The best ducted gas heating services in Canberra

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Canberra’s best ducted gas heating services. Photo: File.

From its early origins in Korea some 7,000 years ago, evidence of central heating systems can be found littered all over the world. With raised floors, heat channelling pipes, and all manner of furnaces, these ducted systems were feats of engineering. The Greeks, the Romans, and later the British, have gradually evolved and improved each iteration over the course of time.

Indeed, many civilisations both ancient and new, have sought the means to create comfort through improved standards of living. And why shouldn’t they! With sub-zero temperatures living in cooler climates poses a real challenge to a basic human need – warmth.

Here in Canberra this need is no different. Our in-land location and close-proximity to snowy regions positions our capital as one of the coldest cities in Australia. And while our winter days are relatively mild in global terms, or evenings sure do pack a chilly punch.

To solve this dilemma there are a myriad of heating solutions available on the market. While space heating does the trick for our northern neighbours, most Canberran’s will agree that central heating is an absolute must.

When it comes to central heating, ducted gas is one of the more popular choices for the region. As the name implies, these systems offer a heating solution that uses natural gas to warm the air. Whether you are building a new residence, looking to replace, or retrofit into an existing home, there are many things to consider.

As the old-adage suggests; fail to prepare and prepare to fail! When it comes to designing a ducted gas heating system this most certainly holds true. Home size, number of zones, height of ceilings, open spaces, and windows all impact a system’s ability to heat. That is why professional system design is so important. Moreover, installing a ducted gas heating system is a task that requires the skilled finesse of licensed trades.

So where does one find these heating heavy lifters? Well, we have rounded up the best ducted gas heating services that Canberra has to offer, so do read on below.

What makes a great ducted gas heating service?

The best ducted gas heating services are wizards of winter, warming our homes and our hearts. These highly skilled, professionally licensed trades, work with all the leading manufacturers and know their products inside out. To assess your next supplier we consider you keep an eye out for the following:

  • Qualified, licensed, insured. Installing ducted gas can require trades with specialised sets and credentials, namely gas fitters and plumbers. When assessing each service their credentials should be at the top of your list. At a minimum, your gas fitter should be equipped with a certificate IV in gas supply industry operations. Moreover, your plumber should hold at least a certificate III in plumbing. Each trade should also hold an industry white card, and relevant ACT licensing for gas fitting and/or plumbing. To check for valid licensing visit Access Canberra. Finally, ensure your trades hold public liability, workers compensation, and contracts cover insurance. Be sure to cite a copy of the insurance certificate; and remember to call the insurance provider to confirm validity.
  • Industry accreditation. Another useful way to assess your shortlisted ducted gas heating service is to check on their industry accreditation. For gas fitters, the Australian Gas Association is the peak industry body. They accredit under a scheme that denotes AGA listed gas fitters who uphold safe practises and quality standards to a tee. As for plumbers in Canberra, the Master Plumbers Association ACT is the core industry body. Membership indicates that your contractor is one of the best in the region. Importantly, it supports adherence to ethical guidelines and industry standards.
  • Experienced. While natural gas is classified as a non-hazardous substance, it poses risks to people and property. These can include health risks like carbon monoxide poisoning, and safety risks like explosion. Proper installation and maintenance are key to mitigating these risks. That is why seeking anyone without the proper experience is ill advised. Consider how long your service have been in business, the nature of projects they typically carry, and the experience levels of all staff. This experience goes a long way to ensuring a quality installation and is particularly useful for any troubleshooting.
  • Professional & transparent. The best ducted gas heating installers are top notch professionals delivering quality each, and every time. They are wonderful communicators and are clear about services and charges. Therefore, look for trades who are transparent with their quotes and timelines. Ensure the quote includes the full scope of work, materials, timeframes, and guarantees. Retrofitting projects may carry unforeseen expenses, so look for a service that is willing to guide you through the possibilities. To assess for quality, look for glowing customer reviews and personal recommendations. Finally, once done, ensure your gasfitter provides you with a compliance certificate, confirming that work adheres to industry specifications and standards.
  • Dependable service. As with all specialised services you should expect nothing less than one that is reliable and dependable. They should arrive as indicated, work in a tidy fashion, and complete the project as scheduled. Regardless of whether your ducted gas needs are planned or a result of an emergency, seek a service known for punctuality, and prompt execution.

The best ducted gas heating services in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Woden Valley Plumbing & Gasfitting

Family run and locally owned, Woden Valley Plumbing & Gasfitting have been servicing Canberra and surrounds for over two decades. They offer scheduled and emergency plumbing and gas fitting services for residential and commercial clients.

As a core specialisation this team offers comprehensive ducted gas heating services. From installation, to servicing, and repairs, Woden Valley Plumbing & Gasfitting can assist with the entire system or individual parts.  From ducted heaters to wall furnaces, pipes, vents and more this experienced team has got it covered.

