Heating and Cooling Maintenance

Preventative maintenance for your home's furnace is important to ensure your system stays strong all winter long. Did you know that keeping a well-maintained furnace (and boiler, when applicable) can improve your furnace's efficiency and save you money on your energy bills? Keeping your heating system clean will also ensure that your equipment operates smoothly during the peak winter months.

In order to make sure you and your family are staying comfortable this winter, have one of our technicians come out and give your home's furnace some preventative maintenance. Depending on the system in your home, our technicians will:

  • Provide furnace cleaning
  • Clean and wash burner assembly
  • Clean sensors
  • Check safeties
  • Check venting
  • Check the heat exchanger
  • Clean motor intakes and oil if needed
  • Check air filters
  • Check humidifier
  • Check water pressure (boiler)
  • Check expansion tank (boiler)
  • Check pressure release valve (boiler)
  • Test oil fittings (boiler)
  • Test operation

Remember, your furnace and air conditioning systems are mechanical - just like your car - and needs regular maintenance to continue to run properly. If you haven't had your system checked, cleaned, or maintained recently, call the experts at Climate-Tech. We can usually come out the same day and we can make sure that your system will be running strong all winter long!

For tips and troubleshooting help on your furnace, see our troubleshooting page here.

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Furnace & Heating Systems Repair and Replacement

Repairing and replacing your furnace is not a simple, one-size-fits-all solution. The furnace in your home can be one of a number of different types of heating systems ranging from blowing heated air through ducts and vents to piping hot water throughout the house and dispersing heat through radiators and vents. Whatever type of furnace you have in your home, it’s important to know the different types of heaters (furnaces) and which will work best for you.

In addition, we've also added a new section on our site to help you troubleshoot problems with your furnace or help you tell if you might be having problems. Visit our Furnace Repair Learning Center.

Forced Air Furnace/Heating

While you may have a different system, most furnace repairs and replacement calls we get pertain to a forced air system which is by far the most common type of home heating and cooling system. With this setup, the air is heated by your furnace and distributed throughout your home through ductwork and then into rooms by registers and blowers and can be fueled by natural gas, propane, oil, or electricity.

Let's take a quick look at some of the advantages of this home heating solution:

  1. Only distribution method that can used for cooling
  2. Air may be filtered
  3. Air may be humidified
  4. Air may be dehumidified
  5. Inexpensive
  6. Furnace can attain highest AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency)

There are also some disadvantages to consider:

  1. Requires ductwork and takes space in walls
  2. Furnace fan can often be heard
  3. Moving air can distribute allergens
  4. Air requires filtration and regular maintenance

Radiant Heating System

Radiant heating systems are often found in older homes and are a great furnace solution, though as they age, will require repair. This heating (furnace) system is known to produce the most natural and comfortable heat in a home. The heat can come in a number of different forms including a pot-belly stove and in-floor hot water tubing. A radiant heating system heats your home through “radiation” or the direct transfer of heat from a hot surface to a cold one and are heated using a boiler (more on home boilers). A major disadvantage to these systems is that you cannot use the same ductwork and it requires an additional cooling system. It’s also more expensive to install in an established home rather than in a new construction product.

Hot Water Baseboard System 

This heating (furnace) system is similar to the radiant heating system in that it uses a boiler to heat a room by a combination of radiation and convection. The hot water heated by the boiler is piped into “fin-tube” baseboard units that are mounted along walls. The fins help with efficiency by increasing the surface area of heat dissipation. Air comes into the bottom of the baseboard and is heated which pulls the air up and out of the top of the unit and into the room. These furnace systems are ideal for people looking for a quiet, energy efficient system that also gives you superior temperature control for individual rooms.

Climate-Tech Heating and Cooling are your local experts. If you ever have a problem heating your home or office in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and other communities in Washtenaw County and western Wayne County, call us to make sure your problem is solved quickly and affordably.