6 Indicators That Your Heater is Having Trouble

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?

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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3 Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

January 3rd, 2022

The air in your home is the thing you count on regularly to keep you comfortable. A lack of airflow means there is nothing to help warm you up (or cool you down in the summer). However, the quality of the airflow in your home is going to be important too.

Perhaps you’ve had a sneaking suspicion that your indoor air quality in Columbus, OH hasn’t been as good as it should be. Strong, yes, but not good air. If this sounds familiar, then it may be time to add “improve the air in my home” to your New Year’s resolution list. And, great news, we can help you fulfill that goal.

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5 Warning Signs of Trouble in Your Heater

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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What to Know About Duct Cleaning

December 6th, 2021

If you have a ducted comfort system in your home then, by default, you have ductwork. That much is pretty clear. What might not be clear is how clean and whole your ducts are. Having ductwork in your home is mandatory but having ductwork that is in prime condition is going to be ideal.

If you haven’t thought about the condition of the interior of your ductwork, then it might be time to take it into consideration. This is because a large amount of dirt and build-up can collect inside of your ductwork. If you think that this isn’t a problem, we are sorry to say that isn’t true. Too much build-up in your ductwork can impact your comfort negatively and even stress your HVAC system out.

We provide duct cleaning in Columbus, OH to help you achieve optimal comfort. Let’s discuss if and when you need to schedule this service.

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The supply shortage of furnaces and repairs parts

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

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

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

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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4 Reasons To Choose a Professional For Heater Care

October 11th, 2021

Your heater seems to be struggling. Maybe it isn’t able to heat your home properly or, if it does, it drives up the energy bills to an insanely high amount. Unfortunately this all adds up to the need for a heating system repair. The question is who is going to be the person to do it?

If you are considering trying to DIY those repairs, or even letting an amateur try their hand at it, we’d like to suggest a better alternative. You are going to be better off if you schedule those repairs with a trained HVAC contractor in Columbus, OH. We can guarantee that this is the best option for your comfort and safety. Let’s discuss why.

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