Help Guides : Plumbing & HVAC : Ashton® Service : Vancouver BC

How Much Does It Cost to Install Central Air Conditioning?

Thinking about summer? It’s the middle of the rainy winter season in the West Coast. But there’s a hint of spring in the air and before we know it, summer will be right around the corner. Therefore, even though it may seem like a long way away, now is the perfect time to start thinking

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What is a Sump Pump? 7 Frequently Asked Questions

Does your basement need a sump pump? If you are a homeowner in the middle of the rainy season in Vancouver—or anywhere on the West Coast really—and you don’t already have a sump pump, you are likely thinking about getting one. In rainy areas especially, wet basements can be a serious problem that can cause

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Are You Doing That Right? The Right Way to Clean a Garbage Disposal

If there has been a funky smell going on in your kitchen that you haven’t been able to place, chances are that it’s coming from your garbage disposal.  A lot of people have the idea that garburators are magically “self-cleaning”. Dish soap goes down there all the time, right?  Nothing could be further from the

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Buying an Older Home? Watch for These 5 Common Plumbing Problems

Are you purchasing an old home? If you are shopping the housing market in Vancouver, then you’ll be fully aware that buying an older home can be one of your only options when it comes to purchasing a single-family house in the area.  Older homes can be brimming with character and charm, and can save

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How to Get Your Boiler Ready for Winter and Cut Down on Your Heating Costs

We are lucky in Vancouver that we have relatively mild Canadian winters. But we do still have occasional cold snaps that drop the temperatures below freezing and can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. When this happens, it’s important to have a boiler that you can depend on to keep your

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Get Out the Umbrellas, Winter is Coming! 5 Plumbing Tips for Rainy Weather in Vancouver

Is your plumbing ready for the rainy season? When people think of fall and winter-readiness for their plumbing, they likely think about pipes bursting and breaking during below-zero weather.  Homeowners in Vancouver might assume that means they don’t need to worry about winter-proofing their plumbing. We don’t get that cold in the winter, so there’s

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How Much Does a Furnace Cost? And Other Furnace FAQs

Owning your own furnace comes with a lot of responsibility, as well as maintenance and cost questions to think about. Here are the top six furnace questions that we get asked at Ashton Service Group. And if your question isn’t answered here, give us a call to talk to one of our heating and plumbing

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The Benefits of an Annual Furnace Tune-Up

There are several benefits to getting an annual furnace tune-up, and now that we’re heading into the cold Canadian winter, this is the perfect time to do it.  Many people think their furnace is a “plug and play” appliance; they can have it installed and forget about it. Furnaces can be costly to purchase and

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Buying a High Efficiency Furnace: What’s the AFUE Rating and How Does It Work?

All furnaces are certainly not created the same and, if you are a homeowner, you are probably aware that efficiency makes a big difference to your heating bill every month.  If you have a furnace in your home that is more than twenty years old, it’s likely that it isn’t meeting current standards for efficiency

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Do you need a drain tile system? Everything you need to know!

What is a drain tile system?   Drain tile, or “French drains”, are common drainage systems that are used to direct groundwater away from your home’s foundations, saving the structure from costly water damage.   A modern drain tile system is made up of a series of perforated PVC or plastic piping that runs around

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