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Tips to Troubleshoot Your Thermostat

December 13, 2019

If your heating or air conditioning system suddenly stops working in your Saginaw or Midland home, it’s easy to think the worst. However, sometimes the malfunction is not really caused by your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at all, but actually from a broken thermostat. Here are some expert tips on checking your…

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Thermostat Furnace Fan Setting: On vs. Auto

January 15, 2018

On your thermostat, there’s a furnace-fan setting for either “On” or “Auto.” Which option is the best choice? There are devotees of both settings, each believing their setting is the optimum one to choose. But in reality, it’s more of a pros-and-cons type of situation. It really depends on which benefits are a priority for…

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Furnace Filter Overview

December 12, 2017

Your furnace filter is the unsung hero of your furnace. It quietly does its job without any fuss and allows the rest of the furnace to do its job. It’s not a complicated item, but there are things you need to know about it to allow it to correctly do its job. Purpose The main…

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Why is my Furnace Leaking Water?

November 16, 2017

You just discovered there’s a puddle water on the floor in front of your furnace. What does this mean? Why would your furnace be leaking water? In most cases, it’s not a big repair, so don’t panic. It could be a few different things. However, you will need a certified professional to take a look…

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The Importance of Fall Maintenance

September 6, 2017

As the saying goes, “time and tide wait for no one.” Whether you’re prepared or not, the summer months and warmer weather are gone, moving aside for fall and cooler temps. That means here in Midland, MI, you need to think about preparing your HVAC system for fall maintenance. Maintaining your heating and cooling equipment…

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Geothermal Maintenance

May 9, 2017

One of the benefits of having a geothermal system for your home is the minimal maintenance it requires. Unlike a traditional furnace or air conditioning system that require regular and sometimes monthly maintenance, a geothermal heat pump system is much more durable and does not require the same frequency of attention. There five things you…

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What Does AFUE Mean?

March 21, 2017

While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an electric or gas- or oil-fired furnace’s efficiency is measured by its AFUE, or Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This standard measurement is given in percentages, letting you know how much of your fuel is actually used to heat your home…

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How Do I Know If My Heat Exchanger Is Cracked?

February 13, 2017

  Your helpful neighbor suggested the issue you’re having with your gas furnace sounds like it could be due to a cracked heat exchanger. What’s a heat exchanger? How can you tell if that’s what the issue is? What should you do about it?  Don’t ignore the possibility. A cracked heat exchanger in a gas…

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Don't Skip Your Annual Furnace Maintenance!

January 19, 2017

A furnace is crucial to comfort in cold Michigan winters, yet it is often ignored when it comes to home maintenance. Usually your furnace is in a basement, closet or other low traffic area of your home, making it easy to overlook. To avoid costly, inconvenient, and possibly dangerous emergency repairs, you should always remember…

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How to Save Money on my Michigan Heating Bill this Winter

December 19, 2016

Is your energy bill too high this time of year? Are you looking for ways to cut costs? There are a number of simple things that you can do at home to save you money. Some of these are bigger projects but most are simple things that you can do in your day to day…

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What Are the Signs I Need a New Furnace?

November 21, 2016

A new furnace is a big investment and can be a heavy cost for any homeowner. It may be hard to make the decision to replace your current furnace, but every furnace will need to be replaced at some point in a home’s life. How do you know when it is time to say good-bye…

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Furnace Maintenance in Michigan

October 18, 2016

Before starting any kind of routine maintenance or cleaning make sure you have taken the proper safety precautions, such as turning your appliance off. If at any point you question what you are doing or think you might damage your furnace or hurt yourself, do not proceed. Call us and we will be happy to…

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Why is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

February 24, 2016

Did your furnace stop working just when you started to need it most? There are a few reason that your furnace may be blowing cold air and there a few things to check before you need to worry too much. At Answer Heating and Cooling we are here to keep you warm and toasty this…

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What is Furnace Short Cycling?

January 19, 2016

Short cycling basically means short run times and short off times, that your furnace is turning on and off quickly and thus not providing the heat that your home needs. It can happen for a number of reasons. A furnace that is too big for your home is often the culprit. When your home heats…

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When Do I Need To Replace My Furnace?

December 18, 2015

Is your home not staying as warm as it should? Are your energy cost higher than usual? There are few simple things to take into consideration when thinking about your furnace and when or how soon you will need a new one. If you are in Midland, Freeland, Saginaw or any of the surrounding communities,…

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

December 6, 2015

Gas furnaces create heat by burning natural gas. This gas is usually methane combined with other carbon based gasses. The Ignitor The process starts with the ignitor. The ignition source for older furnaces is a pilot light, newer furnaces use an electronic starter. With a pilot light, the regulator supplies a very small bit of…

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When Is It Time to Replace My Furnace?

October 16, 2015

We are your furnace experts at Answer Heating & Cooling. We suggest a few simple things to take into consideration when thinking about your furnace and when or how soon you will need a new one. How old is your Furnace? The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15-20 years. The closer to you…

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Types of Furnaces

September 25, 2015

There are three different types of furnaces available. There are a few things that factor into which kind will work for you. You should consider your heating requirements, duct work and insulation, size of you home and number of floors, and your budget. One of the certified technicians at Answer Heating & Cooling can assist…

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How Does a Heat Pump Work?

September 14, 2015

What is a heat pump? How does a heat pump work? A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another, from in to out or from out to in. In the winter a heat pump works like a heater, extracting heat energy from outside and transferring it inside. In the…

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