Customers urged to contact HVAC contractors now for natural gas conversion

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EPCOR encourages Kincardine residents who have signed up for natural gas and have received an outside gas line and meter to their home to contact local heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors as soon as possible to fix the pipes and connections. in their house to build and start receiving natural gas to avoid additional compensation in the fall.

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Customers who have signed up for service and connected within a year will get the installation for free. With the summer approaching, that deadline is quickly approaching for many customers.

“To connect a home or business to the natural gas distribution system, customers must hire an HVAC contractor to convert their appliances or equipment they own to natural gas. If customers do not switch and start using gas a year after installing their meter, we will no longer be able to provide them with the first 30 meters of their outdoor connection line for free,” said EPCOR VP Ontario Region, Susannah Robinson.

While many Kincardine residents are already enjoying the convenience of natural gas, there are many who signed up for natural gas for the first time last year and have yet to convert their property to natural gas. To avoid a rush for services at the end of the summer season, people are being asked to plan ahead and book their HVAC service now.

“Contractors are busy at this time of year. I encourage residents to visit our website for a complete list of HVAC professionals and to find out which companies are available and have the capacity to do the job,” Robinson said. “I would encourage residents to make an appointment with an HVAC contractor as soon as possible, to ensure they are hooked up to natural gas in the summer so they can now enjoy their natural gas appliances as an outdoor fireplace and avoid the fall storm.” .”

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Several companies in the region, such as Talon Heating and Cross Heating & Air Conditioning, said they are always installing and repairing air conditioners in the spring and early summer, but in July and August, their workload typically decreases and should have the capacity to support this work.

“We’re definitely busy, but we can still reach most customers in a week or two,” said Troy Talon, owner of Talon Heating.

Jason Kennedy, an inside sales and marketing representative for Cross Heating & Air Conditioning, said his company still has plenty of availability throughout the summer months.

“When it’s the end of June and everyone’s air conditioners are repaired or installed, things slow down. By the fall, we are usually back to installing and repairing ovens, so it’s

it’s best to make an appointment now,” Kennedy said, adding that his company handles everything from the gas meter inside.

According to EPCOR, a flexible stainless steel pipe is required for connection to the natural gas supply, which runs to individual appliances. Coated with a yellow plastic coating on the outside, pipes are typically run under, through and along basement floor joists, interior cavities in interior walls, and on top of ceiling joists in attic spaces. Depending on the number of appliances to be connected, it usually only takes a day to convert a home to natural gas.

“When someone calls, we send our residential sales consultant to do a full assessment, and if they get the green light to proceed, we’ll visit an installation crew about a week later to do the job,” said Randy Barnes, regional marketing manager for Service Experts.

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He said his company also offers customers the opportunity to purchase brand-new, energy-efficient equipment for a single monthly payment with no down payment or installation fees. The costs of any repairs and maintenance are also covered with a rental package.

According to EPCOR, the average cost to convert a typical home from propane to natural gas is about $1,000, but if a home only needs to replace an opening, a conversion kit can cost $300.

With simple conversion, the process takes less than two hours per appliance, provided that no gas pipe changes take place. For larger projects, such as replacing a furnace or boiler, it can be taken care of in a day.

In November, EPCOR announced that it had connected its first residential customers to its natural gas distribution system in Kincardine. Later this year, the team expects the project to supply gas to other communities in Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie.

To find a local HVAC contractor, customers can visit epcor.com/hvacproviders.

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