Although Calgary has more sunny days than almost any other Canadian city, temperatures in winter can drop below zero on a regular basis. And while you need air conditioning in summer, arguably it is more important to have an efficient and effective furnace to keep you and your family warm during the long winter months. So the last thing you need is an emergency furnace repair, especially if there is snow on the ground.
The symptom of furnace breakdown is obvious – no heat! But there could be any number of reasons. These include: no ignition, pressure too high low or too low, problems with the filter, broken circuit board, issues with the engine or fan, and so on. The list can seem endless. While some repairs can be carried out by the experienced DIY enthusiast, it is almost always better to call in a professional who will be able to use their experience to diagnose and fix the problem.
To avoid emergency furnace repair, the furnace (and indeed the whole heating system) should be regularly serviced. Besides the obvious risk to your family’s health, a poorly-maintained furnace, and central heating system can cost you money. Low-performing systems require more fuel to keep them running, and this has a direct effect on both your budget and the health of the planet. Central heating systems should be professionally serviced once per year as a minimum to pick up on any wear and tear that if left alone could become a major and potentially costly problem. A regular service will also make sure that your system is clean and running efficiently, therefore saving you money and proving to be a wise investment.
Equally, it is worth reviewing your furnace regularly to make sure that you have the best, most cost-efficient and energy-efficient furnace to power your heating system. An old furnace may have served you well, but if it requires too much energy to run then you will see the effects in your pocket and your carbon footprint. Modern furnaces can be much more efficient that their predecessors, and while it may seem like a large outlay, an energy-efficient furnace will prove to be cost effective in the long run by saving you money. And you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are doing your bit to reduce the effects of climate change on the planet while looking after the well-being of your family.
Here are a few examples of furnace malfunctions and their likely causes:
- If your condenser does not run properly, it may be possible that you don’t have any power, that the thermostat is set too high or that the motor or compressor is faulty.
- If you experience uneven or inadequate cooling, it may mean that your distribution system is out of balance, the unit is not big enough or that the evaporator got dirty or clogged.
- If your furnace doesn’t cool at all, it may mean that the condenser or evaporator got dirty or blocked, that the thermostat is set too high, that the compressor is faulty or malfunctioning or that your system does not have enough refrigerant.
- Finally, if your condenser constantly turns on and off, the condenser or evaporator may be dirty, clogged or blocked.