What to expect
Expect nothing but the best when you hire us. We always use our expertise and years of experience for the benefit of our customers. You can also expect a wide range of services from our team. Examples of those services are:
- Proper installation of the furnace and confirmation that it is properly secured in place.
- Reliance on the suggestions made by the manufacturers to ensure every furnace brand and model is handled properly. This can also help you with the manufacturer’s warranty.
- Making sure all the plumbing and electrical systems are in proper condition before installing the furnace.
- Verification of how the unit is working to ensure there are no leaks or other problems.
- Testing the unit to ensure it is per the highest standards.
Our company is the best place to get Goodman, Lennox, and Carrier furnaces. You are bound to get the perfect furnace model for your home or office from our variations. You can also count on our professionalism and prioritization of customer needs when you want furnace repair or installation services. Contact us for the services you need today.
Frequently asked questions
- What are some of the reasons why I should consider replacing my furnace?
You can always replace your furnace because of various reasons, but the four main ones are:
1. The furnace is old
Consider the duration that your furnace has been in use. A good furnace is usually meant to last between 10 to 20 years. Once it goes beyond that, you will find yourself having frequent repairs, which can be very costly. If you monitor your furnace closely at this age, you will notice that its efficiency has also gone down, and also the frequency of maintenance and repairs has gone up. Instead of doing repairs all the time, it is advisable to have it replaced.
An old furnace in the house can also cost you comfort since you are not sure of its efficiency. Your safety is also at risk because they are prone to gas leaks which are not safe for inhalation.
2. Lower heating bills
Your fuel costs could be hitting a height that is way above the hydro and gas bills, unlike other homes around Mississauga. Typically, when a furnace starts to use less than the 80% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), it is time to have it replaced. It is recommended that the less fuel a furnace uses, the more it heats your home efficiently.
If you get a new furnace with an AFUE rating of 90-95%, you are less likely to have high heating bills. Based on this, buying a new furnace may be too costly after all. In the end, it will save you from high fuel costs. Considering your comfort and financial constraints, you can always shop around for a furnace within your budget and get the right heating system.
The heating system of your furnace could be unsafe for your use. In such instances, a technician can “red-tag” your furnace to indicate that it is unsafe for heating, resulting in the furnace getting shut down.
Always seek second or even third opinions from licensed gas technicians. Sometimes people use scare tactics to get sales, yet your furnace can serve you longer.
Despite this, there are legitimate red tags that you shouldn’t dismiss. If two technicians can prove the same, then it is only advisable to dispose of your current furnace and buy a new one.
If you experience this situation amid a cold season, there are options such as a fireplace and a wood stove that can get you through for some time. You will still need to contacting a heating and cooling contractor in Mississauga to help you buy one.
You may have your furnace well-maintained and always running, but the heat is not sufficient for the whole home. Of course, the main purpose of a furnace is to heat the living space and provide the desired comfort. You can go through all the inspection processes and maintenance, but still, the results remain the same. In such a case, the only solution is to have it replaced and get value for your money.
- Natural gas is Mississauga’s #1 choice for furnace fuel today.
For more than 10 years, the cost of natural gas has been low, making it affordable for most homeowners around the GTA area. Due to this, most homes with furnaces have switched to using natural gas as fuel. If you’re also interested in the switch, you can look at the historical natural gas rates page to see the trending costs of natural gas.
The current prices of natural gas have come along with a lot of incentives. Companies around Toronto have also been taking measures to provide residents with gas meters accompanied with incentives that make them irresistible.
There has been an influx of clients every day seeking to switch from other fueling methods to natural gas. Other factors such as cost-efficiency, lower energy bills, and the fact that it is clean also serve as additional incentives for the change. Free installation is another reason why you may want to change the furnace fuel.
It is also good to note that natural gas is not only limited to your furnace. You can use it to fuel other appliances around your home, although some appliances such as central home furnaces use electricity.
If you thought of changing the choice of fuel around your home, take this chance and apply for a natural gas meter to enjoy the incentives that come with it.
- What is the right size furnace for my home?
The size of your furnace should be determined by your living space and the amount of energy required to heat your home. You should avoid an oversized or undersized furnace for reasons such as overheating and underheating, respectively.
If you have an existing furnace that you are seeking to replace, you can still have another one in the same size or even a slightly bigger one, factoring in the amount of energy you need, which is calculated in BTU/HR. Please note that the size of the furnace you acquire should be enough to serve you during the coldest season of the year.
For more information regarding this, you can visit the pages where we discuss furnace heating and sizing in detail. Alternatively, you can contract the services of a licensed heating contractor near you. Just make sure you seek the services of a professional before you purchase and install a furnace.
- What features should I look for when comparing high-end efficiency furnaces?
When looking for a furnace, find one that matches your needs in terms of the amount of heat you require, your budget, and comfort. When we say budget, it does not only refer to the cost of procuring and installing; it also refers to the fuel costs you will save every year. It also refers to the payback period since it is a long-term investment.
For example, if there are two furnaces on offer, with one going for $3,000 and the other for $3,500, you can only make a saving if you get the one with a lower cost. The one with a higher cost, which will give you a longer payback period, is better for a long-term investment.
Invest in a furnace that will give you returns in a minimum period of 5 years. Your goal should be to identify an economical furnace that matches your comfort.
If you are looking for such a furnace in Mississauga, you can use any of the factors below as determinants, depending on brands and models.
- Operational and complete installation costs.
- Rebates on the particular furnace and if you are eligible for them.
- AFUE rating.
- Blower and inducer motors on the furnace.
All factors above will help you come up with an economically rational decision. Don’t forget about functionality and comfort, even as you focus on economic benefits.
For functionality, other factors to consider are:
- The type of blower motor.
