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Uh Oh. My Furnace Stopped Working… Now What?

Maintain your furnaceYou’re driving home after a long day at work. Traffic on the 400 is bad and all you can think about is getting home to the dinner you left in the crockpot, and putting your feet up in front of the TV. You come through the door and dinner smells delicious. Only one problem – your house is cold. Really cold. Now what?

During the winter, we rely on our furnace system to keep our home warm and comfortable. You know? Its that big, ugly box in the basement, that no one pays any attention to – until it’s too late.

What if it all of a sudden stopped? What if your furnace stopped working one-day right in the middle of winter? You might wonder why it happened and what you could have done to prevent it.

Your furnace is the unsung hero that keeps you warm in the winter. Its a simple operating system controlled by the thermostat. It gets cold, the furnace turns on. Its gets warm, the furnace turns off. Simple right?

So here are a couple simple tips to help keep your furnace running all winter.

1. Change your filter. Why? Two reasons. First, your furnace filter is placed in between the cold air return and blower motor of the furnace. The filter removes any dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen and mold from the air so you and your family are breathing in clean air. Once the filter has reached its capacity, it causes the furnace system to work harder. The fan is pushed to its limits to reach the temperature that the thermostat is set to, which causes the motor to work harder, over heat and, eventually, burn out. Next, another problem with a dirty filter is that if the furnace system does not get enough cold air return due to a dirty filter. The impact of this is that the heat exchanger will not get enough air flow across it to remove the heat and thus the furnace safety system will shut down the furnace.

2. Join the Club. By joining Custom Comfort’s WeCare club, along with your annual tune-up and safety inspection, you receive priority service, discount on diagnostic charges and 20% off any repairs if required. Call us today to schedule a tune-up and safety inspection from one of our trained technician. They will check your carbon monoxide levels, all safety features will be tested to insure that they work and the ignition system cleaned and tested, amongst others.

The cost of a repair is more than the cost of a filter, so do what you can to maintain your furnace. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us at www.CustomComfort.ca.

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