Furnace Maintenance — A Cold-Weather Must

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After last summer’s unbearable heat and humidity in Cincinnati, you’ve probably welcomed the nip in the air. But that doesn’t mean you won’t appreciate your furnace when temperatures plummet in the winter, as they always do.

To ensure that your furnace stays in tip-top shape all winter long, an annual tune-up is a cold-weather must. Here are the areas that will have your HVAC technician’s attention when he arrives for your annual tune-up:

  • The thermostat: Settings will be checked and adjusted, as needed.
  • Electrical connections will be checked and tightened.
  • Lubrication and cleaning: Dust and dirt can build up in your furnace, especially if you’ve neglected changing the air filter. The ignition, burner assembly and blower motor will be cleaned, and all moving parts will be lubricated to ensure that they continue to operate free of friction. This will help to lengthen the life span of your furnace.
  • Furnace safety: Your technician will check for carbon monoxide and gas leaks, inspect and adjust the gas pressure and test and adjust the safety controls.
  • Fuel connections: An evaluation of fuel lines and their connections is essential.
  • The flue draft and vent will also be checked.

Last — and very important — your HVAC tech will change your air filter. Remember, checking and changing the filter once a year is hardly sufficient. Check the filter regularly during the heating season and replace it as soon as it looks dirty.

Don’t overlook your furnace maintenance. We recommend a 15-point tune-up for $149. Should your furnace quit on you, we also offer emergency service. Ready to schedule your tune-up? Call Apollo Home Electrical, Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been assisting Cincinnati-area homeowners with their furnace maintenance needs since 1910.

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"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.



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