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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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How to Prevent Water Damage With Your Washing Machine Hose

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Water damage is the 2nd most common home insurance claim next to wind and hail. Water damage can come in many forms, but a common preventable one are washing machine hoses leaking. Burst hoses can really cause a lot of headache and thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage.

There are now special no-burst hoses on the market that we offer here at Peterman Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, Inc. No-burst hoses are encased in a woven metal sleeve that prevents weak spots in the rubber from developing into leaks. Replacing the hoses can save you a lot of time, money and frustration down the road.

If your washing machine is currently connected to bare rubber hoses, you could be risking a lot of money. They loose their flexibility over time. You should inspect it and plan ahead by scheduling to have it replaced with a no-burst hose. If you spot any blisters, cracks, bubbles, or a loose connection, replace the line immediately. When these rubber hoses are under constant water pressure,

they are prone to leaks or even bursting.  When a rubber hose breaks, water will pour into your laundry room until someone notices the water and turns off the main water supply. This can cost you thousands of dollars to clean up!

Replacing your washing machine hose is fairly inexpensive compared to the potential cost of a flood. If you would like to schedule to have your washing machine hose replaced call 317-859-4270.

 

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No Heat or AC? – 4 Things to Look at BEFORE You Give Your Local HVAC Experts a Call

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Saturday, October 7, 2017

Your HVAC system isn’t keeping up or isn’t working at all. There are a few steps you can take to potentially save yourself a service call fee.

  1. Check Your Filters-
    • If your filter is dirty; your HVAC system won’t work properly. Most filters need to be changed every month, especially if you have animals in the home and during very cold or hot months.
  2. Check Your Thermostat –
    • If someone has changed your settings, it can be a cause for your home to feel uncomfortable: hot or cold. If you have a complicated thermostat, ask your technician to explain how it works the next time you get a tune-up. Another cause for your HVAC system to not work properly is if the batteries in yourthermostat are dead if your thermostat uses batteries. Make sure that if it usesbatteries, that those are not dead.
  3. Check the Circuit Breaker –
    • Ensure that the fuses to your circuit break are in working order and have not burned out. A power outage can or a jolt of electrical energy can trip the breaker as well.
  4. Check Your HVAC Switches –
    • Most units have two switches that provide power to your indoor and outdoor A/C unit. Check these to make sure that they have not been accidentally turned off.

Don’t waste your money on a needless visit and try these simple 4 steps the next time you HVAC system is on the fritz. If you are still not able to fix the issue, please give us a call at 317-859-4270.

 

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6 Signs You Should Consider ?????Replacing Your Old System

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Is there ever a right time to spend money? It is often difficult to pull the trigger on a new purchase, especially when something appears to be working. However, when it comes to your heating and cooling system, there are some definite signs that the end is near. To avoid an anxiety- filled situation, it is necessary to be on the lookout for warning signs.

1. Frequent Repairs – Repair costs on an older unit can add up quickly. If you find yourself sinking hundreds of dollars into your furnace or air conditioner each year, it is time to look at replacement. A newer unit is going to come with a great warranty and have much newer components that won’t continually fail. Keep an eye on your yearly repair costs to avoid wasted dollars.

2. Carbon Monoxide Leaks – The most common failure in a gas furnace is a cracked heat exchanger. A cracked heat exchanger can leak harmful carbon monoxide into the home and is cause to immediately shut your furnace down. A cracked heat exchanger can only be detected by a trained professional with special tools. Given the danger this presents, it is extremely important to have your furnace tuned-up each year. If a crack in the heat exchanger is detected, it is time to replace.

3. Longer Run Times – Over time, the overall performance of your system will decline. This is usually apparent with longer run times of your furnace and/or air conditioner. A less efficient furnace and/or air conditioner will run for much longer than a much newer model.

4. Higher Utility Bills – With longer run times comes higher electric and gas bills. The longer your system runs the more energy you are consuming. A newer more efficient unit is able to heat and cool your home in the most efficient manner possible, thus saving you money on your monthly bills.

5. Poor Indoor Air Quality – If your home has an older system, you may see drastic spikes in humidity and increased dust in the home. Older systems and older duct work will cause your home to be dry during the winter and humid in the summer. Newer systems are designed to control the humidity levels and make your home more comfortable. Newer systems also come with high efficiency air filtering systems that can help reduce the amount of dust, dirt and allergens in the home. Humidity levels and indoor air quality are things to monitor when trying to decide if you need to replace your system.

6. Age of Unit – If your system is over 10 years old or you are unsure of
the age, but it looks like a dinosaur…it may be time to replace. A trained professional should be able to give you the exact age of the equipment.
While some systems will last for more than 10 years, this is the cutoff that most professionals use as the time to start considering replacement.

Avoid Your Back Against the Wall…Be Proactive When It Comes to Replacement.  Call today!  317-859-4270!

We offer FREE estimates to replace your HVAC system.

Call now and we can get one of our Home Comfort Specialists out to your home as early as TODAY! Call 317-859-4270 or go to http://petermanhvac.com/scheduleAppointment.html to schedule your FREE consultation immediately!

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Make Your Home Comfortable, Healthy and Efficient

Posted by Jaclyn Thomas on Friday, September 8, 2017

  • Do you know if the air your family breathes is unhealthy or unsafe?
  • Are conditions (temp, humidity, dust, stuffy air) sometimes uncomfortable?
  • Does anyone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, we can help. We provide a home diagnostic program that makes the invisible visible and shows you how to make your home as healthy, comfortable, and as safe as possible.

Our trained heating & air conditioning professionals can provide this simple, accurate testing to analyze the air quality in your home or even office.  Since you may not know how your HVAC system may impact your indoor air quality (IAQ), our professionals can recommend solutions to any problems detected.  And if no problems are noticed, we can explain why that’s the case and leave you to enjoy your comfortable home.

Comfort and IAQ

Pollutants aren’t the only contributors to poor IAQ. Today’s tightly sealed and energy-efficient homes can actually have negative effects on your home’s air quality because they might not be properly equipped to filter and purify the constantly

re-circulated air. Without adequate indoor air circulation, pollutants can build up over time, leading to poor indoor air quality.

Along with pollutants, temperature and humidity need to be balanced to create a comfortable and healthy home environment.

  • Are you too warm or cold at times?
  • Are bedrooms not comfortable enough for sleeping?
  • Do you find your home humid in the summer or dry in the winter?
  • Does your home generally feel cool and clammy?

Our in-home assessment will:

  • Detail any problems your home might have with heating/cooling, humidity, carbon dioxide levels, carbon monoxide
  • Provide recommendations for making your home more comfortable and healthy
  • Offer ideas that will help reduce your utility bills
  • Give you peace of mind

We will provide indoor air quality analysis for the first 15 callers absolutely FREE!  That is right, be one of the first 15 callers and we will run this test absolutely FREE.  Don’t delay and call now.

(317)-859-4270

 

Thank you to all of our customers here in the Indianapolis and Columbus area!

 

If you are in need of a HVAC repair, maintenancedrain clearingplumbing work, etc., please contact us at 317-859-4270.

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