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Don’t Be Scared of Furnace Repairs

BOO! FURNACE REPAIRS! HVAC equipment can be complex, expensive, and like any high-performing system, needs occasional repairing. In the spirit of Halloween, we wanted to go over some of the scariest things that can happen to your HVAC unit as a result of improper maintenance – which can lead to even scarier results! Save money and increase your heating system’s efficiency and comfort by having a trained professional complete furnace repairs for you if you find yourself facing one of these scenarios.

SCARY SCENARIO #1: Dirty Filter

Dust and allergens can accumulate on your filter over time, which restricts the airflow and can cause your furnace to work harder to pull the air through. By replacing your furnace filter regularly, you can improve your overall efficiency of the system. This is a simple furnace repair that homeowners can complete themselves.

SCARY SCENARIO #2: Dirty Flame Sensor

A furnace flame sensor is a specialized safety component that is located inside of the burner assembly of a furnace. It detects and confirms whether or not there is a flame burning inside of the furnace. If no flame is detected, the flame sensor will shut off the furnace to avoid a potentially dangerous gas leak into the home! One of the biggest problems with furnace flame sensors is that they can sometimes become dirty which causes them to not function properly. Regular HVAC maintenance by a professional HVAC technician can help prevent this from happening. At Ignite we carry parts for many different models of furnaces and will supply the flame sensor your furnace requires to repair your furnace.

SCARY SCENARIO #3: Pressure Switch Failure

A pressure switch in your furnace is used as a safety mechanism. It is there to confirm the unit is drafting properly. If the unit is not drafting properly, then it does not operate as efficiently and creates a safety risk by not removing unwanted gases that can make your home unsafe. One of the most common service calls we receive is from homeowners needing to replace their pressure switch because like many furnace components, the pressure switch is not an item you can typically find at a big box store like Home Depot. If the pressure switch connections have not been maintained or cleaned this can cause the pressure switch to fail and this is a common furnace repair that will keep your furnace in tip-top condition.

Contact a qualified HVAC professional at Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. today to help you avoid these common scary furnace repairs. Let us help you troubleshoot and fix your scary furnace problems. Our technicians are available 24/7, and can be reached by calling (780) 919-4916 or contact us here.

Call us today at (780) 919-4916

Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

Brrr! Did you notice your furnace fan is running but there is COLD air coming out of your vents? Actually, there are a few reasons this could be happening – let us troubleshoot your problem – here are a few steps you can take if your furnace is blowing cold air:

#1 Wait for a minute for your furnace to warm up.

It is normal for cool air to emerge from the vents when your older style furnace first starts up, so wait a minute or two to see if the air eventually warms up.

#2 Check your thermostat.

Make sure your fan switch on your thermostat is set to “auto” rather than “on”. When it is set to “on”, the furnace will blow continually, even when the furnace isn’t actually heating air. The problem might be a simple thermostat setting – an easy fix! Also look for the primary exhaust fan switch in your home – these are typically found in a hallway or installed higher than normal light switches. Once you flip that switch, a bathroom fan will turn on and the furnace will run normally again.

#3 Change the furnace filter.

A dirty air filter may restrict airflow into your furnace and this may cause your furnace to overheat or cause a safety control to shut off the burners. This is actually a preventative measure to protect your furnace from overheating and causing any damage. So change your filter if it’s dirty. If you want a hassle-free way to keep track of when to change your furnace filter on a schedule, click here for more information about our Ignite Maintenance Club – we can help you with annual furnace maintenance which will help you lower your energy bills, reduce the number of repairs, lower the risk of surprise breakdowns and improve your equipment life. Contact us to join the club!

#4 Clean your flame sensor.

Pilotless ignition furnaces use a flame sensor to keep the furnace burning once it starts up. If your flame sensor is either defective or dirty then your furnace will turn on and then stop shortly after. If you are familiar with furnace components you can likely clean your flame sensor yourself using a fine abrasive pad. If it is faulty then you will need to replace the flame sensor.

#5 Call a professional at Ignite.

Call Ignite Heating today at 780-919-4916 if your furnace is still blowing cold air (or not working at all!) – do not try to repair your furnace yourself. We will troubleshoot and identify what is causing your furnace to blow cold air and we’ll give you an upfront estimate on how much it will cost to fix your furnace. Our friendly professionals will repair the problem, and after the repair is complete we will help you prevent this from happening again!

Our technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays!) to help you diagnose problems and come up with viable solutions to ensure your family doesn’t have to go without heat when you need it most! We service all makes and models and stock some minor parts in our vans. Call us today at 780-919-4916 or contact us here.

Call us today at (780) 919-4916

Tips for selecting your HVAC contractor.

