How to Buy a Gas Furnace

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If your furnace has reached the end of its life, or has broken down and needs replacement, you’re likely in the market for a brand new, efficient furnace. But you may be wondering just how to buy a gas furnace when there are seemingly endless options out there. How do you know which level of efficiency is right for you? What size furnace do you need? Which features do I need (or not need)?

We at Evam Canada understand that shopping for a new gas furnace can be overwhelming at times. Here are our expert tips on how to buy a gas furnace to help guide you during your purchase:

  1. Determine What Size Furnace You Need

The square footage and layout of your home will determine the size of furnace you’ll require. An HVAC professional should visit your home and take accurate measurements to determine the right size gas furnace for your needs.

  1. Think About Efficiency
    Consider purchasing the highest efficiency furnace you can afford within your budget. Newer furnaces are more efficient and can help you save on your energy bills in the long run. Plus, they operate more quietly and heat your home more evenly and effectively, improving your overall comfort level.
  2. Consider Air Quality
    Some gas furnaces come equipped with special features to improve air quality in your home, so you’ll want to consider how this factors into your decision. While installing a new gas furnace, you may also want to think about having an air purifier installed at the same time to trap microscopic particles, dust, pollen and mold spores in your home.
  3. Compare Warranties

Look at the manufacturer’s warranties on parts like the heat exchanger, specific to the model you are interested in. Choosing a furnace from a company that stands behind its products will help your feel more confident in your purchase.

  1. Choose a Professional Installer

Who you choose to install your new gas furnace is just as important as the type of equipment you choose. It is essential that you select a reliable and certified installer for the brand of furnace you choose. Look for a company that is licensed and insured with excellent reviews.

  1. Understand the Maintenance Requirements

Your new furnace will need to be maintained regularly in order to function at peak efficiency. Ask your HVAC equipment provider, “can I perform my own gas furnace maintenance?”, or sign up for a pre-scheduled maintenance plan to keep your investment working its best.

For personalized guidance on how to buy a gas furnace, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Evam Canada team. Our furnace experts are here to help you select the ideal furnace for the size of your home and your efficiency needs. Simply call us at 1-905-624-5544 for a no-obligation quote, or contact us online.

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Evam Canada’s Complete Furnace Maintenance Checklist

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Maintaining your home’s furnace is a simple task that should be performed at least seasonally in order to keep your furnace working its best. However, many home owners neglect to carry out this chore, and end up regretting it later when an unexpected furnace problem arises.

In order to make your life a little bit easier, Evam Canada has assembled this complete furnace maintenance checklist. Follow our checklist from start to finish, and you’ll have performed a thorough once-over of your heating equipment and better understand how to service a gas furnace. Don’t forget to turn off your furnace before examining any of its internal components!

  1. Check your thermostat for correct operation
  2. Vacuum around your furnace and all air registers in your home so air flow is not restricted by dirt and debris
  3. Remove any objects or clutter from around your furnace that could be restricting airflow
  4. Wipe down the exterior of your furnace cabinet
  5. Open your furnace and vacuum dust and debris from inside the cabinet
  6. Inspect and clean out the furnace blower assembly, including housing, blower wheel and motor
  7. Inspect, lubricate and replace the fan belt
  8. If you are comfortable, lubricate other moving parts to reduce friction and improve operation
  9. Check the heat exchanger for signs of cracks, rust or corrosion
  10. Ensure that the burner is clean and free of debris
  11. Check the flue pipe for corrosion or leakage
  12. Clean the pilot of dust and use an emery cloth to clean the flame sensor
  13. Inspect the furnace filter and replace if necessary (remember, this should be done every 2-months!)
  14. Check that the gas connection is secure and that there are no leaks at connections or valves
  15. Visually inspect the drain lines to ensure they are clear and draining properly, and clean the condensate line if necessary
  16. Check your home’s ductwork for any leaks, and seal if necessary
  17. During operation, listen carefully for unusual sounds that may indicate a problem

Should you notice any signs of damage, corrosion, rust or wear on any of your furnace’s components, we recommend that you call in an expert to assess the problem and recommend repair or replacement. An HVAC professional will also be able to perform a more thorough maintenance checklist, testing your furnace’s safety measures, electrical components and more.

Interested in having a professional perform this furnace maintenance checklist for you? The experienced technicians at Evam Canada are here for all your maintenance needs. We offer one-time and regularly scheduled furnace maintenance plans to help you prevent furnace problems before they happen.

