Furnace Replacement in Ann Arbor
Providing Effective Heating System Installations Since 1998
Since 1998, Iceberg Heating & Cooling has provided professional furnace installation in Ann Arbor. After choosing the perfect furnace for your home, you deserve premium furnace installation services from a company you can count on. Our specialized furnace technicians are ready answer any of your installation questions until you feel ready to proceed with the installation process.
Our furnace installation services include:
- Sizing your furnace
- Heat loss calculations
- Home energy analysis
- Analyzing insulation factors, window measurements, and square footage
- Explaining equipment and multiple furnace options
Choosing the Right Furnace for your Ann Arbor Home
Iceberg Heating & Cooling technicians will discuss all of the furnace options available to you in person or over the phone. Replacing an old furnace or installing a brand new heating system is a journey we want to join you on.
Whether you intend to replace an old, dead furnace or installing an entirely new heating system, you’re looking at a significant investment. Before you shop around for a brand-new furnace, however, you should understand the total cost of its installation. By consulting with an HVAC professional, you can effectively narrow down the size, configuration, and model of furnace that you can install in your Ann Arbor home. To determine this, you will need to decide if you’d prefer a gas, electric, or oil furnace.
Some important questions we will answer:
- Should I purchase a gas furnace, an oil furnace or an electric furnace?
- What mechanical type of furnace is best for my home?
- What Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating suits my home?
- How do I achieve the optimum comfort level from my furnace?
- Where should I install my furnace?
- What kind of maintenance do you provide?
- Should I connect my furnace to a heat pump?
- What type of permit do I need to purchase for my furnace?
All of these factors will affect the installation cost. Once you have chosen a specific type of furnace, our technicians can talk to you about installation costs. You should know that we never nickel-and-dime our customers. Instead, we remain as transparent as possible; we always detail the cost for our work in a complete quote.
Furnace Replacement in ANn Arbor
Knowing whether to invest in furnace repair or replacement is a difficult decision. Many facets play into furnace replacement, not the least of which is monetary.
When it comes time to replace your furnace, know that you have options. The average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is close to this age or older, you should begin shopping. Furnaces also tend to lose efficiency as they age.
How do you know your furnace is dying:
- High bills – Do you find yourself spending more on utility bills without changing your furnace usage? It could mean that your furnace is dying, which is why it takes more energy for the unit to produce the same effect it used to.
- You’re not comfortable – If you find yourself freezing even when the furnace is running, it could be a sign the furnace is dying. It could be because the thermostat can no longer read the temperature correctly or the parts simply can’t convert the cold air to warm.
- Yellow burner flame – If your burner flame is yellow instead of blue, it can mean that the furnace is creating poisonous carbon. This should be handled immediately to prevent further harm to you or your home.
- Feeling sick - If you and your family suddenly feel ill with frequent headaches, irritated eyes / nose, and have flu-like symptoms, it can mean there’s carbon monoxide being released into the house. This can happen as furnaces age and cracks form in the heat exchanger, releasing the gas.
If you’ve been thinking about a possible replacement and have noticed an increase in your utility bills, it may be time to consider new furnace options. Keep in mind that a new furnace can be quite an investment. They range from around $3,000-$15,000, depending on the brand and efficiency. Give Iceberg Heating & Cooling a call to find out which furnace is right for your home and learn about our financing options.
It may be time to replace your furnace if:
- The cost of a new furnace will be offset by higher efficiency
- Your current furnace is 15+ years old
- Your current furnace has an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of less than 95%. (AFUE ratings tell how much energy is being converted into heat)
- You are currently or will soon be facing expensive repairs
Can I Replace My Own Furnace?
Many homeowners want to save costs wherever they can. However, if you’re wondering whether you can replace your own furnace, the answer is – it depends. If you are a licensed HVAC professional than of course you can replace your furnace. But if you’re not, we highly recommend hiring an expert.
Furnace replacement requires extensive knowledge of not just the heating system, but of sheet metal work, electrical work, and even some plumbing skills. If you have a gas or oil furnace, it’s even more dangerous to handle it. Proper installation is also key to preventing future repairs.
Additionally, under Michigan’s Mechanical Code, part 9a, you are required to have a permit when installing a furnace, which can be difficult to obtain. So trust us when we say, leave the furnace replacement to the professionals!
Types of Furnaces
Choosing the right furnace can be tricky without professional guidance. The Ann Arbor HVAC technicians at Iceberg Heating & Cooling will help you make the best decision for your home and budget, from product purchase to installation.
Whether you should install a natural gas or propane furnace depends on the size of your home and the needs of your family. Propane can be a cheaper energy alternative to electricity, but some families feel more comfortable not utilizing a propane furnace. Propane is not toxic or damaging and will not harm the environment if it is released into the atmosphere while natural gas is a greenhouse gas and can be a turnoff for environmentally minded families.
A furnace connects to an indoor fan and to the ductwork in your home. The three primary fuel types are gas furnaces, oil furnaces, and electric furnaces.
The mechanical types of furnace include the following:
- Basic single-stage furnace – The primary benefit of a single-stage furnace is its low heating cost and ease of use. The furnace is either on or off, blowing hot air at full capacity or not at all. These types of furnaces have an alternating current (AC) and a single-speed blower that deliver the maximum amount of treated air to the space.
- Two-stage furnace – Two-stage furnaces provide more control over your home heating by including a two-stage thermostat. Stage one operates at 60%-70% for colder days, and stage two operates at 30%-40% for mild days. By slowing and elongating the heating cycles, your home heats evenly. Longer heating cycles and an even comfort level saves you hundreds in electrical and fuel costs.
- Two-stage variable speed furnace – Similar to the basic Two-stage furnace, the two-stage variable furnace operates using two-stage heating, pushing more heat on colder days and less on mild days. The benefits include low electricity usage, low fuel usage, continuous circulating air within duct system, and a possible rebate.
- Modulating furnaces – The modulating furnace uses variable heating similar to the two-stage variable speed furnace, however it differs with a modulation in the gas valve. Modulating furnaces run at 33% of heating capacity and increase by single-degree increments until they reach 100% output. All this translates into huge fuel savings, increased comfort levels, and low operating costs.
Call us today or contact us online for furnace replacement in Ann Arbor. Our Comfort Specialists will help you select the furnace that will work best for the needs of your home.