Paramount Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Should You Schedule End-Of Season Repairs?

Monday, March 28th, 2022

Now that it is spring (at least according to the calendar), we know that the weather is going to start warming up again. You are going to be using your heater less and less in the coming weeks. This may raise the question as to whether or not you should bother handling any heater issues that may have made themselves known at this point.

Heating system repairs are something that should be taken care of quickly, even if they occur late in the season. Leaving them unaddressed only ensures that they will cause trouble as soon as you start your heater up in the fall. Let us help make sure that you get the services you need for your heating in Columbus, OH.

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3 Repairs Your Furnace May Need

Monday, March 14th, 2022

We aren’t quite at a point when we want to shut down our heaters. There are plenty of cold nights ahead to get through. This is why it is best to make sure that your furnace is still in working order to keep you warm.

One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that your furnace gets the service it needs to help keep it in good shape. That is why it is best to reach out as early as possible to get furnace repair in Columbus, OH if your system seems to be struggling. Repairs aren’t something to delay in any way!

Let’s discuss some warning signs that you can look for that will alert you to the fact that you need repairs ASAP.

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Why Add a Furnace to Your Home?

Monday, February 28th, 2022

You don’t want to be without a good heater in your home during the winter or spring seasons around here. If you’ve been fighting your way through the coldest months of the year with a space heater to get you by, we’d like to offer an alternative. Adding a furnace heater to your home can offer you incredibly reliable and efficient whole-home heating. This applies to even the coldest of days too!

If you need a team to help with your installation furnace service in Pickerington, OH, you can turn to us. We can get your new furnace set up properly and we can help to explain why this system may be the right choice for you–in fact, you can read on to find out more.

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6 Indicators That Your Heater is Having Trouble

Monday, February 14th, 2022

The value of a home’s heating system is only realized when it fails in the bitter cold of winter. There are several possible reasons for heater failures, and most of them require expert service to address. Familiarizing yourself with some of these issues and their warning signs might help you detect trouble immediately and reach out for help before the situation becomes worse.

Let’s look at six of the signs that indicate your heater is having trouble.

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Is Your Heater Struggling With Poor Efficiency?

Monday, January 17th, 2022

You want to keep your home warm on those chilly days. It can be hard to do that though if running your heater causes a huge spike in your heating bills. If you’ve received an energy bill recently that made you choke on your coffee then it is worthwhile to have a professional check out your Pickerington, OH HVAC system.

There is more than one issue that may be causing those high bills. It is worthwhile to check things over to see if you need to get repairs for your heater to address whatever is causing that increase in energy usage. Here’s what might be causing your problems.

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5 Warning Signs of Trouble in Your Heater

Monday, December 20th, 2021

It is the time of year when you want to focus on staying cozy and enjoying more time with your family and friends. Instead of enjoying yourself though, you find you are looking for creative ways to keep warm! This is frustrating first of all and a warning of a problem too. Chances are high that there is a problem in your heater that needs expert attention

Needing a heater repair in Columbus, OH is fairly common, especially around this time of year. But how can you be sure that your system needs work? We can provide the warning signs to watch for and the service that will fix the issue. All you need to do is read on and then give us a call!

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The supply shortage of furnaces and repairs parts

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Before we get started, my intent is not to induce panic or blow the supply shortage out of proportion. I do believe it is necessary and vital for people to be informed.  I also have a unique perspective that can help.

Quick back story

Fresh out of school, in my mid-20s, I was fortunate enough to work for a major HVAC equipment manufacturer.  

I worked in quality engineering, where I was tasked with identifying components that failed in the field, and working with our manufacturing line, engineering, and our suppliers to get the problem solved.

A couple of years into the job, we had the largest component problem in the 50-year history of the company.  Our units around the world were failing at a rate of almost 30%.  (Typically, the rate was ½%).

Because of my position, I participated in meetings with the highest-level executives in the company.  Of course, as someone in my early 20s, I sat at the back of the room and hoped they didn’t call on me.

One takeaway from this experience was that manufacturers will not communicate the severity of these problems to our clients – ever.

I’d imagine it would be because we didn’t want to cause panic or have them jump ship and use another manufacturer.  

Additionally, those within our company who were not at these meetings didn’t know the severity either.  It was very tight-lipped.

This experience and knowledge have led me to a hypothesis of what is happening at HVAC manufacturers today – because of the now 2+ year pandemic we are experiencing.

Current State of HVAC equipment and Parts

HVAC manufacturers are experiencing a shortage of equipment that can result in furnaces not being available, anywhere, in early 2022.

I see this as a disastrous scenario, as a furnace is a required appliance for you to be able to safely survive in your home.

Additionally, alternate heating sources such as space heaters, pellet stoves, fireplaces, will be pushed to availability issues once the shortage is in full effect.  After all, the big box stores only have so many space heaters.

