February 2, 2019

3 HVAC Sounds That Need Immediate Attention

All HVAC systems make noise, but whenever you hear these three, in particular, it’s time to do some investigating. Some sounds indicate that something in the system is failing. The sooner you identify the source, the sooner your HVAC contractor can fix it, restoring your home’s comfort. 1. Motor Noises Screeching or grinding sounds commonly come from dry bearings inside the motor. HVAC systems have two motors. One sits in the air handler or blower compartment and the other is inside the outdoor condenser. Both units use motors that blow air through the system. In the winter, the outdoor condenser motor won’t run since the air conditioning system isn’t operating. If you have a heat pump, however, it will. The motor in the air handler turns on whenever your home needs heating or cooling. When they’re operating normally, they make steady humming noises. If the motor needs oil and you haven’t added any, or if you had the system maintained by a professional for several years, then contact . We service Fox River Valley and the surrounding areas, and our technicians will be able to trace the problem and repair it. 2. Clicking Noises When you hear clicking noises coming...

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December 18, 2018

How to Save Money on Heating Bills this Winter

As the cool winter months arrive, heating and gas bills often increase depending on your home’s insulation and the condition of your current furnace. Knowing how to save money on heating bills this winter is a way to reduce energy waste while staying comfortable even in the coldest nights of the year. Wear Weather-Appropriate Clothing and Accessories Bundling up in the winter is one way to reduce your monthly heating bill. Wear socks, long sleeves, and layers to avoid feeling chilled and uncomfortable when moderate and cooler temperatures begin to arrive. Keep slippers, robes, and other warm accessories nearby for chilly evenings to avoid overusing your thermostat and furnace. Use Fans Fans help to circulate both warm and cool air throughout homes, regardless of the time of year. Use your home’s ceiling fans to ensure the warm air coming through your vents is properly circulated. Only Heat Rooms You Use Frequently Only heat the rooms you and your family use most in your home. Close and block off additional vents in rooms that you do not spend time in. Only heating rooms you frequent most is a way to minimize the amount of energy required to keep your home warm...

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November 29, 2018

Can Heating Systems be Recycled?

Everybody shares an obligation to care for the earth. We should see it as doing our part for a greener tomorrow, or simply being environmentally responsible people. While out recycling efforts take a lot of time and effort, we shouldn’t be discouraged. We should make it our goal to try and recycle every item that exists in our world, including heating systems. Recycling is Responsible Plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper are hardly the only items we can recycle. Large appliances such as HVAC units must also be recycled responsibly, mostly because they contain chemical refrigerants capable of causing a lot of harm to mother earth if disposed of irresponsibly. So, can heating systems be recycled? The answer is yes, but as stated earlier, it takes a lot of time and effort. Recycling Options There are several options when it comes to recycling your heating system responsibly. Some of the options may require a fee, most a reasonable amount. Some of the most common options include bounty programs, landfill recycling, and taking the heating system to a recycling facility. Bounty programs are where a utility company buys back the heating system or any other appliance that you are looking to get...

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November 19, 2018

Importance of 24/7 Emergency Furnace Repair

During the cold winter months, a furnace break down can be a serious event. There are clear health concerns not just for elderly people or young children, but even a healthy and active person can suffer from cold weather. Ideally, you can pack a bag and get to a friend or family member’s house to spend the day or night as needed until repairs can be completed, but that isn’t a reason to postpone getting furnace repair. What Can Happen when Your Furnace Stops Working You and your family’s health is the most immediate and important concern, but there are more problems than lack of heat can cause. You can expect your home to stay above freezing for a little while, but if the problem is not addressed immediately you risk a freezing pipe which bursts, which in turn leads to even more expensive water damage repairs. There are still other items in your house which can be damaged by freezing, particularly anything liquid such as paints or canned goods, and of course any plants you may keep. Furnace Replacement Experts We are available at Service Plus Heating and Air Conditioning 24/7 to take care of any emergency needs as...

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