Furnace Repairs

Furnace Repairs

ALPHA’S 5 STEP SERVICE PROCESS

1. DISPATCH AND DIAGNOSIS

Call 403-470-5785 to talk to our friendly customer care rep. Our certified technicians will diagnose your issue quickly and efficiently after you welcome them into your home.

2. OPTIONS

We will put together best-practice options for getting your issue or scope of work completed. Flat-rate quotes will be given to keep budgeting simple and eliminate surprise charges.

3. APPROVAL

You pick which option best suits your budget and requirements.

4. WE GET TO WORK

Alpha techs get busy completing your work using industry-leading materials and practices.

5. JOB COMPLETION

Alpha Plumbing technicians take pride in leaving a spotless work area and proudly showing off our clean work! We are always happy to answer your questions and offer helpful maintenance tips.

Home Heating Repairs for Calgary Residents

Repairing Your Furnace Maximizes Heating Efficiency

For us here in Calgary, AB, the furnace is a little more important than it is for people in other areas of the country without our harsh climate.

Nobody wants to be left without heat in mid-winter—but in Calgary that sometimes applies in autumn, spring, or even summer too!

Unless your furnace is regularly serviced, you may be left in the cold and facing expensive repairs.

The professionals at Alpha Plumbing have been helping Calgary residents and businesses keep warm for years.

We’ll service your furnace or have a broken furnace back working in tip-top condition in no time…

Our Furnace Services

Furnace Repairs

Most homeowners only order furnace services when something goes wrong. Preventative furnace maintenance saves you from the constant threat of sudden breakdowns.

Furnace Maintenance and Tune-Up

A clean furnace and a routine tune-up ensures that your furnace is not using more energy than necessary—helping to maintain efficiency and optimal performance as well.

Furnace Installations

Our furnace installers are licensed and background-checked, delivering high-quality heating equipment featuring energy-efficient technology. Contact Alpha Plumbing to learn more.

Types of Furnaces

Nowadays, you have several furnace options—both traditional ones and others using the latest technology—to make furnaces more energy (and cost) efficient. Contact Alpha Plumbing to learn more.

Multi-Zone Heating System

We have helped many Calgary, homeowners tackle their heating issues with multi-zone heating systems, and we can do the same for you. Be sure to use the services of a licensed installation professional.

If you have furnace home heating concerns, call us today.

We want to make sure that you get the best service for your home heating needs, whether it is furnace installation, furnace repair or annual furnace maintenance.

Furnace Repairs

Most homeowners only order furnace services when something goes wrong. Preventative furnace maintenance saves you from the constant threat of sudden breakdowns.

Furnace Repairs

Most homeowners only order furnace services when something goes wrong. Preventative furnace maintenance saves you from the constant threat of sudden breakdowns.

Furnace Installations

Our furnace installers are licensed and background-checked, delivering high-quality heating equipment featuring energy-efficient technology. Contact Alpha Plumbing to learn more.

Types of Furnaces

Nowadays, you have several furnace options—both traditional ones and others using the latest technology—to make furnaces more energy (and cost) efficient. Contact Alpha Plumbing to learn more.

Multi-Zone Heating System

We have helped many Calgary, homeowners tackle their heating issues with multi-zone heating systems, and we can do the same for you. Be sure to use the services of a licensed installation professional.

If you have furnace home heating concerns, call us today.

We want to make sure that you get the best service for your home heating needs, whether it is furnace installation, furnace repair or annual furnace maintenance.

Furnace Repair Checklist

Maintenance We Perform During All Our Furnace Visits

  • Combustible Leak Check of Gas Piping
  • Venting System Visual Check
  • Combustion Air Intake Present
  • Furnace Filter Check + Replacement
  • Remove, Clean + Reinstall Flame Rod
  • Ignitor Inspection
  • Inducer Motor Inspection
  • Pressure Switch(s) + Tubing Check
  • Main Burner Box and Blower Area Cleaning
  • Electrical Connection + Control Board Check
  • Furnace Blower + Fan Speed Check
  • Home Thermostat(s) Check
  • CO Monitoring Check
  • Visual Combustion Check
  • Mech Room + General Housekeeping Check
  • Hot Water Tank Visual Check

Furnace Repair Experts You Can Trust

We believe in quality heating services and maintenance from top to bottom!

