Furnace Repair Coquitlam – What it Means

Furnace Repair Coquitlam – What it Means

The dictionary defines “repair” as to restore something (damaged or broken) to good condition or working order.  In the case of your furnace in Coquitlam, it is also important to consider wear and tear.  A furnace is a relatively simple machine, but it is susceptible to dust, grime, corrosion, and general wear due to age.  Furnace components don’t last forever and as they wear down, they may affect the overall efficiency of your furnace.  In most cases, you will notice something about the furnace’s performance that will tip you off that something internal to the furnace needs attention.  But in some rare cases, you may not notice a major problem in your home or office comfort in Coquitlam even though there is a problem.  The worst case scenario is a gas leak, emitting carbon monoxide into your environment.  Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so it is important to have a carbon monoxide detector.  Warning signs would be feelings of dizziness or discomfort.  If this happens, immediately turn off your furnace, open all your windows to increase ventilation, and call the Pro Ace 24/7 emergency number or Fortis BC. 

 

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Symptoms you will notice include unusual noises, inconsistent performance, smoke, leaks, cracks appearing in ducts, pipes or the furnace body, pilot light failure, the furnace produces less heat, corrosion on pipe fittings and joints, intermittent kicking in and shutting off, thermostat malfunction, or “popping” ductwork. 

Each of these symptoms will require a different furnace repair. 

The lifetime of a reputable furnace these days is between 18 and 22 years.  If you have an older make of furnace, you should arrange an in-home inspection to determine its overall condition.  Pro Ace will be happy to visit your home at any time for a free inspection by a certified technician.

Factors When Considering Furnace Repair in Coquitlam

There are three critical factors when considering furnace repair in Coquitlam: safety, efficiency and cost. Aside from a carbon monoxide leak, furnace breakdown in the winter may present some safety problems, not the least of which is loss of a good night’s sleep.  In the vast majority of cases, however, your comfort zone and your pocket book are the issues that your Coquitlam furnace will impinge on.  You want to avoid even minor furnace repairs.  This can be achieved with an in-home inspection, by calling a reputable repair technician the moment you notice one of the symptoms mentioned above, regular furnace service and maintenance, and, at the very least, a regular replacement of the furnace filters.  Filters should be replaced every month, every three months at the latest.  But follow your furnace manufacturer’s recommendations, keeping in mind the validity of the furnace warranty.       

In this regard, an important safety device is the furnace limit switch. This device controls when the furnace fan comes on and shuts off.  It also shuts down the furnace when it heats up beyond the safety parameters. If your furnace filters are not changed on a regular basis, dirt and grime will build up, eventually impeding air flow. This will cause the heat exchanger to overheat which will, in turn, wear down the furnace limit switch.  If this happens, your furnace will not shut down when it is supposed to and overheat.  For any and all information regarding your furnace components, feel free to contact Pro Ace Heating and Air Conditioning.  We are always ready and willing to answer your questions as well as give you detailed information regarding regular furnace maintenance to prevent the necessity for furnace repair.  Saving you money is our second concern after your safety.

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