To schedule your maintenance appointment, call 1-905-624-5544, or contact us online.

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Furnace Ignition Control Module Troubleshooting

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The furnace ignition control module is an essential part of your furnace. It provides power to the furnace blower, and is more reliable than the standing pilot light that is found in older gas furnace models. Because it uses an electronically-controlled ignition to light the burners, it is more energy efficient and generally safer.

However, this does not mean that it is not susceptible to problems. Electronic ignition failure is very common and can prevent your furnace from turning on. Use the following furnace ignition control module troubleshooting tips to help you identify some of the most common gas furnace ignition problems.

First, let’s take a look at the two most common electronic ignition systems:

Intermittent Pilot (IP)
In furnaces with intermittent plot systems, the pilot only ignites the burner gas when the thermostat calls for heat. With this type of furnace, your ignition may not spark at all. Or, perhaps the spark happens but does not light the pilot. Sometimes, the pilot will light but not ignite the burner.

Hot Surface Ignitors (HSI)
In furnaces that use hot surface igniters, electricity passes through a filament and heats up, eventually igniting the gas for the burner. However, this part can malfunction over time due to normal wear, damage due to improper handling, or a too-high electrical current in your home.

Furnace Ignition Control Module Troubleshooting
Modern furnaces feature a circuit board to control the ignition process as well as many of the other complex processes within your heating equipment. An advantage of these circuit boards is that they can often give you clues as to the source of your furnace problem. The circuit board may use LED lights to indicate a specific error code that you can then reference in your furnace manual to troubleshoot problems.

A few simple things to check out include:

  • Turn the igniter off and wait a few minutes before turning it back on to see if the issue is resolved.
  • Examine your furnace filter. A badly clogged filter can cycle your furnace ignition on and off repeatedly, leading to malfunction.
  • Dirty filters, clogged ductwork or a plugged flue can cause limit switches to open when there is excessive heat buildup.
  • Look at the ignition cable to ensure that there are no cracks or breaks, and the connections are clean and secure.

There are many things that can happen during the process of igniting your furnace that can cause the system to fail. From failure to light the pilot to defective sensors and bad blower wheels, any issue will signal to the circuit board that it is not safe to start the furnace. Often, replacing your furnace ignition control module is the solution. If you’ve tried the above furnace ignition control module troubleshooting tips and have not been able to resolve the problem, it’s time to call an expert.

The team at Evam Canada is available to diagnose and repair your furnace problems quickly and effectively with our emergency furnace repair services. Contact us today to schedule a service appointment.

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Carrier Furnace Troubleshooting Tips

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Have you discovered that your Carrier furnace isn’t working properly? Don’t panic. Instead, focus on diagnosing the issue with these handy Carrier furnace troubleshooting tips. Once you’ve identified the source of the problem, you can then perform a DIY fix or call in a professional to make the necessary repairs.

Follow these Carrier furnace troubleshooting steps to determine the root of your furnace problem:

  1. Make Sure the Furnace is On
    This might seem like obvious advice, but it’s still worth investigating just in case. Check to see that your thermostat is set to “heat” and is set higher than the current temperature in your home. Next, check that the circuit breaker to the furnace is on. Finally, the power switch for your furnace should be set to “on” as well.
  2. Make Sure Everything is Clean
    Dirt, dust and debris can quickly become the enemy of your furnace and your entire HVAC system if not kept at bay. Start by checking your furnace filter, and clean or replace it so your unit receives maximum airflow. Also check the return air vents around your home, ensuring they are not blocked by furniture or excessive dust.
  3. Listen for Unusual Noises
    Abnormal sounds like furnace vibration noises, furnace exhaust fan noises, rattling or banging can signal a serious problem with your equipment that needs attention right away. If you notice any of these sounds, turn the furnace off immediately and call a furnace repair professional.
  4. Look for a Diagnostic LED

Many Carrier furnace models feature a small LED screen that shows error codes to help you diagnose the source of the problem. If you see an error code, reference your furnace manual or perform some online research to determine its meaning. To find more information about your furnace, look up your model on the Carrier website.

  1. Call a Professional
    In some cases, your Carrier furnace troubleshooting requires the assistance of an expert. If you’ve tried the above troubleshooting tips with no success, or you’ve discovered an error code with a fix that’s beyond your level of expertise, we highly recommend getting in touch with a repair specialist.

