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Why is my furnace blowing cold air sometimes? Why is my heat not coming on?

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There is nothing more disheartening than to discover my own heat furnace blowing cold air in the middle of the winter months. One day when I came back home and I realised that my whole house felt kinda cold. At first, I thought it must be because the weather outside is too cold and that's the reason why my heat furnace is unable to catch up with heating my whole house. I shrugged it off for the first time it happened assuming it to be something one off happening once only. Anyways, I was very tired coming back from work and I didn't want to have to deal with this problem that day. I just put on some extra warm clothes and did my daily chores and snuggled into my warm blanket.

In the middle of the night I did feel some heat coming back from the furnace vent in my room but it wasn't very warm enough. Barely felt like room temperature air was coming from the air vent in my room. Again I felt back to sleep and didn't bother to investigate the problem. Well, in the morning when I got off my bed, the whole house felt so cold and my hardwood floor was chilly to the touch. I quickly turned on the hot water tap and enjoyed the warmth of the hot tap water for a while.

Now I knew something wasn't quite right with my heat furnace. When I bought this house three years ago, I didn't know how long the furnace had been the previous owner and if they had changed a new furnace or not. As long as it was working I wasn't complaining much about the heat furnace. Having spent much of my money into purchasing this house I think I would like to fix the heat furnace problem myself rather than call a heat furnace repair man. I don't want to spent further expenses on repair work as my pocket has become shallow now.

My sibling had called a heat furnace repair man one day to check on his heat furnace which wasn't working and he was charged $60 just for taking a look without any work being done. The repair man came to his house, inspected the heat furnace and gave two options: repair the worn out parts or buy a new furnace. My sibling went with the option of buying a new heat furnace but he still had to pay for the repair man's visitation fees. The repair man told him that it would cost quite a lot of money to fix the furnace problem and that he is better off buying a new heat furnace unit. Repair man mentioned that he would waive the fees if my sibling bought a new unit from their company. My sibling didn't end up buying with that company.
asked in Chibougamau / Northern Quebec by Lisa Conroy (102 points)

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