Comprehensive Heating System Repairs
With nearly 30 years of industry experience under our belt and some of the most thorough technical and customer service training in the business, Horizon Services is able to provide lasting heater repairs for nearly any type of heating system.
Our technicians can assist you with the following and more:
Gas vs Electric Furnaces: Advantages & Disadvantages
Looking to purchase a new gas or electric furnace, but don’t know where to start? We offer heating repair and installation services to homes in areas such as Dover, Middletown, Upper Darby, Bethlehem, Gaithersburg, and Trenton. Give our team of certified technicians a call by phone to discuss the advantages of gas vs electric furnaces.
Gas and electric furnaces are both effective. On the other hand, each type of furnace operates in a different way to provide warm air to your house. Let’s take a look at the differences between gas and electric furnaces to help you determine the best heating system for your space.
Though gas and electric furnaces operate differently, they also share similarities. Both units use a forced-air heating system. The process begins with the thermostat. When the temperature in your home drops below the desired heat that is set on the thermostat, an electrical signal is then sent to the furnace system.
This is where the two systems diverge: for the electric furnace, an electric ignition system will receive the thermostat’s signal. Next, the electric heating components are triggered inside of the furnace system to provide warm air to your household. On the other hand, a gas furnace signals its pilot light.
From there, the pilot light ignites the gas burner of the heat exchanger. The exchanger pulls the heat from the main burner and then distributes it throughout your home. If you’re having problems with your gas or electric furnace, schedule an appointment with our team. We offer safe and trustworthy heating repair services to homeowners in areas such as Newark, Baltimore, Camden, and Bensalem.
For easy installation, electric furnaces are the better choice. Although you’ll need an HVAC professional to install either one of the heating systems, a gas furnace will be more difficult and can take several days to install depending on many variables.
When installing a gas furnace, keep in mind that you’re dealing with combustive elements. Therefore, gas furnaces should be installed properly and carefully. Heating components, such as the heat exchanger, must be completely sealed to stop potential carbon monoxide leaks, which pose a serious threat to you and your family’s well being. Please keep in mind that if you haven’t installed a gas furnace in your home before, you may not have an existing vent, which means a wall will need to be cut to properly accommodate your furnace system. This, in turn, takes more time.
For an electric furnace, you’ll simply need wiring from the furnace to the electrical box. This makes the electric furnace a more efficient installation.
When it comes to cost, electric furnaces are less expensive upfront, but gas furnaces are cheaper to operate. In initial pricing, electric furnaces range from $1,000 to $2,500; gas furnaces vary from $3,000 and $4,000. However, natural gas is cheaper to run each month when compared to electricity. Give our staff a call to become familiar with our heater repair services in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland.
When it comes to life expectancy, gas furnaces typically last from 15-20 years; electric furnaces from 20 to 30 years. The shorter lifespan of gas furnaces is largely due to the amount of maintenance it takes to upkeep the system. A gas furnace, on regular, will generate small particles that buildup in the furnace over time, and will need to be thoroughly cleaned out. If not properly maintained, the furnace will have a system failure. Additionally, gas furnaces are most likely to corrode over time.
Electric furnaces, on the other hand, don’t have as many heating components, which allows them to last longer with less maintenance.
As stated prior, an electric furnace requires less upkeep than a gas furnace. This is because a gas furnace requires a lot of heating components to operate. When examining the two, an electric furnace does not have a burner that must be frequently maintained nor does the system need cleaning.
Gas furnaces will need to be routinely expected by an HVAC professional. We recommend getting annual routine inspections and maintenance on your gas furnace for optimal efficiency.
Emergency Furnace, Boiler, and Heater Repairs
If your heating system fails in the middle of the night or your heat pump suddenly stops working, you can trust our team to quickly and correctly identify the issue and make the necessary heater repairs to get your home’s heating system back up and running. The staff at our HVAC company do not charge extra money for emergency heating calls.
Top-Rated and Highly Experienced Heating Technicians
We offer gas and electric heater repair solutions for simple to complex problems during the winter season. Our Horizon technicians rely on advanced techniques, cutting-edge technology, and state-of-the-art tools in order to provide you with superior heating repair services. When you trust your heating repairs to Horizon Services, you can count on top-quality workmanship and unmatched customer service.
100% Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed
We strive for complete customer satisfaction, every single time—in fact, we even guarantee it! Plus, we stand behind our heating repair services with extended, industry-leading warranties, including up to 12 years on both parts and labor. We offer same-day service in your area.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.