Remember that you can’t neglect the key furnace maintenance tasks that will keep your Carrier furnace running smoothly all year around. To prevent issues from the start, we recommend that you undertake both DIY furnace cleaning measures in addition to having a professional regularly service your furnace.

Need an expert to help with your Carrier furnace troubleshooting? The trained technicians at Evam Canada are available to assist with all types of Carrier furnace issues. Whether you are experiencing a minor malfunction or complete shutdown of your HVAC equipment, you can trust our team to handle your repairs with a high level of professionalism.

To schedule an appointment with one of our furnace repair specialists, call Evam today at 1-905-624-5544!

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Why is My Furnace Not Working or Turning On?

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One phrase every home owner dreads saying is, “Why is my furnace not turning on?” A non-functional furnace is incredibly inconvenient, and for most of us, brings to mind thoughts of costly repair bills and expensive furnace replacements. On top of this, your home is getting colder by the minute, and all you want is for your furnace to start working again to warm you up.

When your furnace isn’t working, it’s important to stay calm and start troubleshooting potential problems. Here, we’ve gathered some of the most common reasons that a residential furnace may not be working properly or turning on:

  1. Dirty Furnace Filter
    A furnace filter that is full of dust and debris can block air flow throughout your home, preventing it from heating. Buy the correct filter for your furnace model and replace the dirty one with a fresh, clean one to ensure proper air flow.
  2. Thermostat Settings
    Likely one of the easiest troubleshooting steps, checking your thermostat settings is essential. Make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat”, not “cool”.
  3. Furnace Power is Off
    If you haven’t used your furnace in a while, the power may still be shut off. Check that the power switch is on.
  4. A Tripped Breaker
    A tripped circuit breaker could prevent your furnace from turning on. Look at your electrical panel and see if the breaker may have been tripped. Flip it back to the “on” position if it is set to “off”.
  5. Gas Supply Issue
    Check to see if the gas supply valve is turned to the full “on” position so that your furnace has sufficient fuel to turn the system on and operate correctly. Your gas valve should always be turned fully on or fully off, never in an in-between position.
  6. Complete Breakdown
    In some cases, your furnace may not work or turn on because of a complete breakdown. If your furnace has not been maintained properly, an unexpected failure can occur as a result of a damaged or improperly functioning component.

Should these troubleshooting tips leave you still wondering, “Why is my furnace not working?” you’ll need to call a trained professional to inspect your furnace and diagnose the issue. Attempting to repair your furnace on your own is not recommended.

To book a repair or service call today, contact Evam Canada at 1-905-624-5544 or contact us online. We would be pleased to help figure out why your furnace is not turning on and recommend the appropriate repairs or a new furnace installation.

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Troubleshooting a Gas Furnace: No Heat

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It always seems to happen at the worst time – your gas furnace simply stops heating, and it’s freezing outside! You might find that your furnace is blowing cold air, or perhaps it isn’t blowing any air at all. In either case, you’re likely wondering how you can get it back up and running properly, and fast!

Luckily, there are a number of DIY steps you can take in troubleshooting a gas furnace with no heat. Evam Canada has created this simple checklist to help you through the no heat troubleshooting process:

  • Check your thermostat. This may seem obvious, but if your thermostat is not set to “heat” mode, it won’t heat your home. Try turning the temperature up a few degrees at the thermostat to see if it triggers your furnace to blow hot air.
  • Make sure the furnace is getting power. If the thermostat trick didn’t work, check to see that a breaker hasn’t been tripped at the panel.
  • Some furnaces have a “reset” button located on the indoor component in your basement. Press the button to restart your furnace, which may resolve the issue.
  • Check your furnace filter to see if it is clogged or dirty, which could be blocking air flow throughout the rest of your home. If it is dirty, replace it with a fresh filter.
  • Go around your house and ensure all heat registers are open. If there is any furniture or clutter blocking the registers, clear it away as this can cause your furnace to work harder than necessary.
  • See if the pilot light is out. When troubleshooting a gas furnace with no heat, the pilot light being out is a very common culprit, especially in older models. Re-light it if needed.
  • Check the fuel supply source. Is the natural gas source turned on? A shut off gas supply valve will mean that your furnace cannot run.
  • Examine your ductwork. Major holes or leaks in your ducts could make it seem as if your furnace isn’t producing heat at all. Repair or replace ducts as needed.
  • Check the condensate line. Some newer furnace models will automatically shut off if a sensor determines that the condensate line has become clogged.

