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3 Clear Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

Hey Toronto! We know that many of you have had the misfortune of having your furnace break down in the middle of winter. It’s incredibly inconvenient and can actually be dangerous if you have someone who is elderly or very young living in your house. When a furnace needs repair, it doesn’t take long for the cold to creep in, so having an HVAC contractor come ASAP is very important. The alternative to having a company like Novel Care come quickly to fix your furnace is staying in a hotel or with family or friends until someone else can come to fix it. This might be a friend or a company that doesn’t understand your urgency, but realistically you need it fixed now!

Ideally, you want to avoid the last minute “furnace needs repair” situation. Here’s what you should look out for.

Your Furnace Needs Repair If It Struggles to Maintain a Consistent Temperature

If it sounds like your furnace is running longer than usual to reach the temperature you set on your thermostat, it may be headed toward failure. Your initial thought might be that the problem lies with your thermostat, but it’s more than likely the result of a failing part inside of the furnace.

Furnace Blows Strange Smelling Air

In the fall when you turn your furnace on for the first time it’s normal for the air to smell a little differently than usual. This smell can often be attributed to dust in the furnace itself and in the duct system. But, if the smell is much stronger than you’re use to or it lasts much longer than you think it should there might be bigger problem to deal with. Hopefully, this air isn’t toxic, but just to be safe you should turn off your furnace and call an HVAC expert from Novel Care. In all likelihood your furnace needs repair in order to operate safely.

Furnace Makes Loud and Unusual Sounds

Every furnace makes a certain amount of noise. It’s just a normal part of operation. The thing that you need to be concerned about is if your furnace is making so much noise that you need to raise your voice to speak. I this is the case your furnace needs repair. There may be clanking, clunking, grinding, or squealing sounds coming from your furnace. Regardless of your knowledge about furnaces or HVAC system it should be obvious that your furnace needs repair.

It might seem like a big expense if your furnace needs repair, but replacing your furnace because it’s so broken that it can’t be fixed is much worse. This can happen if you don’t take proper care of your furnace. Realistically, you don’t need to strap on a stethoscope and hold it up to your furnace to find out if your furnace needs repair. All it takes is just realizing that it’s not operating as it should. There are several telling indicators that can lead any homeowner to this conclusion, but if you really want to give yourself peace of mind schedule an annual furnace maintenance appointment with Novel Care.

For more information about furnace maintenance or to schedule an appointment if your furnace needs repair contact Novel Care in Toronto or the GTA today: 647-547-6094.

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Time For A Mid-Winter Furnace Tune Up

What an up and down winter it has been so far. We’ve had record-breaking temperatures both cold and warm. There have been massive amounts of snow, that has now all but completely melted, but not to worry more is on the way. As usual the weather in Toronto and the GTA is a hot topic around the water cooler, and it can certainly make your furnace work overtime. If you didn’t have time in the fall or late summer to get your furnace maintenance appointment in, there’s not time like the present. Don’t wait to book your mid-winter furnace tune up, it can save you money.

Save With A Furnace Tune Up

There are lots of ways a furnace tune up can save you money. Here are a few.

  • Improved Efficiency = Reduced Cost – A furnace tune up improves how efficiently your furnace operates. As a direct result of this improved efficiency it uses less energy to operate, and in doing so it costs you less money on your energy bills every month.
  • Avoid Costly Repairs – An annual furnace tune up is the best way to avoid expensive repairs to your furnace. During an annual furnace tune up our HVAC technicians check every area, part and aspect of your furnace to ensure its running properly. If they see something that indicates there might be a problem they’ll let you know and discuss options to repair it while it’s still a small issue, not a big problem.
  • Furnace Longevity – Ensuring that your furnace receives annual furnace tune up maintenance is the best way to keep it running efficiently and properly. That means less wear and tear on all it’s parts and systems. When there’s less wear and tear on your furnace, it will run for long than it would without an annual furnace tune up.
  • Healthier Air Quality – Part of a furnace tune up maintenance appointment entails a properly cleaning of the inside of your furnace. This also includes changing the filter, which many people forget to do. Changing the filter is essential to the health of your furnace and the air quality in your home. It collects dusts and other airborne particles from the air in your home, so you and your family have fresher air to breath.

