Let’s Talk About Furnaces, Metro Vancouver

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 by Ashton Service Group

If you are not getting any heat in your home:

Check the thermostat and furnace to see if it is on or if there is anything blocking the vents in your home preventing heat from circulating. If you are still not getting any heat in your home, it may be time to call in a heating professional like Ashton Service Group. We will have a technician come to your home to assess and disagnose the issue. It could be a minor repair or it could be that you may need a new furnace. Our technicians will explain everything every step of the way. We have a lot of experience in installing and repairing furnaces in Metro Vancouver.

You smell gas:

Gas furnaces have control shutoffs to prevent gas leaks, but they are not a guaranteed fail safe. If you smell gas in your  house, do not turn any lights on or off, and do not try shutting off the gas leading to the furnace. Evacuate the house immediately, leaving the door open and call the gas company or the fire department to report a leak. Do not re-enter your home for any reason.

Turning on your furnace for the fall:

Our heating experts will be able to come and give a tune up/maintenance for your furnace to make sure everything is in working order for the upcoming season. Ashton Service Group offers a 24 point inspection that includes looking at each component of the furnace. Faulty or cracked components can cause carbon monoxide, the deadly and odorless gas to enter your home and it is good to have your furnace inspected just before you turn on your furnace to catch any issues beforehand. We can also recommend installing a carbon monoxide monitor similar to a smoke alarm by your furnace if you do not have one already to monitor gas levels and provide you with an added security feature.

Heating bill is higher than usual:

If your heating bill has risen significantly over the past year or two, then this could be a sign that your furnace’s energy efficiency has dropped and thus has to burn more in order to achieve the same temperatures it normally does. This causes it to release more greenhouse gases as a result and is reflected in your heating bill. Consider replacing your old furnace with a more energy efficient model that will save you money and reduce the amount of gas it needs to burn. Many homes still have mid-efficient furnaces (78 – 82%). These mid-efficiency furnaces are no longer available for purchase BC.  High-efficiency furnaces between 90 – 98% are required for new construction and for furnace replacement in existing homes that gives you up to 98 cents worth of usable heat for every dollar you spend.  Standard efficiency furnaces that are 20 years old or more may be as little as 60 per cent efficient meaning every $1 you spend you are only receiving $.60 of usable heat!

Contact Ashton Service Group at 604-283-2383 to schedule a free in-home furnace consultation to discuss your furnace replacement options today.


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