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Do you smell something strange near your furnace, or notice your home getting much too hot? Turn your furnace off and call Action Furnace immediately. Make sure to read this guide for a whole list of situations that require emergency furnace repair so that you can keep your home safe when heating it.


Posted by Ryan | September 13, 2023

The heat that furnaces provide for our homes is absolutely necessary during Alberta’s cold winter months. They keep us comfortable—and in below-freezing temperatures, they also keep us safe. However, furnaces can also break down or malfunction, and when that happens, it can create emergencies.

Understanding when emergency furnace repairs are necessary can help you avoid more expensive or dangerous problems down the road. Here’s a detailed look at those situations and why prompt professional attention is crucial for your continued comfort and safety.

Furnace open with blower motor visible to represent source of strange noises

Strange Noises from the Furnace

How to Recognize the Problem

  • Banging or Popping Sounds: May indicate a minor explosion within the furnace, often due to a dirty furnace burner.
  • Screeching or Whining Sounds: Often a sign of a problem with the blower motor, like a loose belt.
  • Rattling or Vibrating Sounds: Could indicate loose parts or panels within the furnace system.

Why It’s an Emergency

Strange noises coming from the furnace often signify a mechanical problem. Ignoring these noises can lead to extensive damage that costs a great deal to repair, so it’s important to stop using your furnace and have the cause of the noise addressed right away. If this happens in cold weather, you’ll need a fast fix to prevent serious discomfort.

Why Professional Repair is Important

Our professional technicians will accurately diagnose the cause of the noise and provide the necessary repairs to avoid future problems. Delaying repairs can lead to more costly fixes down the road, so contact us as soon as possible.

Failure to Start or Keep Running

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How to Recognize the Problem

  • Furnace Doesn’t Start at All: Thermostat is on, but no response from the furnace.
  • Frequent Cycling On and Off: Often a sign of a clogged filter or thermostat issues.
  • System Runs but No Heat: Blower runs continuously without providing heat; may be a limit switch problem.

Why It’s an Emergency

If the furnace fails to start or keeps shutting off, this is an immediate concern—particularly in freezing weather. You’ll need to call for help as soon as possible so that you can enjoy consistent heat again.

Why Professional Repair is Important

Having our technicians handle this is the best way to diagnose and solve the problem quickly and efficiently. We’ll restore heat to your home as soon as possible, preventing potential frost damage to pipes or discomfort for your family.

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Unusual Smell or Gas Leak

How to Recognize the Problem

  • Rotten Egg Smell: A strong sulfur or rotten egg smell may indicate a natural gas leak.
  • Burning or Electrical Smell: Could be a sign of overheating parts.
  • Musty or Moldy Smell: Often an indication of mold or mildew within the system.

Why It’s an Emergency

An unusual smell from your furnace is a potentially critical situation that can pose immediate danger to your household. It could be indicative of a natural gas or carbon monoxide leak, which could become a serious breathing or combustion hazard. Stop using the furnace immediately, leave the house, and call for help.

Why Professional Repair is Important

Our professionals are trained to handle these situations with care and expertise. We’ll locate the source of the leak and fix it, ensuring your home’s safety and making sure you’re able to keep using your furnace safely in the future.

See Also: Why Your Furnace Smells & What to Do About It

Woman in hat and blankets indoors to represent furnace emergency via uneven or absent heating

Uneven Heating (or No Heat At All)

How to Recognize the Problem

  • Rooms are Different Temperatures: Some rooms are warm while others are cold.
  • Cold Air Blowing from Vents: Furnace is on but blowing cold air.
  • Thermostat Reading Doesn’t Match Room Temperature: Could be a sign of a faulty thermostat or a problem with the furnace’s heating elements.

Why It’s an Emergency

Uneven heating or a complete lack of heat may indicate a problem with the furnace’s distribution system. In harsh winter months, this could cause serious discomfort or even health risks from poor indoor air quality.

Why Professional Repair is Important

Expert technicians can identify the underlying issue, whether it’s with the thermostat, ducts, or furnace itself, and perform the necessary repairs or upgrades to improve the quality of the air inside your home.

See Also: The Ultimate Guide to Air Filtration Systems

FAQs about Action Furnace’s Emergency Furnace Repairs

How Fast Does Action Furnace Respond to Emergency Calls?

Our team at Action Furnace is committed to providing rapid response to emergency calls. We strive to be at your doorstep within hours, depending on the location and severity of the problem.

What Kind of Emergency Services Does Action Furnace Offer?

Action Furnace offers comprehensive emergency services, including diagnostics, repairs, replacements, and maintenance for all types of furnace problems.

Are Action Furnace’s Technicians Certified & Trained?

Yes! Our furnace technicians are trained internally and through several elite courses and apprenticeship programs to make sure we’re always able to provide industry-standard assistance. We follow all applicable regulations and use state-of-the-art equipment to provide top-quality service every time we’re called.

Why Professional Furnace Repair Is Vital for Safe Home Heating

Furnace emergencies are not only inconvenient but also potentially dangerous. Recognizing the signs of an emergency and understanding the importance of professional intervention can save you from unnecessary risks and expenses when you need to heat your living space.

When you face situations like the ones above, don’t hesitate to call the pros at Action Furnace. Our team is equipped and ready to handle all your emergency furnace repairs so that you can keep your home warm and safe.

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Written by Ryan Tutak

Ryan is considered one of Calgary's most knowledgeable residential HVAC specialists. Working in the industry for over 12 years, he's helped thousands of homeowners with their heating and cooling systems. Outside of running Calgary's most reputable HVAC business, you can find him on the Golf course practicing his short game or traveling with his family. His main goal is to create a positive collaborative culture, one in which his employees are excited to come in and are motivated to work hard. He spends the majority of his day working directly with Home Comfort Advisors, Service and Maintenance Technicians, and Customer Service Representatives ensuring they are fully prepared to lead the Home Service Industry in Customer Service.

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