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Heating Tips

Troubleshooting a Furnace Problem

Black-Haak Heating would like to share with you a number of ways to perform basic troubleshooting of a natural gas furnace and how to properly ensure your home is warm and comfortable throughout the winter. Through proper use and care of your heating system you can help to extend the life of the furnace and ensure your monthly or seasonal utility bills are reasonable.

1. Ensure the thermostat is set in the “heat” position.

2. Ensure the thermostat is set higher than the ambient indoor temperature.

3. Ensure there is power to the furnace – try turning the fan to “ON” at the thermostat to test for power to furnace.

4. Ensure the circuit breakers on the electrical panel are flipped to the “ON” position.

5. Ensure the safety shut off switch (it looks like a light switch) located at or near the furnace is in the “ON” position.

6. Ensure the furnace filter has been replaced recently?

7. Ensure all return air grilles and supply registers are unobstructed by furniture and are blowing air.

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Seal Your Home

The cost of natural gas, heating oil and electricity can be expensive – make sure those utilities are being spent to heat your home and not the outdoors. It is important to ensure sure your home is properly insulated and the exterior doors and windows are fully sealed. If your home is losing heat through cracks or improper insulation your heating system has to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature for you within the home – which only costs you more money. To prevent this, make sure all of your doors and windows have good, solid seals to prevent drafts. As an additional precaution, you might consider putting plastic sheets over unused doors and windows in the colder months to keep heat from escaping.


Time Based Temperature Settings

Another great way to save on heating expense is to set your thermostat to different temperatures depending on the time of day. If your home is empty in the late morning and afternoon while you are at work it doesn’t pay to keep it as warm as when you are at home in the evening. You can do this by adjusting the thermostat before you leave and after you return, or by having a programmable thermostat installed that can adjust the heat for you at scheduled intervals throughout the day.


Close Unnecessary Vents

The more living space you have to heat, the harder your heating system will have to work. You can significantly reduce the amount of space you need to heat by closing the doorways and heating vents within rooms you do not commonly enter in the winter months. This can make it both cheaper and easier to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.


Keep Up with Regular Furnace Maintenance

If you properly maintain your furnace you can ensure your heating system performs efficiently throughout the winter season. There are some smaller tasks you can take care of on your own, such as looking out for irregular noises and smells from the furnace or ensuring heating vents and the main blower are free of dust and debris buildup. However, a more detailed and professional inspection should be performed annually by an expert furnace technician. If your furnace breaks down due to missed maintenance and inspection the result can be a more costly future repair.


Dress for the Season

The most obvious energy saving tip is to keep the temperature in the home at a level that you know is bearable if you wear a few extra layers of clothing. Throw on a sweater and turn the heat down a couple of degrees!