- The number of heating stages. You can choose between single-stage, two-stage, and three-stage heating furnaces.
- Fuel consumption and AFUE rates.
- Warranties and availability of parts.
- What does AFUE mean, and why is it important?
The initials AFUE stand for Annual fuel utilization efficiency, which is a rating that shows the efficiency of your furnace. It compares the amount of fuel your furnace consumes against the heat produced, commonly referred to as input/output power.
AFUE rating usually ranges between 0-100%. The standard rating for good fuel equipment ranges between 80%-95%. The age, quality, and maintenance of the furnace are some of the main determinants of the AFUE for your furnace. Furnaces with over 20 years mainly have a lower rate – between 80% and 65%. As such, if your furnace has an AFUE rating of below 80%, understand that some of the energy from your equipment is going to waste, which also translates to high billings.
A furnace with a rating of 94% in Mississauga is considered highly efficient, whereas a furnace with over 20 years could record an AFUE of 65%. Notably, these numbers will most definitely decline as the years pass by.
Most furnaces come with a sticker that provides the numbers you can use to calculate your expected AFUE since this information is not usually publicly available.
If you live in the GTA and have a furnace that is 20 years, the chances are that the AFUE is very low. If it is 60%, around 40 percent of the fuel consumed goes to waste, and only the remaining 60 percent is used to heat your home. With such an AFUE, consider replacing your furnace with a new one that will have an efficiency of 98%.
- What does the number of heating stages indicate, and why should I care?
You can always choose between single-stage and multi-stage furnaces. If you choose the former, you will have a furnace that operates with the gas flowing fully throughout.
If you choose the multi-stage heating option, you will get the two-stage, which starts with lower heating at around 60% fuel flowrate, or a three-stage heating furnace, which starts the same way but allows you to increase slowly until you get 100% flowrate. The multiple valve settings on a three-stage heating furnace are why it is called a modulating furnace. However, it should not be confused with the true modulating furnace, which usually has more than 40 settings and smaller incremental changes.
The multi-stage furnaces tend to provide better control during temperature fluctuations. They allow the furnace to turn off when the heat produced exceeds the setting you have on the thermostat. With the single-stage heating system, you will experience more temperature fluctuations that you may not easily control.
The different heating stages won’t affect how much energy you use. Both types of furnaces can still get you the heating efficiency you want, but the multi-stage heating appliances will achieve it within a shorter time than the single-stage ones.
- How many different blower motors are used in furnaces available in Toronto?
PCS blowers: These motors use the AC form. Most modern furnaces have these because of their increased efficiency. They are estimated to have 30% more efficiency than other types of blowers. Their disadvantage is loud operations that can be uncomfortable for some.
ECM X13 blowers: The Electronically-Commuted Motors will convert the AC to DC first before transmission. Because of this, they usually have low power consumption rates than the PCS motors. They can also change the motor speed during the conversion. The X13 ECM has limited speed settings, but it still operates silently on lower heating.
True variable-speed ECM blowers: These have more speed settings that increase in small amounts. They are the most efficient and are mostly available in the infinity series by Carrier.
There is also the inducer blower motor type that is the most superior in terms of noise reduction and energy savings.
- Should I insist on a warranty when buying or servicing a furnace?
Most warranties have at least 10 years, which shows that our products and services are the best. It’s always a good idea to explore all warranty choices to ensure you don’t pass up on the best offers. These programs are meant to reassure you that the products you’re investing in are worthy. Manufacturers usually show you that they believe in the quality of their products through their warranties. That is why brands like Carrier, Goodman, and Lennox have some of the longest ones, including for parts. Air Makers’ labour warranties usually range between 5 to 10 years.
Always read the contract carefully to enjoy the full extent of the warranty in question. Make sure you understand the clauses attached and the possible reasons that could cause it to nullify. Determining where the warranty is from is also crucial to ensure you’re being served by a credible company, especially if you’re buying the furnace from an installation and repair company.
- What rebates can I get when I replace my furnace with a high-efficiency one in Toronto?
Currently, the manufacturer’s warranties are void, which means there are only two rebate programs you can rely on. One of them is the $250 rebate that you get if you replace your furnace with a highly efficient one that has an ECM motor. This is an Ontario Power Authority offered by any Toronto HVAC contractor that belongs to the HRA.
The design of fire furnaces makes them safe since they can shut down when there is no burning flame. We consider our clients’ safety, which is why our furnaces go through thorough inspection and testing to avoid a fire in the future. We also offer fire extinguishers in case of an emergency.
- Why should I trust air makers with my furnace installation and repairs?
Considering the number of installed HVAC equipment since 2013, Air Makers has ranked among the best heating and cooling contractors in the Greater Toronto Area. We specialize in offering the best and affordable heating and cooling installations for residential consumption. With such a profile and achievement awards won over the years, you can trust us as our company is also quite reputable.
- How can I safely clean my air furnace?
You should clean your furnace at least once a year, especially during its inspection. Turn it off before cleaning and use a clean damp cloth to wipe the inside.
Alternatively, you can gently brush or vacuum the logs one by one to remove the dust.
When it comes to the glass surfaces, get a special glass cleaner from our stores. They are specially created for this purpose. Be cautious when cleaning such surfaces as well, and avoid using any other glass cleaners. Most generic cleaners can react with the furnace deposits to cause the accumulation of carbon deposits.
- Is it safe to use a fire furnace with underlying conditions?
The air around your living space will always be pure and fresh, even with the use of a fire-furnace because most are usually considered safe. All you have to do is ensure proper ventilation in the home and avoid leaving the furnace on throughout the night. If you feel a fire furnace can affect your condition, don’t be afraid to consult your doctor for guidance.