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REPAIR OR REPLACE THIS OLD CLUNKER…WHAT TO DO???

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

We have all been guilty of using something that has passed its expiration date, but we thought we could get one more use out of it before it finally failed.  Some people are no different when it comes to their heating and cooling system.  You may have had multiple costly breakdowns, but feel you can get another season out of “Ole Reliable.”  I think we can all agree that breakdowns on things we are trying to “get a little more life out of” often fail at the worst possible time.

When it comes to your heating and cooling system, we see some people doing this very same thing.  If you fall into this category, it may be time to switch into planning mode.  It is always better to be proactive as opposed to reactive.

The heating and cooling system is one of the most important systems in your home.  Waiting until it completely fails is only going to put your “back against the wall” when it comes to replacement.  It is better to

be in a position where you can evaluate your options and make the proper INVESTMENT in your home, rather than settling for having to make a quick decision on a costly system.
Choosing the right company to install your system is a process and you will need the right amount of time to make the proper decision.  Again, you are investing in a SERVICE and you need to find a company you can trust.

Maintenance is the KEY…

One way to help avoid this situation is to have your system maintained by a professional company.  Most reputable companies have a service plan that includes regular maintenance, priority service, and discounts on future repairs and upgrades.  It is my advice to find a great company that offers a service plan for your heating and cooling system.  Most companies that service heating and air conditioning equipment will also having plumbing services, which can also be a bonus!

The reason maintenance is so important is because a professional can help prolong the life of your system along with pin point problem areas that may cause a complete breakdown.  Regular tune-ups by a professional can also increase the efficiency of your older system and save you money on your utility bills.  Overall, seasonal service on your system is just as important as getting the oil changed in your car.

Ultimately, emergency situations are inevitable without proper preparation.  Having your unit properly maintained by a reputable company will allow you to be proactive.  A professional will be able to educate you on when you should look at replacement versus when you should make a repair.  Take this valuable step to avoid being put in a bad situation.

If you are at the point that you would like to get a plan going, give us a call and we would be happy to send out a Home Advisor for a FREE estimate on a new HVAC system.  (317)-859-4270!

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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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Repair or Replace: What to Do With This Old Clunker

Posted by Chad Peterman on Friday, August 11, 2017

We have all been guilty of using something that has passed its expiration date, but we thought we could get one more use out of it before it finally failed.  Some people are no different when it comes to their heating and cooling system.  You may have had multiple costly breakdowns, but feel you can get another season out of “Ole Reliable.”  I think we can all agree that breakdowns on things we are trying to “get a little more life out of” often fail at the worst possible time.

When it comes to your heating and cooling system, we see some people doing this very same thing.  If you fall into this category, it may be time to switch into planning mode.  It is always better to be proactive as opposed to reactive.

The heating and cooling system is one of the most important systems in your home.  Waiting until it completely fails is only going to put your “back against the wall” when it comes to replacement.  It is better to be in a position where you can evaluate your options and make the proper INVESTMENT in your home, rather than settling for having to make a quick decision on a costly system.

Choosing the right company to install your system is a process and you will need the right amount of time to make the proper decision.  Again, you are investing in a SERVICE and you need to find a company you can trust.

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HVAC Maintenance – 3 Reasons to Beat the Heat, (before it gets here!)

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Thursday, March 30, 2017

  1. SAVE ENERGY – Your heating and cooling system accounts for almost 50 percent of your energy costs in your home.* Keeping your HVAC system maintained will help keep your energy bills from going through the roof! You can save up to 15% a month on your energy bills when your unit is properly maintained.**
  2. INCREASE LIFESPAN – Would you really dream of never getting the oil changed or the tires rotated on your car? Getting a tune-up on your system is just as important!! You can greatly extend the lifespan of your HVAC unit if it is maintained properly.optimized-beat-the-heat
  3. REDUCE COSTLY REPAIRS & SYSTEM BREAK DOWNS – Waiting until something goes wrong can be quit costly. A small issue may not disable your system, but may ultimately lead to a larger more costly problem. Planned maintenance
    is much cheaper than emergency maintenance!!  For Emergency Service call us at 317-859-4270.

 

At Peterman, we always strive to keep our customers well informed when it comes to their home comfort system. We proudly serve Indianapolis and Columbus and the surrounding areas. To learn more about our products and services please feel free to navigate around our website to learn more. Now that spring is here, give us a call if you need A/C repair IndianapolisGreenwood air conditioning equipment installation, or Beech Grove air conditioning service company.

 

Sources include: *www.energy.gov/public-services/homes/heating-cooling,

**http://www.angieslist.com/articles/importance-annual-ac-tune.htm

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