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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.
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.
A furnace could stop working for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, furnaces stop working because of:
- Blocked or clogged vents, blowers, and/or ductwork
- A dirty, clogged filter
- Thermostat malfunctions (or just a low battery)
- Problem with your power supply
- Damage to the flue
- Issues with belts
- Problems with the pilot light
- Wiring 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 on
- Inadequate and inconsistent heat. For example, some rooms are hotter than others and some rooms have no heat at all.
- Loud, banging or rattling noises
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 cleaning
- Inspection of the flue for damage and dents
- Examination of all belts and their tension
- Adjustment of the furnace’s pilot light flame
- Calibration of the thermostat
- Visual inspection of all electrical wiring
- Inspection of the furnace filter
- Cleaning and removing any debris
A checklist that includes no less than 22 points of inspection should be used during your furnace service.
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 occur
- Piece of mind and the ensured safety and comfort for you and your family
- Lower utility bills as a result of regular maintenance
- No premium fees for emergency service
- Automatically scheduled service - so you don’t have to worry about calling to book an appointment!
- Priority service
- Discounts on furnace services provided
- Professional services from trusted experts
- Satisfaction guarantee
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:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling hungover
- Shortness of breath
- Blurred vision
- Loss 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.