Heating FAQs

When it comes to furnace repair, maintenance, and replacement, there’s a lot to know. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions our Design Aire technicians answer regularly. Got questions? Ask the pros at Design Aire!

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How many years does a furnace last?

A well-maintained furnace usually lasts anywhere from 12 to 18 years before it needs to be replaced.

What size furnace do I need?

The size of furnace you need depends on a number of factors—not only the square footage of your home. In general, you’ll need 25 to 30 BTUs of heat per square foot to heat a home with standard insulation in a moderate climate. However, our Design Aire professionals take into account your home size, the local climate, your insulation, and your lifestyle, among other factors, to better estimate what size furnace will work best to keep you warm.

When should I replace my furnace?

A good rule of thumb is that, when the cost to repair your furnace gets to be half the cost of replacing it, then it’s time for a new furnace. An even better rule of thumb is that, when your trusted Design Aire furnace repair technician tells you that your furnace is becoming less energy efficient, or that problems with your furnace are beyond simple fixes, it’s time to consider installing a new furnace. Our Design Aire professionals will never recommend something they wouldn’t do themselves, and we know the importance of saving you money. When it’s time, financing is available and we will do all we can to make your installation as efficient, fast, and cost-effective as possible.

Will a new furnace save me money?

If you truly need a new furnace, chances are good that a newer model will be considerably more energy efficient, meaning it will cost less to run than older models. In addition, you’ll likely save money on repair bills for a newer furnace. Your Design Aire professional will ensure that the furnace you purchase is the right size for the job, creating cost-effective comfort your whole family can enjoy.

How often do I need to maintain my furnace?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—and a whole lot of money saved on repairs, when it comes to your furnace. We recommend service calls to maintain your heating system twice a year, and Design Aire offers hassle-free maintenance plans to help you out.

How often do I change my filter?

Most filters need to be changed about every three months, but they should be changed more frequently if they are visibly dirty.

When should I call for repairs?

If your furnace is regularly maintained, chances are good that you won’t need to call for repairs. That’s because our Design Aire technicians are exceptionally good at identifying issues before they become a problem. However, if any of the following problems occur, call us right away:

  • The ignition light on your furnace is not functioning.
  • Your flame sensor is not working.
  • The motor is making noises.
  • Your thermostat does not appear to be functioning.
  • Your furnace is cycling off and on too frequently.

Can I maintain my furnace myself?

Unfortunately, a little bit of knowledge does not always go a long way. Your furnace—and your entire HVAC system—is a significant investment, and do-it-yourself repairs can often cause more harm than good. Things you can do, however, include:

  • Replace your filters every three months, or sooner if they are noticeably dirty.
  • Keep your furnace and the area surrounding it free of dirt and debris. Be sure laundry or other clutter does not pile up around it, and keep the area clean.

When you need HVAC repairs, maintenance, or replacement, Design Aire is here for you. Give us a call, and our fast and friendly licensed and insured technicians will be there to keep your home warm in the chilly winter months!

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Design Aire sent a salesman to plan the system, and just a couple of days later sent the installers to remove the old system and install the new one. Everything happened when they said it would and the system performs as they said it would. All of the Design Aire staff were courteous, the work was performed efficiently and neatly, and they left the area cleaner than they found it. This is the second unit Design Aire has installed for us, and I have no need to look elsewhere.

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