Furnace Repair

Novel Care has been providing residents of Toronto and the rest of the GTA with professional furnace repair services for over 30 years. With expert furnace installation and annual furnace maintenance from Novel Care you can drastically reduce the number of repairs your furnace will need over the years, but we’re always available to help even if we didn’t install your furnace.

We always install furnaces according to the manufacturers specifications and recommend an annual furnace maintenance appointment with one of our expert HVAC technicians. If and when repairs are needed you know we’ve got the experience and knowledge necessary to get the job done quickly and properly.

For more information about Novel Care’s furnace repair services, for a free estimate or to schedule an appointment contact us today: 416-921-0000

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New homeowners don’t always know all the little ways to help a home’s heating and cooling system perform efficiently and last longer. It’s really not that difficult, and we’ve put together a small list of things any homeowner in Toronto and the GTA can do to help get more from their furnace this winter.   

7 Non-Technical Ways To Help Your Furnace

Ceiling fans

One of the simplest furnace tips of all would be to make use of your ceiling fan – if you have one. If you don’t, you might want to consider it since they help with circulating the air in your home. This has been a cost-effective way of controlling a home’s temperature for quite some time now.

Keep vents/filters clear

Moving right along, let’s jump into a furnace tip that most people don’t think about – airflow. Keeping vents clear and open is a great way to ensure your furnace doesn’t work too hard to heat your home in the winter. And don’t forget that a clean air filter can work wonders too, as furnaces pull air from your home in order to heat it. No air, and your furnace will be working overtime trying to compensate – which is bad news.

Programmable thermostat

Most homes tend to have this furnace tip in place already. If you don’t, you should put this on the list of things to upgrade. Smart thermostats don’t have to be expensive either, as a basic one can still be programmed to adjust the level of heat in your home when you’re at work or out for the day. This not only helps your furnace, it saves you more each month on energy bills.  

Annual Furnace maintenance

Having a qualified professional take a look at your furnace once every year or two is always a good investment. They can usually identify or even deter problems and help your furnace last longer. Yes, some people feel comfortable performing their own maintenance, but we never recommend that without previous training or experience. The last thing you’d want to do is void the warranty or even put yourself in danger to save a few bucks.

Check for air leaks

Drafty windows and doors are a sure way to put pressure on your furnace. Installing weatherstripping around any minor drafts is a great furnace tip to help keep warm air from your home from escaping.

Bake/cook more at home

Ever notice that most people don’t like to cook in the summer? Using the stove or oven can raise the heat indoors, which is a great furnace tip in the winter. Don’t be afraid to cook or bake a bit more often to help warm your home – your furnace will thank you.

Curtains

Keeping curtains closed at night is a great way to help prevent heat from escaping. During the day, keep them open to let light in if you have a lot of natural light of course.

For Furnace Maintenance, Call Novel Care

As noted above, furnace tips are a great way to help get the most from your heating system without overworking it. That’s why we recommend calling 416-921-0000 for furnace maintenance every year or two to ensure everything is running smooth. After all, we’ve been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years, so rest assured your furnace is in good hands. Give us a call to get started, and don’t forget we’re available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. At Novel Care, we put our customers first, every time.

Unless you’ve dealt with replacing a furnace, it can be hard to determine when it’s the right time for a new one. Rather than just blindly listen to the first furnace installation service near you, take a look below to learn about a few signs that let you know when your furnace needs to go.   

Before You Install A New Furnace, Read This

Having a new appliance like a furnace installed is no small job. That’s why it’s important to know what to look for before you call a local “expert” who may try to sell you something you don’t need. Here are 3 things to consider.

Energy Bills Are Getting Higher Each Month

Energy isn’t cheap in Toronto and the GTA, so you should notice a significant increase if your furnace isn’t performing well. Note that you’ll always see a bit of an increase when you switch from summer to winter months, but as a homeowner, you should be able to tell if there is a noticeable difference to what the costs were in previous years.

Some Rooms Never Seem To Warm Up

While the closest rooms to your furnace tend to heat up the quickest, if certain rooms never seem to hit ideal temperatures, you may have an issue with efficiency and performance. Unfortunately that could mean needing a new furnace sooner than later.

Air Quality Isn’t Good

This last one is a bit hard to notice, but if the air in your home seems to be more dusty, or humid, you could have a furnace issue. As they age, furnaces lose their ability to perform at the optimum level. Since they are connected to your home’s ventilation, seeing air quality drop off might be a good sign you need a new furnace.

