What To Do If Your Furnace Breaks Down This Winter

February 2, 2022

What To Do If Your Furnace Breaks Down This Winter

As temperatures drop and the months get colder, everyone tries to find refuge from the harsh outdoor weather. In these cold and harsh weather conditions, you can find comfort through a working furnace.

Furnaces are an important part of your house, and without them, you can not handle the extreme cold weather.

Hence, before winter starts, you need to make sure that your furnace is working properly and does not have any glitches.

Because it is very common that heating systems can cause problems. So, it is always better to get your furnace checked by a trained HVAC technician before winter begins.

Also Read: How To Choose The Best Furnace Repair Company In Edmonton

Just imagine waking up one morning to a cool house. So, to avoid such situations, it is better that you get it checked before winter starts.

This blog post talks about what you should do if your furnace goes out in the winter.

Do You Smell Rotten Eggs?

Furnace shut-off is not usually a serious problem, but if a rotten egg, sulfur-like smell accompanies the warm air in your house, then it could indicate that your furnace might be experiencing a gas leak.

There are many reasons for gas leaks, but one of the most common reasons is a cracked heat exchanger.

In the furnace’s heat exchanger, the gas is combusted and its fan blows air over it in order to pick up the heat before it pushes through your vents.

So, if you notice a foul smell coming from your furnace, quickly turn off your furnace, and open all the windows to let out any gas in your house.

A gas leak will put your home at risk of a fire, call your HVAC technician immediately if you notice that there is a rotten egg smell.

Check For Simple Issues

Sometimes there are simple reasons for your furnace going out. Below are some of the common problems that you can troubleshoot yourself before calling a professional furnace repair technician.

Furnace Switch- Check the furnace switch because there are high chances that it can be accidentally bumped. Your furnace switch is usually placed on the side of the furnace and looks like a light switch.

Tripped Circuit Breaker- check the circuit box to make sure that the breaker is ON.

Check Furnace Air Filters- Dirty air filters often cause your furnace to overheat. But there is a limit switch in furnaces that turns it off so that it does not catch fire. You can replace the filters and reset the furnace.

Extinguished Pilot Light- make sure that your furnace’s pilot light is not turned off. Your furnace comes with an instruction manual that shows how you can turn it back on.

Broken Thermostat- Sometimes the problem is not with the furnace, but with the thermostat. So you should check your thermostat before calling an HVAC professional.

Keep The Pipes Warm

If the tips mentioned above did not fix your furnace, you will need to call a professional furnace repair technician to help you figure out the problem.

But winter is a busy time for technicians due to emergency calls.

So if this ends up being your case, you should make sure that the water pipes are kept warm temporarily until the professional technicians arrive.

You can use the mini portable heaters near your main water pipes in the meantime.

About Nor-Can Heating & Air

At Nor-Can Heating & Air our expert HVAC technicians repair, maintain, install, and replace air conditioning, furnaces, water heaters, humidifiers, and other ventilation systems. Learn more about our services here. We offer great workmanship and customer service at affordable prices. Looking to get your furnace up-to-date to face the cold Edmonton winter, contact us today and keep your home warm and cozy with an efficient furnace.


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