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5 Biggest Misconceptions About Your Heating and Cooling System

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Monday, October 16, 2017

When it comes time to purchase a new heating and cooling system, it might be your first interaction with a company that performs this service.  That is okay.  There are a ton of misconceptions about the industry as a whole that can lead to confusion.  Below is a short list of 5 common misconceptions:

  1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!  We hear this popular saying a lot.  However, in most cases not fixing something doesn’t cost you extra money in the long run.  When it comes to a furnace and air conditioner, continually dumping large repair costs into a unit and allowing it to perform at decreasing efficiency levels is only going to make the total cost to replace your system greater.  Remember a heating and cooling system is operating the majority of the time throughout the year.  Continuing to patch a system together is only going to slowly drain more and more dollars out of your bank account.
  2. The only time I need to have a service technician out is if the unit is not working.  This is probably the most common misconception.  A heating and cooling system is much like your car.  It needs regular maintenance.  You wouldn’t go 20,000 miles and never get an oil change, would you?  The same goes for your heating and cooling system.  Regular maintenance on your system is going to keep your system running at peak efficiency levels, increase longevity, and help you avoid a broken-down unit at the worst possible time.
  3. All equipment is the same.  Unfortunately, as has been stated numerous times, the performance of your equipment is largely dependent on who installs the system.  This is especially true when you are talking about some of the higher efficiency equipment.  A small mistake during the installation could result in a much lower efficient unit.  While most equipment is made in the same factory with only a different badge on the front, the largest factor in the performance of your system is how and who it is installed by.
  4. The company that provides the lowest price is always the company you should choose.  This could not be further from the truth.  Unfortunately, the lowest price usually points to the lowest quality.  You get what you pay for!  You are looking for a company you can trust.  Oftentimes, to get outstanding service and expertise you may have to pay a higher price.  When making this decision you will want to make sure the value is there.  The highest price does not always dictate the best value either.  When you find a company you can trust, most times you can trust they are providing you with a fair price for the service they are providing.
  5. All heating and cooling companies are the same.  During your search for the right company you will see that this is not true.  Each company out there is going to have their own vision of what they want to be as a company and what type of service they want to provide their customers.  You want to make sure whoever you choose has the same vision of service that you value.  Are you and the company a fit for each other?  Do they deliver exactly what you are looking for?  These are all great questions to consider when evaluating companies.

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Keeping Your Warranty Valid on Your HVAC System

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Friday, October 13, 2017

You just got a new HVAC system… what’s next? Time to keep your warranty valid on your new equipment!  A new heating and cooling system, like most pieces of equipment are going to come with a parts and labor warranty.  The standard warranty for a new system is going to be ten years on the parts and one year on the labor.  This is the standard warranty from the manufacturer.

Some companies will offer an extended labor warranty making the warranty ten years on both the parts and labor.  This is a great option on a piece of mechanical equipment that is going to be running the majority of the year in your home.

The one thing to know however is that all warranties require regular maintenance on the unit.  A maintenance plan is the best way to stay on top of your maintenance and also to make sure that you catch any smaller issues before they become larger ones. Here at Peterman Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, Inc., that plan is called the Peterman Preferred Plan. It ensures that you don’t void your warranty as long as you get your maintenance done on time.

Ultimately, you want to make sure that you don’t void your warranty by not having regular maintenance preformed moving forward after the installation of your new HVAC system.

Call today and schedule a tune-up or even purchase a Peterman Preferred Plan at 317-859-4270.

 

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How to Prevent Water Damage With Your Washing Machine Hose

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Water damage is the 2nd most common home insurance claim next to wind and hail. Water damage can come in many forms, but a common preventable one are washing machine hoses leaking. Burst hoses can really cause a lot of headache and thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage.

There are now special no-burst hoses on the market that we offer here at Peterman Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, Inc. No-burst hoses are encased in a woven metal sleeve that prevents weak spots in the rubber from developing into leaks. Replacing the hoses can save you a lot of time, money and frustration down the road.

If your washing machine is currently connected to bare rubber hoses, you could be risking a lot of money. They loose their flexibility over time. You should inspect it and plan ahead by scheduling to have it replaced with a no-burst hose. If you spot any blisters, cracks, bubbles, or a loose connection, replace the line immediately. When these rubber hoses are under constant water pressure,

they are prone to leaks or even bursting.  When a rubber hose breaks, water will pour into your laundry room until someone notices the water and turns off the main water supply. This can cost you thousands of dollars to clean up!

