Both tank and tankless water heaters tend to fail eventually due to usage strain, damage or normal wear and tear. In fact, even with proper annual maintenance, a typical water heaters lasts anywhere from 8 to 10 years. Fortunately, a failing hot water heater will typically show signs of failure. Some of the common water heater failure signs include: The Unit's Age The average lifespan of a typical water heater is about 10 years. This means that if you know the age of your tank, you can replace it before it breaks and avoid potentially expensive water damage. What's more, a new hot water heater will likely be more energy efficient than your old water heater, meaning it will lower your heating costs. You can tell the age of your unit by looking at the date code on the manufacturer sticker/tag. Alternatively, you can request the unit's manufacturer to provide…..
Your furnace is likely one of the most expensive appliances in your home. It can be expensive to repair or replace when there is an issue so people often scrutinize a furnace a lot when they are purchasing a home or having a new system installed. One of the most common questions I get is, how long does a furnace last? In this article I'm going to explore that questions and help you get some practical advice for prolonging the life of your HVAC system. How Long Does a Furnace Actually Last? My favorite analogy to use when I answer this question is comparing your furnace to a classic car. The fast answer to how long will a furnace last is, it can last as long as you want it to. What I mean by that is, there is not date at which a furnace needs to be replaced entirely.…..
A question we get asked about quite often is: Are multi-stage air conditioners better than single-stage air conditioners? I think the best answer to that is it depends on what part of the country you live in. Use multi-stage air conditioners in some areas to intentionally run the air conditioner for longer in an effort to remove more humidity as the air conditioner is running. In areas that have no humidity issues whatsoever, the only thing you want to do is cool your house as quickly as possible. Benefits and Downsides There is no harm in installing a multi-stage air conditioner in an area that, in our opinion, doesn’t need one. There are other benefits besides additional humidity removal such as: A lower noise level outside as it’s running More cold air distribution because the fan will run for a much longer period of time to cool your home. So,…..
A common misperception that customers have is that having a multi-stage furnace is what makes the furnace more efficient. Although it may at the margin, any benefits from a multi-stage furnace are not primarily related to fuel savings. Comparing Furnace Models The primary people who can benefit from multi-stage furnaces are customers who are trying to prevent temperature swings in their house. An analogy would be: A single stage furnace is comparable to having a car that you can only floor the gas pedal or have it completely off. It gets you to where you want to go, but it will often overshoot the target, causing temperature swings and temperature fluctuations. A single-stage furnace has been the predominant method of heating for the last half century and has worked well. Some years back, they developed two-stage furnaces; the instant and most obvious benefit to a two-stage furnace is that the…..
There are a variety of factors to consider when you are looking at purchasing a new furnace for your home. Brand One of the first things people consider when purchasing a furnace for their home is the brand. But this is actually one of the least important factors. In our opinion, as long as you are dealing with one of the major brands, like Lennox, Carrier, Goodman, etc. – you are going to be fine! The key is, you just want the brand to be supported in the area. For instance, if the furnace were to break down in five or ten years’ time, you just need to have access to available parts, or more specifically, whatever company is repairing the furnace must be able to access the parts readily. To think that some furnaces break down and some don’t is a bit of a stretch. The truth is, there’s…..