If you have ever owned a gas furnace, or if you are considering buying one, you are likely well aware of the advantages of appliances that run on natural gas. Gas Furnaces are efficient, because they can generate a lot of heat with a small amount of fuel. They are more efficient than electric heaters and heat pumps. But choosing the right gas furnace for your home or office requires good judgement, because you need to understand how warm air moves through your house, and also how it dissipates. Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning specializes in helping consumers figure out what their needs are, and in choosing the right gas furnace to meet their needs. We can also repair and service your existing machine.
Features of Gas Furnaces
A gas furnace is a simple machine. Small in comparison to a coal furnace, it works by bringing in natural gas through an intake, which sends it to a gas valve. When the furnace is activated, an ignition system triggers an igniter, and the valve opens. The igniter lights the gas on fire at the burner, and a blower pulls the hot air through it and into a duct system.
Although these components have remained relatively standard over many decades, there have been many innovations over the past several years which have improved the performances of these machines. To provide a useful metric for the comparison of gas furnaces, the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating was established. Each furnace is monitored over a long period to determine the ratio of usable heat to natural gas consumed. An acceptable unit turns 80% of its gas into usable heat, and a good one 85-90%. The most efficient gas furnace available has a rating of 98.5%.
Just 15-20 years ago, an AFUE rating of 60-70% was considered common. That means that people who own a home with a gas furnace that was installed prior to 1995 can expect that only 60 to 70 cents on every dollar they spend on heating actually goes to creating heat for their home. If you have an older furnace in your home, regardless of what kind it is, now may be the time to consider a brand new gas furnace, particularly if you intend to reside at your current address for several more years. Upgrading your gas furnace may very well double your heating efficiency, and thus cut your heating bill in half.
Call Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning for Gas Furnaces
To understand where you fit in the conversation about energy efficiency, you would do well by calling Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning. Our service experts have been servicing and evaluating the performance of gas furnaces for decades. We have seen every make and model, and performed repairs. We are always sensitive to the needs of the consumer with respect to their energy budget. After all, we own homes too, and we understand the importance of correctly assessing the performance of existing equipment, and determining when it might be time to replace it.
Typically, people do not call us to inspect their gas furnace unless there is a failure of some kind. Perhaps the unit is not firing, or maybe one resident smells gas in the home. These of course are very serious concerns, and must be addressed immediately. If you do have a gas leak, leave the house immediately, and call 911 before calling us. Sometimes though, your gas furnace is simply not working quite the way it is supposed to. Either your house is not warm enough, or you hear noises from the ducts, or there is not enough gas coming through the line or no gas at all. In these cases, you definitely should call us, because this is our area of expertise.
When we come to your home, we will perform a routine inspection. If the situation falls under routine maintenance, we will let you know that. Sometimes filters need to be changed. Sometimes ducts need to be cleaned. We will perform these reasonable operations for you with an up-front estimate, at a reasonable cost. If your furnace is not striking because a breaker has been tripped, or a gas valve was shut off, we will point these things out, and fix the situation.
However, basic repairs are inevitable with any large appliance. If your furnace needs a new igniter, or a new motor for the blower, we can source these parts for you at an excellent price, and get them back to your property in no time. Modern appliances are designed for such replacement operations to be very smooth and efficient. Count on the experienced technicians at Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning to have your repairs done quickly.
Replacing your Gas Furnace
If you are considering replacing your gas furnace, call us. When we send our designated representative to your home or business, he will inspect your existing unit, and determine whether you need routine maintenance, a repair, or whether you may simply want to replace the unit completely. He will advise you about the state of your existing unit, and help you assess its efficiency in comparison to the others available on the market, while factoring in the number of years you intend to remain in your building. If it is indeed time to replace your unit, you should see the writing on the wall, and have an opportunity to feel good about the opportunity to make the switch to a new system.
As you begin to explore the various gas furnaces on the market, Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning will stand beside you, providing our wisdom and knowledge about the available brands. Depending on what you’re willing to spend, and the return you will reap in the form of efficiency, one option should emerge as your favorite. All models have strengths and weaknesses, so we will not steer you toward a specific brand. But if our decades of experience can inform you about the benefits (or pitfalls) that may come with purchasing a specific brand, then so much the better. Once you make your selection, we will install the unit for you, and help you dispose of the old one.
Orange Coast Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning
Orange Coast Plumbing has served the Greater Orange County area for almost forty years. In that time, we have become a trusted source of expertise and labor for our clients seeking help with plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and remodeling. Our service professionals are properly trained and certified for all of our assignments. We show all of our clients due respect, and treat your home or office as though it were our own. Feel free to call us anytime for an inspection of your gas furnace, or anything else. You may be surprised what you will learn.
Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 953-1110.