Not so long go purchasing a new furnace was a simple matter. There were few models to choose from
so homeowners typically went with whatever the furnace salesman had to offer. Now you have manufacturers
from around the world competing for your furnace purchase.
So what is the difference between furnaces?
They are all basically the same - they create heat, the fan blows the heat through the duct work -
what makes them different:
quality used in the
manufacturing (as we all know from buying even a simple pocket watch the quality of the materials ranges
drastically from electroplated stainless to surgical stainless steel to more costly metals which affect the
longevity and accuracy of the product - the same is true for furnaces)
levels (usually the higher the
efficiency the more costly the unit and the more complicated the computer components that make it run at such a
high efficiency which means more experienced service technicians are required to maintain these
warranties are not worth the paper they are written on, so you really do have to read the fine print if you want
something you know will be covered against product failure. As more and more materials are purchased overseas it is
not uncommon for parts to get damaged in the shipping so the warranty can be the only thing that protects
the end buyer from getting something that doesn't work as promised.
installation - WARNING: Installations
are NOT the same - this is the most common cause of problems down the road when customers go with the
cheapest installers who really don't understand the technology they are installing and thus either size the unit
improperly or the installation was never designed to operate the way it was installed. When shopping around go
with a licensed certified expert who guarantees their work and has been in business long enough to be there when
you call if there are ever problems.
the maintenance - like your
car the better you care for it the better it runs and the longer it lasts - the same is true for
furnaces. If you take care of it you have fewer headaches & save money too. These new furnaces
are not the same machines that were made even a few years ago - they all have computer components
now to minimize the fuel that is used and to operate more effectively. Taking care of these units through
annual maintenance is vital to keep them operating both efficiently and properly. The last thing you need is
for the heat to fail in the dead of winter.
can see equipment, installations and warranties vary drastically so comparing work based on price alone could
end up being the homeowner’s worst nightmare. At Francis Plumbing & Heating we provide you with a written
quote upfront (no hidden surprises) and discuss all the details you need to make an informed decision based on
facts in writing not just verbal promises.
got a quote from someone else
and want to know if what you are getting is going to fit your home and personal
us a call, we will gladly review their quote with you and give you an honest assessment of what they are
offering you and if their quote is a good one that we can’t beat we will encourage you to go ahead with the
other company’s quote.
know that may seem like a bad way to do business giving it to the other company but our goal has always been customers’ needs first! We want what is best for our neighbors and
clients regardless of who provides the service.
honesty and integrity has made us well known in Ottawa which is why many homeowners trust us to care for their
heating needs personally.
MAINTENANCE & SERVICE PLANS
Looking for an annual maintenance plan that covers your annual cleaning & safety inspection that
breaks down the cost into small monthly payments so you don't have to think about it - we can help you
with our "we care" maintenance plan.
Looking for a maintenance plan that is more than just the annual cleaning & safety inspection
which would include parts and labour for the year* broken down into manageable monthly payments? - Ask
about our "we care PLUS" plan.
questions or would like a quote
us a call 613-224-0041
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