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Home Heating Emergency!

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Congratulations, you survived the latest Alberta cold snap! Did your home heating system struggle? Could your furnace keep your home nice and warm? Did you suffer from a home heating emergency? Let’s look at the three most common HVAC heating emergencies that you might want to avoid next time we get a burst of cold Alberta winter weather.

⚠️ Emergency #1: Plugged Air Intake Vent

To work properly, your furnace needs adequate airflow. If your furnace is having problems starting, or seems to be trying to start but can’t, a blocked airflow from the intake pipe could be the culprit. Even if you aren’t having trouble with your furnace, it’s a good idea to check your intake before the cold weather arrives. Most often snow and ice are the typical causes for blocked air intake vents, and it’s a common reason to cause your furnace to stop running. Having a properly installed fresh air intake is the first step to improving your home’s indoor air quality. We suggest you double check that your fresh air intake is clean and free of snow and ice to keep your furnace running smoothly all winter.

⚠️ Emergency #2: Dirty Furnace Filter

How long has it been since you last changed your furnace filter? Replacing your filter on a regular schedule will keep your furnace working at it’s optimal performance. A clean air filter not only improves your indoor air quality, but it can also improve your heating and cooling system’s airflow and efficiency. This can help lower your utility bill and extend the life of your equipment. If your filter gets too dirty, it can block the return air flow to the furnace. It’s like putting a blanket over your head and asking you to breath normally! So change your filter on a schedule (hint: we recommend changing your filter every 3 months or as recommended by your equipment manufacturer manual) to keep your furnace running smoothly.

⚠️ Emergency #3: Failing Flame Sensor

No heat at all – during extreme winter weather this is the most troublesome home heating emergency! It can be alarming to wake up to no heat in your home. With the temperature dropping to dangerous levels at night this is definitely something you should avoid to keep your family safe and warm.

If your furnace keeps shutting down and cannot provide heat to the entire house, it may be because your flame sensor is failing. There are three signs of a bad flame sensor. First, the furnace starts working but then quickly shuts down – also known as “short cycling”. Second, there could be cracks in the porcelain of the flame sensor which can cause it to quit working properly. Finally, if the flame sensor is corroded or needs cleaning it could stop functioning all together.

How Can You Avoid A Home Heating Emergency?

An HVAC professional from Ignite Heating can identify your home heating emergency and offer the best solution. We repair all makes and models and can locate the parts to repair your furnace. It may even be time to replace your furnace if a repair solution is not an option. We offer free quotes on furnace replacements and can recommend the best home heating system for your home. Contact Ignite Heating today by calling (780) 919-4916 or fill out the contact form here.

Your furnace may need a “clean & check” to make sure it’s prepared for the next drop in temperature. We charge $125 to come to your home and clean and check out your furnace thoroughly – contact us today to book a clean & check. That way you will be prepared for the next cold snap and most likely avoid a home heating emergency!

At Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd., your comfort is our concern! Call us today at (780) 919-4916 for all your home heating repair emergencies and inquiries. Why not add our professional, friendly technicians, available 24/7, 365 days a year to your phone’s contact list – just in case you need us during the next Alberta cold snap!

Home Heating Repairs – A Common Winter Issue

common winter home heating repairs

Did you notice that our Alberta winter weather is here, and the temperature outside has dropped considerably? As a result you may be faced with some unavoidable home heating repairs! With this cold snap set to bring us record-setting -40 lows, our freezing winter weather presents some common challenges for the home heating system trying it’s best to keep you warm. Let’s take a closer look at a few common winter home heating repairs:

Inconsistent Heat – Home Heating Repair #1

Most likely you prefer your whole house to be heated evenly. Generally each room should be comfortably warm. However, a malfunctioning heating system could be causing one room to be chilly while another room feels hot. To prevent this from happening you can make sure your doors and windows are sealed properly, and your home’s insulation is sufficient. Furthermore, you can turn on your home’s circulating fan to move warm air down to lower levels because heat rises. Generally heat downstairs will eventually drift upwards with the help of a centralized fan.