That means peace of mind for Calgary, homeowners and business owners in these four areas:

  • Top-quality workmanship from certified and professional technicians
  • Top-quality equipment and materials used
  • Top-quality communication with our clients
  • Top-quality all-round customer service based on building lasting relationships

Backing this up from a technical standpoint, we have a broad range of experience in all aspects of plumbing for Calgary homes and commercial properties.

All this means that, when it comes to furnaces and home heating, our technicians show up at your door with a good idea of what you need—and how to accomplish it.

During our visit, we believe in open communication and may present some options for you to choose from (all clearly detailed on an “options sheet” with transparent pricing).

We can repair or service any type of residential or commercial furnace in Calgary and keep your property warm whether you are a:

  • Homeowner
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Restaurant
  • Community association
  • Hotel or other business

Reasons Why You May Need to Repair Your Furnace

Furnaces are designed to keep your property warm and, if they’re not running at maximum efficiency, they’re not doing their job properly.

If your furnace is neglected, becomes dirty or overworked due to a lack of attention, it can use excess gas or electricity, become noisy, develop faults, and require repair.

It can even stop giving out any heat at all. Brrrrrr…

You can bet your life that, if your furnace is going to have a problem, it will be in the depths of winter when it’s needed most!

When our repair technicians visit you, we start with a diagnosis and inspection. From there, flat rate repair options will be provided to you so that there are no pricing surprises.

Whether it’s a noisy furnace or a more serious issue where no heat is being emitted, we can get your furnace safe and operational again. Fast.

Other than the problems of no heat or too much noise being emitted, typical furnace repair issues include:

  • A dirty or clogged filter
  • Not blowing very powerfully or blowing continuously
  • Cold air being blown
  • A furnace part requiring replacement
  • Furnace keeps shutting off
  • Thermostat is not working
  • No power

We Repair a Variety of Residential and Commercial Furnaces That Are Either Broken or in Need of Maintenance in Calgary Homes and Businesses.

Keep your home warm yet energy efficient, following our home heating tips and tricks

Setting your thermostat to the ideal temperature range. It’s estimated that your energy costs can rise approximately 5% higher for every degree over 20 degrees Celsius.

For most people, 21 degrees Celsius is a comfortable temperature when spending time in your home doing activities like reading and watching television.

16 degrees Celsius is the ideal temperature when you’re away from your home or sleeping, and 18 degrees Celsius is sufficient when you’re busy in the house cleaning, exercising or even cooking.

Program your thermostat to match your hourly routine. Many of us follow predictable daily routines. We wake up, shower, get ready work work and are out of the house for a good nine-hour duration.

Write down your daily schedule then spend 10 minutes programming your thermostat to match your most common routine.

You’ll find doing so will save you money when your energy bill comes in and that the general temperature in your home feels idyllic based on your activity level.

Manage your thermostat settings on the go. There are several apps and hardwares that will allow you to adjust the temperature of your home or business remotely.

Furnace Frequently Asked Questions

The furnace might just be the most important piece of equipment in your Calgary home. And like any valued member of the family, it needs a little TLC now and again.

Furnace maintenance should appear regularly at the top of your to-do list so that you’re not left paying excessive bills or shivering at the time when you need your heating most.

What is the difference between a furnace and a boiler?

Furnaces use a blower to heat up air and push it through the ductwork of your home, raising the temperature in every room. Furnace systems can run on natural gas, propane, or electricity. Although furnaces are effective at heating up a space quickly, the resulting air can sometimes be uncomfortably dry. Boilers provide an alternative by heating water instead of air. The hot water or steam generated by boilers is then distributed via pipes to radiators or other systems which will heat up the desired space evenly and comfortably.

