Vancouver winters are relatively mild, which is one of the reasons so many of us love living here. However, most of us rely on our forced-air furnace to stay warm for half of the year or more. Keeping your family warm and safe, as well as saving money on gas consumption, are good reasons to have your furnace properly maintained, and when repairs are needed – seen to by professionals.
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Why Furnace Maintenance is Smart
Forced-air furnaces used to be relatively simple devices, and many repair and maintenance items could be done by the average homeowner. Not so in the 21st century.
Most homes built in the last twenty years have high-efficiency gas furnaces with elaborate heat exchange and electronic control components that are beyond most of us when it comes to maintenance and especially furnace repair.
Modern forced air furnaces should always be serviced by a qualified heating professional. Repairs, cleaning and simple tune ups are done according to manufacturer’s specs and strict government safety regulations.
Furnace Service Options
We all know furnaces should be inspected and serviced prior to the start of the cold season, and that may be the only maintenance required. Scheduled annual tune-ups are the way to go to ensure this important item is not forgotten. Some heating companies offer furnace service contracts with affordable monthly payments so your peace of mind is assured. Regular furnace cleaning will cost you less over time than repairs or replacement due to neglect.
Whether it is a gas fired unit or an electric furnace, we have the expertise to work on all makes and models.
During the annual visit, a certified gas technician will inspect your furnace, including such things as the blower motor, belts, pulleys, control circuits and switches, the burner assembly, flue and safety components. A new air filter will be installed and any deficiencies will be shown to you along with a quote for any furnace repair. In most cases the technician has the parts your furnace is likely to need.
Early detection and repair of problems can help avoid costly breakdowns which often occur during the coldest weather, when your family most depends on staying warm.
If you have concerns about your furnace, there are a few things you can do before calling us. You don’t want to pay for a furnace service call only to discover someone has lowered the thermostat setting. You can reset a tripped circuit breaker, but if it trips a second time you need to call a furnace specialist to find out why. You might also be able to relight the pilot light on your furnace, but, again, if it goes out more than once call a professional right away.
When It’s Time For a New Furnace
Due to rising costs for gas and electricity, owners of older homes are upgrading to high-efficiency furnaces or to one of the more elaborate HVAC systems for year-round comfort.
Newer furnaces, from top manufacturers such as Lennox and Amana, require specialized knowledge when it comes to installation. Here at Efficient Furnace, we have a lengthy history of expert furnace installation in all manner of buildings, from houses and condos to large industrial operations. New home or home improvement: we take care of it all and even handle the FortisBC rebate programs.
As a dealer authorized installer, we do the math for you and recommend the best heating system for your needs. You need to consider square footage and the number of people in your home to determine the size and capacity of a new installation. Too small and it will be overworked, too big and expenses get out of hand.
Taking Care Of Home Heating
Our team at Efficient Furnace is professional and customer-oriented with respect to all aspects of home heating. Whether you are concerned about energy savings, indoor air quality or heating repair and maintenance, we are the people to call.
By: Andrew Lake
Emergency repair for any kind of heating system is handled promptly and courteously, 24 hours a day, year round.