18/07/2017 0 Comments
Dangers of a Poorly Done Furnace in Fort McMurray
The furnace is a marvel of modern living yet if installed improperly, it could be a ticking time bomb. Whether you’re building a new home or upgrading your current heating system, nothing is more important than your safety which means furnace installation projects require a trained professional if it is going to be done safely.
At Ice Age Mechanical, our experienced licensed technicians pride themselves on quality workmanship and professionalism, and use only the best products in the plumbing and HVAC industry because your quality of living is our business. We offer 24-hour emergency service, installations, and non-emergency repairs. If your furnace is 14 years old or older, then it is time to replace it with a modern high-efficiency furnace.
There are numerous reasons for working with a professional furnace installer like Ice Age Mechanical, beginning with ensuring that you have the right sized furnace for your comfort needs - insulation, amount of windows, location, and how much of the home will be lived in and heated on a constant basis all enter into the calculation. Too large and it will tend to cycle on and off more frequently, creating additional wear and tear, and cause moving parts to wear out prematurely. Too small and you’ll be too cold and have high energy bills as the unit works to meet demand. Here’s what could go wrong because of a bad furnace installation:
- Gas leak hazards: poor connections between the furnace and the gas main can result in an explosion and house fire - often the consequence of using a faulty, improperly installed, or unmaintained furnace;
- Improper ventilation: will expose the occupants of the house to possible carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gas, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuel. Your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide from the air and can lead to serious tissue damage or even death;
- Electrical wiring problems: a poor wiring job can lead to a furnace that constantly trips circuit breakers, drains power, and may even become a fire hazard; and
- Leaking ductwork: ducts need a complete seal between the furnace and the ventilation shafts, and joints need to be properly sealed and insulated. Poorly done will cause a loss of air pressure throughout the ductwork, a subsequent loss of heating power, and add considerable cost to your annual utility bill.
To insure your furnace’s safe operation for years to come, homeowners should make it a point to have their furnace professionally inspected annually; checking that all parts are working properly and that there are no obstructions, cracks, tears, or leaks. Installing a new furnace filter following the manufacturer’s instructions will also help to keep it functioning better while providing cleaner air in your home. To stay alert to potential gas leaks, install carbon monoxide detectors in each room as well as next to the furnace and check them regularly to ensure that the batteries are still working.
If you’re looking for reliable furnace installation in Fort McMurray, Ice Age Mechanical is there with residential, commercial, and industrial furnace installations with customized service for all your plumbing and gas fitting projects. If you have questions about any of our services or to request a free quote, contact Ice Age Mechanical at 780‑880‑9151 today.