You may be used to the long, cold winters as a homeowner here in Calgary. But if you have been thinking “last winter was particularly cold, even for Alberta,” you’d be right. There were multiple days that sustained negative Celsius temperatures, and very few days with snow-melting temperatures before the end of February. In fact, February of 2018 was the coldest that Calgary has seen in 25 years! This has obviously further increased the importance of a fully functioning home heating system in order to stay cozy at home.
The extreme winter temperature isn’t the only consideration — especially when you think about how long the Calgary winters are. So though you’re home heating system may have fired up once the temperatures dropped late last year, is it prepared to last for the whole of winter? The home heating experts at Ace Plumbing have a few early signs to look out for, so you don’t end up huddled around a space heater in the event of a furnace breakdown.
Signs Your Heater Needs Repair
You should not only be looking for these signs but listening as well! If you experience any of these when you turn your furnace or heater on, it’s time to call in the home comfort pros:
If you are hearing a loud boom, a metal clanking, a high pitched whirring, or anything else unusual coming through your heating vents as you start up your heater, it’s a clear indicator that something is wrong. This can be as simple as a loose part, or a more dangerous issue like a gas leak. Call Ace Plumbing right away and describe what you’ve been hearing, and one of our experts will advise you on the best course of action.
Unless this is the first time you have turned on your furnace this year, there shouldn’t be any strange odors coming from your heating vents. For some homes, dust buildup and the associated dusty smell is common but should dissipate rather quickly. Odd smells can mean a pest infestation, problematic and leaky ductwork, or something worse.
Not a Lot of Heat
This is perhaps the most frustrating issue, especially on the particularly cold days. If you are feeling air coming out of the vents, but that air is cool (or even just mildly warm), there could be an issue with the pilot light or fuel supply depending on the type of furnace you have. If you feel no air coming out at all, it could be an issue with the blower fan. These are all problems that require an HVAC professional.
Excessive Energy Bills
Are your energy bills higher than last year, by a lot? Hikes in electricity rates and natural gas or oil prices are common but should not send your bills sky high without your knowledge. If you are noticing a hike in your heating bills, it could mean there are hidden inefficiencies in your furnace and associated ductwork.
Leave Your Heating Maintenance To Ace, Year After Year
Instead of procrastinating on scheduling the maintenance your furnace needs to run at its very best each winter, why not set up a customizable Club Royale Maintenance Plan with the home comfort experts at Ace? With one regular monthly fee, you gain peace of mind in knowing your home heating equipment will never be outdated or out of service. Plus, you get discounts on parts and services, preferential scheduling, and extended warranties!
Happy Today (No Matter What Day It Is)
At Ace Plumbing, we keep someone on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that you never have to go without answers to your heating and plumbing emergencies. When you call our 24 hour emergency heating service, you can expect our certified technicians to show up with hundreds of parts already in the truck so you can be “happy today”, or you don’t pay!