It happens often: as the cooler fall and winter months roll in, we turn on our furnaces only to find that it’s not working! It is one of those annoying happenings that can be for any number of reasons – we’ll talk about why furnaces fail later – but in Winnipeg winters can be harsh, to say the least! That’s why a working furnace is essential and also why we recommend you get yours checked out now before the really cold weather hits. Who do you turn to for furnace repairs and services in Winnipeg? That’s our first section covered, so let’s move on!
Why Use a Professional?
A furnace may not be a particularly complex piece of equipment, but it is one that needs a qualified furnace engineer to repair or service. This is not a DIY job so please don’t attempt it! You may invalidate any existing warranty if you try and fix the problem yourself. Instead, we recommend you talk to Winnipeg’s number one for furnace repair – Lynns Winnipeg – and they will arrange for an engineer to visit and assess the state of your furnace. They can also perform a full service and repair or replace any parts that need to be changed. So, what does go wrong with furnaces?
What Goes Wrong with a Furnace?
A furnace involves various parts that have a limited lifespan. This includes bearings and other parts that need to be considered when we are thinking about what can go wrong with a furnace that may need to be repaired or replaced. The following are the commonly found problems with furnaces:
Damaged heat exchanger is a problem that can be expensive to repair and one that can definitely be prevented with regular maintenance and servicing.
Blocked filters make your furnace work harder than it should and can cause damage to other moving parts of the device.
Slipping blower belt is a common problem as this is a part that should be replaced during a service.
Worn bearings will occur over time as these take a lot of hard work and once worn will lead to an inefficiently operating furnace that will use more energy than necessary.
General mechanical problems with many other parts of the furnace as well as malfunctioning electronics can lead to your furnace operating below its usual standard.
The above is by no means a comprehensive list but is one that should highlight the importance of an annual service and regular maintenance. A furnace is not designed to last a lifetime and has many consumable parts, and improvement to the efficiency of these appliances are being made all the time so it may be worth asking an engineer if it is time for you to get a new one.
How Long Does a Furnace Last?
The lifespan of a furnace will depend on how often it is used and for how long, as well as the type of furnace you have in your home. With regular servicing and maintenance, a furnace in Winnipeg could last as long as 30 years. However, the age at which most are replaced is generally at 17 years.
If you have recently moved into your home and wish to have your furnace serviced it is a sensible thing to do, as the engineer will be able to advise you should the furnace be nearing the end of its life and ensure that any replacement parts are fitted before the cold weather sets in.
Call Lynns Winnipeg to arrange for an engineer to visit and make sure your furnace is working for the winter.