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Fall is Here With An Introduction To Being A Furnace Technician

Posted by Brad Dixon

It may be too warm out still to believe it, but fall is just around the corner. That means that within the next several weeks the weather is going to cool down, and people are going to start thinking about switching on their furnaces. As the weather gets colder, the furnace becomes the most important appliance in the home.

If you're interested in pursuing a career as a gas fitter and starting a course to complete your gas technician training, we put together some introductory information to get you started.

Understand How A Gas Furnace Works

A gas furnace is a home air heating system which kicks in and reacts when the indoor temperature in the home drops below the temperature you have programmed into your thermostat. The thermostat controls the burner in your furnace.

To keep your home at a consistent temperature, the furnace will take in cold air from outside the home and clean the air with a filter. Then the burner will begin to combine air and fuel, and this combined air gets ignited by an electronic igniter. The hot gas caused from this combustion begins to move, rising through the heat exchanger above the burner which then heats the air. The gas that remains exists the furnace and the home out of a ventilation system.

What is left is warm air which is circulated throughout your home with a blower motor. The blower motor pushes the air throughout your home's duct work to ensure an even distribution of the warm air to heat the whole house.

Common Gas Furnace Issues

There are some common issues that homeowners face which prompts them to call a gas furnace technician. Some of the most common issues come from things like lack of maintenance, or filters which have been left within the furnace too long. These issues don't necessarily require your expertise, but many problems in furnaces do.

Some of the common issues you'll face as a furnace technician are furnaces that are producing no heat, or too little heat, furnaces that turn on and off too frequently, furnaces that don't stop the blower motor, noisy furnaces, or pilot lights which are out. Your gas technician training will give you the knowledge and skills you need to fix these problems.

Get Your Gas Technician Training Started

If these problems sound like the kind of thing you want to fix to keep families and businesses comfortablt in cold winter months, the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academy offers a full and part time gas technician training course to equip you with the skills you need to join the workforce and become a furnace technician. To learn more about our upcoming gas technician 3 and gas technician 2 training, connect with us.

Our next full-time Gas Technician 3 course begins November 6 at our St. Catharines campus. If you are ready to take the next step to enroll in the course to cotinue your education, click below to register online today.

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Topics: Gas Technician, HVAC Careers, Ontario Gas Technician Training