What To Do Before Calling Us, If Your Furnace Stops Working

Furnaces Wasaga Beach
With autumn rolling by, there’s no doubt that winter will creep up on us when we least expect it. Perhaps you enjoy winter – tobogganing, building a snowman with your kids, skiing and snowboarding – but we can all agree that nothing beats coming inside to a well heated home after some time in the snow. What if your furnace stops working altogether? Before you panic and start putting on your snow pants & scarf and gathering wood for a fire in your living room, there is a bit of troubleshooting you can do. More often than not, furnaces can stop working for something as simple as a switch in the off position, and for simple problems – there are simple solutions.

1)      Locate both the power switch and the breaker to ensure they are on. A breaker that has been tripped will be toggled in between the on and the off position. The power switch generally looks like your everyday household light switch but is usually mounted higher, so locate that as well and ensure it is in the on position.

2)      Check to see if your furnace’s filter is clogged. A clogged filter in your furnace will not only limit air flow, but can cause your unit to overheat and shut down. It is highly recommended that you change your filter every 1-3 months, just to be on the safe side.

3)      Make sure there’s no snow blocking the exhaust or intake vents outside. While the heat of the exhaust from the vent often melts the snow and ice in its immediate area, a buildup of snow around the venting can cause safety controls to shut down the unit.

4)      Often times, a lack of heating can be caused by an incorrect setting on your thermostat. Check your thermostat for the following things:

  • Is your thermostat set to “heat?”
  • Have you set the temperature at least 5 degrees above your set room temperature?
  • Do you have an electric thermostat? If so, it may be as simple as changing the batteries.

Hopefully by now, you will have figured out the issue and regained the heat and comfort of your home. If these troubleshooting methods didn’t work, then it’s time to give Affordable Comfort Heating and Cooling a call at (705) 503-HEAT (4328) for our Barrie office, and (705) 352-COOL (2665) for our Wasaga Beach location.

Letting Your Air Conditioner Rest

In these hot months, you may have had your air conditioning running none stop. To help expand it’s lifespan and keep it’s efficiency up, give it some resting time. You can usually find how often and for how long you should let your air conditioner rest in it’s manual/guide.

An Easy Way To Extend Air Conditioning Into Your New Home Addition

 

We all love our home, and sometimes, this love entails adding a completely new addition so we can love it a little bit more – whether it be a patio, guest room or a new rec room for you and your friends to watch the playoffs.

If the room is located on a warmer side of the house, you wouldn’t think twice of having to heat it, but it is easy to overlook the fact that it will probably need to be cooled. Now, if you haven’t installed some form of air conditioning, you’re in luck because you can go ahead and install one for your entire house, including the new room.

However, if you have a pre-existing central air conditioning system, extending that system can become a real chore. Additional ductwork can lower your ceiling with a bulky duct system, which is not only not aesthetically pleasing but a completely unpleasant experience. When you install new ductwork, you have to work around the current system and conditions, and the materials used might not be accessible for additions.

If you decide to go down this road, you’ll need to not only locate and get into your current ductwork, but somehow access it in such a way as to extend it. Then, you’ll have to find a way to make sure both cool and hot air (if your furnace is incorporated into the duct system) does not pass by the new passage. A fan or boaster might need to be installed to force air flow through the new passage, and you’ll have to check to make sure your current heating and cooling systems have the necessary power to cool or heat your home’s addition.

If your addition is something more of a guest house or indoor garden shelter, expanding your current system is virtually impossible. Unless you have the expenditures for a second air conditioning unit, another method that may work best for you – in terms of energy and cost efficiency – is known as a ductless mini split.

A ductless mini split is made up of an outdoor unit, and usually one – but sometimes multiple indoor units. The indoor unit is placed high up in the room and is remote controlled. What’s wonderful about them is if you have multiple units in separate rooms, you don’t have to adjust one unit for multiple room comfort – rather you can adjust a single unit for that specific room. To put it simply: you can have comfort the way you want it. Some models even work backwards, so to speak, allowing a room to be heated on an otherwise cool night.

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