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Heating Repair & Maintenance in South Bend

Michiana's Trusted Furnace Service Experts

When you live in the Michiana region, where winds from the Great Lakes are constantly blowing frigid air, you know that one of the most important parts of preparing for winter is making sure that your heater is working properly. When icy winds, sleet, and blizzards arrive outside your front door, it is critical to have a powerful heater; if your furnace gives out in the dead of winter, it will not only be uncomfortable but downright dangerous. That is why it's so important to have a local heating company you can rely on for prompt heating repairs and regular heating system maintenance.

Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning is standing by to service your heating system. For superior heating repair and maintenance in South Bend, reach out to us today.

Call us now at (574) 498-7556 to schedule an appointment for heating repair or annual furnace maintenance in the South Bend area. Emergency service is available!

When to Call for Heating Repair

If your heater suddenly breaks down, this is clearly a sign that something has gone wrong. However, there are subtle signs of an impending problem that begin to show themselves long before a breakdown actually occurs. Knowing these warning signals is extremely important so that you can take action before you completely lose heat.

Some of the most common signs that your furnace needs to be repaired include:

  • Your furnace does not respond to an emergency ‘shut-off’
  • Your furnace refuses to start at all or runs in short, ineffective bursts (short cycling)
  • Your furnace is giving off a burning odor or smells like it's leaking natural gas (this is an emergency!)
  • There are odd hissing, groaning, clanking, or crackling sounds coming from your heater

Every heating repair we complete comes with a 2-year parts and labor guarantee, meaning you can always rest easy knowing that your home is in excellent hands.

If your furnace cannot be repaired and a replacement is needed, we guarantee same-day heat when we install a furnace in the winter. If we can't get you heat by 8 p.m., we will pay for a standard hotel room while we finish. You are not going to find a company anywhere that cares about customers as much as we do!

The Importance of Regular Furnace Maintenance

In the same way that you get check-ups for your car or have regularly scheduled dentist appointments, the best way to avoid problems with your furnace is by staying ahead of the game. When you schedule a heating maintenance service with Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning, one of our experienced HVAC technicians can check to make sure that all parts of your heating system are well cleaned and functioning smoothly. Regular inspections allow our technicians to catch any small issues and fix them before they develop into larger catastrophes.

When you become a Discount Club Member, you will get the true priority service experience. This includes never paying overtime for trip fees or repairs, fixed pricing, and even a 25% discount on any service or repair!

Superior Service for Electric, Gas & Dual Fuel Heating Systems

To keep your home safe and warm every season of the year, get the valuable service you need from Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning. If your heater runs on electricity, gas, or even dual fuel, we can find the appropriate solution at any time of day, seven days a week.

Call us today at (574) 498-7556 or contact us online to schedule your heating repair or maintenance service in South Bend.

Serving Michiana With Traditional Values

  • Honesty & Honor Code Ensures Safe & Worry-Free Environment
  • Free Estimates, Upfront Pricing & Deals
  • 24/7 Emergency Availability for Your Convenience
  • Factory-Trained NATE Certified Techs
  • Family Owned and Locally Operated Since 1957

Tips From Our Expert Team

  • How much is a new furnace or Air Conditioner?
    Every home is different and our systems are custom designed to match your home. Sounds expensive, right? Well with our years of experience and efficiency combined with our massive buying power we are able to provide you with a true custom system at a cookie cutter price. Is a new system cheap? Not when compared to say a blanket to keep warm but for what we provide we believe we are not only the best but also the cheapest in town! You will find our customers agree. Check out our reviews here.
  • What sets you apart and why should we choose you over a “comparable” competitor?
    While there are many reasons you should choose Great Lakes, we believe the best way to sum that up is with an honest challenge- Call our office and see if you can get the home phone number for our owner. Then call our competitors and do the same. You will find our entire team from the owner down are here to serve you and are dedicated to ensure your happiness!
  • We are having trouble getting cool air upstairs in our two story home, what can I do to make the upstairs more comfortable?
    A comfortable main floor and a warm second floor is a common complaint with central air conditioning systems. This temperature variation is caused by the fact that cool air is heavy. Heavy air requires more effort to move, especially upwards. Your furnace fan has to work much harder to get the air up two stories. Additionally, cool air, unlike warm air, tends to fall, so that once you actually manage to get the air upstairs, it will naturally fall back to the first floor. Don’t despair, there are some things that you can do. Make sure your furnace fan is on the highest possible setting. Most furnaces installed today will have a multi-speed, direct drive fan motor. Have your service contractor check to make sure that the highest speed is being used for air conditioning. If your fan motor has belts and pulleys, check with your contractor about installing a larger pulley. Adjust the balancing on your ductwork to force as much cool air upstairs as possible. If your ductwork is accessible from your basement, and has dampers installed in each of the supply air runs, make sure the dampers for the upper floor are fully open. You can also close any dampers for rooms on the first floor that do not get much use, or are very small. Some examples may be a powder room, formal living or dining room. You should keep the dampers fully open for the kitchen and the main living or family area. If the ductwork is not accessible, or doesn’t have any dampers, don’t despair. You can balance the air flow by opening and closing the dampers in the supply air registers. If you cannot get a register closed, we have been told that covering the register with a telephone book works well. Don’t forget to re-balance the ductwork system when you switch over to heating. During the heating system you want most of the warm air delivered to the first floor, it will rise on its own to the second floor. Use fans to help move cooler air. Placing a large fan at the top of the stairway can help to draw the cooler air up. A ceiling fan installed on the second floor can also be a big improvement. Check the return air grills. Make sure they are clean. Consider installing “High Wall” return air grills on the second floor. High wall return air grills are installed near the ceiling, not near the floor. This enables the furnace to draw the warmest air from the top of the house back into the system. Your service contractor can give you more information and let you know if it is possible to install high wall grills on your system.
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