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Heating Season Tune-ups Save Money, And Maybe Your Life

If it’s sweltering outside, the last thing you have in mind is cranking up the furnace. But cooler temperatures are not far away. It’s time to schedule a heating season combustion adjustment, professional cleaning and safety check.

An annual heating system “tune-up” is one of the best home maintenance investments you can make. Homeowners who neglect it tend to pay the following penalties:

  • Fuel bills rise as much as 10-15% as a result of inefficient equipment operation. It’s like having a fireplace that burns money. Our service technicians will perform a variety of tests to measure the combustion efficiency of your system both before and after tuning it up.
  • Accelerated equipment wear. Annual maintenance extends equipment life as much as 5-10 years for your furnace.
  • Our long experience tells us that about 75% of all HVAC system repairs we do could have been avoided with regular maintenance. Repairs cost a lot more than maintenance, and breakdowns never happen at a convenient time.
  • Most important, annual heating inspections can save your life and those of your loved ones. Small cracks in a heat exchanger or problems with the flue system could allow deadly carbon monoxide gas to seep into your home. Dozens of people in the U.S. lose their lives each year to these tragedies. Our trained service technicians know how to spot danger signs in the system.

Modern HVAC systems are very sophisticated. Our well-equipped service technicians have an array of electronic measuring devices and tools to properly service these units. You can trust their professionalism and experience to do the job right.

While heating inspections can be done at any time, early fall is the most popular time for most home owners to schedule these visits. Many of our clients have their fall heating inspection done as part of an annual service agreement. They receive priority in scheduling and discount pricing for any repairs not covered by the agreement. A service agreement also is a good way to ensure you don’t forget about scheduling heating system maintenance. We’ll remind you. If you are not on our list, give us a call to ask how you can be included.

Beyond a certain point even the best maintenance cannot save an antiquated system. Efficiency improvements over the last few decades have been so dramatic that if your furnace is more than 20 years old, it’s quite possible that it would make economic sense to replace your present system even if it is still operating okay. Ask our service technician to perform an energy audit of your home to see how many years of energy savings it would take to pay back the initial cost of a new installation.

Also ask about low-cost energy efficiency improvements that can be obtained from devices such as automatic flue dampers and programmable setback thermostats or internet compatible thermostats.

Repair vs. Replace

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Boilers and furnaces are like cars: at some point you have to ask yourself if it’ll go another 10,000 miles or if you should park it for good.

Here are some important considerations when making this decision:

Safety First
Most people don’t consider this when deciding on a new heating system, but you could be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning from an old furnace with a cracked heat exchanger. Another safety aspect is whether you run the risk of having a boiler break down during the coldest time of the season (which is when it tends to happen). It’s more than just comfort. Exposure to low temperatures for too long has health impacts, especially for the elderly and young babies.

Why Repair?
When things are tight and you’re trying to save cash, sometimes a simple repair may be more than sufficient, depending on the age of the boiler or furnace. Just remember to consider labor costs, as well as the cost of parts. The first thing to make a note of is the age of the equipment compared to its life expectancy. Furnaces typically last in the 15-20 year range while boilers can go for 20-30 years. Some boilers even last up to 40 or 50 years!

When to Replace
There are times when repairing your old furnace or boiler just won’t work. If you have to wait several weeks to get parts because your heating equipment is obsolete, it’s definitely time to consider replacement. Even if you can still get parts, you have to face the reduction in efficiency as your equipment ages. This translates into more of your money in the utility’s pocket. As long as you can afford it, there are some real benefits of replacing your system:

You have the opportunity to upgrade to a more efficient system. It’s more than just getting the 80% efficiency a new furnace would give. Nowadays, condensing type equipment can give upwards of 95% efficiency.

Even if you stick with the standard efficiency heater, your bills will come down simply because you regain your initial efficiency.

Once you have that new furnace or boiler, it’s smooth sailing for the first five years. Not only is the heater new, but you get warranty coverage for anything that does go wrong in that time.

The Right Support
Regardless of what you decide, you need the right technical support. Give us a call and we’ll make sure your home stays warm for the winter!

Don’t Wait for Unexpected Problems to Find You!

The Importance of HVAC Maintenance in Los Angeles & Orange County

People always say, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” and in our industry that’s probably the worst thing you could do! The most important staple of maintaining any healthy home system is routine preventative maintenance check. A little extra care goes a long way! By checking the health and safety of your heating and cooling system, you can save yourself time, money and stress by adjusting your units before problems find you.

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It’s important to regularly service your HVAC systems. At RPB Inc.,we suggest maintenance twice a year, usually before the summer and winter months. By having the health and status of your systems checked, you can catch problems before they happen. The older and less taken care of that your HVAC units are, the more likely they’ll be to give you serious problems. Avoid unnecessary stress, headaches and time wasted by avoiding costly repairs and replacements. With preventative maintenance, your wallet is sure to benefit.

Here are some reasons why you should get a maintenance tune-up this season; you will:

  • Save up to 30% on your utility bills
  • Improve the indoor air quality of your home
  • Do your part for the environment through energy and fuel conservation
  • Prevent expensive repairs
  • Expand the lifespan of your HVAC systems
  • Have peace of mind! 

At RPB Inc. , our certified HVAC technicians perform maintenance on all aspects of your heating and cooling systems. If for some reason a problem should present itself, we also specialize in repairs and replacements. If you are in need of HVAC services or would like to set up an appointment for an HVAC tune-up, don’t wait until problems find you! Call your trusted Los Angeles CA, Orange County CA and surrounding area specialists at RPB Inc. today.

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