Collier's Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Can a Geothermal System Really Keep My House Warm in Winter?

October 15th, 2018

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We may not get brutal Alaskan winters here in North Central Indiana, but when temperatures are down in the 20s, you’ll need to have a dependable and powerful heating system to keep your home livable. A gas furnace is a reliable standby for home heating, but boilers are also common and can deliver a similar amount of heating power.

What about a geothermal system? If you’ve considered the installation of a geothermal heat pump for your home, are you holding back because you aren’t certain if the heat from a geothermal system will be enough for winter comfort? It’s a logical question to ask, and you’ve come to the right people for answers. We’re local experts in geothermal HVAC in Warsaw, IN. In fact, we were one of the first contractors in the area to offer geothermal services to homes. We have the experience with geothermal heat pumps to answer any concerns you may have—and then help you with installation if you decide to geothermal is the best way forward.

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What Might Go Wrong When a Furnace Isn’t Maintained Annually

October 1st, 2018

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Each fall, as the weather starts to cool, HVAC technicians roll up their sleeves, stock up their vans, and get to work doing tune-ups and inspections of home furnaces. It’s one of the most important parts of our job, and we make sure our customers know how vital annual maintenance is for their furnaces. We make it as easy as possible to have the job done with our HomeSavers Club, a maintenance program that provides both heating and air conditioning maintenance during the year.

You may feel tempted to skip maintenance for your gas furnace this fall, thinking that it’s not necessary every year. However, the consequences of missing annual maintenance can be high. Below is a list of what might go wrong if your furnace isn’t given its regular fall tune-up and inspection.

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We Know It’s Warm—But It’s Time to Prepare for the Cold

September 17th, 2018

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Why, oh why would we choose this time, when the weather is often a wonderful 72°F, to talk about heating your home?

Sorry, we don’t mean to intrude, but September and October are the months of the year to start preparing for winter weather. One of the critical prep jobs you can have done easily during these final warm days a maintenance inspection and tune-up for your heater. You can schedule this vital heating maintenance in Syracuse, IN with our team: just sign up for our HomeSavers Club. You’ll have the heating help you need—as well as the cooling help when spring comes.

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Did Your Furnace Need Repairs When You Shut It Off Before Summer?

September 3rd, 2018

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If you’re wondering why we’re asking the question in the title, it’s because at Collier’s we’re preparing for the change in seasons, and we want to make sure our customers are getting ready as well. A furnace that has lingering repair needs from the previous year can cause serious troubles when the first cold weather arrives and the heater has to fire up.

We strongly recommend you get ahead of any problems with your heating system by calling us for furnace repair in Plymouth, IN. The weather may still be warm outside but trust us: the best time to have a furnace fixed is when you don’t need it working.

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Your AC May Overheat: Here’s Why

August 20th, 2018

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Air conditioners are designed to operate during hot days. That’s what they’re for, after all. But an air conditioning system can overheat the same way other mechanical devices like car engines do. When this happens, you may be stranded with a non-functioning AC on one of the hottest days of the year. The AC’s blower fan may stop working so no cool air circulates to the rooms, or the compressor may fail so you’ll still have air circulation, but the air will be room temperature.

Fixing overheated ACs is one of our major jobs during the summers. We have plenty of experience taking care of these failures and can explain in detail why they happen. You don’t need excessive amounts of detail, however, to understand why you need a Plymouth, IN, HVAC contractor to repair a busted air conditioner, so below we’ve only listed the major reasons for an air conditioner overheating:

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How Do Solar Panels Work at Night and on Cloudy Days?

August 6th, 2018

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Concern about cloudy and overcast days—not to mention nighttime—cutting into the power of solar panels is one of the biggest reasons why potential customers for solar energy systems sometimes back away from the purchase. Solar panels aren’t necessarily new technology, but their residential use is new to many, and so people are often unfamiliar with how these panels work. These misunderstandings often mean that homes that would benefit tremendously from them don’t end up getting them.

We’d like to shed some light on this “cloudy/night” misunderstanding and help you better see how solar panel installation can help your home. To find out more about solar energy systems in Warsaw, IN or to schedule solar panel installation, just reach out to Collier’s.

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We Offer RV Propane Fill-Ups!

July 23rd, 2018

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Collier’s is proud to offer many different heating and cooling services throughout Northern Indiana. We not only install, repair, and service furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, and geothermal and solar energy systems, we also run the Fireplace Shoppe to take care of full fireplace needs.

But you may not know of another service we offer: propane fill-ups for RVs in Warsaw, IN! If you’re looking to have the propane tanks for your RV or trailed filled up, stop by our convenient location, right off Lake City Highway (Highway 30) at 2499 East Winona Ave.

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Ways to Tell You Need Geothermal Repairs

July 9th, 2018

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We’re big proponents of using geothermal heat pumps to supply homes with their year-round comfort. Heat pumps, in general, are excellent comfort systems, and when a house has a heat pump that uses the stable energy of the earth as its source of heat transfer, it makes for an energy-efficient and reliable system. No matter the temperature outdoors, the heat pump always has the energy it needs. Geothermal heat pumps also benefit the environment and can last for decades without needing replacements for the underground loops.

A geothermal heat pump will need repairs at some point, however, no matter how well it’s cared for. If you’re the happy owner of a heat pump, it’s good planning to know the signs that it’s time for repairs. That way you’ll stay a happy owner. Here are some tips about spotting a need for repairs from our experts in geothermal heating and cooling in Warsaw, IN.

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When Does the Refrigerant in the AC Need to Be Topped Off?

June 25th, 2018

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Here’s a question we often hear from homeowners who want to be sure they’re air conditioning systems work at their best: “When will I need to have the refrigerant in the AC topped off?”

The answer is: “Hopefully, never.” If an air conditioning system doesn’t suffer from problems with refrigerant leaks, it won’t ever need to have any additional refrigerant put into it. Adding refrigerant isn’t a maintenance task, but a repair issue. We’ll go into more details below.

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Air Conditioning Noises That Can Mean Trouble

June 11th, 2018

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As the summer weather gets underway, your home’s air conditioning system will begin to put in the heaviest work of the year. If you already had the AC professionally inspected and tuned up, it will be in excellent condition to handle the stress of another summer. But that doesn’t mean the AC is invincible! We recommend you pay attention to any odd behavior in the air conditioner that can give you an early warning of a malfunction. The sooner you have a repair done on the AC, the less time the malfunction has to affect other parts of the cooling system.

Strange Sounds Are Important Warning Signs

Higher bills, uneven cooling, and generally poor household comfort are common indications that something is wrong with a residential AC. But in this post, we’re focused on how unusual noises from your air conditioner can alert you to trouble.

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