Troubleshooting Common Furnace Problems in Edmonton: Signs You Need A Professional
With below freezing temperatures and snow on the way here in Edmonton, it’s a good time to check in with your furnace and make sure it’s in shape for another harsh Canadian winter. Many furnace repairs, if caught in time, can prevent bigger problems – including dreaded breakdown from happening.
Common Furnace Problems And Troubleshooting
From the outside, a furnace may look simple, but it is a complex appliance using gas or electricity to heat your home. While you may not be able to easily fix your furnace on your own, you can prevent costly repairs or an unnecessary replacement by knowing the signs that your furnace isn’t working properly – and when to call a professional.
1. Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises
The noises you are hearing could indicate that something is wrong with your furnace, such as an issue with the blower motor or a loose fan belt. It’s important to have these issues addressed as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage and costly repairs. A professional technician will be able to inspect your system and make any necessary repairs or adjustments.
2. Your pilot light no longer has a blue appearance.
If your furnace pilot changes color, it could indicate a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can be deadly if breathed in. If you notice that the pilot light has changed colors, turn off your furnace and leave the area immediately. Contact a professional for help to determine the source of the issue and if necessary, to repair it.
3. There is a significant change in your electric bills.
A sudden spike in electric bills is a signal your furnace is not working properly and, therefore, is working inefficiently causing a much higher energy usage.
4. Your furnace frequently turns on and off.
The average heating system cycles on and off three to six times every hour. Anything more than this means your system is short cycling, which can be caused by a range of problems. An HVAC technician can help you successfully diagnose the issue and prevent further damage.
5. Your roof is icy.
If your furnace is working incorrectly the heat may travel upward and melt snow. This can cause ice to form on the roof and possibly the creation of a damaging ice dam.
6. Condensation on the windows.
There are many causes for condensation on the windows inside your home. It can be a result of an older furnace, ventilation problems, or a number of other furnace issues. A licensed technician can help you get to the bottom of the issue and determine the best course of action.
7. Your furnace is blowing cold air.
Obviously, this isn’t good. Your furnace could be overheating, your pilot light could be out, or it could be a sign of a larger problem. If there isn’t an obvious reason as to why your furnace isn’t blowing enough heat, like your pilot light out, call for a professional diagnosis before attempting repairs.
8. Weak air is blowing from the vents.
There are several reasons your furnace may not effectively be able to circulate airflow in your home. It could range from a clogged air filter to something worse. A clogged filter can be remedied, but furnaces need professional repairs. Keep your furnace from over-working and call a professional.
9. Water is pooling around the furnace.
If you notice water around your furnace, call a technician as soon as you can. Even if the problem is a relatively easy fix, a water leak can cause serious damage to your furnace or your home.
Here at Always Plumbing & Heating, we know that furnaces can break down at the absolute worst times. That’s why our professionals are here for you and your family any time, day or night, to make sure you stay warm this winter. Don’t allow your furnace to let you down and leave you in the cold this winter. Call us at 780-489-8118 (Edmonton) or 587-601-1253 (Fort McMurray) to schedule an assessment today!