Common problems with heaters: are you in need of a checkup?

Last winter, did it seem like your heating system wasn’t working as well as it did in years past? Did you see a spike in your monthly heating bills even though your system was running the same way as always? If so, your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system may be experiencing some minor problems that can be fixed with a little maintenance.

Well-maintained heaters are so important for your comfort, safety, and wallet. Regular maintenance might seem like a burden and something you can “put off” until a later date, but if you wait too long, the results can be costly.

If you’ve yet to get a heating system tune-up this year and have experienced any of the following problems, it’s time to call Van's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Expensive bills. It’s been said before, and it’ll be said again: an increase in your monthly bill is a sure-fire sign that something about your system is off, especially if your monthly usage hasn’t really changed. Is it possible that your utility company has increased your heating costs? Yes, but an equally-likely scenario is that something internal is causing the bulk of your problems. If your system isn’t running at an optimal level, then it needs to work harder to produce the results you’re used to seeing. And more work equals more money. It’s that simple.
  • Loud or strange noises. It is perfectly normal for a heater to make noises when it either begins or stops running; however, new sounds are a good indication that something is wrong. As a resident of the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, you’re most likely familiar with the sounds your heating system makes, seeing how they are often left running for months on end. If you hear anything out of the ordinary (such as squeaking or grinding), that means your system might have broken parts that need to be fixed before they cause further, or even permanent, damage.
  • Foul odors. When you start running your heating system, the smell of the air inside your house should not change. If it does, the odor could indicate that there are some internal issues with mold, mildew, drain clogging, or even the heater’s wiring. These issues are usually met with bad smells, so if the air starts to stink, it’s time to think (about calling Van's)!
  • Changes to your home’s temperatures. When you set the thermostat to a number, that number shouldn’t fluctuate while your system is running. Similarly, your house should not have hot and cold spots; the temperature throughout the building remain the same no matter where you go. If it isn’t, then that is a sign that either something is wrong with your thermostat or something is wrong with the system. Either way, the problem should be addressed before your HVAC system causes more costly issues.

Considering a professional tune-up before winter strikes – especially if you faced heater-related problems last year – is one of the best things you can do before the seasons change. By doing so, you could very well save yourself a boatload of trouble – and money – when the cold weather eventually hits Wisconsin.

And winter is indeed coming.

For more information on how Van's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (located in De Pere, Wisconsin) can prolong the life of your HVAC system, please call us at 866-573-8386 today!


How Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning gives back with the Heroes Club

Our team at Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning firmly believes that the men and women who serve our country deserve to be recognized for their selfless actions. Without their continued service, we may not have the freedom to do what we love to do.

If you’ve ever served in the military, or if you are an active police officer or firefighter, we want to show you our appreciation. At Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we serve those who serve us through our Heroes Club.

What is the Heroes Club?

The Heroes Club at Van’s One Hour is a free membership for veterans and community servicemen alike. The membership offers numerous heating and air conditioning benefits, as it is our way of saying “thank you” to those who put their lives on the line for the good of the people. The benefits of a free Heroes Club membership include:

  • Two premium ventilation system tune-ups every year
  • 15 percent off all air conditioning and heating system repairs
  • Five percent off a new climate control system

Our Heroes club members are also given priority customer status, and they are personally contacted by one of our team members when it is time for a tune-up (meaning you don’t even have to remember to call and make your appointments!). If you are a veteran or active member of the military, your membership is automatically renewed for life.

How do I sign up?

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this exclusive membership, we recommend that you fill out the form located on our website’s Heroes Club page. And don’t worry – your personal information will not be shared with any third parties outside of our company. If you have questions about the program, you’re also encouraged to call our office at 866-573-8386 to learn more about the membership.

Our community first responders and members of the armed forces are important to us. We know we can never fully repay them for the sacrifices they make (or have made) on a daily basis, but we hope that this gesture puts a smile on their faces in the same way they put smiles on all of ours.

For more information on our Heroes Club, or to learn more about any of our special offers, call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, located in De Pere, Wisconsin, at 866-573-8386. We’ll make sure you’re keeping your energy costs low while maximizing your air conditioner’s performance and lifespan.


Annual A/C tune-ups can actually save you energy—here’s how

When summer arrives, Northeast Wisconsin is met with some seriously unbearable heat waves. If you’re familiar with this type of weather, then we don’t need to tell you that the last thing you want is for your air conditioning unit to die.

No, air conditioners were not built to last forever. That, unfortunately, just isn’t possible. These units were, however, made to service customers for years and years without compromise, and the only way to be sure your air conditioner is running efficiently is via regular seasonal maintenance.

Regular tune-ups can keep your air conditioner running strong all summer long. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you neglect to partake in routine maintenance, your air conditioning performance will steadily decline. Oh, and your energy bills? Except those to skyrocket.

Taking the time to have your air conditioning unit looked at can save you more energy in the long run — not to mention the fact that you’ll stay cooler for longer in even the hottest and most humid times. Here’s why.

An efficient air conditioning unit leads to lower energy usage.

Having a clean unit with up-to-date pieces means you’re getting the most bang for your buck. When the filters are clogged, coils are dirty, and evaporator fins are bent, airflow is severely blocked. That means all of the clean, cold air that should be ventilating around your house is trapped inside the unit alongside all of that build-up and grime.

The Department of Energy, claims that replacing a dirty, clogged filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption anywhere from 5 to 15 percent.

 Replacing an air conditioner is more expensive than maintaining the one you already have.

As with automobiles, small issues will often lead to more significant problems if left unaddressed for too long. With proper maintenance, an air conditioner can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, and sometimes longer. A seasonal tune-up can cost $70 to $150, while most homeowners report spending between $3,732 and $7,183 to have a new air conditioner installed. The cheaper choice is obviously preferred when possible, right?

 Manufacturers can deny warranty claims if they know you’ve been slacking on maintenance.

While you should always read the fine print on your warranty before signing up, some companies have been known to deny claims based on homeowner neglect and improper maintenance. So even if you have a warranty on your unit and your air conditioner breaks down, it’s no guarantee that the repairs will be covered.

To make sure you don’t end up with a bill worth thousands of dollars to repair or replace your unit, hold on to every receipt. That way, you can prove your unit has been properly maintained.

Call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today.

Van’s One Hour offers both basic and premium seasonal tune-ups at fair prices. With Van’s, you can be sure that you’re getting the best in quality and performance without breaking the bank. Each and every one of our staff members is a trained and certified technician with a clean background and extensive experience. They are also timely, considering how your appointment is free if they miss their scheduled meeting window. Van’s also offers discounts to veterans and active first-responders through our Heroes Club program, as well as discounts to our everyday customers who hold a Comfort Club membership.

If you think it might be time to have your air conditioning unit checked, please call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning today.

Call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your air conditioning maintenance, located in De Pere, Wisconsin. We’ll make sure you’re keeping your energy costs low while maximizing your air conditioner’s performance and lifespan. Visit www.onehourgreenbay.com or call 866-573-8386.