Completed the checklist but still have no heat? Evam Canada can get your home cozy and warm again in no time. Our emergency furnace repair services are available in Mississauga and across the GTA so you can restore your gas furnace back to working order.

To book your emergency service or repair appointment now, give Evam Canada a call at 1-905-624-5544.

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Furnace Vibration Noise: Troubleshooting Tips

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Is a furnace vibration noise disturbing your peace and quiet? Noticing a vibration sound coming from your heating equipment is a common complaint we hear from home owners about their old and new furnaces alike. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the vibration, since there are many potential problems that could be causing it.

In order to troubleshoot your furnace vibration noise, there are a number of DIY steps you can take at home. Here, we’ll explain the most common furnace problems that could be the source of the annoying vibration sound. Before shutting off your furnace to examine the problem, try to diagnose exactly where the sound is coming from so you can start your search in that area. Ensure your furnace is turned off completely before you attempt any of the following:

Unbalanced Blower Motor

There could be something off-balance within your blower, causing the fan to make vibrating sounds when it spins. Check the fan and motor for signs of dust or debris build-up or any other kind of obstruction and clear it away to see if the problem has been solved.

Loose Fan Mounts

Loose fan mounts are especially common in older furnace models, which have circulation fans mounted directly to the furnace cabinet using metal supports. When the fan turns on, vibrations occur from the fan and motor as the support rattle. The mounts may be loose or corroded and require tightening and/or replacement to make sure the fan operates smoothly again.

Loose Access Panels

Loose parts on your furnace’s housing can cause an annoying vibration sound when the furnace is running. You can fix this problem by carefully tightening all bolts and screws on the exterior of your furnace. Check access panels to make sure they are closing properly and sitting in their frame correctly.

Vibrating Duct Work

Should your furnace be vibrating near duct work, it could be the ducts themselves causing the sound as air passes through them. You can test to see if your ducts are the source of the noise by putting pressure on the side of the duct with your hand. If this stops the vibration, you can check the seams and seals of your ducts to repair any loose connections.

If your furnace vibration noise is bothering you, put a stop to it by contacting Evam Canada. Our emergency furnace repair technicians are on hand to diagnose your furnace’s issue and restore it to normal working order.

To book your service appointment now, give Evam Canada a call at 1-905-624-5544 or contact us online.

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Furnace Exhaust Fan Noise: Troubleshooting Tips

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When your HVAC system is making unfamiliar or loud sounds, it can be a cause for concern. Not only are furnace exhaust fan noises disruptive, they may also indicate potential problems within your furnace that need to be repaired immediately.

A furnace exhaust fan in need of repair is of particular concern, since it is such a critical component of your system. The exhaust fan is designed to draw out the exhaust fumes that are created when the natural gas or oil fuel source is burned to heat your home. If you notice unusual sounds coming from your exhaust fan, we recommend performing these steps to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. Inspect the Fan
    While your furnace is powered on, take a look at how your fan is running to see if you can pinpoint exactly where the noise is coming from. This will help you diagnose the issue and know exactly where to start looking.
  2. Clean the Fan
    After turning off your furnace completely, examine the fan for dirt and debris, and clean it if necessary. Also check that the fan turns easily. If you find it is stiff, lubricate the fan wheel with an appropriate lubricant. Check your furnace’s manual for further details.
  3. Look for a Loose Belt
    A loose fan belt can cause the fan to turn off-balance and make unwanted noises. Replace a loose belt with the correct model, ensuring it is correctly seated in the belt groove so that the fan can rotate smoothly.
  4. Poor Installation
    Your exhaust fan and motor may have been installed incorrectly, causing abnormal noises during operation. If you suspect that it has been installed poorly, have a service technician come and inspect the exhaust fan and motor to recommend a solution.
  5. Worn-Out Motor
    A worn-out exhaust fan motor can cause the components to operate at less-than-optimal performance. In most cases, a repair to your exhaust fan motor requires a complete replacement of the fan and related components, which should be handled by a pro.
  6. Replace
    If the above DIY furnace repair steps did not address the furnace exhaust fan noise, it’s time to call in a professional. You may require a full replacement of the exhaust fan components to resolve the noise issue and restore your furnace to its maximum efficiency.

