Furnace Repair Experts in Cambridge
If Your Furnace is Not Working – Call Reliance!
Has your furnace stopped working or is it not working properly? We specialize in furnace repair services in the beautiful city of Cambridge.
Our furnace repair experts are always just a phone call away. No matter the make or model, or where you live in Cambridge, we’ll be at your home quickly to troubleshoot your home heating problems. We’ll find the right solution and get things fixed quickly so you can get back to enjoying everything winter in Cambridge has to offer.
Cambridge’s historic Fall Fair marks the arrival of cooler weather. The fun continues when the snow starts to fly, with everything from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Shade’s Mills Park to taking in an exhibit at Cambridge Centre for the Arts.
But winter can quickly loose its charm if your furnace isn’t keeping your home warm. At Reliance™, we know how important it is to relax in comfort, no matter how cold it gets outside.
Regular maintenance can help you avoid unexpected furnace repairs and is a great way to keep your residential heating system working efficiently. Call to schedule your service and maintenance and let our furnace technicians get your furnace or boiler ready for winter.
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Furnace problems? Check these 5 things first
It can be frustrating when your furnace stops working properly in the dead of winter. And while we’re always happy to send a technician to your home, here are five things any homeowner can check before calling in a professional.
Is it set to heat? It’s surprisingly easy to forget to switch your thermostat from ‘cool’ to ‘heat’ when the cold weather hits. So double-check, just to be sure.
The furnace switch
Is it on? Your furnace has a safety feature called the disconnect switch, usually located on the side of your equipment or nearby on the wall. Sometimes it gets flipped by accident – if an item is leaned up against it, or if someone turns it off and forgets to turn it back on. If your furnace doesn’t have power, check the switch.
The circuit breaker
Is it set to ‘on’? Your home’s breaker panel contains a circuit for your furnace. If it has shut off, your home won’t have heat. Check your breaker panel and make sure the breaker is in the right position.
The furnace vents
Are they clear? Your furnace may not work properly if the air vents that lead from the outside of your home are blocked. Snow, slush, debris, or small animals nesting inside can all cause a problem. A technician from Reliance™ can do a thorough vent inspection, but it doesn’t hurt to take a quick look yourself.
The furnace filter
Is it old? Your furnace filter should be changed every three months or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Filters become dirty over time, and may cause your furnace to under perform. If you notice a change in your home heating, a new furnace filter may be the only fix you need.
At Reliance™, we’re here to help. Here are some common home heating questions.
How does a furnace produce heat?
A furnace ignites fuel in a combustion chamber to up heat exchanger coils. Air is drawn across the coils and warmed. Then, this warm air is distributed throughout your home through the ductwork and heating vents.
What is a boiler?
A boiler is another home heating system, more often found in older homes. Instead of heating and distributing air, a boiler system heats a liquid – usually water or glycol – which is pumped to radiators located throughout the home.
What can I do to reduce my energy bills?
If you want to save on your energy bills the best place to start is by conserving energy. You can hire a professional to conduct an energy audit to identify opportunities to save energy, and there may be grants available to help you cover the cost. You can also follow these simple suggestions:
- When it’s time to upgrade your furnace, chose a modern high efficiency condensing furnace. It will use less energy to heat your space.
- A programmable thermostat can help you monitor and take control of your energy use, and may be a good investment if you are looking to reduce your energy consumption.
- Make sure your windows are properly sealed, or replace them with new ones.
- Fill any cracks in your exterior walls.
- Consider adding more insulation to your attic and basement.
Is a high efficiency furnace worth the investment?
If you want to conserve energy and save money, investing in a modern high efficiency furnace may make sense. Today’s energy efficient furnaces have an AFUE rating between 92% – 98%, a significant increase over older models. When used alongside smart technology, you’ll be able to maximize your energy efficiency and control your energy consumption which may result in lower home heating bills.
What does a whole home humidifier do?
A whole home humidifier keeps the humidity level in your home stable, regardless of the weather outside. This creates healthier air throughout your home and may help reduce your overall energy consumption.
What can I do to maintain my furnace?
Your furnace should only be opened and repaired by a trained furnace technician. However, homeowners can do a few simple things to help keep their furnace operating properly:
- Change the furnace filter. Most filters need to be changed every three months, or according to the recommendations of your equipment manufacturer.
- Clean your heating grills, radiators, and intake vents. Dust and debris may cause your home heating system to underperform.
- Keep your exterior exhaust vents clear. Snow, slush, and ice can easily build up during the winter months.
- Keep the space around your furnace or boiler clutter-free.
- Have your furnace or boiler inspected and serviced every year.
Learn more about what you can do to maintain your furnace.
When do I need an immediate furnace inspection?
It’s time to call a professional if your furnace is leaking water or making strange noises, if your home heating is inconsistent or costs more than usual, or if you notice your house is dustier than normal.
Should I rent or buy my new furnace?
Your Reliance™ Home Heating Advisor can help you weigh the pros and cons of renting or buying your new furnace. But here are a few things to consider:
- If you buy your furnace you will be responsible for all repairs and maintenance as soon as your warranty expires. A comprehensive Protection Plan can help you avoid unexpected repair costs. Buying a furnace is a large investment, but it may add value to your home.
- If you rent your furnace you’ll pay one low monthly fee, and we’ll look after most repairs and maintenance.
Should I upgrade my AC when I get a new furnace?
It can make sense to upgrade your furnace and AC at the same time. Systems designed to work together are more energy efficient and could save you on your energy bills.
WHY CHOOSE RELIANCE?
At Reliance™ Home Comfort, we’re not comfortable until you are. That’s why homeowners in Cambridge trust us for their home heating needs, whether they are upgrading a new furnace or need to repair or service their existing system.
We offer upfront, straightforward pricing – We’ll tell you how much your service and repair will cost before work begins so you are always in control from start to finish.
We answer the phone 24/7, 365 days a year – When you have a problem with your furnace or boiler, we’re always here to help. And with one of the largest networks of licensed furnace technicians in Cambridge, we can get help to your home fast.
We offer 10% off your furnace repair bill* – When you sign up for any Reliance Home Comfort™ Maintenance or Protection Plan you automatically save.
We offer flexible payment options – We accept Visa, MasterCard, and cheques.
We have some of the best guarantees in the industry – If the heating equipment we install doesn’t perform as stated and you’re not happy we’ll return 100% of your investment, and remove the equipment from your home. And if your furnace doesn’t keep your home warm during the first 12 months, we’ll fix it for free, including parts and labour**, and we’ll write you a cheque for $500 for the inconvenience. Learn more about our guarantees.