Furnace Repairs: Frequently Asked Questions

furnace repairsSadly, Edmonton homeowners do not have a lot of alternatives when it comes to questions relating to furnace repairs. A furnace repair is non-negotiable because the harsh Edmonton winter only leaves you with two options – fix it or freeze to death. You can only count a handful of people who find heating system repairs as an exciting circumstance. After all, repairs are added financial burdens during the festive holiday season.

Look at the bright side, though. Not all clattering or banging sounds from your utility room necessarily requires a total furnace overhaul. At times, the minimal cost of repairs can lengthen the life of your furnace with an additional two to four years more. For a better understanding of when a furnace repair or extensive replacement is necessary, it is essential to be familiar with the following five main questions.

HOW OLD IS YOUR UNIT?

A sad reality in life is even though how much you care for something, the time will eventually come that it breaks down. For some, it can be their reliable car, for others their relationships, but then there are those affected by their furnace. Most professionals in the field will tell you that you’re lucky enough to have your furnace working efficiently for around 15 to 20 years. And because of that, once your reliable heater advances in years of service, your questions relating to furnace repairs will make a drastic shift to that of furnace replacements. Just like your forlorn car that’s high on its mileage, you can keep on spending a few more dollars to keep it hanging in there and get you from point A to point B. Unfortunately, you’ll have to contend with your dignity and sense of responsibility whether the best thing to do is to throw it away and go buy yourself a new one. Likewise, a furnace that is barely a few years old deserves the money you spend on it for repairs to ensure it’ll reach its expected life expectancy.

 

ARE YOUR FURNACE REPAIR BILLS PILING UP?

Another important consideration when deciding whether to buy a new unit or to keep on shelling money for furnace repair is the soundness and practicality of arranging repeated service and repairs, or just ditch it altogether. Take a look at your home’s ductwork since there might be issues in there, or take a second look at your home’s layout to determine if there is a compatibility between it and your current heater. Consider the number of service calls you make to ensure that your home is warm enough for you and your family.Time will come that you just have to call it quits and head to the appliance center to buy a new unit without second thoughts. After all, most modern units are more energy efficient and will significantly lower your monthly utility bills, which is a blessing on its own. Despite the initial big monetary investment with a new furnace, you’ll save money over time and will have no qualms regarding sufficient circulating heat inside your home.

 

IS YOUR UNIT WARMING UP AT ALL?

You can shut off some loud noises by wearing a good pair of earphones. However, you can’t just simply ignore a broken furnace since heat is needed to keep all of you warm and comfy inside your home. Although you can temporarily put off some unnecessary furnace repairs, going without heat for a long period is not acceptable.It will put you and your family’s health and well-being at great risk. You will also compromise the status of the pipes lining your walls, your giant flat screen television, and other household items that will suffer undue damages secondary to the cold temperature. A lot of times, Edmonton furnace repairs can get your unit up and running again, but if your furnace always leave you feeling cold, it is probably time for you to get a replacement.

 

WHAT’S THE PHYSICAL FORM OF YOUR FURNACE?

Sometimes, you can easily replace the various internal components of your furnace, but it usually signals that the end is near once you see obvious signs of breakdowns on the exterior of your unit. You can only do so much, but it will eventually start to get rusty and damaged from too much exposure to the cold and wet utility room. Also, damaged blower motor rotors and hose fittings are obvious signs that a furnace repair can no longer do the job anymore. Resembling the car that you bought in the 80s that comes with its original engine that has its personality, a rusty and broken down exterior is a big factor that will necessitate the need for a replacement. After all, you won’t know for sure when it will finally give up.

 

WHAT DOES THE EXPERTS TELL YOU?

If you are not 100% sure that a furnace replacement is necessary, or in doubt whether a furnace repair will still do, it is better to have that small talk with your trusted HVAC experts. They will give you the best advice on how to move forward with your heating concerns. A lot of those established and reputable HVAC companies will provide you with an honest assessment whether you can still prolong the life of your furnace, or whether the end has already come. Another excellent idea is to schedule an energy audit for your home. An outside HVAC contractor will give you an unbiased assessment. You’ll know whether your furnace is good enough, or if it lacks insulation, or you have other home issues that affect your unit’s efficiency.

Most of the time, furnace repairs are the answers to your heating troubles. However, there are instances when your unit will just break down for no reason at all, even though you maintain it properly and regularly.It is a good thing that modern breakthroughs provide homeowners with a wide range of choices that will suit their home and heating needs. You now have access to energy efficient models and lower energy bills that will make up for the pricey service charges. So, rather than lose yourself in the lack of heat the moment your furnace decides to take a day off, stay optimistic and think that it might be a blessing in disguise.

November 21st, 2016 by Lief Simons
About Lief Simons

Lief Simons is the President of Plumbers Edmonton Ltd., which specializes in plumbing, heating and cooling installation, repair and servicing. For same day 24/7 service, call 587-408-3450.