Furnace Repair Embrun: When the weather is cold in the Ottawa region and Embrun, you want to know that your furnace is working at its best. Don't take chances if your furnace isn't coming on, making strange noises, not giving sufficient heat, or you notice water around the unit. Call a licensed technician as soon as you suspect there is a problem with your furnace that you can't fix. You can trust the experts at Draft Control to quickly diagnose and fix any heating issue that you have. Contact Draft Control today and get warm again!
Whether you own an oil or a natural gas furnace, there are several signs that you can watch for that will tell you that your furnace is not working properly. These include:
To learn more about these signs, read our article: 5 Signs You Need Furnace Repair in Ottawa
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Don't take chances with your family's safety. If your furnace is not working properly, make sure that you get it checked out by a professional. Gas furnaces have a risk of causing carbon monoxide poisoning if they are not functioning properly. Also if you smell gas, you should call a professional immediately.
You don't want to put off a furnace repair, especially during the cold season. Not only do you want to make sure that your family is safe and comfortable, but depending on the severity of the outside conditions, a non-functioning furnace can also lead to frozen pipes that eventually burst or the development of mold in your home.
Check for a Tripped Breaker: If your furnace doesn't start up and this is the first time that you've turned it on this season, check to make sure that it is getting power. Go to your fuse box and look for any tripped circuit breakers.
Make Sure that the Furnace Is Turned "On": This may seem like a strange one, but many furnaces are installed in tight and often awkward locations like inside closets. The power switch may have been switched "off" accidentally. Locate the power switch on the side of your furnace to see if it is on. Some furnaces also have a metal housing that contains a fuse. If you notice that the fuse is burned out, then it will need to be replaced. Please note though that a burned out fuse could mean that there is a more serious problem with your system so you should get it checked by a licensed professional.
Verify that Your Thermostat Is Set Correctly: Take a look at your thermostat settings and make sure that it has been set to a high enough heat for the furnace to actually come on. This may seem like a simple thing, but with today's more complex thermostats, it can be confusing to know if you have actually set the temperature correctly. Review your user's guide to make sure that the settings are correct.
Check Your Thermostat's Batteries: Modern programmable thermostats use batteries and often have a flashing "low battery" light on their display screen. If this light is on, then replace the batteries.
Check that Nothing Is Blocking the Fresh Air Intake and Exhaust: In the past, most furnaces were vented through a chimney. However, many modern furnaces are now vented out of the side of the home. Make sure that no leaves, insects, or moisture/ice have built up and blocked the vents. If this becomes a problem, you may wish to talk to a qualified HVAC technician about how best to deal with the issue.
If you've tried all of the above suggestions and your furnace still isn't coming on or working properly, then it's time to call a licensed technician. Furnaces are far more complicated than they were in the past and they require expert repair.
Have Your Furnace Serviced Every Year: It is a good idea to get your furnace cleaned and inspected once a year by a professional furnace repair company. Regular maintenance involves more than just cleaning out the debris that has built up over time. A trained gas fitter will also be able to calibrate the gas pressure on your gas valve and conduct a complete combustion analysis. Regular maintenance will help your furnace to run more efficiently and it will help extend the life of your furnace. Set up an appointment before the cold weather begins in the fall so that you can be ready to have a warm home before you need it.
Fan Set to "Auto"? Change Your Furnace Filter Quarterly: If you set your furnace fan to "auto," which means it comes on from time to time, it is a good idea to change your filter every 3 months. A clean filter will help ensure your furnace lasts longer and runs more efficiently.
Fan Set to "Continuous"? Change Your Furnace Filter More Often: If you have your furnace fan set to run continuously, this means that your filter will get dirty sooner. You should probably change it every 30 to 45 days in this case.
Draft Control HVAC is a highly trusted heating and air conditioning company in Embrun, servicing the East Ottawa region. Unlike other companies, we focus on our customers and their complete satisfaction, not on the brands that we sell. Whether you require installation, repair, or maintenance for your furnace, air conditioner, water heater, gas BBQ and fireplace, or boiler; Draft Control is there for you. Contact us today for all your heating and cooling needs.