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It’s Fall—Time to Start Thinking About Heating Maintenance

Monday, October 1st, 2018

red-orange-fall-leaves-against-mountainWe had a hot summer here in Eugene but now that it’s fall it’s important to look forward to the future and be proactive about your heater maintenance. When it comes to your HVAC system, you always want time on your side. Our cold weather here in Oregon is very wet and rainy and it’s important that you have a reliable heating system by your side through these months. At Comfort Flow Heating we service furnaces, heat pumps, ductless mini splits, and radiant floor heating. If you had any trouble with your heating system last winter and you need heating repairs in Eugene, OR we’re the right company for the job.

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Have You Had Heating Maintenance Yet?

Monday, November 13th, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianThe rainy, colder weather is here in Oregon, and we can expect it to stay through to spring. Of course, this is how it always is, and you expect the heating system in your house to work during the season keeping you and your family cozy.

But you can’t take your heater for granted! No matter if it’s a furnace, a heat pump, an in-floor radiant system, or a ductless mini split, it must have professional attention on a regular basis to ensure that it’s inspected and tuned-up. How regularly? Your heater must have maintenance ­every year.

The best time to have it scheduled is in the early fall so you beat out the cold weather. But it’s definitely not too late in the season to arrange for it! We offer Energy Savings Agreements which provide you with the routine maintenance your heater need. (The agreements also cover maintenance in the spring for your AC.)

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Take Your Furnace for a Test Run before Winter

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Cooler weather has arrived here in Eugene, and the actual cold weather won’t be far behind. There are still a few more weeks to go before the winter sets in, and it’s a good idea to take advantage of this period to find out if your furnace has any malfunctions that need to be repaired. You don’t want to find out later, during one of the coldest days of the year, that your furnace is in serious trouble! We recommend that you give your furnace a short test run before you have to regularly depend on it.

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Reminder: Your Heat Pump Needs a Tune-Up in Fall As Well!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

With fall now fully underway, it’s definitely time to stop thinking about scheduling maintenance for your heating system and actually schedule it. You want to be on the calendar for maintenance as soon as possible so you can avoid the rush as the winter closes in.

“But wait,” you may say, “I use a heat pump for comfort. It already had its annual tune-up back in spring. Does it need another one?”

The answer to that is simple, “Yes it does.” However, we’ll explain in more detail.

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Questions People Often Ask about Heating Maintenance

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Last week we started our September reminders for customers to arrange for a visit from one of our friendly technicians to inspect and tune-up their heating systems. Have you called yet to get on the schedule for fall maintenance? September is definitely the time to do it, before the colder weather arrives and our technicians get busier.

You might still be hesitating about heating maintenance because you have questions about it. We’ll answer some of the more common questions that people have below. If you have any further concerns, simply contact our office and we’ll answer all your questions.

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Welcome to September: Time to Think about Heating Maintenance

Monday, September 5th, 2016

September has arrived, and even though the official end of summer isn’t for two more weeks, the temperatures are already starting to cool down. Before you know it, most of fall will be past and winter will be looking over the edge of the calendar.

In the HVAC world, September means it’s time to start preparing for heating season. You may not need to turn your heating system on for another month, or perhaps longer, but it’s time to get to ready to go to work so you won’t have to worry about its performance when the first major cold spell strikes.

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Fall Is Heater Maintenance Season

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Fall brings to mind a lot of seasonal kinds of things: football, apple picking, and comfort food, just to name some. But it is also heater maintenance season, and with chilly nights already here, cooler days are soon to follow. Is your heating system ready to work? The best way to ensure that it is ready is to schedule professional heating maintenance now with your Comfort Flow Heating technician. We are ready to take your call – just pick up the phone!

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Why Do Furnaces Need an Exhaust Flue?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Your furnace generates a great deal of heat when it runs; it also generates fumes and carbon monoxide, which need to be transferred out of your house safely in order to avoid some serious problems. The way these items are transferred outside your home is via the exhaust flue. However, should problems develop with the exhaust flue, such as cracks from corrosion, the fumes and exhaust can circulate back into your home. During a home heating maintenance appointment in Eugene, your flue and its components are thoroughly checked for cracks and other problems. If anything is found, you can schedule an appointment for repair with your Comfort Flow Heating technician.

How Does an Exhaust Flue Work?

The furnace exhaust flue, also called a furnace exhaust stack, is a metal tube that vents the noxious combustion gases from the heat exchanger to the outside. Inside the stack resides a damper that regulates the pressure between the air from the furnace and the outside air. This damper helps create the draft that pulls the exhaust gases up the stack for venting. The damper also prevents the exhaust from coming back into the furnace and your home. The piping for the furnace exhaust can be routed through your home to an outlet point, or routed into your chimney, if you have one.

