There are not many appliance repairs needs that raise more concern than a broken-down furnace in the middle of winter. If you live in the South Mountain, Ontario it is key to have a fully operational heater that is running both efficiently and effectively. To achieve this, you need to schedule an annual maintenance and twice a year for heat pumps.
Next, you should make sure you have fixed any small repair needs that were discovered during maintenance. If the repair stage is skipped, you are likely to experience either a problem with the furnace start-up or get troubles stopping your furnace. Here are some ideas to give you a clear view of what is happening in either scenario:
A Furnace That Won’t Start
The intensity of the problem varies. In an instance which is relatively minor, this might be caused by a malfunctioning thermostat or a thermostat which was set incorrectly.
Your initial step should be to check the thermostat and ensure that it is set to the heating mode. If this is the setting you need to then turn off the circuit breaker connected to the system. Next check to make sure that the wiring has not been compromised at any point especially the wires connecting the furnace to the thermostat.
Another cause of a furnace that refuses to start is lack of proper electrical power. Maybe the breaker tripped or there is a power outage in your residential area. But if you have a gas-powered furnace you might discover that the pilot light might have gone out.
If neither of the above scenarios applies to you, you may be facing a more serious problem. This may have occurred if you ignored repairs after a maintenance check. If you did you need to call a professional technician if the above troubleshooting tips didn’t work.
What if the Furnace Won’t Stop?
If you are experiencing a problem of stopping your heating system, your furnace’s efficiency is at risk. This might seem like a minor problem during the cold days but will slowly get on your nerves.
This might still be a problem with your thermostat. It may be malfunctioning and may not be able to accurately send signals to the furnace about your desired temperature. Another reason may be that the filter is too dirty or clogged, also, if the temperature is set too high.
It is important that after a maintenance check and some issues are discovered to quickly repair them. This is to ensure that your comfort during cold days is not compromised.