Paramount Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘furnace repair’

7 Signs Your Furnace Needs Repairs

Monday, February 13th, 2023

If you have a furnace heater in your home then you have every right to rely on it during even the coldest weather. You also have the right to feel frustrated when your system falters at the job it’s meant to do.

We want to help you avoid being without the use of your furnace when you need it the most. One of the best ways to do this is by understanding when you need expert service to help your system work properly.

Watch for these warning signs that you need a furnace repair in New Albany, OH so you can schedule an appointment before the system breaks down.

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4 Smells That a Malfunctioning Heater Might Make

Monday, December 19th, 2022

You’re wandering around your house and trying to figure out why you smell something “off.” Homeowners throughout Ohio have experienced this issue at one time or another. You check the usual suspects: the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. But you can’t find the source of the smell.

It may come as a surprise to learn there’s a strong chance that your heater may be the source. If so, it’s cause for concern. We’ve listed some of the smells that may be coming from a heater and why they’re worth a call for heat pump or furnace repair in Columbus, OH.

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What You Need to Know About a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, November 21st, 2022

A gas-powered furnace is a system that is made to work effectively, efficiently, and, more importantly, safely. If a gas-powered furnace wasn’t able to work in a safe manner, it wouldn’t be allowed to be installed in the modern home.

With all this said, even the most well-made and safe furnace will fall prey to wear and tear over time. And one of the results of that wear and tear can be a cracked heat exchanger. And this is a problem that you want to address quickly. We’ll explain why below.

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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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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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Have You Scheduled Furnace Maintenance Yet?

Monday, September 27th, 2021

A gas or electric furnace can be your best friend on a truly cold winter day. The modern versions of these systems are made to be highly effective and energy efficient meaning you can enjoy great comfort without a high cost. This makes it easy to be invested in taking care of this system–it already takes such good care of you during the winter, after all.

One great way to care for your furnace is by scheduling maintenance for this system. Doing this can help keep your furnace in good working order and save you money in the long run too. Let’s get into the details of why maintenance is such a great investment to benefit your furnace long-term.

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