handle the job of keeping your home a welcoming and livable space during the winters? You may be aware of all the wonderful things a boiler does for you, but unless you’re a specialist at HVAC services in Medford, NJ, there are plenty of facts about the boiler you may not know. We’ve worked on boiler systems for a decade, and we’d like to share some interesting facts about. Getting to know your boiler a bit better can often help you understand when you need to call for service to repair it—or when it’s time to place it.

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Was This the Last Winter for Your Boiler System?

Monday, April 16th, 2018

gas-boiler-gaugeThe question in the title is another way of asking if it’s time for you to have a new boiler installed in your house. For any residential heating system, the day will come—usually during the spring when it’s about to shut down—when the heater should be replaced by professionals.

But how can you tell that your boiler has reached the end? Below are some of the ways to determine if you need a replacement boiler. However, make sure you consult an HVAC pro before making a choice.

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Energy Efficiency and Furnaces: The Basics

Monday, March 19th, 2018

inside-a-natural-gas-furnaceAs winter winds down, homeowners often evaluate the performance of their home heating systems. Is it time to retire that old furnace that can’t seem to keep up? If it is, what type of furnace should replace it?

There are many questions people have about furnaces when they’re shopping for a new installation. Many of them are about energy efficiency: “How is efficiency measured? What does AFUE mean? Is a high-efficiency furnace automatically a money-saver?”

We’re going to get into the basics of furnace efficiency to provide you with some answers.

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Aren’t All Furnaces Basically the Same?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

inside-gas-furnaceWelcome to March! The month when winter officially ends. But the weather never obeys any “official” dates, and we can still expect chilly weather to come our way. You’re home heating system in Cherry Hill, NJ still has some work ahead. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t begin to plan to put in a new furnace if your current one is nearing the end of its service life.

Why give any thought to a new furnace? Aren’t they all basically the same?

Not at all! Furnaces all work on the same principle: they heat up air, which a blower fan then sends into the ventilation system. But furnace models have many differences. They can run from a variety of fuel sources, use different methods to transfer heat into the air, and have a range of features affecting performance and energy efficiency. We’ll take a look at some of these important furnace variations.

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