How To Tell If You Need A New Furnace

There are really only three ways people arrive at the conclusion they need a new furnace: the current furnace has been inspected and red-tagged as unsafe, the equipment has had a major break down which makes more sense to replace rather than repair, or it’s getting old, less efficient and the homeowner knows the expense is on the horizon.

Fifteen years is getting old for a furnace, says Justin George of United Trades, a Bowmanville-based HVAC installation and service company. Warranties on parts expire in 10 years, he says, and homeowners with furnaces a decade or older should start to plan for a new furnace to avoid being in dire straits if the heat exchanger fails. Government rebates are currently still available for people upgrading their heating system, although Mr. George says it’s not known how long they’ll continue to be offered.

The expert installation of your furnace is more important than the furnace brand you choose, says Mr. George. “It’s very important you choose a company that knows what they’re doing.”

Good installation goes beyond being neat and tidy, because the furnace must be sized properly for the existing duct system and size of the home. A good installer will take these factors into consideration, and start the heating system up to make sure all equipment is running to specification. The installation job can take five to six hours depending on some circumstances.

Mr. George recommends homeowners shop around when choosing a HVAC company, and not go with the highest or lowest price but to educate themselves on the company and the product. The most important thing is to trust the company you deal with, and not to let yourself be swayed by pressure sales but to find out your options and choose the best option for yourself. Even if your current furnace breaks down, Mr. George advises not to panic because renting or buying electric space heaters can give you time to make an informed decision without rushing into anything.

Ensure you’re working with a reputable, certified gas technician. Mr. George says a person servicing or installing a furnace should have a gas fitters license, and the company should carry WSIB insurance and be licensed with the TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority). These are qualifications the customer can ask about to ensure the company they’re dealing with is legitimate. Getting a good recommendation from a friend, family member or co-worker is always a good idea, as is choosing a company with a track record.

United Trades has been serving residential and commercial customers in Bowmanville, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and the GTA since 2008, and is a Carrier factory authorized dealer that services all furnace brands. United Trades provides expert HVAC installation and service, and also offers gas fireplaces, boilers, hot water heaters, garage heaters, pool heaters, generators, electrical work and plumbing services.

Call United Trades at 1-877- 449-2891.

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