Furnaces often cost less and take far less time to install than boiler systems. And, since furnaces don’t utilize water in the heating process, there’s less chance of freezing during a wintertime power outage. But the use of ductwork can create a drafty environment, and the spread of dust and dander is worse for families with allergies. Natural gas furnaces also run the risk of valve leaks, which can cause serious health issues.

The radiant heat from a boiler system is much more comfortable than forced air from a furnace. These units are also less noisy, more energy efficient, and create better air quality inside your home. No ductwork is required. In certain cases, the heated water from the system may also be used for things like laundry, showers, or your dishwasher.

How do you diagnose a broken furnace?

To diagnose a broken furnace, follow these steps:

  1. Check the thermostat: Ensure it's set to "heat" and the temperature is higher than the room temperature.
  2. Verify power supply: Check if the furnace is receiving power and inspect the circuit breaker or fuse box.
  3. Inspect the air filter: A clogged filter can cause issues, so replace it if needed.
  4. Check gas supply: Ensure the gas valve is open and the pilot light (if applicable) is lit.
  5. Listen for unusual sounds: Unusual noises could indicate mechanical problems.
  6. Observe the flame: If the burner flame is irregular or discolored, there might be issues.
  7. Check for leaks: Look for any signs of gas or water leaks around the furnace.
  8. Smell for gas: If you detect a gas smell, immediately evacuate and call the gas company or emergency services.

If you're unable to identify the problem or the issue persists, it's best to contact a licensed plumber or HVAC professional for expert diagnosis and repair.

What should I do if my furnace is broken?

If your furnace is broken, follow these steps:

  1. Check the thermostat: Ensure it's set to "heat" and the temperature is higher than the room temperature.
  2. Check power supply: Verify the furnace is receiving power and check the circuit breaker or fuse box.
  3. Replace air filter: A clogged filter can cause issues, replace it if needed.
  4. Check gas supply: Ensure the gas valve is open and the pilot light (if applicable) is lit.
  5. Reset the furnace: Turn it off, wait a few minutes, and then turn it back on.
  6. Schedule professional repair: If the issue persists, contact a licensed plumber for expert diagnosis and repair.

Remember, safety first! If you smell gas or suspect a major problem, evacuate and call your gas company and call the furnace experts at Alpha Plumbing.

Why perform annual furnace maintenance?

Performing annual furnace maintenance has some obvious benefits—but also some others that you may not have considered.

Of course, the main benefit is that you’re not left without heating in the depths of winter when you need it most.

By having a professional check your furnace and address all of the most common issues, you reduce the risk of an unexpected breakdown. We know the warning signs and can prevent minor issues from turning into major ones requiring expensive repairs.

Other benefits of annual furnace maintenance include:

  • Potentially saving money: the efficiency of your furnace relates directly to your energy bills. If you regularly maintain your furnace, it will raise efficiency and minimize monthly bills—a great way to cover the costs of the maintenance.
  • Maintaining the warranty: failure to maintain your furnace can invalidate the warranty. By arranging at least annual maintenance, you ensure that your warranty remains good if something serious goes wrong.
  • Maximizing the life of the furnace: a furnace is a major investment that should last well over a decade. By maintaining it well, you extend its life.
  • Gas furnaces can be prone to problems, so if yours has not been maintained in a while, you are asking for problems.

Gas furnaces in Alberta require regular maintenance, including cleaning or replacing air filters every one to three months, inspecting and cleaning the blower assembly, lubricating moving parts, checking gas connections, and testing safety controls. It's recommended to schedule an annual professional tune-up for optimal performance.

It’s best to schedule a service for your furnace at least in the fall to check that it is running safely, efficiently, and without any major issues as the long winter months approach. It should be checked, tested, thoroughly cleaned, and all steps described above performed.

If you want to be sure to optimize performance all year round, schedule another service call in the spring.

Which furnace repair tends to be the costliest?

The replacement of a furnace's heat exchanger is often the most expensive repair. Heat exchangers can develop cracks or fail over time, and replacing them can be costly due to the complexity of the task and the price of the part itself.