Matt Bethke shared this review on Google, The replacement of my gas ducted heating was second to none. Highly recommended. The best experience. What more can be I say, 6/5 awesome. Thanks Woden Valley Plumbing.”

Climate Master

As one of Canberra’s heating and cooling experts, Climate Master have been servicing Canberra and surrounds for over twenty-five years. As a family run business, they choose to partner with the best brands using industry knowledge and buying power to secure gas ducted heating options that work for their customers.

Climate Master offers full service design, supply, and installation services for ducted gas heating systems. Moreover, they provide a convenient annual maintenance service along with swift repairs as needed. For all your ducted gas heating needs serviced by the one team contact Climate Master.

Murray Maxwell shared this great review on Google, “Very professional company…. We have had them install a new ducted evaporative cooling system and ducted gas central heating. All work carried out with minimum inconvenience house left clean and tidy any maintenance followed up promptly. Highly recommend.”

Ideal Air Heating and Cooling Canberra

Since first opening their doors in 2002, Ideal Air have built a strong reputation as leaders in heating and cooling servicing. They offer complete end-to-end system repairs and maintenance services which are crucial for ducted gas systems.

As a core specialisation, their ducted gas services can be conducted on all major brands including Braemar, Brivis, and Rinnai. Members of their highly experienced team each have a minimum of seven years-experience, have a proven competency in the trade and are consummate professionals.

Catherin McMahon shared her experience with the team on Google, I called Ideal Air to fix our broken gas heating system and was absolutely impressed. They came the same day, arrived 10 minutes early and fixed the problem.”

Thermal Active

Thermal Active have been providing comprehensive year-round temperature control solutions for Canberrans since 2001. They pride themselves on designing effective heating systems, including ducted gas heat.

Thermal Active have extensive experience in custom designing each system, tailored to the specific requirements of clients, their properties, and budgets. Boasting relationships with all the leading brands, they offer a range of products from 3 to 7-star efficiency units. For personalised service and a tailored approach look to Thermal Active.

Scarlet Bennett shared this great review on Google, Highly recommend Thermal Active…. Fantastic service. Quick turnaround and a good price. They did everything they said they were going to do when they said they would do it…. I really appreciate the quality of advice and service I received.”

Proactive Air Conditioning & Heating

With over three decades experience in Canberra’s heating and cooling industry, this family operated business built a stellar reputation as one of the regions most respected companies in the region. Offering a range of heating and cooling services, Proactive Air also caters the full spectrum of ducted gas heating needs.

From designing a system to suit client needs, to product sourcing, and meticulous installation this team manages it all. Should your ducted gas system require a little care, their annual maintenance and repairs service are there to assist.

Hans Roser shared this great feedback on Google, I have used Proactive for over 20 years to install, service, and repair our heating and cooling. Their service is absolutely first class. They have always responded quickly and efficiently and are personally very considerate and responsive.”

To help refine your search you may be interested in our articles on the best gas fitters, the best plumbers, and the best electricians in Canberra. For more heating and cooling options check out our articles on the best air-conditioning services, and the best solar panel installers in the region. To link your ducted gas to your smart home set up visit our article on the best home automation system installers in Canberra.

Your experience with ducted gas heating services in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the ducted gas heating services listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ducted gas heating?
Ducted gas heating is a central heating system that burns natural gas to warm the air. The system is comprised of a central heating element which distributes heat through a network of ducts into vents on floors, ceilings, or walls. Ducted gas systems come with the option of heating an entire home, or specific zones within as needed. The systems are usually controlled by a programmable panel containing a thermostat, which allows for temperature, time, and zone settings.
How much does ducted gas installation cost?
There are a few factors that will determine the end installation cost of a new ducted gas heating system. Things like the systems size, number of zones and points, the brand selected, and ease of installation all impact the final cost. As a ball-park indicator, expect to pay a minimum of $8,000 for a 6-point installation to upwards of $15,000 for larger spaces and more zones. Note that gas installation is a prerequisite to running a gas heating system. Should you need installation additional costs will apply. Your ducted gas heating specialist will be able to provide advice on what is best suited to meet your needs and home size.
Can I retrofit a ducted gas heating system?
Yes, in most instances this is completely doable. Do bear in mind that the existing layout and finishes of your walls, floors, and ceilings may impact where points and zones can be installed. Concrete floors or brick walls may require workaround solutions via the ceiling for example. A qualified and experienced ducted gas heating installer will be able to provide options and costs for any retrofitting scenario.
How often should I service my ducted gas heating system?
A good rule of thumb is to have your ducted gas heating system professionally serviced at least every two years. In addition to this, you should conduct general cleaning inspection of components each year, including filters and vents.
How long does a ducted gas heating system last?
Generally, a well-maintained ducted heating system can last between 10 to 20 years, with an average lifespan of about 15 years. Do keep in mind that many factors determine the systems lifespan; and that over time some elements or components may need to be repaired or replaced.

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