Thayer Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Gas Furnace’

How an Old Furnace Can Be Bad News

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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No matter how much you would like the current furnace in your home to be the only one you’ll ever need, eventually, a time will come when continuing to have it repaired and maintained is throwing money away. There are several warning signs about a furnace that’s over-the-hill, but the easiest metric is its age. (If you don’t know the furnace’s manufacture date, check on the metal plate on the unit.)

The age when a furnace is considered “old” is 15 years, although well-cared-for units sometimes make it to 20 years. We recommend you give serious consideration to replacing a furnace that’s older than 15. Below are the reasons an older furnace can be a problem.

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Fix Your Own Gas Furnace? Please Don’t Try It!

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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We live in an age of the “do-it-yourselfer.” You only need to type a few words into a search engine about any project you’re considering taking on, and you’ll be zapped to a set of videos offering to show you how you can do it.

But there’s a big difference between a video telling you that you can do something and whether you can actually do it. Would you trust DIY instructions on how to fly a plane? Perform heart surgery? Of course, you wouldn’t. And you shouldn’t trust DIY instructions for when it comes to fixing a broken gas furnace. We know it’s tempting to attempt to save money by tackling a faulty heating system on your own. But you absolutely shouldn’t.

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Should You Replace Your Furnace Before the New Year?

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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Because we don’t have to deal with severe winters in Texas, having major repairs or upgrades to a heating system can sometimes wait until late in the year. There usually isn’t a fall rush to have a furnace replacement in New Braunfels, TX. However, if you think that you need to have a new furnace installed for your home, it’s best to have it done before the start of the new year.  January is when we’ll have our coldest days, and you’ll feel much more relaxed knowing you have a fresh and reliable new heating system ready to get to work when it’s needed.

We understand that nobody wants to pay to replace a heating system if it’s unnecessary, so we’ll look at the big question involved in furnace installation: Is it really time for a new furnace?

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Only Allow a Professional HVAC Contractor to Help With Your Heating

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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The winter nights and early mornings in Greater New Braunfels may not reach the bone-freezing colds of, say, Minnesota, but they’re still cold. When the temperature drops into the 40s and upper 30s, you won’t want your house to be without a reliable heating system.

Because homes don’t use their heaters as much as their air conditioners here, people are less likely to look to an HVAC contractor in Schertz, TX when they need heating assistance. They either shrug it off and put on a jacket indoors or they rely on an amateur “handyperson” to swing by and tinker with the furnace or another system to see if they can get it back in line. Maybe hitting the cabinet a few times will get it working again, who knows?

Well … we know. If you have a central heating system, anything more complex than a space heater, you cannot handle any standard service for it: installation, replacement, repair, or maintenance. You must leave it to an experienced contractor with the proper licensing and certifications, as well as the best experience and tools. There are some good reasons why:

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