Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions about HVAC and more, answered by the heating and cooling experts at West Temp.

Top FAQs

  • How do heat pumps compare to traditional HVAC systems?

    Heat pumps are generally considered to be more energy efficient than traditional HVAC systems, which can result in lower energy bills. They can also provide both heating and cooling, which can be more convenient than separate heating and cooling systems.

  • What maintenance is required for an air conditioning system after installation?

    Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure that the air conditioning system operates efficiently and reliably. This includes changing air filters, cleaning coils, and inspecting the system for any leaks or damage.

  • Why is my HVAC system making strange noises?

    It’s hard to diagnose an HVAC system making strange noises without a proper inspection. Some reasons for strange noises include loose parts, worn bearings, or airflow issues. It’s best to have an HVAC professional like Nanaimo’s West Temp Heating and Cooling inspect your system to identify and fix the problem.

  • Can I install a gas furnace myself?

    It is not recommended to install a gas furnace yourself as it requires technical knowledge and experience to ensure that it is installed safely and correctly.

  • Do gas fireplaces require a chimney?

    Gas fireplaces don’t require a traditional masonry chimney like wood-burning fireplaces do. Instead, they require a venting system to remove the combustion gases from the home. The type of venting system required will depend on the model of gas fireplace.

  • Can I perform HVAC maintenance myself?

    While there are some HVAC maintenance tasks that you can perform yourself, such as changing air filters, it’s generally recommended that you hire a professional HVAC technician to perform more complex tasks such as cleaning coils or inspecting ductwork.

  • How long do tankless hot water systems last?

    Tankless hot water systems typically have a longer lifespan than traditional hot water systems, with some systems lasting up to 20 years or more. Regular maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your system.

  • How do I know if there’s a gas leak in my home? What if I suspect one?

    Signs of a gas leak include a rotten egg smell, hissing sounds, or dead plants. If you suspect a leak, leave the area, don’t use any devices, and call the FortisBC Emergency Line at 1-800-663-9911 (24 hours) or 911.

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