Furnace repair is usually not a topic of conversation that people wish to participate in because it can be slightly boring and end up sounding a lot like finances. Luckily, with ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we can make this conversation, quick, to the point, and inexpensive to boot! When you choose ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning as your heating contractor, you are choosing reliable, services that won’t charge you a premium for after-hours calls. You are also choosing the best technicians in the business that have been trained on the newest technology available.

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Choosing to Repair Vs. Replace a Furnace

There are many ways to tell if you should repair or replace a furnace. Most of the time, it has to do with the age and how much longer the unit can potentially last. However, there is a relatively simple solution for this, in the form of an equation:

Multiply: Furnace age in years by the cost of repair needed
The answer to that equation will be the number that you compare to the cost of a new unit. For example, if the furnace is 8 years old and the repair cost is $100, you will get the number 800. That number is less than the average cost of a new furnace, therefore it may be wise to make the repair. However, if you’re still unsure, speak to one of our technicians as they will give you as much information as possible, including their opinion of whether to repair or replace.

Maintenance is Key for Furnace Longevity

The key to squeezing every bit of life out of your furnace is to stay on top of minor repairs and maintenance. Although minor repairs may not seem like they can cause a furnace to break, over time, they just might. Opting to have a professional maintain your system can go a long way toward maximizing its life and minimizing major repairs. When you call ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace maintenance, you will notice that we go through an extensive checklist to ensure every part works just as it should. Some of the items on our checklist include:

  • Clean the vents, blowers, and ductwork
  • Inspect the flue for damage and dents
  • Check the belts and their tension
  • Adjust the furnace’s pilot light flame
  • Calibrate the thermostat
  • Visually inspect all electrical wiring

Our technicians follow a rigorous 22-point list that will detail every component of your furnace, making sure it works throughout the winter!

ProSolutions: Your Answer for Furnace Repair

When your furnace seems like it’s about to stop working or it already has, you need a reliable, honest team you can trust. ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is the company for the job. No matter what time of day or night, we can always have a technician dispatched to your door, and we never charge for after-hours visits like most companies do.

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Furnace Repair FAQs

  • Are furnace service plans worth it?

    Can’t decide if a furnace service plan is worth it? Beyond saving you time, money, and the headache of an unexpected furnace breakdown in the dead of winter, here are some of the benefits of a service plan:

    Identification of potential breakdowns before they occurPiece of mind and the ensured safety and comfort for you and your familyLower utility bills as a result of regular maintenanceNo premium fees for emergency serviceAutomatically scheduled service - so you don’t have to worry about calling to book an appointment!Priority serviceDiscounts on furnace services providedProfessional services from trusted expertsSatisfaction guarantee

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  • How do I know if my furnace is leaking carbon monoxide?

    If there is a crack in the heat exchanger of your heating system, your furnace could be leaking carbon monoxide (CO). This can be dangerous for you and your family, as CO can cause serious bodily harm and even result in death.

    Carbon monoxide is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas and therefore is not easily detected, especially in small quantities.

    Your furnace may be leaking carbon monoxide if you or other members of your household are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

    HeadacheWeaknessDizzinessNausea or vomitingFeeling hungoverShortness of breathConfusionBlurred visionLoss of consciousness

    If you think your furnace is leaking carbon monoxide contact a local heating company right away. If you think you are experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, please seek professional medical advice immediately.

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  • How often should you have your furnace serviced?

    If you live in Edmonton or other northern areas your furnace should be professionally serviced once per year. This will prevent you from having to get expensive furnace repairs or replacements and will extend the life of your furnace.

    In fact, regularly scheduled inspections and service on your heating system can help identify potential breakdowns and reduce emergency repairs by as much as 95%! Regular service can also lower utility bills by up to 30%.

    Harsh winters in Edmonton, and other Albertan cities, can take a toll on heating systems. A company that provides furnace service and maintenance will ensure that everything is in top working condition so that you can rely on your furnace all through the winter without having to worry about issues or failures.

    Here's how much furnace tune-ups & servicing costs in Edmonton.

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  • How much does furnace servicing/tune-ups cost?

    The cost of servicing your furnace can cost between $150 - $500 per visit, depending on what is being done and the type of furnace you have in your home.

    On average, heating and plumbing companies charge a rate of $150 - $300 per hour. However, if you have a membership to a Service Partner Plan, or another annual plan, you can reduce your cost. 

    By signing up for a plan with a local furnace company in Edmonton like ProSolutions Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, and scheduling regular servicing, you can save money on the services provided and in energy costs. 

    As well as the cost savings, regular servicing will help to prevent your system from encountering any unexpected problems - especially important during the long winter months.

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  • What does a furnace tune-up service include?

