How do you repair your furnace?

How do you repair your furnace?

Repair Your FurnaceForced-air furnaces are normally very reliable; although, as with any piece of equipment, they can break down over years of use. When they do, it is critical to get them up and running again quickly – especially if it’s during a cold Vancouver winter. With the proper guidance, you will be able to troubleshoot and repair your furnace.

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Repair Your Furnace

The tips below contain information about some of the most common types of furnace repairs. If these sound like they are beyond your abilities, don’t hesitate to call a heating professional.

Gas Leak

If you suspect a furnace gas leak, address the issue immediately. If you smell natural gas in your home, evacuate immediately, leaving the door open behind you. Next, locate the gas supply valve on your gas meter turn it off. Rotate the valve one-quarter turn with an adjustable wrench so that the valve’s oblong stem is perpendicular to the inlet pipe. Then, call BC Hydro or your local fire department. Do not return to your home until it has been checked and is confirmed to be safe.

No Pilot Light or Ignition

If your furnace’s pilot light will not stay lit, the pilot’s orifice may be clogged or the flame may be set too low.

In order to fix these issues, you must first turn off the gas to the furnace. We also recommend shutting off the switch or circuit breaker that controls the power to the furnace.

You can remove debris from a clogged orifice using a thin wire. Carefully use the wire to free any built-up debris that may be in the orifice.

Heating Problems

If your furnace is on and running, but not providing enough heat:

  • Check to see if there is anything obstructing the flow of air
  • Ensure the thermostat is set properly
  • Ensure the heating registers throughout your home are in the open position
  • Check the furnace filter

If your furnace is providing no heat at all:

  • Ensure your thermostat is set to heat (if you have a heating and cooling system)
  • Check the furnace’s circuit breaker to ensure it is on and that the fuse has not blown
  • Make sure the furnace’s power switch is on
  • The motor may need to be reset due to an overload

Noisy Furnace or Duct Work

Many heating ducts found in homes today are made out of metal. Unfortunately, these metal ducts conduct noise quite readily. To lessen the disruptive sound, you can choose to have flexible insulation inserted into the duct-work.


If you’ve addressed these issues to the best of your abilities and your furnace still isn’t working quite right, it is best to contact a heating professional. For fast, effective furnace repair, Vancouver trusts Universal Plumbing & Heating

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