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Furnace Maintenance Sault Ste Marie

Since 1981 Wardlaw Heating & Cooling has proudly served homeowners throughout the Sault Ste Marie community with their furnace maintenance needs. Our professional team consists of industry-leading technicians who have the skills and knowledge to assist you in ensuring your home’s furnace system is working optimally throughout the year. No matter how small or large your maintenance requirements are, the Wardlaw Heating & Cooling team is prepared to help.

Call us directly or book a free home consultation online for your furnace maintenance in Sault Ste Marie today.

Why Is Furnace Maintenance Important?

Furnace maintenance is essential for homeowners to keep an eye on throughout the year, especially before the fall and winter months. As temperatures begin to drop, it’s to be expected that you’ll rely on your furnace system to heat your home to a comfortable temperature. This, of course, requires energy, whether from natural gas or your electrical system.

However, if your furnace system is not up-to-date on maintenance, you may be dealing with undiagnosed problems and concerns that can significantly diminish your furnace system’s ability to heat your home accordingly. Thus, requiring even more energy than necessary to maintain a comfortable heat. Therefore, by committing to a yearly furnace maintenance appointment, you can have professional technicians come to your home to ensure everything is running optimally before the colder weather sets in. That way, you can effectively heat your home without increasing your monthly energy bill. Additionally, by maintaining your furnace throughout the year, you can identify potential problems before they become more significant issues. This includes problems with your:

  • Heat exchanger
  • Igniter and pilot lights
  • Burners
  • Gas valves
  • Thermocouple
  • Flame sensor
  • Draft inducer motor
  • Pressure switch
  • Blower motor
  • Return air filter

Therefore, rather than wait until your furnace is broken, staying proactive can help ensure your furnace’s performance is optimal at all times by having a professional company like Wardlaw Heating & Cooling help you with all your furnace needs.

How Often Should Furnace Be Cleaned?

Generally speaking, homeowners should aim to have their furnaces maintained at least once a year. Not only will it help ensure that it runs efficiently, reliably, and without problems, but it can also help you avoid costly repairs that go undetected until it’s too late. Furthermore, by having your furnace maintenance done at least once a year, you can help make sure your home is easy to heat without using as much energy month to month, which will also help save you money.

What’s Involved in a Heating Maintenance Plan?

At Wardlaw Heating & Cooling, our team is happy to offer heating maintenance plans to fit each customer’s unique needs. Here is how each plan can help you:

Basic Check-Up

  • 12-point furnace inspection
  • 10% off indoor air quality products and cleaning for your air ducts
  • 10% off furnace parts and filters
  • 10% off all furnace problem diagnostic fees

Protection Plan

  • 24-point furnace inspection
  • An appointment time that is guaranteed within 24 hours from when you call us
  • An annual tune-up and safety check to ensure the energy efficiency of your furnace
  • A discounted diagnostic fee on all potential furnace problems
  • 20% off all repairs that are not covered under your furnace warranty
  • 20% off indoor air quality products and air duct cleaning

Comprehensive Protection Plan

  • 24-point furnace inspection
  • An appointment time that is guaranteed within 12 hours from when you call us
  • An annual tune-up and safety check to ensure the energy efficiency of your furnace
  • A discounted diagnostic fee on all potential furnace problems
  • 30% off indoor air quality products and air duct cleaning
  • Free repairs up to $1000 per year

For more information on our plans, contact a Wardlaw Heating & Cooling team member.

How often should I change my furnace filter?

Your furnace may use two types of filters: a temporary filter and a permanent filter. Regardless of the type of filer you have, it is recommended that homeowners clean or replace this filter every 3 months. Your furnace filters collect dust, hair, and other airborne debris. Over time, as this debris collects, it can restrict the airflow and potentially lead to other furnace-related problems that significantly decrease its performance. Additionally, when dust, hair, and other airborne debris get caught in your furnace filter, it can also make you and your family more prone to allergies and asthma symptoms.

How to clean and replace your filter:

  • Switch your furnace off.
  • Take out the old filter and replace it with a new one.
  • If you have a permanent filter, carefully vacuum the debris, and wipe it with a wet cloth to ensure it is clean before returning it to your furnace.
  • Once you are done, turn your furnace back on.

For all furnace maintenance needs in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, call or book a free home consultation with Wardlaw Heating & Cooling professionals.

Furnace Maintenance FAQs

Furnace maintenance is an important part of preparing for fall & winter.

Getting ready for the chillier months (not to mention the downright frozen ones) means making sure your home’s heating system is ready to run at top quality to keep you comfortable from autumn until April.

