Furnace Repair: Common Problems & Solutions

slide-furnaceWhat type of furnace do you have at home? If you have a gas furnace and happen to be experiencing problems with it, then you have come to the right place. AirPlus is the premier furnace repair and installation company in Toronto, Durham, and Scarborough. Whether you need a free diagnostic consultation, small repairs, annual maintenance, or a new furnace installation, we are the company you can rely on for consistent, quality service.

You may not want to pick up the phone and call a furnace repair technician the moment you suspect there is something wrong with your furnace. We understand that. Most homeowners will usually try to troubleshoot the problem themselves, and will only call us in when they are at a loss as to how to fix the problem. This approach, however, is better than the approach of leaving things as is until something goes terribly wrong and your furnace is beyond repair.

It is important to maintain gas furnaces (and other types of furnaces) in optimum working condition. At AirPlus we generally recommend at least a yearly tune-up. Not only will this save you money on bills, as your furnace will be running at peak efficiency, but you will also save money in the long run; you won’t have to prematurely replace your improperly-maintained furnace.

Troubleshooting Common Problems

To help you maintain your gas furnace in proper working condition, here are some of the most common furnace repair problems, along with suggested solutions. For smaller problems it may be alright to troubleshoot the issue on your own, but if you are at all unsure, you should call in professional furnace repair technicians like AirPlus.

  • My furnace isn’t producing any heat.

If you’re sitting at home shivering, something needs to be fixed immediately. A furnace that is producing no heat may have one or more issues. The control valve might be closed, a fuse might have blown, the circuit may have been tripped, or you may even have a faulty thermostat or a malfunctioning pilot light. The pilot light may also be out altogether. Try and eliminate each of these problems one by one.

You should check to see if your thermostat is set right (at an appropriate temperature), and also attempt to adjust the settings to see if your furnace will respond. You can also reset your circuit breaker to see if your furnace will start producing heat again. It might be necessary to replace a burnt fuse, or to fix your pilot light. If you aren’t comfortable investigating these possibilities yourself, call in a furnace repair technician right away, so you won’t have to suffer in the cold at home.

  • My furnace isn’t heating up the house enough.

If your gas furnace isn’t producing enough heat for you and your family, there could also be a number of different causes. Your blower might be blocked or malfunctioning or your blower belt might be loose. Additionally, a dirty filter or burner might be the cause of this. There may also be a combination of these problems happening at the same time. A dirty filter is not too difficult to clean, but depending on its condition, it may need to be replaced. If you don’t feel comfortable opening up the furnace to see what is going on with your blower and burner, it is probably best to call in furnace repair professionals. They will generally have problems like these adjusted and fixed in no time at all.

  • My furnace keeps cycling on and off.

This is a rather common problem; clients often call us to say, “My furnace won’t stop switching itself on and off!” If this is happening to you, a clogged blower is the likely cause, along with a filter that hasn’t been cleaned for a while. A third cause might be a motor that needs some maintenance. If you call for furnace repair, you will be able to get your blower professionally cleaned, and probably a replacement air filter as well. If your motor is the problem, it will need lubrication and a tune-up.

  • My pilot light is out and I can’t relight it.

If you have a typical gas furnace, you can easily tell if your pilot light is on or not. You may have to kneel down and observe the underside of your furnace; this should enable you to see if there is a small blue flame lit. If your pilot light is out and your attempts to relight it are failing, you may have one or more issues at hand. There may be an insufficient flow of gas, you may have a clogged pilot light opening, or the thermocouple may be damaged. If you can’t determine which problem it is on your own – it may be tricky to determine if there are any blockages – it is probably best to call a professional furnace repair service.

Furnace Repair Service from AirPlus

As a rule, gas furnaces usually burn much cleaner than oil furnaces do. They also need fewer repairs, but the repairs can sometimes be tricky. Cleaning a filter is easy enough, but ensuring that a blower belt is set at the right tension is not an everyday task that most are familiar with. Many typical problems like the ones above can actually be fixed at a very affordable price, so it often makes sense to just call in professionals who know what they are doing.

AirPlus performs repairs, maintenance, and installations of furnaces and air conditioners day in and day out, so you can rest assured that we will be able to take care of your furnace repair problem in no time at all. You can even call us in for a free diagnosis, and we will tell you what the problem is and what needs to be done. AirPlus technicians will never begin a job before giving you a clear estimate of how much the repairs will cost. We also offer a 24/7 emergency service, so you can rest safe in the knowledge that AirPlus will be there whenever you might need us.

 Call AirPlus today for All furnace repair, installation and sales in the greater Toronto area.

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