Heat Cycling – Home Heating Repair #2

If your furnace is turning on and off far more often than usual, it is sometimes considered “heat cycling”. Heat cycling lowers system efficiency and raises your utility bill! Heat cycling can indicate a dirty blower motor or filter, or it could be the result of a malfunctioning thermostat. Changing your furnace filter on a regular basis and calling a professional HVAC technician can help you pinpoint the problem. Preventing heat cycling can save you money on your monthly heating bill.

No Heat – Home Heating Repair #3

No heat at all – during extreme winter weather this is the most troublesome home heating repair! It can be alarming to wake up to no heat in your home. With the temperature dropping to dangerous levels at night this is definitely something you should avoid to keep your family safe and warm.

If your furnace is having a problem producing any heat at all it may be a number of things. It could be a faulty thermostat or the pilot light is not lit. Or maybe the main burner or a control board or flame sensor has quit working properly and may need to be replaced. An HVAC professional from Ignite Heating can identify the problem and offer the best solution. We repair all makes and models and can locate the parts to repair your furnace if necessary. It may even be time to replace your furnace if a repair solution is not an option. We offer free quotes on furnace replacements and can recommend the best home heating system for your home. Contact Ignite Heating today by calling (780) 919-4916 or fill out the contact form here.

Stay warm everyone! At Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd., your comfort is our concern! Call us today at (780) 919-4916 for all your home heating repair requests and inquiries. We have professional, friendly technicians, available 24/7, 365 days a year…even when it’s -50 outside!

The Forecast…Cold!

Sherwood Park weather forecast - January 2020
Sherwood Park, AB – Weather Forecast
Source: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/alberta/sherwood-park

HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year from Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. Let us help you meet your HVAC New Year's resolutions in 2020!
Call Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning in 2020 for all your HVAC needs.

Are you a member of the “Good Intentions New Year’s Resolution Club”? Well, actually that’s not a real thing – but maybe you make New Year’s resolutions but never follow through with them past January 2nd? Many people do that – so you are not alone! Maybe you need to make your resolutions more simple so they are more attainable in 2020? Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning can help your HVAC New Year’s resolutions become a reality. Here are a few of the top New Year’s resolutions – HVAC version:

HVAC New Year’s Resolution #1:

Get (Your Furnace) In Tip-Top Shape

Getting in shape, losing weight or exercising more are some of the top Canadian New Year’s resolutions. Over 54% of Canadians want to improve their physical well-being, so you are not alone if this is your goal for 2020. However, when it comes to your home heating and cooling system, this resolution can apply as well. If your furnace is out of shape, huffing and puffing, or old and sluggish it is definitely time for a furnace clean & check! This annual check-up can get your furnace back in tip-top condition and keep it running smoothly throughout the new year. Or maybe you need a new furnace? Out with the old, in with the new! Replacing your furnace with a new Napoleon high-efficiency gas furnace could be the best decision you make for your home all year. Contact us today for a FREE QUOTE to see how this dream can become a reality in the New Year for your home.

HVAC New Year’s Resolution #2:

Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

If everyone committed to this resolution, our world would thank us at the end of the year. This may seem a bit daunting at first, but there are simple ways in which you can reduce your personal environmental footprint. By implementing a few small changes you can make a BIG difference. How about requesting paperless billing from your gas or electric company? Maybe recycle more – or commit to buying products in compostable or recyclable packaging? What about getting a more energy efficient furnace or air-conditioner for your home? A new high-efficiency heating or cooling unit could save you hundreds of dollars on your utility bills each month! Did you know that Napoleon’s EnerSave ECM motor reduces electrical consumption by up to 80% over conventional blower motors? Now, that’s a change that our environment will thank us for!