Made in the USA (well, sort of)

Even though our supplier of HVAC Equipment, Goodman (Owned by Daikin Group, the world’s largest HVAC Manufacturer), assembles their equipment in Texas, they don’t manufacture every single component of it.  

All other HVAC manufacturers do this as well.  In fact, the majority of them use the same components from the same vendors.  This is just like all car manufacturers.

Goodman does fabricate the sheet metal cabinets of the furnace, the heat exchanger, coils, and other “mostly” metal parts in their Houston plant.

But all other components such as electronics and motors are sourced from suppliers, all over the world.

And those suppliers get components from other suppliers as well.  

This creates a supply chain that is very long, complicated, and fragile. 

At this time HVAC manufacturers are experiencing a shortage of circuit boards for their furnace and motors for their furnace.  Circuit boards use similar chips as cars, and well, you know how difficult it is to find a car today. 

Why can’t they just use different parts?

During the design phase of a furnace, manufacturers must do thorough testing for performance and safety.  The testing has to be based upon the components designed to be built with the equipment.  Almost always, it isn’t possible to switch out a motor and begin building with a different version without performing new testing. This takes millions of dollars and a long time to complete. 

Also, AHRI has to certify each furnace, coil, air conditioner, etc. using the data from the tests. 

When can the country run out of furnaces?

The demand for furnaces in January in the United States is typically this highest of the year.  Of course, that will put additional strain on availability. 

Goodman is the world’s largest furnace manufacturer, and we are one of the largest dealers in the area. 

I’m concerned that if the largest manufacturer and largest dealer are out of furnaces, we won’t be able to source from anywhere else. 

Price Increases – Again

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Goodman has done a great job prioritizing equipment for us so that we have what is needed for our clients.  

They have been turning away smaller companies so we can get what we need.  

But for them, it’s been bad for business to turn down sales and it has led to many price increases in the past year.

I anticipate more price increases in 2022 as well. Most likely from 8-15%. 

So what action are we taking to ensure our clients avoid a furnace emergency?

We are working hard to place a large order of furnaces to be able to keep stock in our warehouse to take care of our customers.  Our goal is to purchase enough stock to last the winter season.

Additionally, we will look to purchase from second sources, online, etc. 

Whatever it takes. 

What should I do as a homeowner to avoid my own furnace emergency?

If your furnace is on its last leg, do not wait until it breaks down to take action.  Reach out to us and secure replacement equipment as soon as you are able.

Breakdown puts you in an emergency situation that could have been prevented. 

In addition, if your furnace breaks, the same supply chain issues causing furnace shortages are causing delays in getting repair parts. 

So even if it is repairable, you may be without heating for up to 21 days.

Next steps

For clients who have received quotes from us in the past, Call or contact us to reserve your furnace today. 

For clients who may be concerned about the condition or reliability of their furnace, we can stop out for a free inspection and provide pricing for replacement. 

Of course, there is no obligation to purchase. As always, it’s always your choice. 

And to make it easy, we also have great, low monthly payment financing options that many of our clients take advantage of.

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How Air Quality Impacts Your Indoor Comfort

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

You have a working thermostat and a powerful heater. This great team should be all you need to guarantee the best comfort level in your home right? Well, yes and no. In many cases, the core part of your Columbus, OH HVAC system, that is the heater and thermostat, can cover most of the bases in keeping you comfortable. But things may have the potential to be even better. How? With an improvement in your indoor air quality.

It is one thing to say that you need to improve your indoor air quality but it is another to show you how that is possible. We have the systems and services that will get the job done. Let’s discuss the benefits that an indoor air quality system can have in your home.

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5 Best Practices Your HVAC System Will Thank You For

Monday, November 8th, 2021

Now is the time of year that you are going to be getting more use out of your heater. As temperatures drop, you deserve to be able to enjoy a fully functioning system that you thank your lucky stars for on a cold day. But what if there was a little more you could do to ensure you stay comfortable?

As a local HVAC company in Columbus, OH we want you to know we are here to help keep your HVAC system running well so you can remain comfortable. That’s why we provide the repairs and other services that we do. However, we also want you to feel equipped to do everything possible to keep your HVAC system running optimally for the maximum amount of time. Let’s take a look at how you can do that.

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5 Spooky Sounds a Heater Makes and What They Mean

Monday, October 25th, 2021

What’s that noise? None of the kids’ toys in the house are talking and there’s no creepy movie on, so you are starting to get a little concerned. What’s worse, the house is starting to feel cold. We know that all of those odd noises and chills can seem indicative of something otherworldly, but don’t let your imagination run too wild. You probably just have a heater problem.

When your heating system develops a repair need, it may cause it to make a strange noise. And, of course, a malfunctioning heater isn’t going to keep your home properly warm. See? Nothing that scary–unless you consider the need for a heating repair in Columbus, OH to be scary.

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