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4 Simple Steps to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the Winter

Two residential heat pumps buried in snow.

Proper airflow is crucial to a furnace working properly. Without proper airflow, your furnace may have problems starting. It could also lead to more dangerous situations like Carbon Monoxide leaks inside your home.

Carbon Monoxide is a silent and deadly killer. It’s an odorless, colourless and tasteless gas. It is produced when fuels are burned. The danger is increased when that combustion is not properly ventilated or when the Carbon Monoxide can’t dissipate due to a blockage.

Symptoms caused by Carbon Monoxide poisoning can easily be confused with symptoms of the flu. And with the flu being more common during the winter months, it makes it even more crucial to checking your furnace’s airflow during these months.

Symptoms of low Carbon Monoxide exposure may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling tired
  • Impairment of motor functions
  • Headaches
  • Having trouble thinking
  • Chest pain

Symptoms of high Carbon Monoxide exposure may include

  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death can occur within minutes

It’s important to follow these steps after each snowfall in the winter to make sure your furnace runs properly.

  1. Inside your home, go to your furnace and look for white or black plastic pipes and note the spot where they exit through the wall. These are the intake and exhaust pipes.
  2. Now, go outside and find the location of where you saw the pipes exit to on the exterior of your home. Frequently, they are located near the ground, by the foundation, but sometimes, the pipes are located near the roof and you may need a ladder to access them.
  3. Ideally, the pipes should have a clear surrounding area of 3 feet. Examine this area to make sure it is clear of snow, ice build-up, leaves, dirt and other debris that could block the flow of air. Make sure to look inside the pipes as well in case there is something obstructing the inside.
  4. If you do find any obstructions, remove them. Once the pipes are cleared, your furnace should start right away if you were having issues with it starting. If it doesn’t, there should be instructions on how to start it located near the access panel or the furnace itself.
  5. If the furnace still doesn’t start, then there is a separate issue that needs to be looked at or there is still an obstruction causing the issue.

Prevent Home Heating Problems in Winnipeg

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Winter might be a long way away but now is the time to take note of the important preventative maintenance tips to ensure our furnace / boilers are working as efficiently as possible.

Prevent any unforeseen inconveniences and ensure you and your family remain warm throughout the winter. Here are our preventative home heating maintenance tips from Derksen Plumbing and Heating: Continue reading

Clean Furnace/Boiler. Warm Home.

We are halfway through the long Winnipeg winter so here are few tips to ensure our furnace / boilers are working as efficiently as possible.  Let’s prevent any unforeseen inconveniences so we can remain warm throughout the remaining months of winter. Continue reading

Preventative Maintenance

Derksen Plumbing & Heating

Your Winnipeg business depends on a complicated anatomy of pipes and wiring to keep you comfortable. Everything from your heating to A/C to plumbing and sump pumps are made up of countless components. Ideally, everything works in concert, as designed. However, as you probably already know, heating, cooling and plumbing in Winnipeg can be full of surprises. That’s why a maintenance contract with Derksen Plumbing and Heating for your business can be one of the best investments you ever make. Continue reading

Ready Your Furnace

While Jack Frost isn’t quite nipping at your nose, the early warning signs of winter are starting to hit Winnipeg.

We’re not going to focus on what has been happening in the River City over the past few months, which has seen us had too few days in the 30s and more rain than we’d like to have fallen to a freefalling thermometer that is threatening frost already.

The effect of this sudden turn, of course, is that you’re turning your thermostat up a little sooner than expected, translating into a new concern about the health of your furnace.

If you’re concerned about your furnace’s status, then it’s definitely time to give us a call.

Derksen’s team is ready to mobilize for you. Preventative maintenance, including annual checks on your furnace, will help ensure you stay toasty warm throughout the cold months.

To learn more, give us a call today at 204 944 3444 or book your service call online.

Give Some Summer Love to Your Furnace – Don’t Wait Until Fall for Maintenance and Repair

It can seem bizarre to be thinking about your furnace in the summer, but it’s actually a very good idea. You can end up needing your heating in Winnipeg pretty suddenly, and if you haven’t maintained your heating system over the summer, it may malfunction just as it starts to actually get cold. Especially in the face of the extreme weather we’ve experienced over the last few years, it’s more than worth it to do a summertime check of your furnace.

