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End-of-Season Furnace Tune-Ups You Shouldn’t Skip

February 20th, 2017

natural-gas-furnace-burnerThink your heater is just about ready for retirement for the season? Think again. We’ve still got quite a bit of winter ahead of us, and the spring can be rather chilly as well. There are some maintenance and tune-up steps you should take even now to ensure your heater continues to work at its best.

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Is Your Sump Pump Ready for a Change of Seasons?

February 7th, 2017

home-living-room-underwater-floodIn some parts of the country, people have no idea what a sump pump is—and they never really need to know. Their home may be in such a position that flooding is rather unlikely, and a sump pump—which pumps water out of a basement or crawlspace—would never get use.

However, where we live, sump pumps are common and often necessary. Spring temperatures thaw out the ground and may send water flooding into your home fast. Is your sump pump prepared for the work?

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Boiler or Furnace: Which Is Better?

January 23rd, 2017

Warmth-Hands-HeaterWhen you first decide that you’ll need a new heating system for a new home or a replacement heating system for an older one, there is a lot to think over. Typically, in colder parts of the country, the options narrow down to two main categories: furnaces and boilers.

Furnaces are forced-air heating systems, meaning they warm up the air in your home and send it through the ducts and to your vents. This is very different from the way a boiler works. Radiant heating, rather than forced-air heating, uses a large tank to heat water and send it through a set of pipes leading throughout your home.

So which is the better system? Like any major decision in HVAC, that will depend on your home and your particular needs.

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Why Won’t My Furnace Turn On?

January 16th, 2017

Your furnace runs in cycles. After it heats up the home within a target range, it shuts off, only to start up when temperatures in the home start to fall again. So if temperatures are falling lower and lower—68°, 67°, 66°—and they’ve passed the thermostat settings, you should become concerned.

The worst thing that can happen with your furnace—aside from a potential safety issue—is that it won’t turn on at all, and you need to act fast. Below, we explain why it may be happening, along with the DIY fixes and what you should always leave to professionals.

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The Right and Wrong Way to Thaw Frozen Pipes

January 9th, 2017

When pipes freeze and thaw over and over again, the pressure can force them to burst since water expands when it freezes. That’s why it’s important to find a long-term solution to freezing pipes (and because you don’t want to lose access to water!).

However, if you are looking for a temporary solution to keep water moving in a pipe that has frozen unexpectedly, we have some advice.

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3 Signs You Need a New Water Treatment System

January 2nd, 2017

It’s a new year, and it’s time for you to assess your home and figure out how to make some positive changes. A new water treatment system brings fresh, clean water to your whole home. Whether you are brushing your teeth or rinsing fruit, you know that the water coming from the tap is free of lead, bacteria, and other common water quality concerns.

But is this really necessary for your home? Here are three signs it is worth considering this addition to your home.

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How to Stop Your Heater from Wearing Out This Winter

December 26th, 2016

It’s another cold winter in Oak Grove, MN—when most of us could not imagine going a day without a heater in the home. When a heating system breaks down, pipes can potentially freeze and burst. And, of course, your family members will not be happy, and they may not be safe.

We want to help prevent these scenarios with some helpful advice about preventing the overexertion of your furnace or boiler. Follow our tips, and increase your chances of making it through the winter without trouble.

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3 Signs a New Furnace May Be the Best Choice

December 19th, 2016

We understand that nobody wants to replace an appliance if it isn’t the right time. But this does not mean you should wait for a heater to break down completely before you call in a technician. A furnace that is nearing the end of its life can cause a lot of trouble.

Typically, it is better to replace it than to wait for an emergency situation, when you need a technician to rush to your home for a replacement. Here are a few reasons to replace a furnace, even though it may not be completely out of order.

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Keep Snow and Ice Away from Outside Vents

December 12th, 2016

Love it or hate it, we are no strangers to snow in Minnesota. Most likely, you run your heater throughout the day for much of the colder season. And today’s heaters are built to withstand all this work durably and safely.

However, there are some things that can interfere with how the heater works. It is meant to exhaust byproducts through the outdoors via a chimney or flue vent that vents through an outside wall. However, snow and ice could block this pipe if the weather is severe enough, and you must check from time to time and clear it out.

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Setting Your Thermostat Efficiently in Cold Weather

December 5th, 2016

We’re on a mission: to keep local homeowners as comfortable as possible this winter while helping them spend less. Efficient heating is as easy as knowing how to set your thermostat the right way. More efficient thermostat settings can also reduce the amount of repairs you need to make to your heater, since it will not wear down so quickly. Learn more below!

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