Furnace failures & how to fix it

Furnaces are failing on Valentines day of all days – and the reason isn’t because the furnaces are breaking or broken.  Over 90% of the calls we had for furnace failures and no heat emergency calls today have been caused by one thing – ice build up on the venting!

If your furnace goes off here is what you need to do:

Go outside and check the venting (it will either be white, grey or black pipe sticking outside your house), these often have condensation on them which in these extreme temperatures causes that moisture to freeze up. So what happens is your furnace is starving for oxygen. You need to break off the ice (without damaging the pipes) then restart the system.

This trick has worked with many of our customers and has saved them the cost of an emergency service call visit.

Please give this a try and if it doesn’t resolve the issue give us a call. We have technicians available 24 hours a day ready to help you so that you never have to go cold.

Have questions – just send me a chat (see the chat box on the bottom right hand side) or call 613-224-0041

Note: if you call after business hours you will have to leave a voice message but the good news is we will call you back quickly.

Stay warm and happy Valentines day from all of us here at Francis Plumbing Heating & Cooling.

Kay Francis