Furnace Repair

Furnace Repair experts servicing Saskatoon and area.

 

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Call: 306.343.9576 for information and a free estimate.

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Models Repaired: All furnace models.

Repair Rates: Free estimate, repairs depend on nature of problem (request quote).

Availability: Open daily from 8AM to 5PM daily, with 24 hour emergency service.

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Simple Furnace Troubleshooting and Repair Tips

Is your furnace not operating properly? For example, you notice the room temperature is lower than it should be, but your furnace is not turning on. Although furnace repair is something that usually has to be done by a trained professional, there are some things you can do on your own.

Our team of professionals has put together a list of troubleshooting tips that you can try if your furnace breaks down on you:

Tip #1 – Check the Thermostat

One of the most common issues with a furnace is that it stops operating normally due to issues with the thermostat. It could be as simple as the thermostat being turned off, or maybe it isn’t set correctly. You always want to make sure that it is set to the “heat” setting and that the temperature you want is set properly.

 

Tip #2 – Check Your Breaker Panel

One of the more embarassing fixes is a thrown breaker. There are many reasons for a breaker to trip, but the important thing is to quickly check. Hopefully your electrical panel is labled, but if not, you can usually see when a breaker is tripped. It is possible that your furnace and blower are on separate circuits, so look carefully.

 

Tip #3 – Change the Furnace Filter Monthly

You would be surprised at how quickly dirty filters can degrade the performance of a furnace. When filters are dirty, your furnace has to work much harder to blow air through the dirt and dust on the filter. As the pressure builds up, it could cause the blower to shut down. It’s as easy as checking your filters on a monthly basis and changing them if they are dirty.

 

Tip #4 – Clean the Fan Unit Regularly

Similar to a dirty furnace, a dirty or clogged fan unit will also make it harder for your furnace to push air through your houes like it was designed to do. Removing a furnace fan unit requires a bit of technical know-how, but it is fairly simple and safe. Once you have it out, you can clean it with a brush or cloth, and a vaccuum.

 

Tip #5 – Check Ductwork For Debris and Joints

Sometimes it seems like it is only one or a few rooms that are not getting heat. If this happens, quickly check to see if all of the registers are opened properly and the cold air returns are not blocked. It is also a good idea to check all accessible ductwork to see if there are any issues with joints and seams.

 

Tip #6 – Check the Gas Valve

It is also possible that the gas valve could have been accidentally bumped or shut off. It can happen if working around the furnace, moving things or even just cleaning up. Gas valves are labeled clearly and you can feel safe turning it to the on position. Once you have it in the right position, the furnace should start up again.

 

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Common Repair Issues that Require Expertise

1. Wear and tear on Furnace parts

Your furnace parts will eventually breakdown and start to wear out. There are a lot of parts that can wear out including Belts, bearings, filters, motors, switches, fan blades, pilot and burners—all should be regularly checked to ensure they are in good working order.

 

2. Thermostat errors

Your furnace thermostat is the brain of your heating system. It is possible that the furnace is working just fine even though the thermostat is failing and causing it to act like there is something wrong. Troubleshooting a thermostat can be tricky and a trained technician will have all of the testing tools required.

 

3. Ignition issues

The ignition and pilot system is critical to your furnace for producing heat. Without a properly functioning ignition system, it is not possible for your furnace to produce heat. There are many ignition systems including: electric-powered (electrical spark), and gas or hot surface ignition.

 

4. Strange noises or rumbles

Furnaces have moving parts with bearings like the blower motor, and as a result there is some normal noise. However, if you begin to hear strange or intermittent sounds like clangs, bangs, rumbles, rattles, squeaks, or other noises, this can indicate all kinds of potential problems. Your heater may have ingested outside debris or been inhabited by household visitors. There may also be loose or detached parts.

 

5. Continual cycling between on/off modes

If your heater frequently seems to be cycling rapidly rather than maintaining a regular on and off cycle. this is not typically normal heater behavior. A service call might discover any number of issues, from a malfunctioning thermostat to a fan motor or dirty filter, that could be to blame.

 

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