Tips for maintaining your furnace

In between service calls, there are a few regular checks and maintenance steps you can take to ensure that your furnace runs as efficiently as possible and avoids downtime.

  • Clean filters—or replace them
    Filters can get clogged with many different types of household particles, such as dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, spores, etc. Regular cleaning or replacing ensures adequate and safe airflow in the home.
  • Check the blower motor
    Furnace blowers provide air for the furnace and often for the air conditioning system too. The blower motor drives the fan and has many moving parts. Check that it’s working efficiently without too much noise and, if not, call us for a service.
  • Check household vents
    For your furnace to work efficiently, the air in your home must be able to circulate freely. Check that vents are open, clear of blockages and allow air to flow unimpeded.
  • Check the exhaust flue (gas furnaces)
    Toxic gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulphur dioxide need to be allowed to escape freely from a gas furnace or your family could be breathing them in. Make sure the exhaust flue is not blocked—if it is, call one of our furnace professionals.
  • Improve insulation in your home
    You can ease the load on your furnace and potentially extend its life by improving insulation in your home. We can make recommendations after surveying your existing setup, often including weather stripping windows and doors, insulating your attic, or sealing and insulating ductwork.

Think of maintaining your furnace is a small price to pay for keeping you warm all year. It’s best to do regular checks of the furnace yourself throughout the year and book a maintenance call out at least once a year—preferably twice.

Which components commonly experience failures in gas furnaces?

Gas furnaces in Alberta can experience various failures. Common issues include faulty igniters, malfunctioning thermostats, worn-out blower motors, clogged burners, gas valve problems, and cracked heat exchangers. Regular maintenance and prompt repairs can help prevent these failures and ensure proper functionality.

What happens when a gas furnace isn't serviced often enough?

It is estimated by some HVAC professionals that three-quarters of “no-heat” callouts can be prevented with regular maintenance. We can verify that estimate.

A variety of preventable problems can start to appear if your gas furnace is not serviced at least once a year. Most typically, these include:

  • An overworked furnace—this can be caused by dusty, clogged up filters that would be replaced with any standard service. An overworked furnace can lead to inefficiency and breakdowns.
  • A faulty pilot light—this can be prevented by regular cleaning (the pilot opening can get clogged). Other pilot light problems occur when the pilot light button isn’t fully pressed or the gas valve isn’t all the way open—which can both be avoided by a gas furnace service.
  • A leaking furnace—this is a dangerous problem that needs immediate attention and is often due to a cracked heat exchanger or a dirty, clogged filter. If your furnace is leaking dangerous toxins like carbon monoxide or nitrogen oxide into your home, this will be picked up by routine maintenance so that a larger problem can be averted.

What is the average cost of furnace repair inspections?

The cost of checking a furnace for repairs in Calgary can vary. On average, a professional inspection may cost between $240 to $340, depending on factors like the company, location, and the extent of the inspection required.

What is the typical life span of a furnace?

The life span of a furnace in Calgary, AB, typically ranges from 15 to 20 years. However, proper maintenance, usage patterns, and the quality of the furnace can affect its longevity. Regular maintenance and prompt repairs can help extend its lifespan.

How often do I need to change my filter?

That depends on your home. If you have pets, you should change them regularly every month. Otherwise, you can change it every three to six months.

WHY CHOOSE Alpha Plumbing

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Our certified technician Calgary plumbers are not your stereotypical sloppy, unkempt plumbers from days past. Our team takes pride in showing up at your house or place of business in a clean uniform, ready to tackle your plumbing and heating issues. We treat your home with caution and respect, ensuring a friendly, positive experience.

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Our Alpha Plumbing team deals directly with each and every one of our valued customers, making ourselves available for constant communication. Our personal, individualized service approach leaves our customers feeling connected and well taken care of. In short, we listen to your needs and will not rest until you are satisfied.

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35+ YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE AT YOUR DISPOSAL

Alpha Plumbing’s president, Dan Di Lembo, possesses over a decade of professional trade experience from resolving issues both big and small. Whatever your specific situation may be, chances are we have the experience to find the solution.

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