If you live in Canada or any place that can have harsh winters, it is important to know how to keep your furnace in the best of shape to ensure you stay warm all winter long. The following tips should ensure your furnace is in proper working order. Of course, there are times when you may need furnace repair in Calgary as parts do wear out or need a professional to replace.
Turning on your gas furnace may sound easy as can be; however, if your furnace has been off for the entire summer, then you will need to do more than just flip a switch. You will first need to find the breaker for your furnace. The breaker box will have more than one switch but the one for the furnace should be labeled gas furnace. Just flip the switch to the on position. The next step is to turn on the switch on the furnace. Once you have the furnace switch turned on all you need to do is set the thermostat to heat and adjust the temperature.
Before you turn on your furnace you should at least check the filter. In most cases, you will need to replace the filter at least once per year and just before you need heat in the home is the optimal time. Maintaining your furnace is the best way to ensure you will stay warm all winter long. To check or replace the filter, you will need to open the panel door on the furnace and slide the filter out. Examine the filter closely for any discoloration. If you cannot see through the filter or it looks dirty, then you should change the filter.
You may notice that one room in your home is colder than another. If this occurs, you will need to check the airflow that is coming out of the vents in that room. The easiest way to determine if you are having problems with airflow is to learn how long it takes to fill garbage bag with the air coming from the vent in each room. The room that takes that longest may not be receiving adequate airflow. You should contact a repair company to check your duct work and ensure that the venting system is in proper working order and is not in need of a good cleaning.
There are times when you turn on your furnace and it may not ignite. You can reset the furnace by turning the switch to the off position for around ten seconds and then switching it back on. If the furnace does not ignite after this reset option, you should contact a repair company.
Last but certainly not least, if you smell gas, you need to contact a furnace repair company at once, as you may have a dangerous leak.