Buyers Guide for Heaters/Furnances
How to Buy or Fix Heating and/or Furnance Units
It’s important to keep your home warm and cozy during the cold weather months. It can get pretty cold at night, so you may even find that you need your heater to kick on during the springtime and early fall. Whether you’re looking for emergency heater repair or simply pricing new heating units for sale in the near future, it’s a good idea to know what you’re looking for. With this in mind, we have created a home heating buyers guide to help you out.
As you read through every word of this home heating buyers guide you’ll discover some important information about pricing new heating units, finding the best prices on heaters in the Shreveport, Bossier City areas and even some tips you should keep in mind if you forego buying a new heater and instead choose to reach out to a professional HVAC company. When your heater acts up, or you simply know the time is right to get a new heating unit, we hope that you’ll find the information from this buyers guide useful…
Common Home Heating Problems
So how do you know when it’s time to look for heater repair or a new furnace? Well, the obvious first symptom is that your old heater simply doesn’t power on when the thermostat reaches a particular temperature. If you have your thermostat set so that the heat is supposed to kick on at anything lower than 69 degrees, but find that the indoor temperature is well below that mark, that is a sign that it may be time to get a new heater.
Before you do, though, you may want to look at the thermostat. Most newer home thermostats are battery powered. These units typically use standard, 9 volt batteries. Try to pop the cover of your thermostat off and replace the old battery with a fresh battery. You may find that this simple fix helps you to avoid a costly service call, and may be all that you really need to do to get your heater back up and running again.
We realize, however, that this simple tip will not fix all home heating problems. You may also notice that your heater just isn’t warming the house up like it used to, or that it suddenly powers off for no apparent reason, only to power back up a bit later on. Any operating failure or overall lack of power may be a good indicator that it really is time to get a new heater or to call a professional.
What to Look for when Purchasing a New Heating Unit
You have many options when the time comes to purchase a new heater. Of course, the unit you purchase will depend upon whether your house is set up for gas or electric powered heating. If you currently have a gas powered furnace, you’ll probably want to purchase another, similar model to what you have now. However, some people find that today’s electric powered furnaces are more efficient and safer. If your house is set up to use a gas furnace, it is possible to switch over to an electric, whole-home heating solution. However, you’ll want to get a honest, dependable local HVAC company engaged to see what the cost of such a changeover is going to be.
It’s important to have a budget in mind when you are shopping around for a new furnace. You can get a very basic model for a few hundred dollars. Granted, it will probably cost you a few hundred more to get the new heating unit professionally installed, but that is usually money well spent. We don’t recommend doing furnace installation yourself, unless you have prior experience with handling these types of involved installations.
How to find the Best Prices on Heaters
Since we just mentioned budgetary concerns, it’s possible that you’re looking to find the best prices on heaters. You have a few options where this is concerned, also, you can go online to check out the local classified websites or even to check out the big retail websites. Many times you’ll find deals on new furnaces that can’t be beat when you do your shopping online.
However, if you want to know how much the installation will cost, you may be better off purchasing your new furnace from the company that will do the installation work. Many times, these professional companies will give you a price break on either the labor or furnace costs when you choose them to do your installation for you. Try to compare the prices you find online with what a local HVAC company charges, and choose the purchasing option that works best for you.
Cheap Heaters – The Pros and Cons
We hear from a lot of people who opt to purchase cheap heaters when they are in a bind. There’s nothing wrong with looking for the most inexpensive furnace that you can find. However, like anything else, there are pros and cons to be aware of. Here are the pros and cons of purchasing cheaper heaters for your home.
• You save money, initially… When you purchase a very cheap heater – perhaps a portable electric heater – you won’t spend as much money as you would if you were replacing a furnace. However, your electric bill will go up astonomically after you use the less expensive heater for a while.
• Cheap heaters are great for smaller areas. If you just need to make a bedroom a bit warmer for a few hours, a small, portable heater may help you out and allow you to put off the purchase of a whole-home furnace for a few months.
• Cheap heaters aren’t always that safe. Running a space heater for hours at a time can prove to be a fire hazard. It’s best to get your home furnace replaced or operating efficiently.
• Cheap heaters may break down on you. If you try to run a very cheap heater for hours at a time, it may not be long before that unit breaks down and you are right back to where you started at minus the money you already spent.
What about Emergency Heater Repair?
If you’re concerned about high prices or simply not sure if you should get a cheap heater for the time being, or replace your old furnace right now, it’s best to contact a local air conditioning and heating company in the area. These professionals can advise you on the best course of action and give you some tips on whether or not you need to get your furnace repaired or replaced.
Should You Buy from a Local Dealer or Online?
You have to calculate the costs of either buying your furnace online or choosing to buy direct from a local heating and air dealer. Remember, if you do plan on getting a heating/AC unit for your home, you may not be experienced enough to actually install it yourself, thus working with a local heating repair company may be your best option.
Buying from a dealer in your city may be just fine but calling for prices in another city that is very close to yours can save you money big time. The cut-off point is about an hour or so distance.
What to Look for in a Service Company
Just because a company gives you a super great deal or some crazy warranty, does not mean that you should buy from them. Matter of fact, it means you should NOT buy from them as there are many companies that fail in their first 5 years of business. What good does a warranty do you if the company is not around to fulfill it.
Pricing, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is not. Finding out that the work was done poorly and/or insufficient after you made the payment always leaves you feeling terrible.
You want to do business with a company that has been in business for many years, a company that has trained technicians, member of the BBB is always good too. Make sure they have plenty of references. A company should have a physical location and not some P O Box address. Look for sales or discounts on their website and/or call them to see what specials they have.
Our Home Heating Buyers Guide Conclusion
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