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What Is a Furnace?

Trust NOCO with the care of your home’s furnace!

furnace repair new york NOCO is here to help with all things related to the furnace in your Western New York home. We provide expert furnace installation, maintenance, and repairs with our team of trained and experienced service technicians. Our propane and heating oil delivery services ensure that your furnace will always have the fuel it needs to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable all winter long.

While you may have a furnace in your home, you may not be familiar with it. We’ve put together some commonly asked questions so you can get to know it better.

How does a furnace work?

A furnace heats your home by creating and circulating warm air. It is one of the oldest types of heating systems still in use today. The older models of this machine were powered by coal and wood, while today’s operate using heating oil, natural gas, propane, and electricity to generate heat.

The furnace turns on when you either do it manually or if you have a programmable or smart thermostat, the air in your home drops below your desired temperature.

The burner is where your fuel is combusted. The heat exchanger is where the combusted fuel heats the air coming into the furnace through the vent. The blower fan distributes that air throughout your home using your ductwork.

How do I take care of my furnace?

There are two ways you can help your furnace run efficiently and safely.

The first way is to get an annual maintenance tune-up for your furnace. NOCO’s skilled service technicians will clean and tune up every component of your furnace to ensure that it is operating at its best possible efficiency, which helps save you money on energy costs. A tune-up also gives our technicians the chance to spot any problems and fix them before they become worse and lead to breakdowns and repair bills.

A NOCO Maintenance Plan for your furnace includes an annual tune-up and also covers many parts and labor costs for repairs, making it a great investment in your furnace.

The second way to take care of your furnace is by making sure it has a clean air filter. Dirty, clogged air filters reduce your furnace’s efficiency and can lead to damage of parts in your furnace. Check your filter once a month and change as needed.

How long do furnaces last?

The average life expectancy for a furnace is 10 to 15 years. Regular professional maintenance can help it last longer.

However, there comes a time when replacing your furnace makes sense. OIder furnaces can become less efficient over time, especially if they have not been maintained properly, so a new furnace begins paying for itself in the form of lower energy costs. If you are facing furnace repairs and the cost of repairing it is more than half the cost of replacing it, replacement is the more fiscally sound choice.

Now is the time to get your home’s furnace tuned up ahead of winter. Contact us today to schedule your tune-up appointment. And don’t forget to ask about our Maintenance Plans!