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What’s the Difference Between a Boiler and a Furnace?

March 9, 2021

What’s the Difference Between a Boiler and a Furnace?

Whether it's the dead of winter or the tail end of fall, your comfort in the cold ought to cross your mind. The air you breathe and the water you thrive on rely on two common appliances you might be taking for granted at this very moment: Your boiler and furnace.

The furnace and the boiler are essential in the household you cannot do without. If you ever face any issues with your furnace or boiler, A-Plus Quality offers 24/7 HVAC repair service in the Greater Toronto Area. Although both a boiler and furnace provide similar results, they are two different systems that function differently and have some contrasting elements. 

To break it down simply: Boilers put fire to water and furnaces put fire to air. That is, they are heating appliances that tackle every possible heating need your household requires in the general sense. Having a boiler in the Greater Toronto Area ensures that your water and home stays, and having a furnace in in the Greater Toronto Area ensures that the air in your home stays warm. 

A boiler can provide many purposes, such as water heating and central heating. While a furnace’s purpose is to provide central heat. Another difference between the two, is that a furnace requires duct work while a boiler does not. Here’s some main contrasting points between the two:

Furnace:
- Purpose is to heat air
- Distributes heated air through ducts
- Can run on natural gas, oil, propane or electricity
- Less expensive

Boiler:
- Purpose is to heat a fluid
- Distributes the heated fluid through pipes
- Can run on natural gas, oil, propane, or wood. 
- More energy efficient 

In order to decide whether a furnace in the, Greater Toronto Area, or boiler, in the Greater Toronto Area, is best for your home, contact us today to speak to an A-Plus Quality representative. At A-Plus Quality, we will help guide you each step of the way: from making the right decision all the way up to installation. 

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Client Testimonials

  • First experience was on New Year's Day, 2020, when furnace stopped. Called A-Plus and they had a rep (Jack) out quickly. He did some troubleshooting. He wasn't giving BS. Gave me options on repairing or replacing. Non-biased, no pressure. I chose replace and it was done the next day. Good experience all around. Second experience was early March, 2021 when a harsh chemical smell emanating from the furnace room, and pushed through the HVAC venting, permeated the house. Very concerning. Was late night, called A-Plus, immediately answered and suggested some safety moves for the evening. Booked a visit for the morning. Jack again came and assessed the issue and advised where the smell came from (outside). Again, very professional, quick, no BS, good guy. Completely satisfied with the service after often being given the BS treatment from other service providers for the house. Would definitely recommend.

    Daniel Colombo
    a month ago
  • A Plus Quality Inc were absolutely AMAZING! I changed my furnace, AC, and humidifier. They were quick, efficient, professional and did an outstanding job. I definitely recommend them to everyone!

    Paul D
    3 weeks ago
  • From the moment we called A Plus, until our heat was restored, the customer service was excellent! Polite and caring over the phone. Considerate and efficient technicians at the service end. Highly recommend.

    sue casey
    a month ago
  • A Plus Quality did a wonderful job installing our new Carrier heating system and ecobee smart thermostat. The technicians were courteous, professional and followed the health and safety protocols in regards to Covid-19. Thank you for a job well done!

    Patri A
    a month ago
  • what an amazing company, very friendly well experienced in the trade. they have lots of knowledge and the take all percostion of covid when coming into my house. they are also very clean and get the job done right. I will definitely be going to them again. I highly recommend for everyone to use a-plus quality.

    Gianluca Altobello
    a month ago

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FAQ

  • Water is Leaking on my Furnace

    Water falling on to the furnace can harm your heating unit by affecting the control boards and other components enclosed in the furnace. There can be many causes to the water overflow, but the most common cases in the summer is the ice build up inside the evaporator coil due to low refrigerant level. Water build up can also be due to the evaporator coil having a crack on the base, if this is the case contact us by booking an appointment or call us today to have a technician come have a look at your unit and repair this issue before it causes excessive damage.  

  • Why is there ice building up on the copper pipes?

    There can be many reasons why the refrigerant pipes are freezing up but the most common issue is low refrigerant levels. If your AC unit has ice buildup turn off the unit for at least 4 hours and call us at 416-410-0337

  • What is a heat pump?

    Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

  • Most common Boiler Issues

    - Boiler fails to ignite
    - Low pressure
    - Strange Noises
    - Boiler is not responding to the thermostat
    - Cold Radiators
    - Boiler leaking or dripping
    - Boiler cycling very fast
    - Available Hot water but No Heat

  • What is a mini-split?

    By definition, and simply put, a “Split System” is a heating and air conditioning system which has two main components, the indoor unit and outdoor unit. In short, the indoor unit absorbs heat energy in the cooling mode, and the outdoor unit rejects the very heat absorbed by the indoor unit. And the cycle is repeated until the set temperature is met. Although the indoor and outdoor units are located in physically different, hence “split” locations, they are connected and operate as, one system; continuously circulating refrigerant liquid and vapor by means of interconnecting, dehydrated copper refrigerant lines, commonly referred to as a “Line Set”.

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