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Common Signs That Indicate Your Furnace Needs Repair

Common Signs That Indicate Your Furnace Needs Repair

During cold seasons, we rely on our furnaces to heat the air inside our homes. Furnaces are subjected to the inevitable process of wear and tear so they can malfunction any time. Many people call electricians to come and fix their furnaces when they feel the internal environment isn’t warming as expected. When your furnace isn’t working at all, know that the problem has been there for a while and it escalated to precipitate the complete failure of your furnace. Here are some of the common signs you could observe on a furnace to make you call an HVAC professional in Ottawa.   Prolonged Furnace Smells or Odor Furnaces dissipate smell when they start functioning. This is especially if the furnace has stayed for long without working.  Such a smell is supposed to subside some minutes after the furnace stops to work. If you notice that the smell is persistent and does not end even after you switch off your furnace, know that something is wrong.   Gas leaks, excessive accumulation of dust, molds or old ducts could be one of the causes of such a problem. An HVAC professional can asses the origin of that smell and fix it perfectly to restore the efficiency of your Furnace.   Delaying Starting of the Unit   A new furnace will always start immediately after the push of the start button. As your furnace ages, it may start problems in starting. Sometimes you may be forced to push the start button several times for it to pick up.   This starting difficulty indicates something is not well with your machine and...
Should My Furnace be Running All the Time?

Should My Furnace be Running All the Time?

A common question when it comes to HVAC furnace operation and efficiency is whether or not it is normal for a furnace to be running all the time. The answer to this question is no, no it should not. Living in Canada, it may seem like a furnace might need to run all winter to keep us warm, but this is not the case. If your HVAC heating unit is running non-stop, that is good indicator that there is a problem with the system. What causes a Furnace to run Constantly? There are several factors that may contribute to your HVAC heating system running 24 hours a day. Typically, when a furnace is running continually, it results in one of two outcomes: The furnace is running constantly, but never actually heats the space to the desired temperature The furnace does in fact heat your space to the correct temperature, but then it keeps running Either way, you have a problem here that should be addresses as soon as possible. Constant Usage, but Insufficient Heat With first scenario, the furnace is always running but the temperature just never reaches the intended setting. This type of problem is generally caused by one of three possibilities: The thermostat temperature has been set incorrectly There are blockages in the system There is a leak in the system Incorrect Thermostat Settings If your thermostat settings are set to automatic, then the fan should only be blowing when the thermostat is in the midst of a heating cycle. If the fan is blowing constantly, then it could mean a thermostat problem, such as: Thermostat is...
7 Signs You Have a Furnace Problem

7 Signs You Have a Furnace Problem

Just as you are gearing up for the biting temperatures of a typical Canadian winter, now is the time to make sure your furnace is ready to perform for the long winter season. The key to furnace maintenance is staying ahead of the game, before a faulty furnace can begin to cost you extra money or jeopardize the safety of you and your family. A good furnace should heat your home in an efficient manner, without compromising the air quality for the people who live there. To avoid having to replace your furnace in the middle of January when it could present a real problem, there are a number of items to be checked, and warning signs to look out for, to prevent winter disaster. 7 Signs You Have a Furnace Problem There are several signs to watch out for that can let you know in advance that your furnace is dying. Some clues to look out for can include: Old age Steadily increasing heating bills More frequent repairs needed Diminished air quality Pilot light color Weird sounds and smells Decreased efficiency Old Age One fairly reliable determining factor influencing when it is time to buy a new furnace is the age of your existing furnace. Furnaces these days are lasting an average of 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is in that age range, it is a good idea to start looking for a new one now. Waiting until your current furnace dies before looking for a new one can force you to rush, and maybe not find the best deal. Increased Heating Bills If you have...
7 Signs You Have a Furnace Problem

7 Signs You Have a Furnace Problem

The key to furnace maintenance is staying ahead of the game, before a faulty furnace can begin to cost you extra money or jeopardize the safety of you and your family. A good furnace should heat your home in an efficient manner, without compromising the air quality for the people who live there. To avoid having to replace your furnace in the middle of January when it could present a real problem, there are a number of items to be checked, and warning signs to look out for, to prevent winter disaster. 7 Signs You Have a Furnace Problem There are several signs to watch out for that can let you know in advance that your furnace is dying. Some clues to look out for can include: Old age Steadily increasing heating bills More frequent repairs needed Diminished air quality Pilot light color Weird sounds and smells Decreased efficiency Old Age One fairly reliable determining factor influencing when it is time to buy a new furnace is the age of your existing furnace. Furnaces these days are lasting an average of 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is in that age range, it is a good idea to start looking for a new one now. Waiting until your current furnace dies before looking for a new one can force you to rush, and maybe not find the best deal. Increased Heating Bills If you have been noticing that your heating bills have been on the incline, it is likely due to decreased furnace efficiency. This happens over time, even more so without regular maintenance. Instead of paying extra...
Prepare HVAC system for winters

Prepare HVAC system for winters

  Your HVAC system is an investment that cost you a good amount of money. It is therefore only reasonable if you would know what to do so as to get longer service. One of the main factors affecting your HVAC’s system performance is the weather and in this case winter.  Ice and snow will cause these systems to become inefficient in their operations. The possibility of other underlying problems developing is also high. When your system is covered with snow the emergency shut off is automatically triggered. So there is no heat being supplied indoors plus the pipes could burst anytime. Damage to HVAC systems during winter is not only internal but also external as well.  Well most of the components are structured in such a manner that they can withstand the weather all year round but that does not mean that ice won’t find its way to the fans or even coil fins resulting in bending hence loud sounds. Your fans and coils will have to work harder than before hence limiting air flow or worse bursting or burning out. Winter is coming Since winter is coming and we all know what is coming with it there is need to ensure that HVAC maintenance is up to standard. The best way to be sure is by having your system inspected professionally by HVAC technicians. The technicians are able to spot problems that could easily develop into complications. A through check ensures that you are able to tackle problems earlier than later. Filter Change Many times after HVAC technicians do inspections the only recommendation change of air filters....
How often to replace furnace filter

How often to replace furnace filter

  The question of how often you should replace your furnace filter is well answered by you knowing a number of facts. You see filter changing is dependent on a number of factors. So before answering when let us answer what. What type of filter do you have How often you will replace filters depends on the type of filter you have. This is because filters come in different forms, thickness and materials. As much you would love to save the buck, you need to note that cheap is expensive and will lead to a whole lot more of replacements. Buy a filter of good quality. Such filters come with a recommended time frame for replacement. It could be changed monthly or even after six months. Get rid of the dust If your house is dusty then you will need to change the filters more frequently. This is because dust lowers the performance of your filter. The inches of your filters also matter for instance the fewer the inches like one and two; you will need to be changing them monthly. Three to four inches will take you two months while anything above will work well for three months. But just note this; the effectiveness of your furnace filters is dependent on the level of dust in your house. So the more you clean, the lesser the frequency of changing. For pet keepers, you will need to be changing the filters almost monthly. You see your pets always shed hair which might find their way to the filters. You can work your way around this by going for filters...
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