A tune-up is essential because it allows our HVAC technicians to check for any issues with core components of your furnace – heat exchanger, igniter & pilot lights, burners, gas valve, thermocouple, flame sensor, draft inducer motor, pressure switch, blower motor & return air filter.

Any issues that may hinder your furnace’s performance can then be addressed, ensuring there are no interruptions to your home comfort throughout the colder months.

The proactive nature of furnace maintenance also means you can avoid nasty, expensive, middle-of-the-night repairs during a classic Canadian cold snap, giving you peace of mind all winter long.

Furnace maintenance can help you identify any potential problems with your home’s heating system before they cause a breakdown, which means you’ll avoid the cost of any future repairs that may have resulted from letting the problem persist.

These potential savings are a main reason it’s a good idea to get a furnace tune-up in the late summer or early fall months: act now so you don’t have to pay more later.

Yes, a furnace tune-up can help ensure your furnace runs at peak performance throughout the winter months.

Wardlaw’s HVAC technicians will look for any potential problems with the main parts of your furnace, allowing them to proactively repair them before they cause a major issue when you need your home heating system the most.

During a tune-up, Wardlaw’s HVAC technicians will:

Check all essential aspects of your furnace:
Heat exchanger
Igniter & pilot lights
Gas valve
Flame sensor
Draft inducer motor
Pressure switch
Blower motor
Return air filter
Perform preventative maintenance on any problematic parts of your system, helping you save time & money down the road
Advise you on any further maintenance or repairs that may be necessary in the future

You should schedule furnace maintenance once per year.

An annual appointment gives our technicians a chance to evaluate your furnace and detect any issues.

A properly maintained furnace will run more efficiently and more reliably, saving you money and the stress of unexpected furnace issues.

Why Choose Us?

  • Add Value & Save Time – Regular furnace check-ups and maintenance can extend your furnaces life, save on energy, and prevent breakdowns or costly repairs.
  • We’ve Got Experience – Wardlaw knows what your furnace needs – we’ve been servicing and maintaining our local systems for over 35 years.
  • We Do It All – When you call Wardlaw, you can trust that your furnace will be well looked after, regardless of the make or model. Our Right Time™ certified technicians have extensive experience and training to ensure the best maintenance possible.
  • Just Right™ – Your satisfaction is our priority. Don’t settle for any less than perfection when it comes to your home comfort – Wardlaw keeps you in control.

Your Friendly, Neighbourhood HVAC Experts

Wardlaw Heating & Air Conditioning has been an established staple of Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma areas since 1981. We are here to meet all of your HVAC needs: from installing a new furnace, fixing your air conditioner, or regular air duct cleaning. Whatever you call us for, we guarantee we’ll get it just right.

Why Choose Us?


No Loopholes™

We guarantee 100% satisfaction for up to 2 years from the furnace installation date. No loopholes, guaranteed.


No Hassles™

We’ll cover the repairs within 24-hours if your furnace breaks down within 2 years of installation, or give you $1,000 for your troubles. No hassles, guaranteed.


Just Right™

We’ll make it right if your furnace is too hot or too cold, including a complete replacement if necessary. Just right, guaranteed.


We Respect You™

We’ll keep your home clean and damage-free, or you’ll get our full, 5-year Just Right™ Check Up Protection Plan for free. We respect you, guaranteed.

Genuine Service

All our installations are backed by guarantees to leave you happy in your home.

Fast & Reliable

We offer true twenty-four-hour service, with no additional charges on holidays or after hours.

Tried & True

We have over 80 years of experience in serving local homes and families.

Certified Expertise

All of our technicians go through extensive training and background checks.

Friendly Faces

Locally based and operated, we appreciate our role in our community.

Real Reviews

We have a 4.4 star rating on Google and an 89% rating on HomeStars.

What Homeowners Say About Wardlaw

"We love Wardlaw! We purchased a hot water tank and a furnace at our previous residence and had fantastic service. We recently purchased a new home and had a wall furnace and hot water tank installed here. The service is above and beyond! We can’t say enough good things about Wardlaw! Thank you all for your amazing work and dedication! We recommend this company 200%!!"

Dorothy Crosson - Google Review

"My experience with Wardlaw Heating and Cooling was beyond 5 stars (again). Their Comfort Advisor (Steve F.) was helpful and knowledgeable. Using his expertise the best product was purchased to fit my need. Steve continues to support my questions and that is what you call “service after the sale”. Their Installers (Norm N. and Kevin W.) did an awesome job installing the product and were very informative.
Thank you again Wardlaw!!"

Anthony Mannarino - Google Review

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