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We have been using Black-Haak ever since we moved into our new home. They are one of the best heating/electrical companies we have ever used. All their service people are friendly and explain exactly what they are going to do so you are aware. They are responsive, on time and do an excellent job. A rare find in this day and age! If you are looking for a service company I would not hesitate to call Black-Haak. We definitely will be long term customers. Thank you for your wonderful services!
Troy Runge
Troy Runge
16:17 08 Oct 20
Dan, explained what he was going to do & when completed gave a detailed description of what he found that was easy to understand. Very impressed wi try h this individual, would recommend to anyone.
Jim Beyer
Jim Beyer
22:25 01 Oct 20
We are building a home and did our electrical walk through with Tristan. He is very professional and listened to our needs and wants. He also had great ideas on things we didn’t even think about. Couldn’t have been better. Thanks.
Cory Wiegert
Cory Wiegert
16:31 26 Sep 20
Updated September 2020... Great service, fast work, reasonable price. Had a new furnace and air conditioner installed (existing one was 20 years old). Very pleased with the work and with the equipment. Great work by Craig, Will, Johnny and the team!Quiet and comfortable and now set for the winter!
Scott Lamers
Scott Lamers
16:13 23 Sep 20
We've used black-haak for a new furnace and to add central air and the team is amazing. From the sales to the office team are all friendly and knowledgeable. The technicians are very nice and professional. This time we used them just for a filter and they dropped it off on time and the tech made sure to ask if I also had an issues or questions. Great company!
Michael C
Michael C
16:08 21 Sep 20
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Tessa Sheets
Tessa Sheets
19:08 19 Sep 20
Everyone at Black-Haak is extremely professional and very personable. Scheduling of services is on your schedule, not theirs. Their communication is superior to any service I have ever had. I love the pre-service notifications. They let you know when a technician is on the way and who will be at your door. I have had a major repair, an estimate for new ducting, a scheduled routine maintenance, and an install all done in the past few months and every employee exceeded my high expectations. I have been impressed with each technician that has been out but I have to point out Dan E. Very polite, professional and just very personable. A real down to earth guy. Excellent customer service and we had great conversation. I probably took more of his time than I should have as we got into some lengthy conversation. My apologies for taking up his time.Black-Haak’s prices are well within industry standards and I’d say very reasonable.I’ve had other HVAC services do installs and maintenance and honestly I was not impressed. Black-Haak is far superior to those other companies.I will continue to work with Black-Haak because of the superior quality, excellent customer service and absolute ease of scheduling.I highly recommend Black-Haak services.
Pete Nelson
Pete Nelson
02:26 19 Sep 20
They were available next day, which was important. Very polite, professional, and knowledgeable, showed me the problem & explained it to me. They needed to order a part & called me about ordering it in less than an hour of the visit. Very good experience.
Sara Meulemans
Sara Meulemans
21:40 17 Sep 20
Service person was courteous and professional. Answered my questions.
Howard Steffens
Howard Steffens
20:01 16 Sep 20
Gary was very professional & knowledgeable, all around great person. He explained everything very well.
Diane Gartzke
Diane Gartzke
16:47 16 Sep 20
Excellent service and will continue to have them work on my home. Thanks!
Mike L
Mike L
02:12 12 Sep 20
I had 3 estimates done by 3 reputable companies.One of these companies I have been using since moving to the area.From our estimate to our complete install, this team is amazing!!!I would recommend them to ANYONE!! I would also like to say that they may not be the least expensive all the time, but you WILL get what you pay for !!!
Mary Beth Westgor
Mary Beth Westgor
14:52 05 Sep 20
I did a live chat with Black-Haak to report our problem and they called me back and had someone here in less then an hour and a half. Brad was very friendly and informative about what was wrong with our a/c and fixed it quickly.
Kris Ehnerd
Kris Ehnerd
03:01 31 Aug 20
This company was great! We called last night. They came this morning and fixed everything by 3 today. The communication of the company was superb. They text pictures of the people coming to service the house. It made me feel comfortable letting the person Inside. All staff members wore masks, booties and gloves. They were all friendly. They made sure to solve the problem and install a new air conditioner Immediately. I highly recommend this company. I will use them again and refer them to my friends. Great Job Black-Haak!
Megan Nelson
Megan Nelson
23:57 26 Aug 20
Experienced problem with a large April air dehumidifier. Request for service was handled quickly. Technician was courteous and thorough. Further evaluation was needed at the office for codes and service bulletins as well as warranty. Looking forward to the resolution.
Mark Hellmann
Mark Hellmann
20:56 24 Aug 20
I've been a Black-Haak customer for several years now and had many good experiences with the various technicians that have been to my home. Today I had the pleasure of meeting Greta. She was thorough and knowledgeable. She was patient with me and listened to my questions. Her answers made sense and were clearly worded. I am not a technical guy and she explained it to me in such a way that i understood. In addition she brought to my attention a solution for an issue I've been wrestling with for several years regarding some piping and venting. I previously had two contractors in at different times to try and fix the issue and neither was successful. She provided the most sensible solution I've heard to date, I feel like I'm on the right track to fixing this issue. Thank you Greta.
David Wagner
David Wagner
18:56 24 Aug 20
Evan did a fabulous job at talking me through the process as to why my house wasn’t cooling down and what he was doing to fix it. He was professional, quick, and detail-oriented. I called to have someone check it out and within an hour he was available same day to come out. Thanks!
Ashley Phillips
Ashley Phillips
15:33 20 Aug 20
Evan was very courteous. He was able to detect the problem with my AC right away. He was able to answer my questions adequately and able to suggests improvements to my system
sporting boatcovers
sporting boatcovers
01:45 19 Aug 20
Our 27 year old A/C system stopped working. I called Black Haak and they sent the senior tech out to look at the system and recommend a replacement. Between the discounts offered and the 12 month free financing, the had the best deal I could find. The techs arrived the next morning and had the new system installed and working by 11:00 am. I would recommend them to anyone needing furnace or A/C work done. They are friendly, knowledgeable, and skilled.
Keith Barth
Keith Barth
16:18 14 Aug 20
I live in Tennessee and my 90 year old mother lives in Appleton. She was having issues with her electrical. I had Black-Haak service the electrical panel and repair 2 switches in the bedrooms. I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of Mike and his helper Isaiah. My mom felt very comfortable and respected. We were informed when, and who was coming with a picture of Mike for identification before he arrived. The office personnel was polite and helpful setting up the appointment and had excellent follow through. Thanks so much for your great service!Pamela Allar
Pamela Allar
Pamela Allar
21:29 05 Aug 20

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