Lewis Maclean - October 2019


Is It Time for a New Furnace?

We’re in the thick of it! As temperatures drop, we get more calls from folks whose boilers and furnaces aren’t working like they used to. As these systems age, their output can slowly degrade. Then one day, you reach to turn up the heat and you’re met with disappointment — no warm air! Your typical furnace lasts about 15 years. With proper care and annual tuneups by a qualified technician, you will get a lot out of your system in those 15 years. On average, around the 15-year mark, that’s when we see efficiency drop off. It has to work harder to push warm air through your home. On top of that, certain components may not work as well as they used to, even if they have been replaced. Boilers typically last long, between 15 and 20 years (again, with routine maintenance). Some homeowners try to squeeze a few more years out of their heating systems, but it can come at a cost. Your heating bill will climb, and you may end up spending more to keep it serviced (the cost of parts and labour). We often forget just how much work HVAC systems do. Year-round, these systems go through a lot to keep us comfortable. These systems have moving parts (fans, motors, belts, etc.) that are necessary for optimal function. In heating systems, you have a pilot light or other heating elements that work very hard to warm the air to your set temperature. These systems deserve a lot of credit! Of course, we realize replacing these systems isn’t an easy decision, but it is a decision many homeowners need to make at some point. When that time comes, working with qualified

technicians and a reputable company can make a huge difference. Just as the Lewis MacLean technicians are highly skilled at servicing your furnace or boiler every year, they are just as experienced with new installs. This is a job you want done right

the first time. We have, in the past, had to fix the work done by someone else who had no idea what they were doing. They attempted an install and walked away, leaving the customer with the bill — and a brand-new furnace that didn’t work. I bring this up because as we get into peak heating system season over the next few months, people go online or scan through the yellow pages to find someone to service their system or to take care of a new install. There are a lot of individuals and businesses saying they’re the best. But you have to be careful. Always work with qualified and certified technicians. You want a company that has a track record of high-quality work. And when I say certified, I mean it. If you ask us for certification or proof of insurance, we will show you. You can’t say that about every company. One of the best pieces of advice we have is to ask. Ask for proof of certification before anyone steps foot in your home to do work. (This applies to any kind of contractor.) If they can’t produce a certification or you can’t verify any of their credentials, walk away. If you have any questions, or you’re thinking about getting a new furnace or boiler, we’re standing by the phone, ready to take your call 24/7, no matter your heating, cooling, plumbing, or drainage needs! P.S. Don’t forget to send us your nominations for our furnace giveaway! Tell us the story of a deserving family who is in need of a new furnace. Please send your submission to givingback@lewismaclean.com — and be sure to include your name, your nomination’s name, and why you feel they deserve a new furnace. We are accepting submissions until the end of the month — Thursday, Oct. 31! 1 604-532-9625 • –Tyler Dillon


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