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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