Replacing your washing machine hose is fairly inexpensive compared to the potential cost of a flood. If you would like to schedule to have your washing machine hose replaced call 317-859-4270.

 

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No Heat or AC? – 4 Things to Look at BEFORE You Give Your Local HVAC Experts a Call

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Saturday, October 7, 2017

Your HVAC system isn’t keeping up or isn’t working at all. There are a few steps you can take to potentially save yourself a service call fee.

  1. Check Your Filters-
    • If your filter is dirty; your HVAC system won’t work properly. Most filters need to be changed every month, especially if you have animals in the home and during very cold or hot months.
  2. Check Your Thermostat –
    • If someone has changed your settings, it can be a cause for your home to feel uncomfortable: hot or cold. If you have a complicated thermostat, ask your technician to explain how it works the next time you get a tune-up. Another cause for your HVAC system to not work properly is if the batteries in yourthermostat are dead if your thermostat uses batteries. Make sure that if it usesbatteries, that those are not dead.
  3. Check the Circuit Breaker –
    • Ensure that the fuses to your circuit break are in working order and have not burned out. A power outage can or a jolt of electrical energy can trip the breaker as well.
  4. Check Your HVAC Switches –
    • Most units have two switches that provide power to your indoor and outdoor A/C unit. Check these to make sure that they have not been accidentally turned off.

Don’t waste your money on a needless visit and try these simple 4 steps the next time you HVAC system is on the fritz. If you are still not able to fix the issue, please give us a call at 317-859-4270.

 

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6 Signs You Should Consider Replacing Your Old System

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Is there ever a right time to spend money? It is often difficult to pull the trigger on a new purchase, especially when something appears to be working. However, when it comes to your heating and cooling system, there are some definite signs that the end is near. To avoid an anxiety- filled situation, it is necessary to be on the lookout for warning signs.

1. Frequent Repairs – Repair costs on an older unit can add up quickly. If you find yourself sinking hundreds of dollars into your furnace or air conditioner each year, it is time to look at replacement. A newer unit is going to come with a great warranty and have much newer components that won’t continually fail. Keep an eye on your yearly repair costs to avoid wasted dollars.

2. Carbon Monoxide Leaks – The most common failure in a gas furnace is a cracked heat exchanger. A cracked heat exchanger can leak harmful carbon monoxide into the home and is cause to immediately shut your furnace down. A cracked heat exchanger can only be detected by a trained professional with special tools. Given the danger this presents, it is extremely important to have your furnace tuned-up each year. If a crack in the heat exchanger is detected, it is time to replace.

3. Longer Run Times – Over time, the overall performance of your system will decline. This is usually apparent with longer run times of your furnace and/or air conditioner. A less efficient furnace and/or air conditioner will run for much longer than a much newer model.

4. Higher Utility Bills – With longer run times comes higher electric and gas bills. The longer your system runs the more energy you are consuming. A newer more efficient unit is able to heat and cool your home in the most efficient manner possible, thus saving you money on your monthly bills.

5. Poor Indoor Air Quality – If your home has an older system, you may see drastic spikes in humidity and increased dust in the home. Older systems and older duct work will cause your home to be dry during the winter and humid in the summer. Newer systems are designed to control the humidity levels and make your home more comfortable. Newer systems also come with high efficiency air filtering systems that can help reduce the amount of dust, dirt and allergens in the home. Humidity levels and indoor air quality are things to monitor when trying to decide if you need to replace your system.

6. Age of Unit – If your system is over 10 years old or you are unsure of
the age, but it looks like a dinosaur…it may be time to replace. A trained professional should be able to give you the exact age of the equipment.
While some systems will last for more than 10 years, this is the cutoff that most professionals use as the time to start considering replacement.

Avoid Your Back Against the Wall…Be Proactive When It Comes to Replacement.  Call today!  317-859-4270!

We offer FREE estimates to replace your HVAC system.

Call now and we can get one of our Home Comfort Specialists out to your home as early as TODAY! Call 317-859-4270 or go to http://petermanhvac.com/scheduleAppointment.html to schedule your FREE consultation immediately!

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