Tips For Maintaining your Furnace

Each year, when the first “cold snap” hits Toronto, many homeowners go to turn on their gas furnace, only to discover that it is not working correctly. Then, it’s a scramble to find a certified HVAC (the letters stand for heating, ventilation, air conditioning) technician that can come fix the furnace before cold weather sets in for the winter, because lots of other people have discovered their gas furnaces aren’t working properly, also.

Your furnace should, for the most part, give you no problems. It doesn’t matter what type of furnace you have, if you maintain it on a  regular basis you should get a long life out of your furnace or heating system.

When there is an issue with your heating system, the easiest way to identify the problem is to know which area is being affected.

There are three main areas- thermostat, heat and cold source and the distribution component, which could be affecting the system. If the heating unit is not turning on, or there is a problem with the control there is a good chance it is the thermostat. If the heating unit simply won’t run, or there is no power it may be a sign that there is a problem directly at the source. Or perhaps the heating unit turns on and seems to be functioning properly but the heat is not getting to the areas it should, then there is most likely a problem with the distribution component.

There are a few easy steps you can do to detect what the problem is and sometimes it’s not a big problem and there is a simple solution.

- Confirm that there is power running to the heating system. Make sure you check for blown fuses. There are some furnaces that have their own fuses that are located in the back of the units, so check those also.

- Check the RESET button. Most units have a RESET button that will restart the system and restore it to its original settings.

Identify that the thermostat is set.

Make sure the pilot light is lit (if your using a gas system). If you are using oil, be sure there is enough.

These are a few helpful tips that can be used to trouble shoot problems that you may encounter. If you can’t identify the problem through these tips you may have a more serious problem and your best bet is to give us a call at 416 967-0717.

With regular maintenance and service your furnace should give you many years of hassle free heating.

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