Winter is here - Is your furnace ready?

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As winter’s icy grip takes hold, Albertans can be seen putting on a brave, albeit wind-chapped, face while going about their day-to-day business. Life doesn’t stop when the temperatures drop, but we certainly come to appreciate the things that help make the cold bearable.

Albertans have plenty of tricks up their flannel sleeves to get through the worst of winter, not least of which is a reliable furnace. When the mercury drops below minus 20, a fully functional and effective furnace is not just nice to have, it’s a necessity!

A well maintained furnace will be there when you need it the most

This is the time of year our furnace is really put to the test and plays a key role in keeping our home comfortable and safe. However, if you’ve waited until the wind chill has you shivering before giving your furnace a second thought, you might be leaving yourself vulnerable to issues when you need your home’s heating system the most. On a cold, blustery evening in January, the last thing you want to deal with is an emergency furnace repair – the added stress and the unexpected costs can be a major burden.

Make regular maintenance a habit. Better yet, let us take care of it for you

One of the simplest ways to take the bite out of expensive repairs or replacement costs is to schedule routine maintenance. If you think about it, your HVAC system is the most expensive appliance in your home. Regular maintenance helps protect that investment and addresses small problems before they become big issues. At First Call, we know our customers are busy people and it’s easy for ongoing furnace maintenance to take a back seat to other priorities. We provide friendly reminder calls when it’s time for regular servicing and offer cost-effective protection plans to make it as easy as possible to get your furnace checked routinely.

Our skilled technicians are familiar with many different furnace makes and models and our comprehensive maintenance checklist includes the following:

  • Operating temperatures
  • Pilot flame condition
  • Blower motor amperage
  • Flame signal
  • Igniter condition
  • Inducer amperage
  • Hoses cleared
  • Draft pressure
  • Drain condition
  • Error code history

Protection plans provide added assurance over your furnace’s lifetime

As your furnace ages, you may want to consider additional measures beyond annual maintenance. This is where a protection plan  may be a great option. With low monthly payment options available, our protection plans not only include an annual maintenance service, but they also provide bonus discounts on repairs, duct cleaning, air quality products like filters or humidifiers, as well as a discount on equipment replacement. Consider it a little extra assurance that you’ll be in a good position to manage minor repairs while extending the overall lifespan of your current furnace.

And just how long can you expect your furnace to last?

Well, this depends on a few factors such as product quality and usage, but according to Consumer Reports, the average furnace will last between 18 and 25 years. Despite the grueling effects of an Albertan winter, with proper care and maintenance your furnace should last at least that long, possibly even longer.

Didn’t quite get to your furnace maintenance before winter arrived? Don’t worry – better late than never. Give us a call or request an appointment  and enjoy peace of mind knowing your furnace can withstand whatever Mother Nature has in store.