Purchasing a heating system is one of the most complex and expensive investments you can make for your home. That’s why, when you need a new or replacement heater, you should be sure that it’s being installed correctly by an experienced HVAC professional.
With Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning, you’ll be ensuring that your heating system brings you the highest level of comfort possible. With over 60 years of experience, our South Bend heating installation and replacement team has the knowledge and expertise to get the job done right. We will provide a complete assessment of your home’s heating and energy consumption needs, resulting in a reliable system custom-built for quality and efficiency.
We install a wide range of heating units for every situation, including:
- Radiant heat
- Central heating
- Forced air
- Water heaters (standard and tankless)
What to do if Your Furnace is Broken
If your furnace is malfunctioning and in need of repair, the first step is to contact a licensed and certified HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) professional. HVAC technicians are trained to diagnose and fix issues related to heating systems, including furnaces.
You can find reputable HVAC professionals through local directories, online platforms, or by asking for recommendations from friends, family, or neighbors who have had positive experiences with heating repair services. When reaching out to a technician, be prepared to provide details about the issue, such as any unusual sounds, the duration of the problem, and any recent maintenance history. This information can help the technician better understand the situation and expedite the repair process.
Keep in mind that attempting to fix complex heating system issues without proper knowledge can be dangerous, so relying on qualified professionals ensures a safe and effective resolution to the problem.
When to Replace Your Heating System
Being able to control the climate in your home is extremely important, especially in the middle of winter. If you’ve noticed that your heating system is not performing as it used to, it may be time for a replacement. How can you know whether that time has come or if a repair will suffice?
There are several signs that it may be time for a new heating system, including:
- Your system starts up more often and stays on longer
- You hear loud banging, humming, or squealing coming from your heater
- Your heater is more than 10 years old and requires frequent and expensive repairs
- The cost to repair your heater is more than half the cost of a new system
- Your heating bills are steadily increasing, but your home still isn't warm enough
Although there is a significant initial cost of a new heating system, you will reap many benefits from replacing your old unit. Getting a new unit can decrease your energy costs, improve your comfort, and increase the resale value of your home.
Benefits of Replacing Your Heater
Upgrading your heater to a new, energy-efficient model can bring about several significant advantages. Firstly, modern heaters are designed with advanced technologies that enhance energy efficiency, leading to lower utility bills. Newer models often feature improved insulation, smart thermostats, and variable-speed motors, allowing for better temperature control and reduced energy consumption. This not only contributes to cost savings in the long run but also aligns with environmental sustainability by reducing overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Additionally, replacing an old heater with a new one can enhance the overall comfort and safety of your home. Newer heaters are equipped with enhanced safety features, such as automatic shut-off mechanisms and advanced monitoring systems, reducing the risk of malfunctions and potential hazards. By investing in a new heater, homeowners can enjoy increased reliability, reduced maintenance costs, and a more comfortable living environment.
Why Choose Us for Your Heating Installation Service?
You can expect only the best service when you call Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning to install your new or replacement heating equipment. Our technicians are experienced in handling any size project, whether a large commercial job or simple home installation.
Regardless of the job size, you can always expect:
- A long system life filled with efficiency and savings
- Focus on safety and indoor air quality
- Price and service guarantees designed for your satisfaction
- Only certified, friendly, and punctual technicians
- Convenient payment and financing options
- 24/7 emergency service availability
Once your system is installed, you’ll also have the ability to save even more time and money by joining our Discount Club, where we offer discounts, perks, and preferred service to members. It’s our goal to keep you a lifelong customer with every service call!
Don’t stress about finding heating installation and replacement services in South Bend. At Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning, our heating system installations are always quick, friendly, and effective.
How much is a new furnace or Air Conditioner?Every home is different and our systems are custom designed to match your home. Sounds expensive, right? Well with our years of experience and efficiency combined with our massive buying power we are able to provide you with a true custom system at a cookie cutter price. Is a new system cheap? Not when compared to say a blanket to keep warm but for what we provide we believe we are not only the best but also the cheapest in town! You will find our customers agree. Check out our reviews here.
What sets you apart and why should we choose you over a “comparable” competitor?While there are many reasons you should choose Great Lakes, we believe the best way to sum that up is with an honest challenge- Call our office and see if you can get the home phone number for our owner. Then call our competitors and do the same. You will find our entire team from the owner down are here to serve you and are dedicated to ensure your happiness!
We are having trouble getting cool air upstairs in our two story home, what can I do to make the upstairs more comfortable?A comfortable main floor and a warm second floor is a common complaint with central air conditioning systems. This temperature variation is caused by the fact that cool air is heavy. Heavy air requires more effort to move, especially upwards. Your furnace fan has to work much harder to get the air up two stories. Additionally, cool air, unlike warm air, tends to fall, so that once you actually manage to get the air upstairs, it will naturally fall back to the first floor. Don’t despair, there are some things that you can do. Make sure your furnace fan is on the highest possible setting. Most furnaces installed today will have a multi-speed, direct drive fan motor. Have your service contractor check to make sure that the highest speed is being used for air conditioning. If your fan motor has belts and pulleys, check with your contractor about installing a larger pulley. Adjust the balancing on your ductwork to force as much cool air upstairs as possible. If your ductwork is accessible from your basement, and has dampers installed in each of the supply air runs, make sure the dampers for the upper floor are fully open. You can also close any dampers for rooms on the first floor that do not get much use, or are very small. Some examples may be a powder room, formal living or dining room. You should keep the dampers fully open for the kitchen and the main living or family area. If the ductwork is not accessible, or doesn’t have any dampers, don’t despair. You can balance the air flow by opening and closing the dampers in the supply air registers. If you cannot get a register closed, we have been told that covering the register with a telephone book works well. Don’t forget to re-balance the ductwork system when you switch over to heating. During the heating system you want most of the warm air delivered to the first floor, it will rise on its own to the second floor. Use fans to help move cooler air. Placing a large fan at the top of the stairway can help to draw the cooler air up. A ceiling fan installed on the second floor can also be a big improvement. Check the return air grills. Make sure they are clean. Consider installing “High Wall” return air grills on the second floor. High wall return air grills are installed near the ceiling, not near the floor. This enables the furnace to draw the warmest air from the top of the house back into the system. Your service contractor can give you more information and let you know if it is possible to install high wall grills on your system.