The Facts on Furnace Repair, Maintenance and Inspection
With mercury consistently below -30°C in a large portion of Canada, the severity of winters in the country can lead to dangerous circumstances for tourists and locals alike. Besides this, it goes without saying that the associated heating system maintenance and fuel costs.
Almost half (45%) of all Canadian homes are heated up by furnaces and the main types of fuels they use are natural gas and electricity, followed by wood and heating oil. Why is this relevant? Because as much as 60% of home energy costs in Canadian households are attributed to the furnace. Thus, making it vital for anyone’s pockets to properly inspect, maintain and if needed, repair them at least annually.
Many furnaces work around the clock, not only during the harsh days of winter, but also contributing to cooling down homes during hot summer months. Luckily, even when being tasked with such a strenuous job, the average furnace’s lifespan can be approximately 15 years. However, it’s not unheard of for them to break down and that typically happens when they are most needed, if the necessary care is not provided. While there can be a number of parts prone to malfunction, the most frequently encountered issue lies with a defective sensor. And as simple as this might sound, it’s actually intricately complicate since sensors are very much like the receptors of a central nervous system. They are highly valuable in sending the right information to the furnace such as when to stop and when to start again.
Having a broken-down furnace is a daunting thought which is why experts urge people to not let it get to that point. In fact, this can have numerous benefits from increasing energy efficiency to up to 20% to annual savings and safety. Maintenance and inspection can prolong a furnace’s life thus eliminating associated costs of replacement and ongoing repairs. It might also be the right time to start thinking about how environmentally friendly the current device is. For example, an ENERGY STAR certified one can slash the energy used by a lot, more specifically 6% in the case of those using gas and 9% for the ones fuelled by oil.
Experts also say the best time to tune up a furnace is autumn. Besides getting a specialized company to ensure everything is up and running, there are a couple of things everyone can do on their own as well. One of them is cleaning the combustion chamber door as well as inspecting burner flames, which should always be fairly even and blue.
Taking the necessary steps to make sure a furnace is functioning at its possible best is not always the most enjoyable of activities but nevertheless if done properly, it will bring a myriad of benefits to a household. Don’t postpone something that can help avoid unnecessary costs while also ensuring the comfort a home needs.