Don’t Let An Aging Heating Unity Leave You In The Cold

As we all know it can get pretty hot here in Alabama, but during the winter, northern Alabama can be prone to freezing, uncomfortable temperatures. The last thing you want during a cold winter night is for your old system to break down, leaving you in the cold until repairs can be made.

If your heating system is older than 10 years or frequently malfunctioning it may be near the end of its lifespan. Replacing it with a newer, more efficient heating unit will save you money on energy costs, improve your home’s indoor air quality and reduce the chances of surprise malfunctions.

That’s where Freedom Heating and Cooling comes in. We are proud to offer installation of quality heating units you can count on. See our HVAC Products page to learn about them.

Freedom can install any type or model of a new hvac unit for your specific comfort needs including:

Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Heating Unit

Strange Noise – Your old heating unit makes loud and unpleasant noises.
Advanced Age – If your system is 10 to 15 years old, or older, it is reaching the end of its expected lifespan.
Constant Repairs – A high performing system should not require repair after costly repair. Constant breakdowns and problems mean your system is struggling just to perform its basic function.
Unreliable Heating – Your system should provide stable, adequate heat for your needs. If this is not the case, you may be due for a newer, more powerful and better performing system.

We are prepared to meet your heating needs. Our technicians provide fast, quality service on every single job that we do. We’ve got the knowhow to provide the best heating setup for your specific needs. From Birmingham to Tuscaloosa, we’ve got your heating installation covered. Call today at (205) 444-4444.

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It’s usually best to replace a heating system when you also need to replace the cooling system. Those who plan in advance save the most money. Most furnaces in Birmingham last from 15-18 years when serviced and maintained as manufacturers recommend.

Furnaces have two things that factor into efficiency: the amount of gas needed to burn to make the heat and the amount of electricity needed to move the air and warm it. Modern high performance furnaces are about 20% more efficient than models just a few years older. Electrical consumption has also improved dramatically in the last decade. A “variable speed” furnace could use 90% less electricity in its slowest mode.

The best brand is your local contractor! When the “highest rated” furnace heat exchanger is improperly installed without matching the airflow to the heat, then the metal will overheat and melt or “burn off” the protected layer installed on it. It will take a few years for these “hotspots” to become obvious. Remember that a heat exchanger contains the gas exhaust (which could contain Carbon Monoxide) and prevents it from blowing into your home.

The obvious answer is when your home won’t warm up. Besides that, Captain Obvious, what else? A loud ‘boom’ sound when your system cuts on is a warning sign that it is dumping raw gas into the furnace chambers but it’s not lighting immediately. The gas builds up until it explodes. Another warning sign is your heating cutting off periodically. The shutdowns are often a result of overheating. When your family’s safety is involved, it’s time to upgrade.