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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