Common Problems with Exhaust Flues

There are several common problems that can develop with exhaust flues:

  • Cracking – as mentioned above, cracks can develop in the flue pipe from corrosion. Corrosion can develop from water vapor or debris caught in the piping.
  • Leaks between joints – leaks can develop between the joints of the flue pipe, which can weaken the pipe.
  • Backdrafting – backdrafting is a serious situation in which the exhaust fumes are sucked back into your system and your home due to negative indoor air pressure. This scenario can be caused by insufficient air supply to your furnace or problems with the exhaust fan.

The best way to make sure your flue is in good shape for the winter is to schedule heating maintenance in Eugene. If it’s been more than 12 months since your last maintenance appointment, call Comfort Flow Heating today.

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What Steps Are Involved in Heating Maintenance?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Annual maintenance for your heating system from a trained professional is essential for prolonging your system’s life and receiving the most efficient and trouble-free performance you can from it. You should schedule maintenance for your heater during the fall, although you can start at any time if for some reason you had to put it off. The important part is that you have it done every year for your heating system.

We offer an Energy Savings Agreement at Comfort Flow Heating that will provide you with a precision tune-up for your Springfield, OR heating system and for your air conditioner. Call us today to sign up to start saving energy and keep your heater in excellent shape.

Here are the basic steps in heating maintenance you can expect whenever a trained technician shows up at your home for the annual visit:

  • Thermostat check: It’s important first to make sure that the thermostat is correctly calibrated and has no connection issues, or else it will be difficult to determine the condition of the rest of the heater.
  • Check components connected to the gas line (natural gas heaters): The technician checks the gas line, the burner, the ignition, and the heat exchanger to make sure there are no safety or performance concerns.
  • Tighten connections: The technician sees that all electrical connections on the heating system are secure, and tightens any loose ones that might become safety hazards. The technician then checks the voltage on the motors.
  • Lubricating moving parts: To ensure the heater works with the least amount of stress and power drain, the technicians lubricate all the moving parts, such as motors and compressors.
  • Check refrigerant level (heat pumps): The technician checks that the refrigerant is at its proper level, and recharges it if necessary.
  • Control board check: The technician looks over the control board to see that it is operating the heater correctly. This involves testing each part of the system to see that it comes on, operates, and turns off properly. After this is done, the technician will know if the heater is running better because of the tune-up.

The Energy Savings Agreement at Comfort Flow Heating doesn’t just provide you with regular maintenance. You’ll also receive priority scheduling, a 15% discount on repairs, and no overtime charges.

Don’t wait to start maintenance for your heater: if it’s been more than a year, call us right away and set up your first inspection and tune-up visit.

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What You Need to Know about Heating Maintenance

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

No appliance in your home will run forever, but often people treat them as if they were supposed to—without any repairs or maintenance. Although no appliance can obtain immortality, it can get the next best thing: service that meets or exceeds its manufacturer’s expected lifespan. To achieve this, the appliance requires regular preventive maintenance.

This applies to the heater in your home as much as to your dishwasher or laundry machine. To get through a Eugene, OR winter, you’ll need a heater you can trust to keep providing you warmth through the coldest days. If you schedule regular check-ups and tune-ups from a reliable HVAC company, you’ll have much more trust in your heater.

Comfort Flow Heating has been in business for more than half a century serving Eugene, OR with heating maintenance, repairs, and installation. Look to us to take care of your heating system so it will keep you warm all through the winter—and be ready for next winter as well.

Here are a few important points to know about heating maintenance:

It isn’t arduous or time-consuming: If you hire experienced technicians, a maintenance visit won’t be a major hassle for your schedule. Professionals have a checklist of tasks and inspections, and as long as your heater doesn’t require any major repairs, a maintenance visit will be over before you know it. And if your heater does need repairs, your technician can schedule the work and have it done in a timely manner.

It will save you money: Proper maintenance will not only prevent you from rushing to get a significant (and probably expensive) emergency repair, but you’ll also save money in another way: improved energy-efficient performance. A tune-up on your heater will get all its parts working smoothly so it will drain less energy while delivering the heat level you expect. You won’t have to suffer the burden of inflated power bills.

It will provide you better quality heating: Losing your heater during the winter is the worst-case scenario. But a reduction of heating power is a major inconvenience and a more common occurrence. A heater without proper maintenance will wear down faster, and as that happens it will weaken and you’ll start to notice cold rooms and a general drop in temperature in your home. A yearly tune-up will prevent your heater from declining into uselessness.

Comfort Flow Heating offers an Energy Savings Agreement of one, two, or three years. You’ll receive two visits annually (your air conditioner needs maintenance as well!) that will provide you with a precision tune-up for your home comfort system. Get all the benefits of heating maintenance in Eugene, OR from the experienced people at Comfort Flow Heating.

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