How much does a furnace or air conditioner cost?

condenser_unitsSo how much is it going to cost you to get your furnace and/or air conditioner replaced? That’s a great question and one that takes many different factors into consideration. For example – will your new furnace be high efficiency? How many BTU’s does your furnace need to be? How many tons & SEERs does your AC need to be? Is this a replacement or a new installation? The answers to all of these questions will determine the cost of your new furnace/air conditioner.

Based on a recent report, the average price of a furnace installation in Northern Colorado is $3,584. If you also need an AC installed or if this is a new installation and you need all of the ventilation installed, then that price will go up. The best thing to do is to get at least 3 bids from local HVAC companies.

One of the most reasonably priced HVAC contractors in Northern Colorado is Epic Heating and Air Conditioning. Epic Heating is a smaller company with low overhead. Their goal is to not only offer top quality work, but to offer that quality work at a lower price. Give them a call or fill out their contact us form.

Why is My Furnace Leaking Water?

Is your furnace leaking water?

There are a couple of things that can cause a furnace to leak water.

If you have a high-efficiency furnace, the #1 cause of furnace water leaks are condensation leaks. You might be asking, “what causes a condensation leak?”.

Most likely your condensation leak is caused by:

  • Clogged condensation drain
  • Clogged condensation tubing
  • Condensation line break
  • Condensation pump issue (if you have one)

You’ll need an HVAC contractor to diagnose the actual issue.

Why Does My High-Efficiency Furnace Create Condensation

High-efficiency furnaces have 2 heat exchangers, which allow the furnace to extract heat from gasses for longer periods of time. As gases cool, they release a tremendous amount of heat as they change their state from gas to liquid (creating condensation). One of the main products of combustion of natural gas is water. That condensation then travels out of your home through a condensation drain.

How do to tell if your furnace is a high-efficiency furnace?

  • The yellow energy tag on the front of your furnace lists the furnace as 90% of higher AFUE.
  • If the yellow energy tag is missing, you will need your furnace model &/or serial # to search on the manufacturer’s website & obtain the efficiency ratings.
  • The flue pipe is white PVC instead of metal.

What if my furnace isn’t a high-efficiency furnace?

Most likely the cause is an incorrect flue pipe size, but you will need to contact a technician to diagnose your problem.

Do you need a professional HVAC contractor in the Loveland/Fort Collins area? Contact Epic Heating and Air Conditioning for all your furnace and AC needs.

 

5 warning signs that it’s time to replace that old, worn out furnace

The last thing anyone needs is to have their furnace give up the fight, especially in the middle of a cold-snap. But sometimes, that old friend Murphy shows up and shows us that his law was created for a reason.

Here are 5 hints that it’s time to replace your furnace:

  1. It’s just old. Furnaces are not made to last forever, most furnace’s life span is about 15 years. Most older furnaces are only running at 65% efficiency anyway, so it’s just draining your wallet every month.
  2. Frequent repairs. Not counting the normal maintenance costs (filter replacement & cleaning), furnaces shouldn’t need constant service work. If your furnace is seeing the doctor more than you are, then it’s time to update.
  3. Heating bills on the rise. Energy costs can fluctuate, depending on the cost of gas, propane & electricity, but if you are noticing a steady rise in your energy bills, it could be your worn-out furnace. Most energy companies can perform an energy audit, which can help you pin-point energy draining appliances. Don’t forget that upgrading to a high efficiency furnace can mean tax credits.
  4. Noisy furnace. If you notice that your furnace is starting to sound like it’s ready to take-off, that’s an indication that your furnace might need to be replaced. Today’s high-efficiency furnace are not only more efficient, they are much quieter than older units.
  5. It just doesn’t stay as warm as it should. If you notice that you are bumping up your thermostat or that it doesn’t get as warm as it used to, this could be a sign that your furnace is wearing down and just can’t handle the workload anymore.

If it is time to replace your furnace, do your homework. Get a couple of different quotes and always try to get a load-calc done on your home to make sure that your system is designed as efficiently as possible.

Why is changing your furnace filter so important?

The filter might seem like an insignificant component in your heating and cooling needs, but it plays one of the biggest roles in your furnace’s life cycle.

What happens if your air filter isn’t changed frequently?

  • The worst case is TOTAL loss of heating and cooling.This happens when your filter doesn’t get changed for month and months on end, which causes your furnace to work harder and eventually key components break. This can be a costly fix or require a complete furnace change out.
  • Short cycling. If your filter is dirty, this can cause your furnace to turn on and off more frequently, which can also lead to key component breakdown.
  • Diminished air flow. Along with short cycling a dirty filter also causes diminished air flow. Having a dirty filter clogs the filter and reduces the amount of air that can flow into the furnace. Imagine trying to breath through a dirty filter and getting all that dirt, dust and other particles into your lungs and then try running around the block…you probably won’t get very far.
  • Frozen coil. The coil is part of your air conditioning system. A dirty filter can cause the coil to freeze up and can lead to ice forming on the unit.