It’s the unsung hero of your house and rarely gets any attention, until you have a cold shower or you can see your breath in the living room while watching a movie. We’re talking about your home’s heating system. When buying a house, it’s rare for people to run into the basement and get excited about the furnace and hot water tank. At Lone Star Plumbing and Heating in Calgary, we can’t help but get excited about your home’s heating system, and we want you to feel the same. We’re not telling you to go into your basement and hug your furnace; however, you should know why your home’s heating system requires a certain level of attention.

First, it’s important to know the difference between a furnace and a boiler. Essentially, a furnace heats air to warm up your home, where as a boiler heats water to warm up your home. The hot water tank is commonly found close to your home’s heating system; in other words, they’re best friends. But no matter which heating system your home uses, these machines can break down from time to time.
Your home’s heating system and hot water tank usually decide to take a holiday and stop working, at the start of winter. It’s during the start of winter that your heating system goes from decreased usage to a greater demand. The sudden increase in usage can cause various breakdowns, such as the following:

  • Broken diaphragms
  • Air locks
  • Valve failures
  • Thermostat controls
  • Motor (to move heated air)

If you have any kind of leak in your heating, this type of repair will require the services of a professional like the experts at Lone Star Plumbing and Heating.

About the only repair that you can do without the help of a professional is when your pilot light goes out, which is usually caused by a draft. However, if the pilot light is repeatedly going out, it’s an indicator of a greater problem. Your furnace may have a buildup of residue and deposits that are causing the pilot light to extinguish and in that case, it’s recommended that a professional from Lone Star Plumbing and Heating cleans your furnace. It’s important that any deposits and residue are properly removed, because these buildups can lead to dangerous situations such as leaking carbon monoxide.

We recommend yearly inspections of your home’s heating system to ensure that it functions properly at all times. Don’t neglect your home’s heating system! If your furnace, boiler or hot water tank are making funny noises, not providing enough heat, or if the pilot light keeps going out, call the professional boiler repair specialists at Lone Star Plumbing and Heating.

For any plumbing and heating solutions, contact Lone Star Plumbing and Heating in Calgary today on 403-295-3028.

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