EDMONTON – An Edmonton man says he had to call 17 repair companies when his oven failed during the Edmonton cold spell.

“They had such an emergency list of people waiting, a lot of companies wouldn’t put me on the emergency list,” Peter Skinner told CTV News Edmonton.

After 15 hours, while the daily highs fluctuated in the minus twenties, it was finally fixed.

But the experts say most people shouldn’t have the same difficulty getting through the rest of the winter if they perform regular maintenance.


The first thing ATCO technician Leo Pisarevski recommends is to check your furnace vents.

“If these vents are blocked, your oven won’t work,” he explained.

“You need fuel, you need oxygen, you need a flame to make the stove work.


There could be several possible causes.

The first and perhaps the simplest:

“Often times I go to the thermostat and check and their batteries actually run out,” Pisarevski told CTV News Edmonton.

“So you have to change your batteries.”


Next, he recommends checking the oven’s air filter.

According to ATCO, filters should be changed every three months. The furnace should be serviced once a year.

Or: “Your oven will overheat and stop working,” said Pisarevski.

“If you do not have the flame sensor cleaned every few years in a high-efficiency or medium-efficiency oven, the oven will switch off and not run. [It] just jumps on and switches itself off again and again. ”

These tips, he said, could save others from finding themselves in the same situation as Skinner – and save some money.

With a report from CTV News Edmonton’s Amanda Anderson