When it comes to keeping your home warm in the winter, you shouldn’t have to rely on a furnace that barely gets the job done. If your furnace doesn’t seem to be keeping your home as warm as it should, it’s time you called the furnace repair specialists at Three Points Plumbing and Heating. We have years of experience diagnosing and resolving furnace issues quickly and effectively with repairs, as well as furnace maintenance and cleaning. Our seasoned technicians are fully licensed and insured, and we have experience with all makes and models of furnaces.
We can save you money on your utility bills and ensure your home feels comfortable throughout the year. Don’t let another winter season go by bundled in sweaters and blankets—call the heating and cooling technicians at Three Points. We serve all of the Vancouver Area from West Vancouver to Langley, BC, and we’re happy to arrive promptly when you need us.
There are several different kinds of furnaces that you might have in your home. The majority of North American households depend on a central furnace to provide heat. A furnace works by blowing heated air through ducts that deliver the warm air to rooms throughout the house via air registers or grills. This type of heating system is called a ducted warm-air or forced warm-air distribution system. It can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or fuel oil.
In addition to furnaces we also service and install:
The most common type of furnace in homes today is the natural gas furnace, which uses gas piped in from the municipal line. Gas jets along a burner ignite to create the hot combustion gas that raises the temperature of air, which fans then circulate through the ducts. Gas furnaces are effective at creating even heating and do not cost much to run because of the competitive price of gas compared to other forms of fuel.
If you don’t have access to natural gas, you may need to fuel your furnace with oil. Most commonly used in cold environments mainly in remote parts of BC, oil furnaces convert oil to heat. Gas furnaces are almost always more efficient than oil furnaces.
If you don’t have a natural gas line coming into your house, you can instead rely on an electric-powered furnace. These systems use electric heating elements to provide the heat that transfers to the air. Electric furnaces are usually inexpensive to purchase up front and are smaller than other furnaces, making them easy to fit into most spaces.
Like oil furnaces, electric furnaces tend to be a lot less efficient, but they can be the right choice in some scenarios.
Heat pumps, while not a furnace, run on electricity and can heat and cool your home. Many people choose to use a heat pump in conjunction with a furnace, sometimes called hybrid heating, to improve comfort and efficiency. In areas with mild winters, however, you may be perfectly fine with no furnace and just a heat pump. They are also used in geothermal systems.
Modulating furnaces cost more, but you may find the benefits worth it. A modulating furnace adjusts the amount of gas it burns in order to reach the thermostat’s target temperature.
This allows it to more accurately pinpoint the temperature, usually with only a ½°F margin of error. (Other furnaces can be off by 4-6°F.) Modulating furnaces will not waste energy from continually shutting off and on, but instead run steadily at lower energy levels. You’ll still get the heating you want, but with less power required.
The importance of furnace maintenance can’t be overstated. The efficiency of your furnace will determine how warm your home is and how high your heating bills are. Without ongoing filter cleanings and furnace tune-ups, you risk not only losing money each month in energy loss, but your family may also be at increased risk for illness.
There are several signs that will help you determine when it’s time to repair your furnace, including:
At Three Points Plumbing and Heating, we can expertly diagnose and resolve your furnace and ventilation issues quickly with furnace repairs and furnace maintenance for a reasonable cost. We’ll tune up your furnace, which will increase reliability and energy efficiency to set your mind at ease over the cold winter months and save you money. We can also replace your furnace filter and ensure your gas or electric fittings are functional and sealed correctly. We have an eye for detail and can alert you to any minor issues so you can avoid a costly replacement or repair in the future.
Don’t let a furnace malfunction hamper your family’s ability to enjoy your home, and don’t rely on an amateur handyman to diagnose and fix your furnace issues.
Our technicians have expertise with all makes and models of HVAC systems. We can ensure your furnace is functional for years to come. Contact us today!