Are you going to have your furnace maintained or replaced?

September 10th 2002

If you are a BC Gas customer, make sure to click onto the BC Gas banner on the left. You'll want to take advantage of the terrific BC Gas rebate offers for both furnace and boiler tune-ups as well as replacement high efficiency furnace and boiler installations.

If you are an ATCO customer in Alberta, click onto the ATCO EnergySense banner to find out how you can register for the Energuide For Houses Program. They will complete a thorough evaluation of your home that will indicate and prioritize the improvements you can make to increase the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

How do I choose a contractor?

The key to a trouble-free installation is finding a good contractor.

Here are some tips to help you and remember: least expensive isn't always best take the time to check references!

Choose a gas contractor who is licensed through the provincial Gas Safety Program and employs licensed gas fitters.

Registered contractors are required to maintain a performance bond.

It's a good idea to ask for a copy of the gas permit and see the gas fitter license of the individual performing the work for you.

Get quotes from more than one contractor. Ensure all quotes are in writing and that they include the cost of a gas permit.

Look for contractors who:

Do a thorough check of the installation.

Are bonded and insured for public liability and property damage.

Offer a warranty that covers equipment, materials and labour (indicating who is responsible for honouring that warranty).

Provide customer references.

Offer maintenance and service after installation and after any warranties have expired.

Choose a contractor you feel comfortable with. Speak with more than one contractor and select the one that gives you a fair price (not necessarily the highest or the lowest).

Make sure you understand what you're signing. Prices quoted should be all inclusive to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Your contract should indicate a planned completion date and an agreement for the contractor or any subcontractors to clean up after the job is finished.

Make sure all contract changes are in writing and signed by the contractor.

If you live in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley or in Merritt B.C., feel free to call the HouseSmart Centre at 604-542-2236 and we'll be happy to refer you to one of our trusted HouseSmart Referral Network heating members (or, simply check under "Heating" in the Referral Network area of this website).