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Have your heating systems serviced while the sun shines

by Christine Rowlands
June 13, 2018

Safety, Energy efficiency, Natural gas, Electricity

Winter may be just a memory now, and you don’t exactly need your heating system when, as the old song goes, the heat is on. But summer is actually a very good time to get annual maintenance done on your furnace, boiler, fireplace or heat pump. Not only will you be ahead of the game when the cold weather (inevitably) returns, but contractors also aren’t as busy at this time of year.

With our Appliance Maintenance Rebate Program, when you have your natural gas furnace or boiler and fireplace serviced between May 14 and August 17, 2018, you can get a $25 rebate on each—one for your furnace or boiler and one for your fireplace—for a total rebate of up to $50.

If you’re a FortisBC residential natural gas customer with an individual gas meter, you’ll need to have your appliance serviced by August 17 and apply online for your rebate by September 14, 2018. If your application’s approved, your rebate will appear as a credit on your natural gas bill in about six to eight weeks. Easy breezy! (Note: emailed or mailed applications may take longer to process.)

Keep in mind that your maintenance service must be performed by a licensed Technical Safety BC natural gas contractor. A licensed gas contractor will be able to ensure your service includes all the essential elements and can answer any questions you might have about ongoing safety and performance. You can find a contractor in your area by searching our directory.

To keep your natural gas furnace running smoothly between contractor visits, it’s a good idea to check and replace the filter every three to six months—this helps keep your vents and air free of lint, dust or pet hair. It’s also important to make sure the area around your furnace is clear of potential combustibles, such as laundry or cardboard boxes.

If you’re a FortisBC electricity customer, you can take advantage of our Heat Pump Tune-up Rebate Program. A $50 rebate is available if you have your electric heat pump serviced by December 31, 2018 and apply online within 60 days of your service invoice date. You can find a local contractor with our Electrical Contractor Program.

Whatever your source of warmth, when your heating systems are running at optimal efficiency, this means improved air quality and ventilation in your home. So, look after your heating systems now and they’ll be there for you when you need them next winter.

Natural gas customers, learn more about quality furnace maintenance and apply online for your rebate. For more information, read our frequently asked questions.

Electricity customers, find out more about our $50 heat pump rebate and apply online.