We recently shared our tips for selecting your HVAC contractor in the August edition of Neighbours Around the Park, a local magazine here sent to acreages in Sherwood Park. We wanted we’d share an excerpt here to help you out!


Tips for selecting your HVAC contractor 

Choosing your HVAC contractor can be a difficult decision to make, as not all contractors are the same. Doing your research may mean the difference between getting a solid, professionally installed air conditioner or furnace or just getting ripped off. We’re always taught that not all mechanics are the same, and that goes for your HVAC contractor as well. 

1. Written Quotes
Be wary of any HVAC contractor that tries to give you quote over the phone. There are far too many factors to consider that a technician cannot see over the phone such as ducting, return air and position of furnace room in your home. None of this can assessed over the phone, so if someone gives you a quote over the phone, they are either inexperienced, or are trying to gain your business without taking into consideration the full scope of the project. When a contractor is there to assess the project, also be wary of anyone who gives you a quote without properly surveying your house.  A real contractor will check your crawl spaces, walk around the entire house and may even take pictures of the project.  If they don’t do this, then they aren’t properly inspecting your house for installation of your equipment. Your quote should be unique to you, as all homes have different requirements based on the comfort level you require and design of the house. A timely quote is also something to consider as it can demonstrate the way in which a job will be completed. 
For example, at Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning, I provide free written quotes after a job site visit is completed to ensure I have accurate measurements and that product selection has been made. This ensures all parties involved are aware of the scope of work and the price to complete the work. When myself or someone from my team comes out to the job site to take measurements, we also block off the time for you to answer any questions about Ignite, the products we use and our installation process – I want you to feel confident in the investment you are making, whatever the job is.  

2. Experience and Insurance
When it comes to how experienced your HVAC contractor is, take it with a grain of salt as experience isn’t everything!  Be wary of someone who is telling you they have been “doing things this way for twenty years” because the heating and cooling industry, like all technology, is always changing.  There are new and exciting technologies that decrease your utility costs and are more efficient at cooling.  Be sure your contractor is well versed in cutting edge technologies, including the most up-to-date HVAC control units such as a smart thermostat that runs your home’s AC system for you, programmable with schedules and preferences.  
Experience is important, but it isn’t everything. Your HVAC contractor should have a sheet metal or refrigeration journeyman certificate. Other training courses like, a Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) Certificate. Other licenses to look for include ensuring they have a business licenses for your area, so that they can pull the appropriate permits you may need. It is also important to choose a HVAC contractor that is insured so you can financially protect your home from damages.  

3. Quote Assessment
In some cases, a lower price doesn’t always mean it should be your first choice as it could mean you end up paying more in the long run. Paying a little bit more will often result in better equipment and service from an HVAC company. If there are huge discrepancies in price from one company to another, ask them why their prices are set that way. For example, higher prices can indicate better quality of equipment, training of technicians, and above average warranty agreements. A higher price can also indicate they’ve accurately captured the scope of the project, where as a company with a lower price may have missed including something in your price that will be an extra charge in the future. 
An example of this is that unlike other HVAC companies, Ignite installs Napoleon products that come with a lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger, as well as a 10 year warranty on parts and labour on all furnaces. The difference in the quotes is often in the details of the warranty provided, so always check to make sure you are comparing apples to apples!  

4. Customer Reviews
Ask your friends, family, or neighbours for HVAC contractor referrals. If you can’t get direct referrals, search local business directories with customer reviews. It is important to aware that some companies choose to pay or provide incentives for reviews on facebook and google, remember one tell-tale sign is if there is a sudden influx of positive reviews, these individuals may have been paid or provided an incentive to do so, and these may not be honest reviews.  

5. Product Selection
Replacing your HVAC equipment is a big investment, which is why it’s important to thoroughly research all your options. Choosing the right HVAC contractor also means considering which brand of equipment they install. When investing in an HVAC system, you’ll want to choose a reputable manufacturer with a good track record of quality. Most manufacturers offer products tiered in a good to best fashion with differences based on comfort features, energy efficiency ratings, and noise levels to name a few. As your HVAC equipment can last up to 30 years, this is a long-term investment, so you want to make an informed decision. 
Ignite highly recommend Napoleon’s line of products as they are built in Canada, which ensures they can handle our climate extremes. In fact, Napoleon is the only Canadian manufacturer of HVAC equipment. Napoleon has a 100-percent focus on new products, which is a strong reason why Napoleon products continuously surpass industry standards to provide you with confidence in the HVAC system being installed. Napoleon is one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and is not a publicly traded company, which results in superior products to customers, instead of concern over the bottom line for shareholders.  

At Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning, your comfort is our concern. I believe every job is to be completed in a professional manner with quality workmanship and respect for the homeowner. If you are unhappy with your current HVAC contractor or don’t have one, give Ignite a call at 780.919.4916 today. 

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