Michigan Furnace Repair
The last thing you need in the middle of a scorchingly hot summer or a frigidly cold winter is to need your home comfort appliances repaired or even replaced. At Applegate, we understand the frustration you feel when things are out of your control and the safety of your family is at risk. Regular maintenance can catch a lot of smaller issues that can result in larger, more expensive repairs down the road.
We strive to provide stellar technical repair, maintenance and service for all your heating and cooling needs. Your comfort and safety are our number one priority. Whether you need a complete furnace or AC replacement, emergency services, regular maintenance, insulation installation or would just like an expert consultation, Applegate Home Comfort will provide you with the professional and friendly service you are searching for. Simply click here to schedule your obligation free consultation or call 517-337-7700.
About Applegate Home Comfort
Since 1952, Applegate Home Comfort has been providing Michigan communities with premier heating and cooling solutions. With a 98% customer satisfaction rating, our customers trust us with their homes and families. Our expert technicians have decades of experience in the heating and cooling industry.
We have technicians available around the clock for your convenience. We offer an obligation free consultation and estimate for repair or replacement. Click here to schedule your repair or simply call 517-337-7700.
When Is It Time To Get a New Furnace?
When winter is coming and you know you’ll be running your furnace 24/7, you’ll want to make sure it’s in optimum working condition. Knowing when to replace your furnace can be tricky and confusing. Here are a few guidelines you can use to determine if you’re at the point of replacement;
- Your Furnace is More Than 15 Years Old: A furnace is a bit like a car, the older they get the more maintenance they require. A good rule of thumb for replacement is if you are spending 50% or more of the cost of a new furnace on repairs, you should replace it.
- Your Energy Bills and Equipment Repairs are Steadily Increasing: An older furnace, working inefficiently, will always work harder than necessary resulting in higher energy bills and more needed repairs. A small amount for repairs and slightly increasing energy bill is normal. When those become significant, you may consider replacement.
- Rooms Throughout Your Home are Different Temperatures: An old or inefficient furnace can cause the rooms in your home to be significantly different temperatures. If you are unsure about why this happens, feel free to call Applegate experts at 517-337-7700.
- Soot Accumulates Around Registers: An older furnace can begin to kick out dust, debris or rust particles. This is not only irritating, but can actually be dangerous to the health of you and your family. If you see any of this accumulating around your registers, it can mean your furnace has too much CO2 and your furnace needs replacing.
- Your Furnace is Extra Noisy: All furnaces make some noise when running or cycling on/off. When those noises begin to get progressively louder, if could mean you need a new furnace. Sounds could include: popping, banging, humming or screeching.
If you are noticing some of the above issues in your furnace but are unsure if it needs replacing, simply click here to schedule your obligation free consultation or call 517-337-7700.
What Are Some of the Dangers of an Old Furnace?
Michigan winters definitely warrant a functional furnace. In addition to running inefficiently, an older furnace can pose a danger to your family, health and home. Usually, your home’s furnace runs on oil or natural gas which can be (and often are) the root of many older furnace’s safety and health concerns. Below are some of the issues we’ve seen in the Michigan area with older furnaces:
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: One of the biggest fears of an older furnace is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can result in death. Symptoms include nausea and dizziness.
- Fire Hazard: Ventilation is key to safety in an older furnace. Keeping flammable materials aways from the furnace will decrease the risk of fire.
- Gas Line Leaks: Another risk with an older furnace is a gas line leak. Like Carbon Monoxide, gas line leaks can cause health concerns and risk of explosion.
At Applegate Home Comfort, we suggest a yearly tune up for every homeowner. A seasonal tune-up can catch the above issues and keep your unit running efficiently, saving you money -and time. Call today to schedule your tune-up at 517-337-7700.
How Often Should I Get My Furnace Serviced?
Our Applegate experts suggest scheduling a furnace inspection every year before the weather gets too cold. Yearly inspections, performed by our licensed HVAC technicians, will test each part of your furnace and duct work. Even the smallest of problems can turn into large, much more expensive, issues down the road.
A yearly inspection will also keep your furnace running efficiently through the long, cold Michigan winter, saving you money on energy bills. We offer emergency services for your convenience. Don’t let winter catch you unaware, schedule your tune up today by simply clicking here to schedule your obligation free consultation or call 517-337-7700.
What Should I Do As a Homeowner To Make Sure That My Furnace Is Ready To Go For The Winter?
Seldom do homeowners consider maintenance for their furnace until the weather turns bitterly cold and they are needing it to heat their homes. There are several things, as a homeowner, you can do to ensure proper function of your furnace before you turn it on for the season. Here are a few of those things:
- The most crucial thing you can do for the health of your furnace and family is to schedule a yearly inspection. Tune-ups will visually inspect each piece of your furnace and ductwork. Inspections can catch things like: gas leaks, carbon monoxide leaks, ventilation problems and assess the age of your unit.
- Check for Cracks. If you see a crack in your heat exchanger, you should call for repair immediately at 517-337-7700.
- Remove and clean burners. When burners get dirty, energy efficiency goes down posing a fire risk.
- Check the pilot light. If the pilot light has gone out or is weak, an inspection is necessary to find the root of the issue.
Many of the issues above call for professional assistance. If you don’t feel comfortable doing any of the above items, call us immediately at 517-337-7700. Our job is to take care of you and your family, treat them like our own. We understand the importance of family and keeping them safe, it is our #1 priority.
What Is The Typical Mid-Michigan Winter Like?
If you have ever lived through a Michigan winter, you understand just how harsh they can be. With anywhere between 30-90 inches of snowfall annually and temperatures that fall close to our below zero, it’s imperative that your furnace is in tip top shape. Call Applegate Home Comfort today at 517-337-7700 to schedule your yearly furnace inspection.
How Should I Program My Thermostat in The Winter?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions. Deciding on the perfect temperature for your family and weighing that against energy costs can be difficult. We do have some general recommendations for winter thermostat settings. If you plan on your home being occupied during the day, we suggest 72 degrees, aiming for 68 degrees eventually. If no one is home or when you’re sleeping at night between 62-66 degrees is the optimal temperature.
What Should I Do When Inclement Weather Hits?
When extremely cold weather hits Michigan, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner to help your furnace handle such cold weather. Here are the top 5:
- Keep Your Air Filter Clean: A dirty filter will keep air from flowing efficiently, which will keep your furnace from heating your home properly.
- Don’t Lower the Inside Temperatures: Normally, we suggest setting back the temperature inside your home when you’re away keeps the energy bill lower. When extreme temperatures set in, it could be difficult for your furnace to return your home to a comfortable temperature when get back.
- Prepare for Colder Indoor Temperatures: With temperatures outside so bitterly cold, your furnace may not be able to keep inside temperatures at your desired setting. Have warmer clothing and blankets ready can stave off the cooler indoor temperatures.
- Keep Vents Clear: In high efficiency furnaces, vents leading outside your home are often located at ground level. This leaves them vulnerable to being clogged by ice and snow. This could cause safety and performance problems. Check vents often during winter months.
- Have Someone Check On Your Home: If you leave your home during winter months, having someone check in could save you money and stress. Extreme temperatures could cause a furnace failure leading to frozen pipes.
Following these simple tips can keep your furnace running smoothly through the long, cold winter. No one wants to be left without heat when temperatures plummet. If you are unsure about your furnace, simply click here to schedule your obligation free consultation or call 517-337-7700.