Advice From the Pros

What To Do When a Furnace Repair Won’t Fix the Problem

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Most of us don’t think about our furnace until it stops working, but sooner or later we all will have that unfortunate experience. When we go out to check a furnace, every attempt is made to repair it. Despite our best efforts, sometimes a repair isn’t enough and replacement is the better route to go. Below are a few items to consider when deciding if your furnace should be replaced or repaired:

Frequency of Breakdowns

Since many breakdowns are tied to other parts of the furnace this is the number one consideration for furnace replacement. Are you calling your furnace repair company every winter for unexpected breakdowns? Is the cost of each breakdown slowly creeping up? We can help you navigate whether your money would be better spent on a new furnace versus repairing the existing one. 

Age

Sometimes it is just a number, and other times it is a reality. Due to our mild winters here in North Texas we get a lot of life out of our furnaces. Unfortunately, as time goes by efficiency goes down, and a new furnace could pay for itself in energy savings alone. Most new furnaces operate as much as twice the efficiency of older units. 

Maintenance History

You may take great care of your furnace or heating system, but how good did the previous owners do? A good indication is how well they kept up the rest of the property. If a lot things around the home visibly lacked maintenance, then odds are that the HVAC was neglected too. This neglect takes time off of your furnace’s life. A good tip when buying a home is to ask the owners for any maintenance records they have and contacting us to do a full inspection. 

Cost

Before you do anything, it has to make sense financially. We offer guaranteed pricing, warranties, and flexible financing options to help you with your decision should the furnace need replacement. 

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fireplace safety

Fireplace Safety Tips

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Winter is here and although your furnace will keep the house comfortable through the cold nights, there’s hardly anything like enjoying a night at home with your family and a warm fireplace to sit around. Common sense will tell us that if you are going light a fire inside your home, safety should be the top priority. Every Winter, we hear of families being temporarily or permanently displaced due to a fire that broke out in their fireplace. Below are some fireplace tips to make sure that it is source of comfort and not concern:

Cleanliness

A clean fireplace is a happy fireplace. Make sure there is no debris or excess ashes in the fireplace before starting a new fire. Remove the cold ashes from the fireplace so that they don’t build up (Make sure they are completely extinguished!).

Overloading

Double check that the amount of wood you have in your fireplace is appropriate for the size of the hearth. Stacking too much wood can cause it to fall out of the fire as it burns down. Always use the proper safety guards to prevent wood from falling into the home.

Smoke

If smoke from the fire is present in the home, then something is wrong. Check that the flue is open and that the chimney is not blocked. Contact a professional chimney expert to verify that all parts of the chimney are functioning as they should to move smoke away from the home.

Have the Right Tools

It is a good idea to have an complete fireplace tool set so that you have what you need to safely and securely move the logs as the fire burns. Don’t be the person trying to move burning logs with a broom handle or your hands!
What fireplace safety tips are we missing?
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heating costs

Tips to Keep Your Heating Costs In Check

Here in Texas, we’re used to long Summers and watching our electric bill reach new heights every month. Our Winters are fairly mild and we rarely see more that a day or 2 of ice and snow. That doesn’t mean that we should discount keeping our heating costs in check. There are plenty of ways to make sure your heating bill doesn’t get out of control. Here are a few that we can think of:

Check your thermostat temperature program.heating costs

We see this one all too often: the homeowner has their cooling program set to perfection, but the heating schedule is out of whack. Set your thermostat to your ideal schedule. We recommend that you keep it colder when no one is home (62-65 degrees) and 68-72 when you are home. Lower heat temperatures equal lower heating costs, therefore, if you don’t have programmable thermostat, investing in one will pay for itself in a relatively short period of time.

Seal gaps and leaks.

Can you see daylight around an exterior door? If light can get through, then your hot air can get out. Inspect your weather stripping around the exterior doors, then replace if necessary. Don’t forget to double check your windows for air leaks as well.

Draw the curtains.

A significant amount of heat escapes from your house through the glass in your windows. Closing the curtains will help keep the heat inside and the cold outside.
 

Tune your furnace or heater up.

Making sure your heater is ready for winter is best thing you can do to keep your heating costs in check. Heaters with high bills do not get that way overnight, the issue usually builds slowly over time. By the time you realize something is wrong, hundreds of dollars, if not more, can be wasted. Ensure that your furnace or heater is running as efficiently as possible by having your furnace or heater regularly checked by a qualified professional.
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