HVAC New Year’s Resolution #3:

Save More Money On Your Heating Bill

If your furnace or heating system is more than 10 years old, it probably has an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 55-70%. Due to this lower AFUE, your heating unit is not very efficient and is costing you way more money each month. As the furnace ages, it need to run longer to maintain the same amount of heat which causes your gas and electric bills to increase steadily, year after year. With regular maintenance by a certified HVAC technician, you can help increase the life of your home heating system. If your furnace is nearing the end of its life, we can help you choose the right new high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 95-97%…and that can save you a LOT of money in 2020.

If you’re thinking about a new furnace for 2020, give us a call. Or if your furnace needs a clean & check, we can do that as well. Our professional HVAC technicians can help you meet your HVAC New Year’s resolutions in 2020. Your comfort is our concern! Call us at (780) 919-4916 or contact us today.

Christmas Wish List: New Furnace ✓

Ignite Heating can be your Santa Claus and bring your Christmas wish list, a new furnace

What are you wishing for this Christmas? Christmas wish lists aren’t just for kids – everyone has one! It’s at this time of year when we think about what we really need and what those around us need. Do you want to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long? Do you want to have lower gas bills in 2020? Do you want a reliable furnace that won’t need costly emergency repairs when the temperature dips each winter? By adding a new furnace to your Christmas wish list you could forget it’s winter outside and enjoy the warmth of your home this holiday season. A new furnace could be exactly what you or your family needs this Christmas!

Why wish for a Napoleon furnace?

Even though Santa can’t fit a new Napoleon furnace into a stocking hung on the mantle, Ignite Heating can be your Santa Claus! We sell high efficiency gas furnaces that make the perfect addition to any home. Napoleon furnaces are made in Canada specifically for Canadian climates. We offer a variety of stylish models, all of which will keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long. We offer free in-home quotes so you can find the perfect solution to your home heating needs.

If your house currently has an older furnace then adding a new furnace to your Christmas wish list will help you start experiencing consistent, comfortable temperatures throughout your whole home. Napoleon’s superior engineering and design guarantees reliable and efficient heat for years to come – for this Christmas season and many more to come! With your new furnace running smoothly in the background of your holiday festivities, you’ll forget it’s winter outside. Keep your friends & family warm while you enjoy your Christmas celebrations.

Add a new furnace to your Christmas Wish List

Call Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning today to book an appointment for a free quote on your new furnace. Contact us by email or call (780) 919-4916.

Furnace Filter…It’s That Time Again!

At Ignite Heating we recommend changing your furnace filter every 3 months. So if you’re following us on social media or this blog – you know what time it is…time for a new furnace filter!

dirty furnace filter

How long has it been since you last changed your filter? If you replaced your filter when we did, it’s time to do it again! Replacing your filter on a regular schedule will keep your furnace working at it’s optimal performance. A clean air filter not only improves your indoor air quality, but it can also improve your heating and cooling system’s airflow and efficiency. This can help lower your utility bill and extend the life of your equipment.

If you live in a home with allergy sufferers, pets and/or smokers, you should probably change your filter even more frequently. Did you know that dirty air in your home can cause harm to your brain and stress your body? Don’t let a dirty furnace filter harm your indoor air quality – change your filter often, and breathe in fresh, clean air all year round.

furnace filter before after
It’s easy to see the difference between a used filter and a new one!

If you don’t change your filter regularly, there can be build-up of dirt and dust in your entire HVAC system. Regularly replacing your filter can save you from a costly furnace repair down the road. Help extend the lifetime of your HVAC system by replacing your filter regularly.

The most typical sizes for a furnace filters are 16″ x 20″, 20″ x 25″ and 16″ x 25″ however many other sizes are available for purchase from Ignite Heating. If you are unsure of what size you require, give us a call and we can help you determine the best filter for your needs. We sell most sizes of high quality filters at very affordable rates!

For any questions you may have about furnace filters or servicing your home’s HVAC system, call the expert professionals at Ignite Heating @ 780-919-4916 today or contact us. We’d be happy to answer your questions.

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