Home furnaces in need of care

"…furnaces and other natural gas appliances require regular servicing to operate safely, efficiently and trouble-free."

In winter

Many people rely on their natural gas furnace, boiler or fireplace to keep them warm all winter.

So it’s important for them to be aware that all natural gas appliances need to be serviced each year by a qualified natural gas contractor.

“Too few furnaces get attention until they malfunction, likely at the worst possible time—during the winter heating rush when the temperature drops and contractors’ time is at a premium,” said Ian Turnbull, damage prevention and emergency services manager at FortisBC.

“This can add up to a big expense or worse, create an unsafe situation for the home’s occupants.”

Regular maintenance is key to keeping people safe and warm all winter.

An appliance service will help maintain healthy air quality by preventing appliances from creating carbon monoxide.

Servicing will also help appliances last longer and can determine if a furnace is running at its optimal efficiency to help save on heating costs.

“Like a car, furnaces and other natural gas appliances require regular servicing to operate safely, efficiently and trouble-free,” said Turnbull. “Most manufacturers recommend an annual service and may even require it to maintain the warranty.”

The annual service should be done by a natural gas contractor who is licensed by the BC Safety Authority. They’ll follow the BC Safety Authority’s Service Checklist which includes inspecting the system for leaks and proper venting, making sure the area is clear of fire-hazards and cleaning or repairing components.

A licenced contractor can also identify if an appliance needs to be replaced before an emergency occurs and will install the new unit safely with all the appropriate permits in place.

Through its Trade Ally Network, FortisBC maintains a comprehensive, searchable directory of qualified natural gas contractors at fortisbc.com/appliancesafety. There are also incentives for energy-efficient appliance upgrades.

 

Just Posted

Truck fire forces evacuation of Lake Country gas station

No one was injured as firefighters quickly contained blaze at the Shell on Sunday afternoon

Gas leak contained near Lakeshore Road

Ruptured line was quickly contained Sunday morning by Kelowna Fire Department

High winds cause havoc for sailors

Kelowna Fire Department assists boats with broken masts on Okanagan Lake

Late night confrontation between two men in Peachland

RCMP was called to the scene of a physcial encounter on Saturday evening where one man was injured

Update: Police expand search in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Examination continues in Silver Creek, while another search happens between Salmon Arm and Enderby

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

Rockets raise money for autism

Western Hockey League club hosts third annual Family Day Sunday in Kelowna

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

A golden opportunity

Orthodontist offers sweet deal for the pocketbook

Who is Curtis Sagmoen?

The Observer reveals what we know about the man attached to the Silver Creek property where human remains were found

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

First-place Warriors edge Caps, visit ‘Backs today

West Kelowna scores twice in 25 seconds early in third to overtake Cowichan Valley in BCHL action

Grab a book; thank your librarian

All libraries are cornerstones of their communities and we celebrate them during library month

Five decades of volunteering

Even though she is approaching 70, Merle kindred continues to volunteer around the world

Most Read