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The furnace—a household necessity and a pain in the wallet. When the furnace stops working, things get expensive. Between repairs and parts, the question eventually arises, “should we repair or replace?”

Every furnace has a shelf life. Even the best-maintained models only last between 15 and 20 years. When determining whether it’s worth your while to call in for repairs, there are a few things to consider.

At ClearView Services, we work with homeowners across Calgary for a variety of furnace needs. Here are a few of the things on our furnace checklist we recommend checking over before buying a new model.

How Old Is It Now?

This is an important question because, as we mentioned, after 20 years, your furnace has run its course. If you’ve got a furnace aged 15 or older, replacing it is likely going to cost less than repairing it. Why? Because the furnace may not last as long as the new parts you’ve paid for.

You can find the age of your furnace on a sticker located somewhere on the exterior of the unit. The model and serial number are usually on this sticker as well:

  • Cost Matters

Money is a good determining factor in furnace repairs. Depending on your home size and energy efficiency needs, a new furnace could cost anywhere between $3,000 and $7,000. On the flip size, repairs could cost you $350 to $1,200.

When you think about ongoing repair costs for an old or faulty furnace, buying new might be a more affordable option. You pay more all at once, but then you have a new, reliable furnace (and more than likely, a warranty).

  • Energy Efficiency and Rebate Offers

Depending on where you live, your state or province might offer rebates for energy efficient furnace purchases. Apart from the potential for money back, there’s the bonus of reduced energy bills. That’s a pretty good reason to upgrade to a new unit.

An energy efficient furnace could save you a lot of money over time. Think about it like this: Replacing a furnace running at 75% efficiency with one at 95% efficiency takes a potential 20% off your bill. If you pay $200 a month for heating, it’s a savings of $40 per month or $480 per year.

  • Poor Air Quality

Air quality in your home is important. It’s what your family breathes day in and day out. The air circulating through your home is controlled, in part, by your HVAC system. Your furnace, for example, blows warm air into your home through air ducts. Any dust and debris in your furnace winds up in your home and lungs.

Of course, furnace filters are there to catch most of this debris and should be swapped out every three months. If changing the filter doesn’t help, it could be a bigger problem than you think.

Tips to Keep Your Furnace in Top Shape

Before you get to the point of no return with your furnace, get proactive. Here are some things you can do to keep your furnace running at max capacity:

  • Keep it Clean: Along with regularly changing furnace filters, you should have your furnace cleaned once a year.
  • Vacuum Airducts: Before the furnace gets switched on in the winter, clean all registers and air ducts. This keeps air flowing freely.
  • Get a Tune Up: Furnace tune ups are another annual maintenance need. You can likely have yours cleaned and tuned up at the same time. This keeps it running efficiently throughout the winter season.
  • Don’t Clutter the Furnace: The furnace needs room to breathe (so to speak). Keeping the area around the furnace clear of clutter protects your furnace and your home. Anything pressed up against the furnace runs the risk of igniting. It could also cause the furnace to overheat.
  • Use Energy Saving Tactics: Save heat in the winter months when the furnace is used the most. Curtains, carpets, and window insulation are all great hacks to reduce heat loss in the home.

The best thing you can do for your furnace is take care of it. The more proactive maintenance it receives the less problems you’ll encounter.

Contact ClearView Services Today

If you live in Calgary and think you might need a new furnace, call us at ClearView Services today. It’s important to us that our clients feel safe and cozy at home. Our team of experienced professionals will help you make furnace decisions to benefit your home and your bank account.

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Our hot water tank blew and fortunately we noticed right away. We called Clearview Services late in the evening and we were answered right away. We were kept in the loop throughout the entire experience and Gabe Colpitts was the service technician who visited the next morning. He was very professional and spent the time to explain and educate the different options that were available. We were up and running with hot water the very next day.

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Heinz was professional and honest. He gave me options and the price. The price was the price and there were no extra charges. He worked on a boiler system that was having issues. He flushed and cleaned system and everything is back up and running. When he was finished he asked if I had any question. I look forward to him coming back to service this system again.

Curtis W.

Can’t say enough about the great service I received from Heinz regarding some concerning alerts we got on our Ecobee Smart Thermostat yesterday. I felt cared for and trusted that he was focused on the necessary followup to assure our safety. Heinz is very good at his job.

Kim Koch

Had them update and install our infloor heating two zones, and add tank less hot water on demand and install a water softener. Our technician was very professional kept his work area tidy, cleaned up after himself. He also wiped down all the equipment used including piping and tubing. He was friendly, kept us informed on his progress. You could tell he enjoys what he does… great job Thank you so much.

Carol Hill

John came out to review our heating and AC set-up. He was very knowledgeable and patient as he walked us through the various units and proposed maintenance program. Would highly recommend.

Lucus Tomei

Drake Ahern did an awesome job cleaning the ducts. Was very friendly and professional. Worked hard and paid attention to all the details. I’d definitely have him back next time.

David Dickinson

I felt the company is oriented on quality of customer service , they send me the track link when dispatch the plumber, and the plumber is super on time too . I really appreciate Richard , he is supper patient to help me find out what is the best solution, focus on customer’s interest . Thank you again , I will definitely use your service again when I having plumbing problems, which I hope it will never happen.

Jing Huang

Clearview was excellent to deal with. Very professional in their approach and the picture sent of the plumber before hand is an excellent idea. Richard was great to deal with. He gave me different options to resolve the problem.

Rick Pultz

Arrived on time and did a quick and efficient replacement of my kitchen sink faucet. Also took the time to further explain the operation of the water softener installed on the last visit.
Richard was friendly and knowledgeable. Great service!

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Barry was fantastic. Explained the steps that would be required to detect the leak and then proceeded with the work. He was professional and managed to fix our issue same day. He left our home clean and tidy before leaving. Overall very happy.

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Barry did a great job in replacing a leaking Hot Water tank. Just a bit shocked at how much the cost of a new tank has increased over the years. We would certainly use ClearView for future jobs.

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Thank you! Your service has always been reliable, professional,and friendly.
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The appointment to come to check my boiler was prompt and early I’m the day so I didn’t have to wait the whole day. I received a call 15mins before the arrival. An email and a text was sent earlier. Gerry introduced himself and told me his purpose. He checked my boiler for a while then explained clear to me what the problem was, it was relief to know that it is nit necessarily a serious one. He made further checks and made some recommendations for change of some worn out parts, the re-glycol – 10yrs overdue and some leak that…

Roland B.

Jon was on time and dispatch team did their best to get him to the property to do an inspection on leaking pipes and backup sewer system. Jon then immediately got another job into the system to have a deeper inspection of the entire system to determine where the blockage was.

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We could not do the water valve replacement because the city could not shut the water off. I was warned ahead of time that this might happen so was not worried. Yamil was courteous and professional and I look forward to his return when the city can fulfill there end of the job. Justin and Sean were great with the furnace install. It went smoothly and Justin explained the new thermostat fully. The walk through on the furnace was useful and timely. Justin and Sean were friendly and professional and great to work with. John who came out for the initial inspection…

Paul Palardy

I had furnace venting replaced. This company is efficient and very professional. You know who is coming to do the work and given notice of when they’ll arrive. Heinz was very knowledgeable, professional, was not bothered by all my questions. He gave full explanations, reasons why, and great advice on maintenance care. He showed that he cared about what he was doing and was very efficient in getting the work done quickly. I highly recommend this company and Heinz.

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