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Furnace Repair and Maintenance in Dublin, Ohio

Furnace Repair and Maintenance in Dublin, Ohio

I am the owner of Fire & Ice. I have 26 years in residential HVAC, where I started out as a service technician. I believe in running an honest HVAC business and doing the job right, or not doing it at all.

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We’ve done hundreds of furnace repairs in Dublin, Ohio, from the simple replacement of parts to major overhauls. And our maintenance plans help ensure that you’ll stay warm during the coldest days of winter.

During the winter, your furnace is like a security blanket. When it’s running as it should, you are safe in the knowledge that no matter how nasty the weather is, indoors will be a comfortable refuge. When it’s running smoothly, you can sleep easy knowing that your furnace doesn’t need attention from either you or an HVAC contractor.

When trouble hits, though, it turns into an emergency. Cold houses aren’t just unpleasant; they’re a danger to pipes and your health.

You can call an HVAC service technician, but you may have to wait a few days or more during the busy season. Meanwhile, you can toss another log onto the fire, dig out your portable heater, pull out the wool blankets, and dress in layers, but that cold house is miserable.

At Fire & Ice, we get hundreds of service calls from Dublin, Ohio, for furnaces during the winter months. We are proud to serve that community, along with many other communities in Central Ohio. And we’ve repaired and provided maintenance to thousands of electric and gas furnaces.

The #1 reason we get calls about defective furnaces is that their HVAC systems aren’t regularly serviced. Routine maintenance can save hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs and will help your system avoid a breakdown and expensive repairs.

In this article, we’ll answer the most frequently asked questions regarding tune-ups and maintenance on your furnace. Such as:

  • What happens during a furnace tune-up?

  • Why does your furnace need maintenance?

  • How do I schedule a tune-up for my furnace?

  • What are the signs that your furnace needs service?

What Is Done During a Furnace Tune-up?

A tune-up on your furnace is the maintenance done to make sure your furnace continues to operate as it should and detect any problems before they become bigger, more expensive ones. A regularly maintained furnace will:

  • Run longer

  • Maintain its efficiency

  • Lower energy bills

  • Maintain the manufacturer’s warranty

During a gas furnace’s maintenance an HVAC technician will do several things, including:

  • Make sure the system is running safely

  • Test for gas leaks

  • Check the air filter

  • Inspect flue pipe and draft diverter

  • Test gas valve operation

  • Check blower motor

  • Clean and adjust pilot assembly

  • Clean flame sensor

Why Does My Furnace Need Maintenance?

Doing routine maintenance on your furnace is like doing annual maintenance on your car. Your car needs fresh oil, a new air filter, accurate tire pressure, etc. to keep it running at peak performance. Without it, you’re taking an unnecessary risk when you drive.

Without routine maintenance on your furnace, it will begin to wear down and be less efficient. According to Energy Star, 43% of your utility bill goes towards heating your home. Having regular maintenance done to your furnace will help your furnace run as long as it can and help you keep more of your hard-earned money.

We recommend everyone have maintenance performed on their furnace annually, regardless of make or model. Most people like to have their maintenance performed pre-season. However, it can be done any time of the year. The important thing is that your furnace is maintained once per year.

If you recently had a furnace installed, we recommend having annual maintenance performed after the first year. A poorly maintained furnace can reduce the life of the system, causing premature failures and potentially costly repairs.

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How Do I Schedule a Tune-up for My Furnace?

Scheduling maintenance for your furnace is simple. Either give us a call or complete the “request for service” form. Once we receive your request, we will give you a call to schedule your service. If you are already set up with one of our maintenance agreement plans, you can rest easy. We will contact you when it’s time to schedule your tune-up.

Common Problems That May Require a Service Call

Your Furnace Isn’t Providing Enough Heat

When your furnace is running but isn’t providing enough heat, there may be an issue with airflow. Your HVAC equipment’s primary job is to move air throughout your home. When there’s an issue with airflow, you may notice a significant temperature difference. 

Reduced airflow can damage your HVAC equipment if it isn’t addressed quickly. It can be the result of a failing part, a clogged filter, a build-up of dust inside the furnace, or several other factors.

Dirty Furnace Filter

Your furnace filter helps remove dirt and other debris from the air in your home year-round. This helps protect both your family’s health and your HVAC system.

But the more debris your filter removes from the air, the more it restricts airflow. You’ll perhaps notice that air coming from your vents isn’t as strong as it used to be.

You can replace your filter yourself, though an HVAC tech can also do it.

Your Furnace Turns On & Off Frequently

When your furnace turns on and off without running a complete heating cycle, we call this short cycling. If your furnace is short cycling due to ignition issues, your furnace may attempt to start three times without running. In newer furnaces, this typically results in a soft lockout. The furnace will go through this process two more times.

After the final attempt, a newer furnace will enter a hard lockout, which only an HVAC service technician can address.

Dirty Flame Sensor

A flame sensor is a safety feature that turns off the gas if your furnace’s burners don’t light. This ensures that gas doesn’t fill your furnace cabinet.

But because a flame sensor sits in open flames from the burners, it accumulates soot over time. If the flame sensor isn’t cleaned off, eventually it won’t recognize whether the burners are lit or not. Luckily, this tends to be a quick fix. Your HVAC service technician should be able to clean off a dirty flame sensor quickly.

Dirty Burners

Your furnace’s burners help channel the open flames that heat your home.

Like flame sensors, burners can accumulate soot over time. This soot can clog the burners. When the burners don’t light, the flame sensor turns the furnace off. 

Also like flame sensors, your HVAC service technician can address dirty burners by cleaning them.

Tripped Breaker

Sometimes your furnace can trip your circuit breaker. While you can reset the breaker, chances are that it will happen again. A service technician will likely need to take a look at your system.

One reason your furnace may trip a breaker is due to a strained blower motor, a component that’s responsible for circulating air throughout your home. If it’s working too hard, it will pull higher amps, thus tripping the breaker.

Furnace Repair and Maintenance in Dublin, Ohio

It’s typical for machines to break down slowly. A minor defect can go unnoticed for months. But you can pick up on some of the warning signs. Does your furnace run the way it used to? Sometimes it can be difficult to put your finger on what changed or when it changed. The signs may stay subtle, or they can become major.

Scheduled maintenance when done by an HVAC tech who is thorough can find the small things wrong with your furnace. Paying for a routine repair can help you avoid paying for a major repair later. 

The cost of a furnace repair depends largely on the cost of the replacement part. And the cost of a part can depend on its complexity and brand. For more information, check out this article that breaks down how much you can expect to pay for each replacement part.

If you’re a Dublin or Central Ohio resident and you need furnace service or maintenance, we’re here to help.

When you understand more about your HVAC system, you can make the best decision for your family and home. At Fire & Ice, our service technicians take the time to explain the condition of your furnace without pressuring you to make a certain decision.

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