Overall, a mid-winter furnace tune up is a great way to get your furnace running as efficiently as possible. Take advantage of tuning up your furnace today, as it’s a great way to save money throughout the winter and beyond. For more information about the benefits of a furnace tune up or to book one today contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today: 647-547-6094.

Furnace Maintenance Appointments

Furnace Maintenance Appointments Now Available

Hey Toronto, we’ve had a few appointments cancel over the next few weeks, so we can accommodate some appointments. We know that many of you have been calling every few days to try and book, so we’re happy to announce that there is some availability for furnace maintenance appointments.

Fall is one of the busiest times of year for all HVAC technicians, and here at Novel Care we’re no different. We spend fall and early winter helping our loyal and new customers with furnace maintenance appointments, so their furnaces operate reliably and properly all winter long.

Benefits Of Furnace Maintenance Appointments

There are numerous benefits to making a furnace maintenance appointment with Novel Care every fall season.

  • Reliability: You and your family will have peace of mind knowing that your furnace has been professionally inspected and anything that needs to be repaired or adjusted has been taken care of.
  • Efficiency: Professional furnace maintenance appointments are an excellent way to ensure that your furnace is operating as efficiently as possible. When your furnace is clean and tuned up it doesn’t have to work as hard to heat your home. When it doesn’t have to work so hard it uses less energy. In using less energy it’s saving you money on your monthly heating bills.
  • Longevity: When you book annual furnace maintenance appointments with a Novel Care HVAC technician you can increase the longevity of your furnace. By allowing our HVAC technicians to evaluate and repair your furnace, we’re able to keep it running well to reduce the wear and tear on it. Reducing the wear and tear means that all of its components will be wearing on each other less too. Over the long term your entire furnace will experience fewer breakdowns, need fewer repairs and in the end last longer than it would without annual furnace maintenance appointments.

There are many more benefits to booking annual furnace maintenance appointments with Novel Care, so contact us today for more information and to book your appointment. As mentioned we have a few spots left, so call now: 647-547-6094

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3 Furnace Tips To Help You Stay Warm This Winter

If you’re one of the lucky ones in Toronto and the GTA who owns a home, you know it’s not as easy as it seems. Whether it’s yard work or shovelling the driveway, a lot of work goes into maintaining your property – and your appliances. To help, Novel Care has a few furnace tips you can do to get the most out of your furnace. After all, furnaces don’t come cheap, so it’s a good idea to keep them running smooth for as long as possible. This is especially true in this city, where one day might be a nice snowfall and the next an extreme cold alert.

Furnace Tips 1 of 3: Thermostat Control

When the truly cold weather rolls in, the last thing you want to do is race to your thermostat to overcompensate. Yes, it’s cold outside, but think about the strain this could put on your furnace. Imagine being woken up and told to run your top speed when it’s cold outside. Chances are, you don’t make it far. Same goes for your furnace. Shocking the system could really wear it down and maybe even lead to a breakdown. Instead, gradually drop the thermostat a few degrees at first. You want to give your home a chance to heat up and blasting the heat is a good way to be left out in the cold.

Furnace Tips 2 of 3: Check And Replace Filters

Just like a person, your furnace needs to breathe. The filters in place allow your furnace to not pump the wrong particulates through your home. If you don’t clean these filters though, they act as a blocker and restrict the airflow to your furnace – making it work harder. To avoid this, you’ll want to change your furnace filter anywhere from every 2 to 6 months based on the type that you use. This will prevent your furnace from working harder than it needs to, so you can rely on it longer.

Furnace Tips 3 of 3: Exhaust Vents Should Stay Clean And Clear

You may not think of this right away, but your furnace has an exhaust vent that leads outside. Just like a vehicle, it needs to expel what it doesn’t need in order to run efficiently. If a car didn’t have a clear exhaust pipe, it wouldn’t go very far. Keep your furnace running smooth by making sure there isn’t a build-up of snow or ice near the vent on the outside of your home.

When Furnace Tips Don’t Work, Call Novel Care

If keeping up with maintenance keeps falling lower and lower on your to-do list, give us a call. After 30 years of serving Toronto and the GTA, our experienced team can handle your furnace maintenance whenever you need us. Contact us at 647-547-6094 to book an appointment before winter really sets in! Better to stay ahead with furnace maintenance every year or so instead of paying the price of furnace repairs.