Evam Canada is here to help you put an end to annoying furnace exhaust fan noises. If you’re still not sure how to fix your noisy equipment, our emergency furnace repair specialists can help and make your home comfortable and quiet again.

Call Evam Canada at 1-905-624-5544 or contact us online today to schedule a repair appointment for your furnace.

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Why Does My Furnace Shut Off Before Reaching the Temperature I’ve Set?

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Has your furnace stopped blowing warm air before it reaches the target temperature? If you find yourself thinking, “Why does my furnace shut off before reaching the temperature I’ve set”? You are not alone. This is a very common furnace problem, and can be very frustrating if you are trying to maintain a comfortable indoor environment at just the temperature you like.

In this article, we’ll review some of the reasons your furnace may be shutting off before it reaches its target temperature.

Thermostat Problem

You may simply need a new thermostat to resolve your problem. This is especially true if you have an older dial-type thermostat, which may be calibrated incorrectly. It may also have become less accurate over time as its components age. Pick up a new thermostat and replace your older model to see if this solves the problem.

Sensor Problems

There may be something causing a sensor to turn off the furnace after reaching a certain temperature. A malfunctioning, blocked or dirty flame sensor could be the issue. Luckily, this is easily resolved by maintaining a regular furnace maintenance schedule to ensure your flame sensor stays free of dust and debris.

Blocked Airflow

A lack of airflow can cause your furnace to stop heating before reaching the set temperature. Ensure there is nothing impeding airflow around your furnace, within your furnace and through your ducts. Check that registers are open, no ducts are damaged or crushed and replace your furnace filter. Inside your furnace should be clean and free of debris, especially around the blower motor and the heat exchanger. Move any furniture, boxes or other objects away from the furnace itself.

Overheating

If your furnace is overheating, it could be shutting off prematurely before it reaches your desired temperature when the temperature safety limit is reached. Ensure that your furnace filter is clean and there are no other obvious signs of broken or loose parts inside your unit. If the problem is still occurring, shut off your furnace and call a professional for service. An overheated furnace can be extremely dangerous and can cause further damage if the problem is not addressed.

Are you still wondering, “Why does my furnace shut off before reaching the temperature I want”? The HVAC team at Evam Canada can answer your questions and diagnose and repair any furnace issues you may be experiencing. To book an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at 905-624-5544.

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Why Does My Furnace Keep Turning On and Off?

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One of the most common furnace troubleshooting questions we hear from our customers is, “Why does my furnace keep turning on and off?”. Normally, furnaces should cycle on only when the temperature in your home is lower than the pre-set temperature you have input at the thermostat. When the desired temperature is achieved, your furnace should turn off and only turn back on when required to bring the temperature back up.

However, some homeowners may find that their furnace is constantly cycling on and off, which can become more than just an annoyance – it can also indicate a serious problem. Luckily, there are some simple explanations for why this might be happening with your furnace:

Thermostat Errors
If your thermostat is faulty or is set incorrectly, your furnace may be signalled to turn off and on more frequently than necessary. Carefully review your thermostat’s settings and make sure they are correct. Next, consider the placement of your thermostat in your home, and move it if it is close to a heat source or direct sunlight, which may be signalling your furnace to shut off. A furnace turning on and off can also be the result of a faulty thermostat, so it may need to be completely replaced.

Short Cycling
Short cycling is often the number one answer to the question, “Why does my furnace keep turning on and off?”. Short cycling usually involves issues with the furnace itself, starting with a simple dirty air filter to a major issue with the circuit board. There are many other serious furnace issues that can cause short cycling, such as:

  • Cracked heat exchanger
  • Improper or clogged venting
  • Malfunctioning inducer
  • Dirty flame rods
  • Improperly sized furnace
  • And more

These are just some of the issues that can cause your furnace to overheat, thereby triggering safety measures which shut off your furnace. Once it cools down, the furnace will start up again and the cycle will repeat over again until the problem is resolved.

Our team recommends seasonal furnace maintenance to avoid these potential furnace issues and to prevent short cycling from occurring in the first place. Regular tune-ups and/or replacement of broken and damaged components can ensure your furnace keeps running efficiently.

If you are still left asking, “Why does my furnace keep turning on and off?” we are here to solve the problem. Evam Canada is pleased to offer emergency furnace repair services to Mississauga and GTA residents. Our technicians are available around the clock to quickly respond to your furnace issues when you need us most!

Call us at 1-905-642-5544 for fast and friendly emergency furnace repair now.

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