Consult Novel Care If You Think You Need A New Furnace

With more than 35 years of helping homeowners and businesses in Toronto and the GTA, rest assured you can trust Novel Care. Whether you have questions about your air conditioner, boiler, or think you need a new furnace, we will work with you to get results that make sense for your home. Just give us a call at 416-921-0000. We’re even available 24/7 if you ever have an emergency. After all, you don’t get to last 30 years in this city without putting people first – which is exactly what we do, every time.  

Fall furnace services are more important for the health of your furnace than you might think. It’s easy to put furnace maintenance off until later, but that just increases the risk of a breakdown, and fingers crossed that it doesn’t happen in the winter.

However, in our experience furnace breakdowns always happen in the winter. This is because they are being pushed harder than they are any other time of the year to keep you and your family warm. If your furnace isn’t is good working order then it can break down and you’ll suffer the cold consequences.

Fall Furnace Services: Furnace Maintenance

Following each furnace installation we always recommend that our customers book an annual furnace maintenance appointment. This is the best way to keep your furnace working as efficiently and reliably as possible. Efficiency is important because when your furnace maintains its high-efficiency and continues to run efficiently for years it costs you much less to operate. This saves you a ton of money each month on your energy bills, but that’s only if efficiency is maintained. Reliability is also important because you want to ensure that your furnace is always ready and able to keep you and your family warm, especially on the coldest winter days.

Maintenance not only keeps your furnace working well, it also ensures that any small issues don’t turn into big problem. As you may have guessed, big problem cost a lot more to fix and can even mean replacing your furnace.

Fall Furnace Services: Furnace Repairs

Fall furnace services are important and from time to time as your furnace ages furnace repairs can be part of the mix. Furnace repairs don’t always mean fixing a big expensive issue. It can mean taking care of something small before it turns into something big and expensive to fix.

Whether you need furnace repairs, furnace maintenance or new furnace installation you can count on Novel Care to take expert care of your furnace. We have over 35 years of experience with fall furnace services in Toronto and throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Contact Novel Care in Toronto today to learn more about our fall furnace services: 416-921-0000.

 

September, October and November are typically the best months of the year to save money on utility bills because there isn’t a need for a furnace or air conditioner. If you get too hot you can open windows and take off clothes, or even turn on fans. If you get too cold a sweater or blanket isn’t usually too far away. Luckily, you can expect to get one of the lowest energy bills of the entire year, if you play your cards right, and by cards we mean paying attention to your energy usage.

However, this month temperatures are dipping a little low and mid November might be the time to fire up your furnace. If you have had an HVAC technician already perform annual maintenance on your furnace then you likely won’t run into any problems, but if you haven’t then there’s no time like the present. There are some basic things that need to be done in order to make sure it’s ready for an entire winter season.

Turning Your Furnace On For The First Time

Your furnace has been sitting all winter long, it collects dust just like everything else and as a result needs a good cleaning, along with your vents and duct system. When you run your furnace for the first time you might smell something that resembled burning, but don’t worry that just all the accumulated dust being toasted. If you find that the smell isn’t dissipating after an hour then it might be something more than dust and you should call an experienced HVAC technician at Novel Care.

There are a few other precautions you should take if you haven’t had a furnace tune-up and you’re starting the heating season on your own:

  • Change the filter – Your filter needs to be changed whenever its clogged, which can be up to once every few months depending on how dusty your house is. remember the blower also blows air through the filter during the summer while air conditioning your home.
  • Clear the furnace area – If your furnace is located in a storage area of your home it’s important to make sure nothing has been piled against or too close to your furnace. Anything that’s flammable can catch fire.
  • Test your thermostat – Even if your thermostat worked reliably in cooling mode, it’s worth double-checking its accuracy in heating mode. Take a digital thermometer from room to room to make sure your home is heating accurately and evenly.

Winter Is Coming, Are You Ready?

In addition to preparing your furnace there are a few things you can do to ensure your home is ready for winter. They are easier than you might think, take a look:

  • Check and replace weather-stripping – You should have some form of weather-stripping on every window and exterior door. But time and the elements can take a toll, and weather-stripping may peel or become cracked. Wherever you find damaged weather-stripping, replace it before it turns into a chilly draft.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned – If you have a functional wood-burning fireplace that you intend to use, complete this service before building your first fire.
  • Trim your trees – Pay particular attention to tree limbs that could fall onto power lines or through windows if they were to suddenly break. If you live in an area that experiences ice storms, the added weight of ice buildup could very well bring those limbs down.
  • Prepare an emergency kit – Winter storms can develop suddenly, and severe storms could leave you without power and heat for hours or days. Store at least a three-day supply of fresh water and non-perishable food, as well as flashlights, batteries, a radio, blankets and medical supplies. If you have a generator, keep it maintained and ready.
  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors – Cracked furnace heat exchangers are among the most common causes of carbon monoxide leaks. During heating season, make sure you have at least one carbon monoxide detector for each floor of your home, and test those detectors monthly.