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The Right Furnace Can Keep Energy Bills Low

With winter rolling in, you need to be ready. To keep you and your loved ones toasty warm this time of year, you’ll need a furnace will that will operate reliably and won’t break the bank.

It’s no secret that in the GTA, hydro prices have seen a recent increase. Now this might be for the greater good of the city of Toronto, but most people would agree that paying more around the holidays isn’t very festive. There is something you can do though. Schedule an appointment with Novel Care Toronto to evaluate the efficiency of your furnace. We’ll find any efficiency problems and advise you with the right steps to increase your furnace’s efficiency. In doing so we’ll be helping you lower your energy bills.

To avoid getting overly technical with furnace jargon, we’ll keep things simple. A furnace is designed to generate warm air that is pushed through your home. As the temperature dips, the furnace works a bit harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In the event of an older, less efficient furnace, the energy that goes in isn’t necessarily equal to the heat that comes out. Less efficient means more power to heat your home – and that means more cash flowing from your wallet towards increasing energy bills.

How Do I Know If My Furnace Is Efficient?

Unless you know a thing or two about furnaces, you probably won’t know if you’re make and model is an efficient one. Now, you can absolutely do your homework and look into which models might be best for your home. However, no matter how much furnace knowledge you acquire, installing the right model takes a professional. Our experts also have over 30 years of experience in Toronto installing, repairing and maintaining furnaces. We’ll help you make the right choice for your home to suit the size of your home and your needs.

Furnace installation is no joke and takes someone with experience to do the job right. After all, you wouldn’t rewire your home because you read about it online, would you? Of course not, that would be dangerous. The same goes for furnace installation, since it requires making sure your home is at a comfortable temperature for years to come.

Professionals Know Best

In Toronto and the GTA, you can probably find a bunch of people who claim to be professionals when it comes to furnace installation, but how credible are they if they don’t have references, good online reviews or a track record of experience? That’s where we encourage you to do that homework we talked about earlier. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t go with the first person who is available, the cheapest or the closest to your home. Poor choices can result in overpaying or a wonky furnace installation job.

To save you some time researching Novel Care, we’ve got over 30 years of experience installing furnaces in Toronto and the GTA. Our reputation is second to none and we have a lot to offer including duct cleaning, furnace repairs, furnace maintenance, boiler repairs, boiler maintenance and much more – all at a price you can afford. Sound too good to be true? Contact us at 416-921-0000 and we’ll provide you with a free estimate.

We’d love to hear from you to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Put our experience and knowledge to work for you, and keep your energy bills under control this winter.

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Upgrading To A High Efficiency Furnace

So, it’s finally happened. Your trusty old furnace has kicked the bucket. It’s a sad day in your household, but it doesn’t have to be. Now that you have to replace your old furnace you can install a new high efficiency furnace. A growing trend with our customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA is that they’re replacing old furnaces with new high efficiency furnaces. They’re doing so for a number of different reasons.

Save Money With A High Efficiency Furnace

Most people install a high efficiency furnace because they’re sick and tired of their rising energy bills. The government is continually increasing energy prices, so operating your household is constantly getting more expensive. A high efficiency furnace can save you up to 20% or even 30% on your energy bill depending on the size of your home and the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating on your new furnace. The higher the SEER rating on your new high efficiency furnace, the less energy it will use.

An Eco-Friendly High Efficiency Furnace

It might seem fairly obvious, but a high efficiency furnace is more environmentally friendly than other furnace models. Simply put, they use less energy to heat your home and in doing so reduce your carbon footprint. There are also models that work at two stages depending on your needs and these models operate very efficiently to provide your family with warmth all winter long.

How Reliable Is A High Efficiency Furnace?

When you install a new high efficiency furnace you might wonder if it’s going to be as reliable as your trusty old furnace that lasted for 20 years and never let you down. Are newer furnaces built as well as older ones? The truth, is they are built even better, which means they’re even more reliable. Furnace manufacturers these days have taken advantage of years of insights and technology to develop furnaces that last. They do require annual maintenance to ensure they’re running as efficiently as possible, but with advanced computer systems keeping everything in check the chances of a breakdown are significantly reduced.

How Affordable Is A High Efficiency Furnace?

Depending on the size of your home and your needs every homeowner can afford a high efficiency furnace. While they are more expensive when it comes to up front costs, high efficiency furnaces save you money in the long-term with lower energy bills and fewer repair costs. Overall, their upfront cost is easily offset by their benefits and other savings.

