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Shopping for Heating Parts

When something goes wrong with your furnace you want it fixed as fast as possible at the lowest possible expense. With winter on the way you want to be sure you know where to go for reliable heating parts if trouble should arise. In this article we'll discuss where to shop for any part you might need as well as how to get a good deal.

Types of Parts Available
Nearly any type of heating part that you can think of can be purchased locally or ordered online. Here are just a few of the parts that you can expect to be able to order:

  • Burners
  • Capacitors
  • Bearings & Shafts
  • Duct Work
  • Fittings
  • Flame Sensors
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Motors
  • Ignitors
  • Pilots
  • Pressure Switches
  • Thermostats

Where to Shop
There are basically two places you can do your shopping – locally or online – and there are benefits to both. If you shop locally you have the benefit of bringing with you the part you need to replace. You can get help from the staff at the store, show them what you need and discuss the best way to go about the repair. If it's something more complicated than you want to tackle on your own, the store staff will likely be able to recommend a local hvac service professional who can be of assistance. Alternatively you can look for the parts you need online. The benefits to online shopping are that you are likely to have the largest selection so if you're looking for a hard to find heating part you're more likely to find it. Also because there is more supply online you're likely to find better prices. Remember to factor in shipping though when comparing prices – on some of the heavier heating parts it can really make a difference.

Speeding up the Process
Since there are so many types of furnaces and parts out there, help yourself by making a note of the following information before you go shopping:

  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Part Number(s)
  • Diagram or description of the issue

If you bring the above information with you to the store, or have it handy as you're shopping online you'll find the whole process much easier and more efficient.

Things to Watch Out For
One thing to be careful of is your warranty. You don't want to use any replacement parts that could possibly void your warranty. And also remember that if your furnace is under warranty, don't go shopping for parts until you've called to receive warranty service – no point in paying for a repair if it is covered by the existing warranty. Call the HVAC installation company that put the furnace in, or find a local company who can help you with the warranty repair.

With winter on the way you don't want to have to worry about where to go for heating parts. With the information we've provided above you should have a good idea of the places you can go to shop and the types of parts you can find. Remember to  check your warranty first and consult a reputable, licensed HVAC company if you need assistance.

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