Getting your home ready for winter is essential to keeping it warm and running as efficiently as possible. Fall might not technically be over, but Mother Nature doesn’t care what our calendar says. If it’s cold out you need to be ready. For professional furnace maintenance, furnace repair or furnace installation contact an HVAC technician from Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

There’s a lot more to a furnace inspection than just turning on your furnace and changing the furnace filter. There are actually quite a few steps involved, which are important to ensure your furnace is running cleanly and efficiently all winter long. The worst case scenario of not properly taking care of your furnace is that it will stop running while you’re away on your winter vacation, and the pipes in your house freezes. Frozen pipes typically burst, and replacing a bunch of burst pipes is incredibly expensive.

The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to keep your furnace running well all winter long. A furnace inspection is like an oil change to a car. You don’t absolutely have to do it, but you know it’ll keep your car running well and reduce the amount you have to spend on repairs in the future.

So what should you expect when you schedule a furnace inspection? Here are some of the typical services that should be performed during a furnace inspection.

  • The blower motor, wheel and housing will all be inspected and properly cleaned.
  • Some older furnaces need lubrication to the blower motor, and when doing so the belt will be checked for fraying.
  • The combustion blower will be inspected for obstructions, lint and other debris, and cleaned.
  • Your furnace will be inspected thoroughly for gas leaks.
  • Condensate lines, pan and drain will be inspected.
  • The evaporator coil will be check for proper functioning.
  • The burner will be inspected and cleaned if applicable.
  • All safety controls and the ignition will be thoroughly inspected.
  • The heat exchanger and heat elements will be inspected if applicable.
  • Where applicable, the flue will be inspected for holes and corrosion.
  • All electrical components and connections will be inspected.
  • The air filter will be replaced.
  • The duct system will be inspected for holes and cleanliness.
  • The startup system will be inspected for errors.
  • Unusual sounds and smells will be investigated.
  • Air conditioners and heat pumps will be inspected while the HVAC system is running.
  • The temperature will be measured and checked.

These and many additional things will be looked at depending on the brand and model of your furnace. Inspections differ between oil and gas furnaces, but an experienced technician should be able to take care of both types of furnace inspections.

For more information about your next furnace inspection or to schedule an appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been inspecting, installing and repairing furnaces in Toronto and the GTA for over 30 years.

Winter is officially here. If you haven’t noticed the east coast of North America is currently being bombarded with snow in one of the worst storms in history. When big winter storms like this occur we can’t help but hope that all of the people affected have furnaces and heating systems that are working properly. It’s our goal to ensure that every furnace in Toronto is working properly all winter long, so when our big annual storm hits you and your family will be ready and warm.

Call Novel Care is you answer YES to any of the following questions: 416-921-0000

  • Is your heating system more than 15 years old?
  • Are you making frequent repairs to your heating system?
  • Do you experience hot and cold spots in certain rooms within your home?
  • Are you paying more than you used to on your energy bills?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you definitely have a problem with your heating system. Novel Care is dedicated to fixing every furnace in Toronto and the GTA and can help you and your family in your time of need. By replacing an old furnace or heating system you will be increasing the reliability of your system when big winter storms hit, improving the efficiency of your system so you save money, and ensuring the comfort of your home and the safety of your family. On old heating system or furnace in Toronto won’t have the reliability or energy-saving features that are available in today’s units. As a result they take much more energy to cycle on and keep your home warm.

Newer furnace in Toronto should be Energy Star® certified so you save money and do your part to help the environment. These units also do a much better job at heating your home and will pay for itself in only a few years as your energy bills will be that much lower.

Upgrading your system can drastically improve the comfort of your home. They can be easily programmed to serve specific areas of your home at different times of the day to ensure you’re only heating areas that are in use. You can program them to heat your home for certain temperatures when you are sleeping and when you wake up to optimize the temperature of your bedroom so you get the best sleep possible.

A new furnace in Toronto could also include safety features like built-in carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that has no smell and if consumed can be deadly.

