Why do furnaces break?

Why do furnaces break? The simple answer is … lots of different reasons.

At Afterglow, we get asked that question all the time.

It never fails… we ring the doorbell, walk into a home that has electric heaters plugged into every outlet. We follow the homeowner to the basement and find the sad, quiet, and old furnace that refuses to do its job.

Here are the top 4 reasons your furnace died at the worst possible time:

1.   Parts Fatigue: This is the top reason. The furnace has been working with many on-off cycles, just like city driving, causing one or some of the parts just stop working.  An annual 15 –point furnace checkup can be proactive.

2-   Cheap furnace: Do your research. A good manufacture will build a good furnace and it will last longer than a piece of junk every time.

3-  Professionally installed: If the furnace is not installed properly it will not work up to its full potential.  Afterglow technicians are well trained and agile, problem solvers.

4-   Environmental Reasons: These problems are unique to each site. Kitty litter, pets, children, saw dust, dryer lint, spider webs, humidity and water softener salt all contribute to a furnace’s failure. Regular maintenance can help add years to your furnace.

Giving warmth this holiday season

Afterglow: featured in The Waterloo Chronicle!

Read more about our giveaway in The Chronicle.

T’is the season for the 2nd annual Afterglow Furnace Giveway!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that means snow, wind and below freezing temperatures. Many of us take our warm, cozy homes for granted. A house without a properly functioning furnace lacks the warmth of a home, and can be dangerous to its residents. Space heaters can be expensive and can make your hydro bill unaffordable.

Afterglow will be giving the gift of warmth this winter to a family in need. It was the best Christmas gift we could give as a company last year and we have been looking forward to doing it again!

The winner will have their new furnace installed before Christmas Day!

You can nominate a family here. Submissions are due December 13th 2013.