BRRRRRRRR Momma, why ain't the heat on yet!?
January 11, 2012 10:49 PM Subscribe
What are the advantages to a newer modern gas furnace heating system vs. a 35~ year oldish pilot-light gas system?
posted by Bodrik to home & garden (9 answers total)
Admittedly the last time I looked this up I found the costs to be high to the point of ignoring the need, but recently the pilot-light parts to our current heater went bad and had to be replaced by the local utility (nice guys!).
Our current home heating system is some 35 years old, gas furnace with a millivolt thermostat... The utility guy mentioned we actually had the wrong type of thermostat? (huh?) We are currently not getting adequate voltage to the heater to active the system (something with the wiring). This is expected to cost some $100~ to replace. We also were asked to make an adjustment in the furnace closet to meet newer earthquake standards.
This time I've been looking at what is available and I read a few HVAC questions here, but I also want to shoot out to the general question to the hive mind. I live in Southern CA though, and in our climate and our old house (3 bed 2 living 2 bath) we have no AC (ocean breeze) and only really the heater is set for use at most in some weeks of 3~4 months of the year. Only in the last few years has this area been regularly cold enough for modest weekly usage during the fall and winter.
Is it economical to consider a modern furnace?