Every homeowner knows that Toronto and the surrounding areas can get mighty cold during the winter time, and since now the fall is fast approaching it is a good idea to have your furnace inspected by a professional. You may have an older home where constant upkeep of the furnace is necessary, so of course you will want to keep a close on eye on it before it needs to be fired up for the season.
Make sure you regularly clean your furnaces filters and replace them every two to three months. If you do that you can expect to have a furnace in good working condition for up to 20 years. It is also a good idea that once it gets past ten years you subscribe to an annual maintenance contract. A warranty might only last 7 to 10 years so at that point you will need to take care of all repairs on your own.
If it is during the warranty period just make sure all furnace services in the GTA are licensed and insured, otherwise it could void your warranty. When they do come over for an inspection make sure they tell you what type of condition it is in, and if any major repairs are needed.
If you live in an older house with a old model furnace you may think about upgrading the entire heating and cooling system to a more advanced HVAC system. This is a good idea because these system are high efficiency, produce better heating and cooling and can also lower your energy bill by a lot. In some parts of the GTA it is mandatory that you replace your old furnace with a new model. You may also be entitled to receive a government grant in order to help with a replacement model.
If you decide to stay with your old system it is very important that you have an emergency number to call in case there is a problem with furnace and it suddenly stops working. This can happen if you don't change the filter often enough and it becomes clogged with lots of dust, dirt and debris. The entire system will then shut down until it is properly cleaned. You can do a lot maintenance wise to save money by simply replacing the filter and keeping the area free and clear of debris.
Furnace services in the GTA run all different prices but most companies have specials for first time customers. You can find them online or in your local paper that can save you a lot of money. Inquire within about what savings you can expect, and don't be afraid to call around and get many quotes. Also read reviews online about the different furnace repair companies in and around the Toronto area t get a good idea who is reliable and trustworthy.
Proper upkeep of your furnace is very important since you do live in a cold weather area. Never wait until the last second to do maintenance, otherwise you may run into serious problems once the cold weather starts to roll in.
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