A couple of years ago a Technician that was servicing my old furnace made a comment that I needed a new furnace soon. At that time the old furnace was about 14-years old. I did a lot research on the internet about expected furnace life and most of what I read indicated that a furnace had a 15 to 20-year life span. The following year I noticed that my neighbor replaced his furnace, though I did not ask him why. I made my bonus at work this year so thought while I had the money it might be smart to replace the furnace. If I did not have the windfall of funds I would likely have waited until the old furnace forced my hand at replacing. I am not advocating that everyone should run out and buy a new furnace at the 16-year mark although prudence would dictate that you should at least be planning and saving for the event. I thought while I was on my spending spree, I might as well knock off the air-conditioner and water-heater. Water-heaters and air-conditioners have about the same expected life of a furnace, around the 15 to 20-year mark.
My water heater was a rental so more research was needed to educate myself on pros vs. cons of buying versus renting. Pros being mainly centered around worry free ownership, which includes free service calls and repairs. Being smart enough to recognize that there are no free lunches, I surmised that in reality all that you are accomplishing is pre-paying a maintenance contract; a maintenance contract that you will likely never use. Additionally I like the independence and freedom derived from ownership (you know they will raise the rental rates). Research indicated that Western Canada predominately owned water heaters and rental was predominately an Ontario thing. However to be sure I ran the numbers for those (like me) more business inclined and found: $1921.00 investment (inc. HST) at 4% hurdle, `15-year expected life, $640 service call in year-10, showed positive NPV 14.5% IRR and 6-year payback. So I decided to purchase my water heater even though Renato of Air Heating Plus indicated that he himself rents.
I searched Google for best furnaces; AC’s, water heaters and American Standard fared well in scoring though admittedly not the highest rated. However Consumer Reports study shows no appreciable statistically significant failure rates amongst any of the furnaces brands that they tested.
A search on American Standards website indicated Air Heating Plus, as local distributer. Research on Air Heating Plus, indicated high reviews on HomeStars, and voila. I called Renato on a Saturday; he came to the house Sunday exactly at the time he said. We did the deal and agreed on install date and time. Renato and crew were there on-time, did the job to my satisfaction, did the job fast and were done. My review is only indicative of the service and work provided by Air Heating Plus LTD. Literally the job completed an hour ago so I reserve judgement on future state. However dealing with Renato I have no complaints or issues and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a reputable HVAC professional.