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Save Yourself A Service Call

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Starting Your Furnace For the First Time?

It’s mid-September and the nights in Southern-Ontario are starting to get cold. Many families have already started their furnace for the first time in several months. This is a very busy time for furnace technicians. Often after sitting for months a furnace can have issues starting. When this happens it usually is something simple that may not require a service call. What are some things you can check to save yourself the cost of a service call?

Tips to Save Yourself A Service Call

  1. Check that you have power to the furnace. A service switch close to the furnace or just outside the furnace room is typical. If you have trouble finding it, it may be mounted in the ceiling.
  2. make sure your thermostat is set to heat. If you have an air conditioner you may have a thermostat that requires you to change this setting. If you have a heat only thermostat then ignore this step.
  3. Make sure the thermostat is calling for heat. You would be surprised how many calls we get for something so simple. Set your thermostat 5-10 degrees above room temperature when you run it for the first time of the season.
  4. Some furnaces have reset buttons. Oil furnaces have a reset button on the ignition relay mounted to the burner or it could be located in the furnace vent pipe that connects to the chimney. Some furnaces can be reset by resetting the power to them. Never press any reset button more than once before calling a technician.
  5. Most furnaces have venting or draft sensing safeties that shut down the furnace if something is blocking the exhaust. Make sure nothing is stopping your furnace from venting properly. If you removed a blocking or venting obstacle reset the power to the furnace. If it starts and continues to run than you’ve likely fixed the problem.
  6. Check your electrical panel for blown fuse or tripped breaker. Someone may have inadvertently turned it off over the summer.
  7. Make sure your furnace is getting fuel. If you have an oil furnace make sure the valve is open at the oil supply tank. It will usually be located close to the oil filter. If you have a gas furnace make sure the gas valve that supplies the furnace is open. Usually a valve handle will run perpendicular to the pipe when open.

If You Need Help?

519Furnace, Orangeville, ON. hopes you never have to call for service. We want you to be happy with your new furnace and hope these tips might save you a service call. At the same time, if it does happen and you don’t feel comfortable even trying some of the above tips than we are happy to help. Call us today at (519) 278-5375.

If you are having continual issues with an old furnace keep in mind that many furnaces are designed to last for just 10-15 years. You might be surprised by how affordable a new one is? Contact us for a free no-obligation quote.