Indoor air quality is another aspect of home safety. Indoor air quality can be up to 100 times worse than the air outside of your home. A new furnace in Toronto that has UV lights, a humidifier, a proper ventilation system, and air filtration technology can drastically improve the air you and your loved ones breathe in on a daily basis.

For more information about installing or repairing a new furnace in Toronto, York Region or anywhere else in the GTA contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has over 30 years of experience installing and repairing every model of furnace in Toronto and the rest of the GTA.

If you need a new furnace now is the time to call Novel Care for an installation quote. Novel Care can help you save money on your new furnace through the Ontario Provincial Government’s energy incentive plan to help get you furnace rebates in Ontario.

When you install a new furnace in this calendar year (2015) you’re eligible for furnace rebates in Ontario depending on the type of furnace you install. There are rebates in Ontario for high-efficiency furnaces equipped with Electronically Commutated Motor (ECM) and ENERGY STAR certified CAC systems with a 14.5 SEER rating. There are a number of furnace makes and models available that meet the requirements of these specific incentives, which an experienced Novel Care furnace installation technician can help you fully understand.

These specific furnace rebates in Ontario have particular eligibility requirements that the government has made fairly easy to meet:

  • They are available to residents and businesses who have installed eligible central heating equipment through a certified and participating HVAC company like Novel Care.
  • You must be an Ontario resident.
  • All HVAC services must be performed by a professional HVAC contractor like Novel Care.

For more information visit Save On Energy or contact Novel Care for more information. Whatever you do don’t wait too long, the incentives for 2015 end on December 31st, so book your furnace installation appointment with Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years. We provide professional furnace repair, furnace installation, and other HVAC services that continuously exceed the standards of our customers. We also provide boiler, hot water heater, and all other services relating to the heating and cooling of your home or commercial space. For more information about all of our services browse through our website or contact a Novel Care technician today at 416-921-0000 or info@novelcare.ca

Winter is on our doorstep Toronto and it’s time to get ready! Whether you live in Toronto, York Region, or somewhere else in the GTA you know what winters in Southern Ontario can be like, which is why it’s important to be prepared. When cold weather hits your furnace works day and might to keep you and your family warm and if it’s not in proper working order then there’s a chance it could break down when you need it most.

Pre Winter Toronto Furnace Repair

Ensuring that your furnace is working properly prior to the extreme cold setting in is essential to staying warm and safe all winter long. Risking a breakdown isn’t worth the trouble, but even if your furnace is very reliable proper Toronto furnace repair and maintenance services can help ensure the efficiency of your HVAC system. Furnace repair, boiler repair, and duct cleaning services can keep your HVAC components running as efficient as possible, which means they’ll be reliable and save you money on your energy bills. Waiting until winter has already come means that you’ve already cost yourself money on a poorly operating furnace or boiler. When it comes to furnace repair and maintenance the sooner you act, the better.

Toronto Furnace Repair & Duct Cleaning Services

Ensuring your furnace is running properly is important, but duct cleaning services are also important to keep your whole system running properly. Here are 3 key benefits of proper duct cleaning.

  1. Improving the air quality in your home: When your duct system is dirty the air quality in your home can drastically deteriorate, and during the winter you spend more time in your home than any other time during the year. This means that you’re continuously exposed to poor air quality in your home, which can lead to allergies, asthma, eye irritations, and even interrupt your sleeping habits. If your furnace is blowing dust, allergens, and dander throughout your home it can drastically lower your indoor air quality.
  2. Improving your home’s heating efficiency: Even if you have a brand new furnace you might be risking your home’s heating efficiency by not properly maintaining it and cleaning it. When your furnace is dirty it has to work harder to create warm air and send it throughout your home. A dirty duct system also impedes your furnace’s ability to properly heat your home adding even more stress on your system. As you allow your furnace to work harder through dirty components you’re straining the entire process, reducing it’s efficiency, costing yourself more money, and possibly reducing the lifespan of your furnace. Overall, this could lead to need a Toronto furnace repair specialist to undertake serious furnace repairs, which could be avoided through simple cleaning and maintenance.
  3. Lower your heating costs: Your HVAC system is an investment and in order to get the most out of it over time you need to properly maintain and clean it. By investing in professional Toronto furnace repairs and maintenance now, you’re saving yourself money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs and the premature replacement of your furnace. Overall, proper furnace repair and maintenance can lower your immediate and long-term costs when it comes to your HVAC system.

For more information about Toronto furnace repair, boiler repair, or duct cleaning services contact an HVAC repair specialist at Novel Care today: 416-921-0000