    A professional technician will have an extensive checklist to go through when providing furnace tune-up service and maintenance. The items on this list cover every part of your furnace in order to ensure that it is in top working condition.

    Some of the most important items included in this furnace service checklist are:

    Vent, blower, and ductwork cleaningInspection of the flue for damage and dentsExamination of all belts and their tensionAdjustment of the furnace’s pilot light flameCalibration of the thermostatVisual inspection of all electrical wiringInspection of the furnace filterCleaning and removing any debris

    A checklist that includes no less than 22 points of inspection should be used during your furnace service.

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  • How long should a furnace last?

    A modern, high-efficiency furnace should last approximately fifteen to twenty years. This is based on the average lifespan of a furnace so it is possible that yours may last longer or need to be replaced sooner. 

    The key to a long-lasting furnace is regular maintenance and upkeep. It’s important to stay on top of minor furnace repairs, tune-ups, and maintenance. Scheduling regular maintenance with a professionals heating company will help to maximize the life of your furnace and minimize the need for major repairs. This is especially true in Alberta, where cold winters can take a toll on your furnace.

    A local furnace company will know how to care for your furnace in this climate and what to look for if it is having issues.

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  • Furnace stopped working?Why this happens

    A furnace could stop working for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, furnaces stop working because of:

    Blocked or clogged vents, blowers, and/or ductworkA dirty, clogged filterThermostat malfunctions (or just a low battery)Problem with your power supplyDamage to the flueIssues with beltsProblems with the pilot lightWiring issues

    Winters in Edmonton, Alberta can be cold! Avoid layers upon layers of sweaters - if you’re experiencing any of the following issues, get your furnace repaired right away: 

    Strange smells, like burning or chemicals You can’t turn the furnace onInadequate and inconsistent heat. For example, some rooms are hotter than others and some rooms have no heat at all.Loud, banging or rattling noises

    If you are in Edmonton and surrounding area, contact ProSolutions Inc, we'd love to be your HVAC company of choice. If you're outside of our service area, contact a local furnace company with top ratings on Google.

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  • What to check if your furnace isn’t working

    Furnace on the fritz? Here are a few things to check if your furnace isn’t working:

    Power switch - is the power on? If so, try turning the furnace off and then on again.Furnace filter - check to see if the filter is clogged. If it is, exchange it for a new one. You should be changing your furnace filter ever 3 months.Batteries in the thermostat - check the batteries in your thermostat and replace them if they’re low.Flame sensor - turn off the power to your furnace (this is an important first step) then remove the sensor and clean it.Pilot light - check to make sure the pilot light is on. If it’s out, relight it using your furnace model’s igniting instructions.Air intake and exhaust pipes - check the exhaust flue for blockages and clear any blockage you find. For example, during the winter in Alberta, you might find icicles covering the screen of the flue. Remove these to solve the problem.

    If one of these is not the issue, you may need a professional to help you uncover and solve the problem. Don’t wait until it’s too late - a broken furnace, especially during an Edmonton winter, can result in broken and burst water pipes! Find a local furnace repair contractor to fix the problem as soon as possible.

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  • What’s the cost to repair a furnace in Edmonton area?

    It can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,500 to repair a furnace, depending on the issue. If you’re in the Stony Plain/Edmonton area, the average cost to repair a furnace will be around $700.

    Make sure the furnace company you choose to do your repairs is upfront with their pricing. They should be able to provide you with the price ahead of time so that you know exactly what to expect before moving ahead!

    Want to save some money? Often professional heating and plumbing companies will offer a Service Partner Plan. This type of plan will help you keep on top of the regular maintenance your furnace needs for a fraction of the price. Regular furnace tune-ups and maintenance will help prevent any major issues, saving you from repairs and replacements that could cost you thousands of dollars! With plans like this, there is often a discount for members, meaning you’ll save money with every visit.

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  • When should I replace my gas furnace?

    The key to knowing when to replace your furnace versus when to repair it depends on its age and how many more years you can expect it to last. But, rather than humming and hawing about these questions, there is a simple equation you can use to help you decide.

    This equation compares the cost of repairing the unit to the cost of replacing it. Here’s the calculation you can use to decide when you should replace your furnace:

    "Cost of Repair" x "Age of Unit (in years)" > "Cost to Replace Furnace" = Replace Furnace

    Multiply the cost of the furnace repair by the age of the unit. If this number is less than the cost of replacing your gas furnace, then opt for the repairs. If this number is larger, it will be cheaper to replace the furnace.

    If you’re living in Alberta, in the St. Albert/Edmonton area, and you’re still unsure, talk to a local heating company. With their expert knowledge about your particular climate, they will be able to help you make a decision as to whether you should repair or replace your furnace.

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