What are the Signs that You Might Need a Furnace Replacement?

The seasons are close to changing, and if you aren’t careful, you could see a significant uptick in the cost of your monthly heating bill.

If you haven’t called Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your yearly HVAC checkup, we strongly recommend you do as soon as possible. Scheduling a checkup can save you from dealing with a host of problems that often arise throughout the winter season, and who wants to be stuck with no heat in the middle of January?

Still, checkups will not save your HVAC unit forever. These machines are still just that – machines – and while tune-ups can stretch their lifespan for years, eventually they do need to be replaced. So what are some of the signs that your unit is running on its last legs?

  • Your heating system is nearing the two-decade mark.Twenty years is a benchmark in the heating and air conditioning world. If your system lasts you longer than it takes to put a child through high school, chances are you kept up with the maintenance and invested in a great system. That said, age isn’t everything when it comes judging how much longer your unit will last.
  • You’ve had to repair your unit more often and at higher costs.As HVAC systems age, they become increasingly more difficult to repair. This results in bigger bills for what may feel like routine work, especially if you need to call maintenance specialists multiple times every year. A good rule of thumb is to replace a unit if any HVAC repaircosts more than 50 percent of a new unit. If your unit is older (nearing or past the two-decade mark) and costs more than 10 percent of a new unit to repair, you should also consider replacing the system. Why? Because the odds are that it will soon break down again.
  • Different rooms throughout the house are different temperatures.While this isn’t a sure-fire way to know you need a new furnace, it can be the determining factor if you’re also dealing with other issues. Ducting issues are usually the culprit when it comes to uneven heating or cooling and you can save big on those duct repairs when coupled with purchasing a new furnace at the same time.
  • You hear loud noises.Old furnaces are noisy. While they’re expected to make some noise when they turn on and off, they should not rattle, pop, hum, or screech throughout the day and night. If they do, you likely need to replace some part of the furnace– if not the entire unit.

Furnace replacements are a large investment that will ensure your family’s comfort and safety for years to come. Trusting a group of professionals with invaluable experience installing these units is a crucial part of the process, and you’ll find no better than the trusted team at Van’s One Hour.

For more information on how Van’s One Hour, located in Green Bay, WI, can help you determine whether or not you need a furnace replacement, call 866-573-8386.


Make Your Tailgate the Talk of the Town this Football Season!

Can you believe the Green Bay Packers have already played their first game of the 2019 season? Football is officially back, and with this great time of year comes everyone’s favorite pre-game tradition: tailgating!

A football tradition that dates back 158 years, tailgating has always been seen as one of the greatest American traditions the country has to offer. With one of the richest histories the NFL has to offer, it’s no secret why Cheeseheads love to get their party on before their Packers kickoff!

Because we love football and all the fun events that come with it just as much as the next fan, our team at Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning compiled a list of places to pick up tailgating foods in the Green Bay area. Whether we’re talking about a gourmet restaurant, a popular farmer’s market, or your local grocery store, you’re sure to be the hero every party needs after arriving with a delicious dish from one of these destinations!

  • Downtown Appleton Farm Market: A year-round farmer’s market that moves inside at the start of November, the Downtown Appleton Farm Market, located on W. College Avenue in Appleton, WI, is the premiere location for all the best produce all season long. With over 150 vendors present weekly, you’re bound to find something fresh that you can use in your tailgating contribution. If your dish calls for any fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, bread, or baked goods, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for in Appleton!

  • Van Abel’s of Hollandtown: Looking to bring that feeling of family with you to the game? Choose Van Abel’s catering services, located in Kaukauna, WI, to bring a home-cooked meal with you anywhere you go. With the best sandwiches, salads, and tailgate foods in the area, you can fuel up better than ever before a day of pure excitement.

  • Carmella’s Bistro: If you want some good pasta dishes to help fill up your squad, look no further than Carmella’s catering in Appleton. Carmella’s works with customers to create the perfect catering menu, ensuring that your tailgate is the best – and tastiest – that it can possibly be.

  • Festival Foods: Festival Foods is the best place to find the perfect recipes and ingredients for awesome tailgating food. With a click-and-go online service, you can choose all of the ingredients you’ll need a la cart and schedule delivery around your schedule. And, for a limited time, you can also win an MVP-deck experience at a Packers game! How’s that for some double-dipping?

  • Maplewood Meats: Nothing screams “Packer’s tailgate” like a good bratwurst. Brats are something of a Wisconsin tailgating staple, and you’ll find no better than brats from Maplewood Meats. Maplewood Meats, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, provides both e-shop and pick-up options that make shopping easy and convenient for customers. With tons of options to choose from – including bacon, hams, and sausages – you’ll never face a shortage of options for the ultimate tailgating experience.

What are some of your favorite tailgating dishes? Catering services? Locations? We want to hear from you. Comment on this post (or on our Facebook page), and we’ll choose three lucky winners to receive a free air filter, courtesy of Van’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning!

For more information on how you can keep your family warm and safe throughout football season, call 866-573-8386, or visit us online at http://onehourgreenbay.com/.