For more information about installing a high efficiency furnace or to schedule a free consultation and estimate contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been installing furnaces in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Fall Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting your furnace ready for colder weather. This year why not be proactive about your home heating with a quick self-inspection using this fall furnace maintenance checklist.

While this fall furnace maintenance checklist isn’t completely comprehensive, it does provide a good starting point to help you understand your heating system. It is by no means a replacement for a professional inspection by an experienced and properly trained HVAC technician.

Fall Furnace Maintenance For Homeowners

  1. Examine the exterior and interior of your furnace with a flashlight. Basically, you’re looking for any moisture buildup or corrosion. If you tap around the furnace with your flashlight and hear and see rust falling then you’ve got a corrosion problem. Corrosion could be caused by moisture, which means you might also have a problem with moisture. This is definitely something you should flag with your technician when you have a furnace inspection.
  2. Check for leaks in your heating system. If your system is running and you hold your hand over the various connections in the ductwork and feel blowing air then you have a leak. Leaks in your ductwork can reduce the efficiency of your system. One quick fix is to use a high-grade duct tape to stop the leaks. Once you’ve done so, it’s also a good idea to flag these leaky areas with your HVAC technician to ensure the problem isn’t a bigger one.
  3. Change your furnace filter. Many of our blog entries about fall furnace maintenance include reminders to change your furnace filter. That’s because it’s one of the easiest things to do and very important. A dirty filter causes your furnace to work harder than it needs to, which will cost you money on your energy bills.
  4. Replace your thermostat batteries. It’s not something we think of very often, but it’s important to always ensure your thermostat has fresh batteries, so it can properly activate and control your heating and cooling systems.
  5. Clean out any exterior vents. These vents are an important part of allowing your furnace to function properly. Cleaning them is an important part of fall furnace maintenance because limbs and leaves can easily clog them and cause problems.
  6. Ensure all the vents in your home are clear of furniture, toys, etc. Allowing your vents to easily distribute air is important to properly heating your home and letting your thermostat know that each room is properly heated.
  7. Turn your furnace on before it gets really cold out. If you wait until the last-minute to turn on your furnace and it doesn’t work you might be left out in the cold. Turn it on early and if you have any issues you’ll know right away, long before the cold weather has arrived.

For more information about fall furnace maintenance or to schedule an appointment contact Novel Care today. Novel Care has been helping customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA with fall furnace maintenance for over 30 years.

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5 Key Benefits of Furnace Maintenance

Few people are happy that summer is coming to an end. Less sunlight, higher gas prices, cold temperatures, and ultimately snow-covered cars and commutes aren’t things anyone looks forward to. One of the most important things when dealing with everything winter brings with it is your furnace. Your furnace keeps your home warm and comfortable. It creates a space for you and your family to stay warm, hibernate and forget all of the negatives that come along with winter. That’s why it’s so important to properly maintain your furnace. Proper maintenance is the best way to ensure it runs well all winter long.

Furnace Maintenance Benefits

Paying Lower Energy Bills

By properly maintaining your furnace you’re also ensuring good efficiency. This is especially important when you’re placing a heavy load on your furnace during the cold months of winter. Maintenance means that electrical connections are tightened, moving parts are lubricated and all other components are inspected and repaired if necessary. By keeping things running properly your furnace will use less energy and cost you less in the long run.

Longer Life

During maintenance your furnace is thoroughly tested and inspected, which means an experienced technician will look for common issues with your make and model and identify anything that urgently needs repairing. When some parts wear out or malfunction they can negatively affect related parts causing them to have problems. A proper cleaning is also a great way to reduce the wear and tear on parts. Overall, maintenance will increase the life of your furnace.

Less Repairing, More Enjoying

Regular inspections and checkups are the best way to find small problems before they become big problems. Finding small problems that can be fixed with adjustments rather than large problems that require replacement parts is essential to avoiding repairs.

Safer Operation

Annual maintenance typically includes a review of the safety features and problems areas. Depending on the make and model of your furnace this can include a variety of different checks. The last thing you want is for your furnace to be the source of carbon monoxide in your home, or for it to stop operating when you’re not there, which can lead to frozen water pipes on cold days.