First, you can either visually check over your furnace yourself, or have a professional do it. This simply means examining the furnace set up and looking for any damage. You should also check the thermostat and the vents. If you also have air conditioning and use it during the summer, you probably already know whether those components are working, so you don’t have to perform a special check.

Make sure to change or clean the furnace filters, and to run your furnace at least once before it gets properly cold. Also make sure that you haven’t stored anything that could be damaged or ignited by heat near your furnace while it wasn’t being used.

If you do detect any problems, especially if you see a crack in the heat exchanger, call in the professionals. A cracked heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide problems when you turn your heater on, so it is crucial that it is fixed before the weather gets colder.

Even less serious problems are better attended to before the furnace is needed. Derksen Plumbing and Heating can get your furnace in working order before the cold weather comes. Give us a call at 204-944-3444!

Maintenance Tips That Can Prevent Expensive Repair Bills

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” the old saying goes. This is certainly true when it comes to the cost of plumbing and heating maintenance versus the costs of repairs, after something goes wrong. Here’s a few maintenance tips that help prevent those repair bills from coming your way.

  • Cleaning: This is the simplest item on a maintenance list for heating or plumbing systems, but it can make a huge difference in the life of those systems. Cleaning your faucets and particularly your shower head can keep them functioning much longer. Removing the drain cap from your tub and cleaning out any hair that has accumulated below can keep a problem from developing. Having your furnace or boiler professionally cleaned each heating season will keep the burners and motors operating correctly.
  • Filters: Furnace filters need to be changed on a regular basis, usually monthly. If small maintenance item is not done, your furnace has to work much harder and is more likely to require repairs. That furnace filter also is important during the summer months when you are using your air conditioner. Don’t neglect it when the weather warms up. The fins on your air conditioner are also part of its filtration system. They should be kept clean and free from debris, as well.
  • Professional tune ups: Having your heating, cooling and plumbing systems inspected by professionals, at least annually, is the best way to prevent unexpected repair bills. Professional care on a regular basis will keep your home systems operating the way they were intended.
  • Home Comfort – How to Select the Proper Furnace for Your Home

    There are several things to consider when choosing a furnace for your home. The type of fuel and delivery system that you want to use for heating your home is usually the first decision to be made. If you are replacing an existing furnace, chances are that you will want to replace it with a furnace that will use the same delivery system and probably the same fuel source. You can certainly change all of these factors, but the costs will be much more substantial than simply replacing the furnace itself.

    For a new home, your options are wide open. Electric heat, in-floor radiant heat or baseboards, is a very even, clean and quiet heating system. However, electricity as a fuel source can be one of the most expensive. Boiler systems, which heat with hot water or steam are also a very clean heat source and can be gas or electric. Forced air gas furnaces are one of the most popular furnaces, in spite of the circulating air, which can raise dust in the home. One of the reasons they are so popular, is the ability to attach an air conditioning system to the ductwork for circulating cooled air in the summer.

    Once you’ve decided on the fuel and delivery system for your home furnace, you will want to compare furnace efficiency and determine the correct sizing of the furnace unit for your home. This is an important point in the process in which you should be consulting a heating professional. Heating professional, like those here at Derksen Plumbing & Heating, have been trained in calculating the proper furnace size for a home. They can also assist you in comparing energy efficiencies and prices in your furniture selection.

    Fall Tune Up Steps for Your Furnace – Gas and Electric

    Having your furnace inspected in the fall, prior to the winter heating season, is a wise investment. Preventative maintenance is always preferred to unexpected problems in the middle of winter. Although there are some maintenance items that a homeowner can and should do themselves, a full professional inspection will provide you with a more comprehensive inspection of all the important functions of your furnace. Here are some of the items that our professionals inspect when they perform a fall tuneup for our customers:

    Gas Furnace

    • Check pilot and test for proper ignition
    • Visual inspection of seals of vent joints
    • Check blower motor for obstructions
    • Check filter to see if it  needs to be replaced and if it is installed correctly
    • Remove and clean burners for safe and efficient burning
    • Cleaning of sensor and pilot
    • Check electrical connections

    Electrical Heat Systems

    • Clean and adjust the system for maximum efficiency

    With both types of furnaces, our technician will also test the operation of your thermostats to be sure that they are functioning correctly.

    A regular professional tuneup prior to the heating system will mean your heat system will operate at its optimum efficiency. Give us a call soon to schedule your fall tuneup.