After Dec. 31 2009, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to produce forced air furnaces with an efficiency of less than 90 percent AFUE. Its has been an industry standard to install mid-efficiency units that were available in multi stage configurations. It was also considered a major upgrade to the heating system to install a high efficient furnaces in a retrofit furnace change out. Reasons were there are many considerations during the initial sales visit, such as, can I vent it, and where can I drain it? In some city's, bylaws are being past that the new plastic venting pipes must be installed out the back of the house, or so many feet away from a side fence. Reasons for this are the steam that is venting of the side was a nuisance to the neighbors.
Faulty Plastic Vent Pipes
The issue of plastic venting came about in 1995. It is still a very dangerous issue that has been the subject of lawsuits filed against the parties that approved the practice to begin with. All home owners should look for this... MORE
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What should you look for when choosing a service and repair technician for your natural gas forced air furnace? In Calgary and all across Canada, furnace repairs as all other natural gas appliances can only be done by licensed gas fitters or technicians. Also, it helps that the repairs be done by a person that has been trained to work not only on the brand and model of your furnace, but also has the tools available that give specific readings as to the burning properties of natural gases. When setting your burner gas pressures, knowledge on using and reading specialized instruments to determine proper burning characteristics will bring you the ultimate piece of mind for a safe repair or new install. It only make sense to never allow any one who does not have proper training to work on your gas appliances.