Why Choose an Electric Furnace?
Electric furnaces present a wide range of benefits over traditional heating systems, underlining their growing popularity among homeowners. Characterized by their energy efficiency, safety features, and cost-effectiveness, these innovative units deliver a unique blend of practicality and performance.
If you are not sure whether an electric furnace is right for your home or business, our Gaithersburg electric furnace services include help making the right decision. We are happy to answer your questions, evaluate your heating needs, and recommend the appropriate solution, whether it be an electric furnace or another type of system.
Many homeowners and businesses choose electric furnaces because:
- Electric furnaces are cheaper than gas furnaces. What often initially attracts a homeowner to an electric furnace is the price tag — after all, who wants to pay more than they have to for a furnace? If you are building a new home, there is a cost associated with bringing a gas line into your house and connecting it to various appliances (such as a furnace, stove, or clothes dryer). When you opt for an electric furnace and appliances, you save money by avoiding this step. Furthermore, even when you already have a gas line in the house, installing a new gas furnace is still more involved and time-consuming than installing an electric furnace.
- Electric furnaces last longer than gas furnaces. Not only are electric furnaces cheaper to buy, but they also tend to last longer than gas furnaces. Electric furnaces last an average of 20 to 30 years, while gas furnaces only last 15 to 20 years. Electric furnaces tend to have a longer lifespan than their gas counterparts primarily due to the differences in their operational processes. While gas furnaces involve combustion, which leads to wear and tear on components over time, electric furnaces generate heat through electric resistance elements, a process far less harsh on the system’s parts. In addition, electric furnaces have fewer moving components reducing the potential for mechanical failure. They also do not face the corrosive impact of combustion gases.
- Electric furnaces do not come with carbon monoxide worries. When you have a gas furnace in your home, you need a carbon monoxide (CO) detector, too. That’s because if a gas furnace malfunctions, it can release deadly carbon monoxide into the air. You will never run this risk with an electric furnace. Since electric furnaces generate heat through electricity, the process does not involve combustion, and thus, no carbon monoxide is produced.
- Electricity is always available. Although gas is the most popular fuel for furnaces in the United States, it is not necessarily available everywhere. In more rural or remote areas, the only options may be electricity, oil, or propane. If you choose oil or propane, you must keep in mind that you will need to buy a storage tank for your fuel and maintain it to prevent leaks and other problems. Electricity can be easier to access and manage.
- It’s easy to convert to electric. If you have a gas furnace that you need to replace, it’s easy to convert your heating system to electric. All our installers need to do is connect it to a power source, and you will be ready to go.
- Electric furnaces are quieter. For light sleepers and anyone annoyed by HVAC sounds, an electric furnace is a good choice. Electric furnaces are quieter than gas furnaces because they have no burners and fewer moving parts.
- Maintenance costs are lower. Because they are inherently safer and simpler to operate, electric furnaces are also typically easier to maintain.
While electric furnaces are known for their durability, longevity, and cost-effectiveness, they can still experience problems from time to time. Requesting professional repairs as soon as you notice a potential issue can prevent small problems from escalating into larger ones, saving you from potential high-cost repairs or even a full system replacement in the future.
Do not wait to request our Gaithersburg electric furnace services if you encounter any of the following problems:
- Inconsistent Heating. This includes fluctuating temperatures, cold spots in certain areas of your home, or the furnace not reaching the set temperature on your thermostat. Inconsistent heating could indicate issues with the heating elements, thermostat, or the blower motor.
- High Electric Bills. If your electric bills are noticeably higher without a known cause, it could be a sign that your furnace is not operating efficiently. This could be due to failing parts or a system that needs a thorough cleaning.
- Unusual Noises. Electric furnaces are typically quiet. If you start hearing strange noises like humming, buzzing, or rattling, it could indicate loose components, electrical issues, or a problem with the blower motor.
- Frequent Cycling. If your furnace turns on and off frequently, it may be struggling to maintain the set temperature. Frequent cycling could indicate a problem with the thermostat or the furnace’s internal components.
- Noticeable Burning Smell. A distinct burning odor can be a sign of overheating components or electrical issues within the furnace. This should be addressed immediately to prevent possible fire hazards.
- Poor Indoor Air Quality. If you notice an increase in dust or a decline in air quality, your furnace may not be effectively filtering the air, potentially due to a clogged or worn-out filter.
At Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, our electric furnace repair process is thorough and designed to ensure optimal efficiency and longevity of your system. When you contact us for a repair, we start by conducting a comprehensive assessment of your furnace to identify the underlying issue. Our trained technicians use the latest diagnostic tools and their extensive knowledge to accurately pinpoint the problem.
Once the issue has been identified, we will share our findings with you, explaining the problem in understandable terms and recommending the best course of action. With your approval, our technicians will proceed to fix the issue and ensure your furnace operates at its best. We are always transparent and will never push for repairs or solutions that you do not need. Our team also makes every effort to complete repairs in a single visit.
Call (301) 719-3315 or contact us online to request our Gaithersburg electric furnace services today!