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When is the Right Time to Replace Your Furnace

We are often asked about furnace replacement, specifically, “how do I know when it’s time?” The question has two important elements: Cost of a new furnace vs. cost of furnace repairs and the lifetime of a furnace. Here is what we recommend: Have a furnace inspection and test performed annually. If your furnace is over 12 years old, its lifespan is getting short and repairs over $500 generally are an indication that’s it’s time for replacement. If a major component is failing on an older furnace, replacement is recommended. Generally, you can count on a furnace depreciating about $300 per year. Factoring $25 into your monthly budget will make the expense easier to manage when replacement becomes necessary. If your furnace hasn’t been inspected or tested this season, call us...

What’s different about our Annual Pre Season Service

Many companies have a Pre Season service package but they all vary in scope and price. It’s important you know what you’re getting. Here’s why we believe ours is the best way to go. We perform a complete 18 point service check. That’s more extensive than most companies do. We’ll give you a fair and honest written assessment of the condition of your furnace. We’ll be there about an hour. We’ll take our time to perform a complete check and answer your questions. We won’t rush and we won’t pressure you. If we do find a problem, most of the diagnostic work has already been done, saving you money and time in the long run. Contact us today to schedule your...

Why You Need An Annual Furnace Inspection

We recommend you have one performed on your furnace, no matter how old it is. Here’s why: If you have a new furnace, the warranty requires it to remain in effect. We perform all warranty work on Bryant and most other brands. On an older furnace, a pre-season tune up will extend the life furnace. With rising utility rates, the increased efficiency will pay back the service cost in a short period of time. Correcting a simple problem pre-season will likely prevent a more serious and expensive problem during the winter- when you least want to lose your heat. Contact us today to schedule your...
Staying Cool By Checking Your AC

Staying Cool By Checking Your AC

With the first hot days of summer coming up, it is important to make sure your air conditioner is working optimally. Spending a little time checking on your AC will not only help you stay cool, but also save you money on electric bills. Follow these few tips to help you stay cool this summer. Remove Any Cover Is your AC unit outside? Many households own AC units that reside outside, meaning they cover them in the winter months to keep snow off and forget to remove the cover in the spring. This cover needs to come off when the machine is in use, as extra weight on the machine will cause strain and a loss in efficiency. In fact, any obstruction should be cleared away from the AC. With outside units, this means sticks, bushes or dirt getting in the way of the ventilation. Simply clearing the way will help the unit operate more efficiently. Replace the Filter Every AC unit, whether outdoors or indoors, has a filter. Each day these filters pick up more debris than you would imagine. Extra debris in the filter will eventually cause the filter to tear, releasing debris into the system causing the machine to work less efficiently. Experts recommend that a filter should be changed monthly in peak seasons. Contact The Barton Boys with any questions on how to replace your AC filter. Clean the Inside The inside of the AC unit should not be neglected. Simply using a soft brush or vacuum on the inside of the unit will help the unit stay in good shape. The water pan is...
The Importance of Fall Furnace Maintenance

The Importance of Fall Furnace Maintenance

Fall furnace maintenance is a vital part to the health and longevity of your home heating system. October is here and thoughts turn from beaches and waterparks to football and Halloween. But they should also turn to your regular furnace maintenance! Just like your car needs an oil change, your furnace needs a little tune up to clean vital components and check critical electrical parts to ensure you are not left out in the cold this winter. Replacing your filter is a great start, but there are many other parts that need some attention as well. Whether your furnace is new, or 20 years old, it still requires this kind of annual service to keep it performing at its peak efficiency. New furnaces are generally under a factory warranty, which will usually recommend yearly furnace maintenance to be proactive for any potential issues. How can these types of furnace issues be avoided so my home heating system works at its best? Some of these issues that can be avoided by having the system checked, such as a dirty flame sensor or maybe a dirty blower, can both will lead to a premature failure of those components. On older furnaces checking the combustion chamber, burners, and heat exchanger can be critical to catch a failure that may lead to dangerous carbon monoxide entering your home through your ducts! Everyone has heard of the dangers of carbon monoxide, and routinely having your furnace heat exchanger checked can ensure that you and your family remain safe through the cold winter months. The typical lifespan for a furnace can be 15-20 years. And...