While a furnace failure isn’t a big deal in summer, during the harsh Calgary winter, it can be deadly. It’s important to make sure your furnace is in good working order and that it is maintained properly. After all, while most modern technologies like the internet are nice to have, few people are ever going to die from a malfunctioning wifi. A broken furnace, on the other hand, can cause major problems. Avoiding furnace failure begins with knowing why most furnaces break down in the first place.
Dirty or Clogged Filters. Did you know that it’s important to check and change your furnace filter every three months? The filter helps prevent mould spores, dust, and other allergens from circulating around the house, however if left too long, the filter can become clogged up and prevent air from passing easily. In order to keep your furnace operating efficiently and prevent failure, it is very important to check and replace your filter at least once every three months.
Pilot Light or Electrical Ignition Failure. Another part of your furnace that may requires a regular checkup is your pilot light or electrical ignition. This is the part of a gas furnace that lights the natural gas to keep the house hot. When the pilot light fails, a gas furnace is unable to produce any heat. In Alberta, many houses are heated using a gas furnace. If your house uses one, make sure to check your pilot light at least once a year. If you aren’t sure what to look for, the internet is a great resource for research or call a professional like plumbing paramedics.
The Blower Motor. This handy little fan is what circulates warm air from the furnace through your house. Your furnace is actually working fine and producing heat, but the rest of your house isn’t benefiting. By giving the bearings, belts, and motor a look over once a year and being sure to replace any parts showing wear and tear, you can help prevent this type of failure.
As with any piece of technology, a lot can go wrong in a furnace. However, these are some of the most common problems, and they’re the issues that can be avoided with a bit of maintenance. When it comes to furnace failure in Calgary, prevention is always best! Call Plumbing Paramedics at (403) 452 – 2911 today and make sure your furnace is in good health for the winter!