Furnace Maintenance Company in St. Thomas, Ontario

Furnace Maintenance Services in St. Thomas, Ontario.

In the cold winters of St. Thomas, Ontario, maintaining a reliable heating system is essential, and PlumbHouse Plumbing, Heating, & Electrical is your trusted source for exceptional furnace maintenance services. We recognize the critical role of a well-functioning furnace and are committed to ensuring that your heating system operates at its best throughout the season. Our comprehensive maintenance plans, designed specifically for St. Thomas residents, set us apart by keeping your furnace in optimal condition. These services not only prolong the life of your furnace but also enhance its energy efficiency, potentially leading to lower utility costs. Don't hesitate to schedule a maintenance appointment with PlumbHouse to ensure a comfortable and worry-free winter. Rely on us to maintain your furnace in prime condition, providing you with consistent warmth and peace of mind during the winter months.

What is the difference between furnace maintenance and furnace repair?

Maintenance involves proactive measures to care for a functioning system, with the aim of preventing potential breakdowns in the future. The objective is to ensure the continuous and efficient operation of your furnace. During a maintenance session, we conduct a thorough inspection and make necessary adjustments to ensure that all components are functioning correctly.

On the other hand, repair becomes necessary when a breakdown has occurred. In this case, the objective is to perform a thorough diagnosis to identify and resolve issues with your heating equipment. Unlike estimating maintenance costs over the phone, the cost of furnace repair can only be determined after a diagnostic evaluation.

How does the furnace maintenance work?

Our professional team at Plumbhouse has designed a check-list to address all common furnace problems. We go through this checklist with every furnace maintenance client:
  • Replace the air filter
  • Clean and adjust the pilot light
  • Inspect Burner System
  • Inspect Heat Exchanger
  • Inspect Flue Pipe
  • Lubricate moving parts

When is the best time to start furnace maintenance?

The best time to start is early fall because furnaces in St. Thomas, Ontario usually spend all summer inactive. We will give your furnace a full check to make sure everything is functioning properly and your heating system is ready for a cold winter.

Even if you missed fall and the snow is already at your door front, you can still enjoy the benefits of professional furnace maintenance for the rest of that winter and many winters to come.

Furnace Maintenance Tips

Check your air filter regularly

  • A dirty filter can cause lots of problems. The most common ones are:
    • Failure of the blower motor
    • Bad Heat Exchanges
    • Plugging of A-Coil
    • Hi-Limit Switch Stuck open
  • All these problems can lead to the replacement of one or several parts, as well as replacement of the whole furnace.
  • When you’re replacing the filter, pay attention to the arrow on the filter. The arrow should be pointing towards the blowing motor (furnace).
  • During the Autumn and Spring seasons, 1 filter can last up to 3 months, while in winter, it lasts around 3-4 weeks.
  • You might need to replace your filters more frequently when you’re doing the remodelling.

Regular duct cleaning

  • The most important part is to get your coil cleaned because it will prevent your furnace from overheating.
  • If you do the remodelling in your house, the duct gets plugged up very fast. You should clean the duct after the remodelling is done.
  • Duct cleaning is not something you can do yourself. You should seek help from certified specialists for that.
  • Right after the duct cleaning, your new air filter will get dirty much faster (about 1 week), be sure to replace it to prevent overheating.

Keep return grills open

  • Never close more than ⅓ of all supplies in your house. Optimally, you should keep them all open.
  • Check your return grills, make sure they aren’t blocked. If they are blocked, your furnace will overheat.

Check thermostat

  • The low-battery symbol shows up when the batteries are low. However, you can miss that notification and find yourself with a thermostat that is not responding to your input.
  • Your thermostat might also run into a program mode and strat changing the temperature all the time, instead of holding the one you chose. It is a good idea to learn how the thermostat program mode works to recognize this behaviour next time something goes wrong.

Check intake and Exhaust pipes (for high-efficiency furnaces)

  • Make sure your pipes outside the house are not covered with snow. If the exhaust and intake are covered with snow, your furnace is going to stop working. Make sure the area underneath the pipes is shovelled, so the snow is not getting too high.

Examine the furnace for leaks

  • If you notice any rust buildup or freshwater, try to figure out where that water comes from. It might be from the ac or humidifier. Only high-efficiency furnaces(with PVC pipes) create water that might leak.

Regularly clean the flame sensor

  • Make sure you turn the furnace off before taking the flame sensor out.
  • Use a scouring pad to clean the sensor. Don’t use sandpaper for that purpose, as dust builds up much faster after you use sandpaper. Grip it with the scouring pad and polish it up until gets the shiny metal look.

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