Furnace Installation

Furnace Installation Profewssionals Near Charleston, SC

We know winter in South Carolina can be mild and short, but that doesn’t stop those bitter cold days from visiting when we least expect them. Nobody likes the cold, least of all the good people of Charleston, SC. When those nights creep in and the temperature plunges into the frigid low 30s, that’s when you’ll be thankful to have a furnace. 

AirMAX Heating & Air is always happy to assist you with any and all of your HVAC needs. We cover a wide service area around North Charleston, SC, so if you’re in the neighborhood, all you need to do is call. Our technicians are kind and courteous, and our furnace installation estimates are free.

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Furnace Installation Cost

Heating installation cost is one of our primary concerns when providing our free estimates. Our technicians will consider the space you’re looking to hear and suggest the best furnace based on the BTUs per square foot of that space. Furnace installation costs will come down to brand, unit type, unit size, energy source, and efficiency. For maximum savings, we recommend a high-efficiency furnace from a trusted brand.

Furnace Types

There are a few types of heating installation available, including gas furnaces, electric furnaces, and oil furnaces. The type of unit for your furnace installation will be determined by the energy sources available to your home as well as the cost to use those sources.

Natural Gas Furnace

A natural gas furnace is the most common type found in homes all across the country. In a natural gas furnace, a burner will ignite natural gas from a municipal line, heating the heat exchanger and exhausting out of the flue pipe. Heat will transfer from the heat exchanger to the surrounding air, which is then forced through the ductwork and all around the home by the blower motor. 

Natural gas furnaces are an incredible choice for anyone concerned with savings as they reach up to 98% energy efficiency.

Electric Furnace

An electric furnace works in much the same way as a gas furnace but with electricity serving as the energy source. Similar to how a gas furnace will use a heat exchanger, an electric furnace will power several heating elements or coils, which will transfer their heat to the surrounding air. 

Low unit cost is a significant benefit when considering an electric furnace. Just as well, electric furnaces tend to be longer-lasting, with lifetimes of up to 10 years longer than their natural gas counterparts. However, electricity may or may not be a more expensive energy source for your area, so you will need to take energy costs into account when considering an electric furnace.

Oil Furnace

If your home doesn’t have access to a municipal natural gas line, and an electric furnace isn’t worth the expense of a high electric bill, oil furnace installation is a sure alternative. Oil furnaces heat a space just as well, although at a lower efficiency. With newer oil furnaces, you can expect between 84% and 90% efficiency.

An oil furnace pulls oil from the reserve tank into a burner chamber where the oil is heated into a mist or spray. That spray is mixed with air and ignited in a combustion chamber, generating heat that will be absorbed into the heat exchanger. From there, the blower motor forces heated air through the ducting in your home.

When Is It Time To Replace My Furnace?

Furnaces are major appliances that you don’t often interact with. This probably means your furnace isn’t at the front of your mind most of the time…until it is. The last thing you want is to find yourself turning on the heat one of those frigid nights to discover your furnace isn’t working. If you’re concerned that your furnace won’t make it another winter, here are some warning signs that will tell you when it’s time to replace your furnace.

Furnace Age

It’s very important to keep tabs on how old your equipment is, especially when there’s a good chance your furnace was in your home long before you were. On average, a given furnace can last from 15 to 30 years, depending on furnace type and how well it was maintained during its life.

If you don’t know the age of your furnace, locate the serial number on the rating plate on the inner wall of the device. The first two digits of the serial number typically indicate the week during which the furnace was installed. The third and fourth numbers indicate the year. For example, a furnace with the serial number 0399 would have been installed in the third week of 1999. 

If you find out that your furnace is between 15 and 30 years old, it’s reaching the end of its life and should be replaced. Older furnaces and furnaces that are not well maintained are usually very inefficient, which means unreliable devices and higher energy bills.

Furnace Noises

If you turn on the heat and start to hear odd noises coming from your equipment, it might be time to replace your system, especially if it’s very old. Listen for the following sounds:

  • Humming
  • Rattling
  • Screeching
  • Booming

You can expect to hear humming during normal operation, but if you notice that your equipment is humming louder than normal, it might indicate significant wear in the blower motor. Rattling can indicate a loose screw, loose paneling or ducting, or even a crack in the blower motor belt. A dirty burner can lead to rattling, as well. A screeching sound can originate in a damaged blower motor belt or pulley.

Booming sounds indicate a delay during the ignition process, allowing the build-up of natural gases before properly igniting. This can be a serious issue and should be taken care of right away.

High Upkeep Costs

Increasingly large energy bills indicate a loss of efficiency in your furnace. That alone is reason enough to get a new device as the savings from a high-efficiency furnace will pay for itself over time. But if you also find yourself making frequent and significant repairs to your existing equipment, you should consider moving on. Don’t let your furnace become a money pit!

Furnace Leaking Gas

A crack in your furnace’s heat exchanger can lead to a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home. Not only does a crack indicate serious damage to the equipment, but it is also dangerous to everyone in your home. If you suspect your furnace is leaking gas, call a professional immediately. 

If your CO detector goes off; the scent of rotten eggs hangs in the air; or if your furnace’s burner is producing a yellow, orange, or red flame; you should call your HVAC repair team right away.

AirMax Technicians Are Your Reliable, Locally-Based Furnace Professionals

AirMAX Heating and Air technicians are here for all of your furnace installation or other heating installation needs.

If you’re experiencing issues with your heating system or furnace, it may be time to consider a new furnace installation. Call us for a professional system diagnosis! 

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