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Is It Too Early to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

While we do not use our heaters nearly as much as we do our air conditioners in this part of the country, residents know that uncomfortably cool temperatures are something that we do have to deal with during our, albeit brief, heating season. While our current daytime temperatures are certainly still high enough to warrant the use of our air conditioners, it is dipping down into the low 60’s and even the high 50’s during the nighttime hours. With that in mind, you should remember that those nighttime temperatures are only getting cooler from here on out.

Even if you like to sleep in relatively chilly weather, now is a good time to schedule professional heating maintenance in Tampa, FL. It’s not so chilly that you’ll be put out by having your heater worked on, and heating technicians are more readily available than they’ll be when things start to cool off even further. Let the techs here at IERNA’s Heating & Cooling ensure that your heater is in prime working condition.

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Common Problems Found During Routine Furnace Maintenance

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Here in Florida, it’s not too often during the course of the year that we find ourselves switching on the furnace. But once you do, you may end up discovering that it doesn’t seem to run quite as well as it once did. Your furnace probably isn’t worn down because it’s been overworked over the years. More than likely, your furnace is simply suffering because dirt and debris has built up after a lack of use, or because some of the parts are simply not in the best shape they can be. And if you keep your unit running when it’s not in top condition, you may end up damaging some vital components.

One of the ways to discover these repair needs early on is by calling a professional for heating maintenance every year. During maintenance, a technician inspects your entire system. Some adjustments can be made on the scene, while big jobs may need to be rescheduled for later. Here are some of the most common problems that the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

  • Dirty Flame Sensor: The flame sensor is a safety component that detects when there is no flame present, which then sends out a signal to shut off the gas valve. If this part is too dirty, it may eventually fail to detect a flame, shutting off the gas valve so that you don’t have any heat even when there is no real threat to your safety.
  • Dirty Filter: Believe it or not, a dirty filter can contribute to a lot of problems with a furnace over the years. If the filter is too dirty, it can restrict airflow to the unit, potentially leading to an overheated chamber, or causing parts to become overworked and worn down. A technician will let you know if the filter is too dirty and may recommend beginning a schedule so that you remember to replace it every few months or so.
  • Damage to the Flue Pipe: The heating technician will do a thorough inspection of your entire unit, including the portion that helps to vent combustion gases outdoors safely. If there are any potential cracks or rust, or if the vent pipe is the wrong size, the technician may recommend replacing it.

The technicians at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling offer thorough heating maintenance in Tampa. Give us a call today!

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How Regular Heating Maintenance Can Save You Money

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A lot of homeowners wait to schedule heating maintenance until something goes wrong. This is understandable, since no one really wants to deal with the hassle of maintaining their heating system if they don’t have to. The problem with this method is that it not only harms the heating system through negligence, but wastes money as well. Regular heating maintenance can actually save you quite a bit of money. Read on to find out how.

Combating Wear and Tear

Problems with your heating system don’t just happen out of nowhere. There is always a decline from working properly to the point of breaking. Homeowners usually don’t see this happening, so they don’t see the need to call an HVAC technician until something seems to be wrong. As this wear and tear accumulates on parts, however, those parts will decrease in effectiveness. This will cause the system to consume more energy, as it will have to work longer to produce the same results. This increased time of operation translates to a higher heating bill for you. Regular heating maintenance can combat this process by finding and replacing parts that are becoming a drag on your system.

Stopping Leaks

Forced air heating systems lose almost 30% of their heat on average to duct leaks. That’s almost one-third of your total heat output that is being wasted every time you turn the heat on. Boiler systems and heat pumps experience leaks of a more serious kind, draining water pressure and refrigerant respectively. Beyond simply wasting money, these leaks can prevent the system from circulating heat at all, as well as causing water damage. Just like the normal wear and tear, these leaks often go unnoticed until the present a serious problem to the rest of the system. Regular heating maintenance is the best way to find and seal these leaks before they can do far more damage.

If you haven’t scheduled heating maintenance in a while, call Ierna’s Heating and Cooling. We provide heating maintenance services throughout Wesley Chapel.

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5 Reasons Why Regular Maintenance is Good for Your Furnace: Tampa Heating Tip

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Your furnace is a critical part of your Tampa home. That’s why regular maintenance is so important. We all know that oil changes and tune-ups are a great way to avoid costly repairs on our vehicles. The same principle holds true with your furnace. There are a number of important benefits to regular maintenance that we are going to explore here.

Reduced Repair Costs

One of the biggest benefits to regular maintenance for your furnace is the potential to reduce repair costs. When you have the furnace in your home in Tampa inspected regularly, the heating technician can spot issues early. This will allow them to repair the problem before it turns into a larger and more expensive problem.

Extended Life

Catching small problems early has another benefit: it may be able to extend the life of your equipment. Often, when you let little repairs go for a long time, they take their toll on your furnace and might lead to catastrophic failures. Nipping these little issues in the bud can keep your furnace working for a longer period of time.

Efficiency

Over time, your furnace starts to wear down; moving parts deteriorate and the general state of the furnace declines. This is a natural part of life. But with regular maintenance and tune-ups, the process can potentially be slowed. During regular maintenance visits, the heating technician can replace moving parts like fan belts and lubricate the fan bearings to keep them working well. All of these things add up to a more efficient system.

More Consistent and Comfortable Heat

When you look at the big picture, all of these small fixes and repairs may add up to a more comfortable home and a more consistent furnace. It also has the potential to save you money in the long run.

If you’re interested in scheduling furnace maintenance in your Tampa home, contact the professionals at Ierna’s Heating and Cooling. We have years of experience working on all types and brand so furnaces. We would love to talk with you about how we can improve your furnace. Call us today! 

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Duct Cleaning Tip: Why Clean Your Ducts Before the Heating Season

Monday, November 5th, 2012

There is always a lot to do when winter is on its way. At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling we like to remind folks to have their ductwork cleaned out as well. It may not be something that you do on a regular basis, but professional duct cleaning service can make a big difference in the efficiency, effectiveness and cleanliness of your heating system. Call Ierna’s today to learn more about how duct cleaning can improve your heating experience in Wesley Chapel.

As you use your heating system and it circulates air throughout your home, dirt and debris from that air can deposit itself inside your ductwork. While it would take a lot of matter to block off your ducts it is possible for enough pollutants to accumulate to reduce the efficiency of your ductwork by creating airflow resistance.  Additionally, as your heater circulates air throughout your home it can also circulate that debris everywhere with it. If your ducts are dirty then your heating system can actually disperse dirt throughout your home, lowering indoor air quality and aggravating allergy and asthma symptoms.

Not everyone is going to need professional duct cleaning, but it is important that you schedule it with a qualified professional if your do need it. There are certain circumstances and indicators that your home will benefit from professional duct cleaning that you should be aware of. First of all, if you have had any infestation problems with rodents or insects you should have your ducts professionally cleaned to get rid of anything they may have left behind. If you have never had your ducts cleaned you may want to have them inspected to decide if a cleaning would benefit your home. Even something as simple as owning a pet can lead to debris in your ductwork that would be best cleaned out.

If you are concerned about the cleanliness of your ductwork then it is worth it to have them professionally cleaned. Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today if you have any further questions about the professional duct cleaning services that we off in the Wesley Chapel  area.

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