Better Capacity

After your maintenance is finished you’ll notice that your system runs better and more efficiently. Its overall capacity will increase and it will work much less to heat your home.

For more information about heating your home, maintenance or to book an appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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The Importance Of A Furnace Inspection

Call it what you will, furnace maintenance, furnace inspection, furnace repair, taking care of your furnace is an essential part of ensuring its reliability, efficiency and longevity.

Your furnace is an important part of your home. It moves the air around, filters it, and heats it in the winter. It reduces allergens and dust, and improves the overall air quality in your home. It addresses moisture issues and maintains a healthy level of humidity in your home, even in the winter.

Common problems with your furnace that can be found by a professional furnace inspection can be:

  • Loose ductwork resulting from normal thermal expansion and contraction.
  • The need to lubricate the blower motor bearings.
  • The needs to replace the air filter and clean the dust out off the blower fan blades and AC condensing coil.

An inspection can also find and repair less than obvious problems like:

  • A loose blower belt
  • A blocked condensate drain
  • An aging or loose wiring harness

The best way to keep your furnace operating efficiently is to have a furnace inspection prior to when you need your furnace the most. When cold weather hits you don’t want to be worried about how well your furnace is operating, you simply want to turn it on and enjoy the warm comfort it provides.

Professional Furnace Inspection

A properly certified and licensed HVAC technician will run a diagnostic check on your furnace to ensure its operating as efficiently as possible. They’ll perform safety tests to monitor any gas leaks or CO2 levels, so you can rest assured that your furnace is running safely. Furnace inspection will also ensure that all the various components of your furnace are running properly like the blower motor, the humidifier, and any other mechanical element. A furnace inspection also takes the stability and cleanliness of your duct system into account and let’s you know if there are any glaring problems.

Between Each Furnace Inspection

In between each semi-annual furnace inspection here’s one easy thing you can do yourself to keep your furnace running well.

Change your furnace filter:

  • This doesn’t need to be a scheduled thing, but should be done at least once every few months, or sooner if you check it and notice that it’s especially clogged.
  • This also helps maintain healthy airflow throughout your home.
  • Changing your air filter reduces the load on your fan motor, as it’s easier to move air through the system with a clean filter.
  • A new air filter reduces the allergens, dust and other airborne particles in your home.

For more information about or to schedule a furnace inspection contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

We’ve been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years.

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Fall Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Sadly, winter isn’t that far away anymore and fall is right around the corner. Taking time to enjoy nature’s changing colours and the brisk feeling in the air is important as it will soon be gone and you’ll want to retreat inside where it’s warm. Keeping your furnace in good condition is a big part of escaping the cold, and there’s no better time than fall to take a look at your fall furnace maintenance checklist.

Basic furnace maintenance is the best way to ensure your furnace is working perfectly now that cold weather will soon be upon us. Don’t be fooled by the hot temperatures this week, the cold air that invades the night is a sure indication that it won’t last much longer.

Gas Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Here are a few essential things you can do to ensure your furnace is working properly.

Visual Furnace Inspection: Take a look at your furnace to see if there is an excess amount of dust or black soot building up anywhere. Is there is then you should call an experienced furnace repair technician from a reputable company like Novel Care immediately. Turn on your thermostat to see if the furnace cycles up correctly. Listen closely for strange noises or loud vibrations that might indicate there’s a problem. It’s also important to prime your nose to smell for any gas leaks.

Turn it Off: Now that you’ve looked it over turn the thermostat off and then the switch for the power. If you can’t find the power switch you can turn the power off at the breaker. Next turn off the gas if you’re planning on checking off any gas related items in your furnace maintenance checklist.

Dusting: Once your furnace has cooled down open it up and use your vacuum to clean out the dust. If there are areas where your vacuum isn’t working use a damp cloth to wipe the dust away.

Fan Belt: If you have a blower with a fan belt it’s important to take a good look at it for racking and fraying. Checking the tension to ensure it’s still taught is also important. It shouldn’t move more than 1/2 an inch.

Filter Replacement: The last and one of the most important things on your furnace maintenance checklist is changing the filter. Turn your furnace back on and if you’ve turned the gas off, turn it back on and relight the pilot light.

You should only perform furnace maintenance if you’re comfortable enough to do so. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your furnace maintenance checklist contact Novel Care today for a free estimate and to make a furnace maintenance appointment: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been handling furnace maintenance checklists in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.