Quick Fixes for Your Furnace

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All furnaces wear out eventually. The maximum lifespan is about 15 years. However, there are some quick fixes that can lengthen your furnace's life and keep your home heated. If you think you need furnace repair, check these quick fixes first to save yourself time and money.

Make Sure Your Thermostat is On
It may sound silly, but many times people think their furnace is not working and they're right: it's not working because the thermostat hasn't told the furnace to turn on. With today's highly-computerized and programmable thermostats, setting them can be tricky. This is the first place to look.

Check the Filters
When dust builds up, it restricts airflow and causes the furnace to overheat and shut off. You can save on furnace repair by replacing filters on a regular basis. Flat filters should be changed once a month, while pleated filters last up to three months. However, if you have allergies or pets, you may want to change these more often. Those with allergies will want to keep the filters as empty as practically possible, and pets can cause filters to fill up sooner.

Look at the Breaker and Emergency Shut-off
Perhaps someone turned a breaker or hit the emergency shut-off and forgot to reset it. The shut-off needs to be engaged when changing filters, so it's a common occurrence for someone to forget to turn it back on and then, when the furnace won't turn on, call for help with plumbing and heating in Calgary, only to have the serviceman politely flip a switch.

Be careful and aware as you perform these checks. If none of these seem to do the trick, call for professional assistance with plumbing and heating in Calgary , and we'll be happy to help resolve the issue.