Is there anything better than coming home to a cozy, warm space when it's cold outside? A warm home is a place for relaxing and feeling comfortable, and regular servicing can help keep your heating system working at its best. The professional technicians at Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air offer reliable, expert heater maintenance in Lancaster, OH.

The Importance of Heater Maintenance

Regular furnace maintenance is important for the life of your heater, your home's air quality, and heating system preventative care. When your heater receives regular servicing, you can monitor and repair minor issues before they become big problems. Scheduled maintenance increases the life of your heating system and improves its energy efficiency, which saves you money on your heating bill. 

Better furnace performance also translates to a cozier interior, a safer heating system, and improved air quality. We believe furnace tune-up services are worth the peace of mind knowing your system is operating efficiently, your air is clean, and your heating bill is under control.

Heater Maintenance Services in Lancaster

The heating technicians at Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros are experts with a variety of heating systems, from electric to propane, ductless furnaces to heat pumps, and more. We offer a comprehensive range of heating and air conditioning solutions, including:

  • Duct cleaning 
  • Indoor air quality improvement
  • Thermostat calibration
  • Heating system preventive care
  • Emergency repair service call 
  • Consultation and system design
  • Heating system replacement and installation

Signs Your Heater Needs Maintenance

You can usually tell when your residential heater needs upkeep — there will be signs. Some start as minor issues and get bigger, other minor clues spell disaster if left untreated. Signs your system needs a professional heater inspection and maintenance include:

Thermostat malfunctions

If your furnace is short cycling, not turning on, or not turning off, you can suspect thermostat issues. Your thermostat may just need new batteries, but more often than not, it's faulty and needs replacing.

Unusual or new noises

Heating systems often make noise, especially when they first turn on. Concerning noises include new sounds, rattling, grinding, or screeching. A fan belt, bearings, blower fan, loose vents or ductwork, and dirty or clogged ducts can all cause unusual heating system noises.

Poor air quality

If you notice increased dust and allergens in your home, the poor air quality may be caused by a clogged air filter or dirty ducts. 

Strange odors

As furnace components start to deteriorate, they can heat up and give off smells. Take the fan belt, for example. When it starts to wear out, it will slip as it spins. As the rubber catches and drags, it heats up and releases an odor like the smell of burning plastic or rubber. 

No heat or weak airflow

Weak airflow or no heat are signs your system needs repair. Clogged ducts, a dirty air filter, and a failing fan can contribute to weak airflow. No heat at all is an obvious sign your furnace is struggling. 

High electricity bills

If your bills suddenly start climbing and nothing else has changed, suspect your heating system. As components start to fail, the system works harder to compensate. Issues with your blower, ducts, air filter, and thermostat can increase your heating bills.

Discolored or flickering pilot light flame

A pilot light should be a thin, steady blue flame. You need the help of an HVAC specialist if you have a flickering flame or if it's yellow or orange. Schedule professional gas furnace maintenance as soon as possible when you have issues with your pilot light. 

Our Heater Maintenance Process

At Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air, we know how important your heating system is to you. After all, no one should be left in the cold during a Lancaster winter. That's why we perform as-needed, semi-annual, and annual maintenance on gas, propane, and electric heating systems. 

Depending on your system and needs, a heater tune-up can include: 

  • Cleaning and checking the main interior and exterior parts of your furnace
  • Inspecting and changing your air filter
  • Testing your exhaust system and carbon monoxide levels
  • Inspecting the condensate drain and clearing any clogs or build-up
  • Performing a combustion efficiency test
  • Inspecting and calibrating the thermostat and other system controls
  • Inspecting the wiring, performing voltage and current checks, and tightening all electrical connections
  • Inspecting and adjusting the fan belt tension
  • Inspecting and adjusting the lubrication levels on motor bearings on older models (newer models are self-lubricating)
  • Inspecting and testing the igniter or pilot light
  • Inspecting the burner
  • Inspecting the gas or oil line connections
  • Verifying and adjusting gas pressure

As you can see, there isn't much we don't check during a heating system service! 

A Commitment to Customer Satisfaction

Our professional team is always here to help you with your whole home system needs, including plumbing, electrical, heating, and air conditioning. We aren’t happy unless you are, and it shows in our commitment to customer service. 

Schedule Your Heater Maintenance

Ideally, a heater should be serviced once a year. Depending on your filter size, you may need to replace it every three to six months. If you have an older furnace that's nearing the end of its lifespan but you're not ready to replace it yet, you should consider more frequent servicing to prevent a system failure.

Call Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros Today!

If you're in Fairfield County and need HVAC services, call the experts at Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros. We look after everything from heating system preventative care to emergency repairs and installations. Contact us today and find out why our customers are always satisfied with our service.