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A Few Thoughts About
If the furnace or
boiler was manufactured earlier than 1986, it is just waiting to
fail. Dirt, hard work and time have decreased the efficiency. Would
you have much confidence in driving a 1986 car to California in the
middle of winter? Your heating unit will be working as hard as
driving that car back and forth to California two to three times
How much money do
you want to put into the existing unit if you have an emergency
breakdown? Everyone wants to think their heating system will only
break down when temperatures are mild and they will have plenty of
time to consider choices. The reality is that most break downs
occur when temperatures are cold. The system is starting and
stopping frequently, just like in a traffic jam. Often, you have to
make a quick decision to get the heat back on or face freezing
If the heating
system was manufactured before 1993, it is time to start thinking
about a planned replacement. Start thinking about how long you will
be staying in your current home. That will help determine how
efficient you will want your new furnace to be. However, town homes
or condo owners often are very limited to the type and efficiency
of the new heating system. Boilers also have limitations. If your
system has been cleaned each year and you change filters every
three months – that is great! You should be able to add at least 5
more years before you need to worry about replacement.
Suggestions for improving the fire safety of all horizontal forced-air furnaces in attics:
Protect the wood deck or rafters on which the furnace is mounted by covering it with a non-combustible material such as cement board that extends a minimum of 12 inches past the side of the furnace.
Provide an air space beneath the furnace. A licensed contractor can perform this work and can offer the homeowner several ways to accomplish this.
Make sure the furnace is installed correctly and serviced at least annually. The inspection should include a safety inspection of the burner assembly and heat exchanger as well as the safety limit devices protecting the system from overheating.
Install an ionization-type smoke detector inside the attic to provide an early warning of smoke or fire.