Common Ways a Furnace can Break and How to Prevent That

Lynns Winnipeg, Furnace Repair, Heating And Cooling

Furnaces may sound like simple pieces of equipment but there are actually a lot of ways that they can go wrong. For a furnace to adequately heat a property it must have good ventilation and air flow, in particular over the heat exchanger.

The reason for this is that when you fire up a furnace, the heat exchanger will, of course, heat up. The rate at which the heat exchanger should heat up, however, must be controlled. When things heat up they expand, and if the heat exchanger expands too rapidly it will crack. A broken heat exchanger will render the entire furnace inoperable, and may actually mean that the whole furnace needs replaced.

Lynns Winnipeg, Furnace Repair, Heating And Cooling
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Almost all of the ways that a furnace can break come down to a damaged heat exchanger. If you don’t change the air filters often enough then they will get clogged, reducing air flow and leading to a cracked heat exchanger. If you cover the vents with clothing (perhaps to try and dry the clothing off quickly), then that too will impair air flow.

Clogged fans can also cause problems with your furnace, and make it less efficient, but again, failure tends to come down to a side-effect of the clogged fan being that the heating coil gets put under too much strain, and then fails.

Some homeowners are diligent about those things, and keep their filters fresh and their vents unobstructed, but still have problems. That can happen if you fail to keep the air ducts clean. Even with a filter, it is not uncommon for some dust to start to build up in the ducts, especially if you live in a dusty area. Regular cleaning should be a part of any service plan, to ensure that your furnace lasts for as long as possible.

To learn more about installing new furnaces and furnace repair in Winnipeg, don’t hesitate to contact Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain.

Common Drain Cleaning Tools and What They Do

Lynns Winnipeg Heating And Cooling, Drain Cleaning

If you’ve ever tried to use a drain cleaning kit yourself you’ve probably took one look at the huge collection of attachments, sticks, rods, cables and hoses and found yourself bemused. Where should you start? Which tool is the best for the job?

Rather than taking a stab in the dark, wasting time, and potentially damaging your drains, it makes a lot of sense to call in the experts and get your drain cleaned professionally. Here’s a quick look at the tools that drain cleaners use, and what purpose they serve.

Handheld Small Diameter Cleaners

Small diameter pipes and handheld tools are usually more than up to the job of cleaning sinks, and also cleaning roof ducts and vents.

Water Rams

Water rams are more powerful jet cleaners that are useful for cleaning commonly clogged pipes such as those associated with bathtubs or showers.

Large Sectional Cables

Larger, thicker sectional cables are good for cleaning drains and vents with a bigger diameter. Sectional cables tend to be good for moving thick debris, but won’t be able to help with tree roots that have penetrated a drain. Sectional cables are ideal for use in difficult areas, though, because if the cable gets damaged you can simply remove segments and add segments.

Large Drum Drain Cleaners

Large drum cleaners are quite powerful, and are cleaner (since the wet, dirty cable can be contained in the drum for easy transportation), and are self contained while also being easy to use. They are heavier than sectional cables because of the drum, but the self-contained nature makes them better to work at remote sites.

If you are cleaning external sewers, drains or ducts, then a large drum cleaner may be a good first choice for cleaning the drain, with sectional cleaners a last resort if the drum cleaner fails.

To learn more about drain and sewer cleaning in Winnipeg, don’t hesitate to contact Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain.