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Summertime AC Woes

June 7th, 2021

It’s June, and that means summer is pretty much entirely ahead of us. You can look forward to all the fun outdoor activities, the yummy foods you’ll be making over a campfire or grill, and finally seeing some friends for the Fourth of July! However, you can probably also look forward to strange noises coming from your air conditioner, high energy bills, and a panicked call on the hottest day of the year as you’re stressed out and confused.

Well, this blog post is all about being proactive. We’re specialists when it comes to HVAC service in Grand Rapids, MI, and we can help minimize your problems this summer by talking about some of the most common issues we encounter. Plus, as an added bonus, we’ll talk about some best practices you can take part in to limit mitigate these problems and keep your AC system running smoothly!

Let’s get right to it!

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Is It Time to Invest in a Heat Pump?

May 24th, 2021

Imagine it’s a warm spring day, the first of many warm days to come, and it’s finally time to enjoy some air conditioning. The only problem is that you have to make sure your old heating system is turned off and your air conditioner is on. Then, you get reminded of all the repairs you needed to make on your AC last year that you forgot about, and how you also need to schedule maintenance. If only there was just one simple system that could take care of all of your comfort needs for the entire year!

Well, we don’t mean to burst your bubble, but there is one. Introducing the heat pump, a system that uses refrigerant to both heat and cool homes in our area. It’s a solution for homeowners that need a little more out of their HVAC in Rockford, MI.

Let’s talk about whether or not a heat pump is right for you.

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How Much Attention Should You Pay to Your AC?

May 10th, 2021

This is an interesting question. Air conditioners are meant to function in the background, humming lightly while you watch a movie on a humid rainy night, or spend time taking a nap in the sun. However, when you don’t pay enough attention to your air conditioner, it could start to suffer from neglect. This will inevitably cause the repair needs to stack up, your monthly bills to skyrocket, and your budget to be trashed.

So, where’s the compromise? When should you be vigilant for any air conditioning repairs in Rockford, MI? And when are you paying too much attention to your air conditioner to the point where you’re like a helicopter parent to a machine that’s only job is to regulate the temperature? Let’s discuss both ends of this spectrum and see how much attention you should be paying to your AC.

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5 Issues We Run Into All the Time

April 26th, 2021

Many homeowners can’t be bothered by their air conditioners until something goes wrong. We get it, life is too short to be worried about a machine in your home, and we’re firm believers of seizing the day and doing what you enjoy! However, for the homeowners that are a little more down-to-earth and want some help, this type of thing comes up a lot. People often ask us about the most common problems that we encounter, and we’d like to shed some light on them.

Remember, just because a problem is common doesn’t mean it’s what you’re dealing with. Air conditioning in Grand Rapids, MI comes in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important that you have a professional figure out what exactly is the problem.

Maybe you’ll be able to get a bit of help from this blog post as you struggle to figure out what’s wrong with your system, and whether it’s a common problem or not.

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What to Expect From a Refrigerant Leak

April 12th, 2021

Refrigerant leaks are not normal. When your heat pump or air conditioner is set up on the first day you get it, it’s charged with enough refrigerant to theoretically last its entire lifespan. Only when something goes wrong, like through constant weathering or a repair need that crops up, does your system need more refrigerant. So, if you’re noticing that your system requires refrigerant recharges every few months, you’re likely suffering from a leak.

Are there other ways to tell if you’re suffering from a refrigerant leak? Absolutely. We’ll cover all of those signs today.

In regards to what needs to be done when you notice a leak coming from your HVAC in Grand Rapids, MI, this is a bit more complicated. Either the leak needs to be patched by a professional, or you’re suffering from a more insidious problem that requires a closer look.

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What Is an Indirect Water Heater?

March 29th, 2021

Water heating technology is always improving. Back in the day, you’d be lucky if you could garner enough hot water for one warm bath, let alone showers for the whole family. The times are changing and this is overwhelmingly a good thing if you’re a homeowner. However, with more technological advancements in the water heating business, come more options that homeowners know less and less about!

Take for instance an indirect water heater in Grand Rapids, MI. When was the last time you actually thought about how this type of system works? If you’re in the market for a new water heater, we promise you’ll want to hear about this kind of system. Whether it’s a tankless water heater, a tank water heater, or an indirect water heating unit, our team can help set it up for success.

Take out your notebook, it’s time to get to work!

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Chilly Temperatures and a Humidifier

March 15th, 2021

The problem with our climate here in Michigan is that sometimes winter pokes its ugly head during what’s supposed to be our wonderfully beautiful springtime. You might notice warm weather one day, and a freak snowstorm the next. That’s why your furnace in Hudsonville, MI is still an important member of the family!

However, there’s one piece of equipment you’ve probably forgotten about since temperatures have gotten warmer, and that’s your humidifier. Sure, summers can be muggy, but while we still have a few chilly days ahead of us, it’s important to remember how powerful humidifiers can be in combatting the cold!

With a humidifier working in conjunction with your furnace, your home’s air can resist the dry outdoor climate and stay warm, cozy, and humid. Let’s talk about some of the other benefits that come with humidifiers on chilly days.

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Does your Furnace Need Help?

March 1st, 2021

You’re probably no stranger to this question. It’s probably one of the hardest things to answer when you’re a homeowner. Does your furnace need help? Is it okay in the condition that it’s in? Or perhaps it’s in dire need of repairs and you just haven’t realized that yet?

Relax, even if your furnace needs urgent repairs, our team can always provide that help. When it comes to HVAC in Hudsonville, MI, homeowners time and time again trust our team to deliver competent furnace repairs that keep them calm and make them happy. So, we can do the same for you if you need it.

For now, let’s focus on the task at hand. How do we figure out if your furnace needs help? What can you do to ensure that you’re not surprised by a furnace breakdown or furnace repair that costs a lot of money?

Keep reading to find out.

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Upgrade to a Dual Fuel System for Maximum Efficiency

February 15th, 2021

If you’ve never heard of a dual fuel system, or you’ve been hesitant to look up this technology, then you’re in the right place. People tend to think that these types of heating systems are reserved for specialized homes, or buildings that need multiple heating systems, but that’s simply not true. Dual fuel heating systems are just another alternative that many homeowners are starting to turn to now that technology is becoming increasingly more effective and efficient.

As your local professionals for all things HVAC in Grandville, MI, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to inform you a little bit about what a dual fuel system is. We’ll talk about the advantages that this system has when dealing with our cold Michigan winters.

By the end of this blog post, you’ll know if a dual fuel heating system is right for you.

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What Is a Heat Exchanger?

February 1st, 2021

How are you ever supposed to fix a computer if you don’t know what a processor is? Or, how are you ever going to figure out the blueprints for that new deck you want to build if you don’t know how to build it up to code? Our society puts a lot of pressure on people to just “know” things without telling them exactly where to find that valuable information. Unless you pay a lot of money to go to a special school, it might be hard to find good, reliable, trustworthy information on the web.

Luckily, we deal with a lot of people on a regular basis who need furnace repair in Grandville, MI. Many of these people don’t know anything about their heating systems, and while some would like to keep it that way, others are begging us for information. So, let’s discuss what your furnace’s heat exchanger is and why it matters going forward.

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