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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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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
Very nice and very helpful 👍 Glad that I used this company. They came with masks and used precautions. Very efficient!
Diane Miller
Diane Miller
19:17 28 Jul 20
The service that we received was top notch. Great communication over the phone and in person. The staff is exceptional. They took the time to educate us on the equipment and answered all of our questions. I highly recommend Black-Haak.
Scott Pearce
Scott Pearce
14:00 27 Jul 20
We had a problem with our a/c on a Sunday afternoon and called Black-Haak. They had a service tech here within an hour and they had our a/c back up and running in no time. Our tech was very knowledgeable and Black-Haak provided information on what precautions they are taking related to Covid-19. We highly recommend Black-Haak.
Randy K
Randy K
22:27 26 Jul 20
Through the whole process everyone at Black-Haak was fast acting and friendly. I can thank them enough for the awesome service they provided!
Mitchell White
Mitchell White
16:11 26 Jul 20
The technicians were knowledgeable and friendly. They were straightforward about the issues around our furnace and offered good advice on how to rectify the problem. Good company!
Corey Otis
Corey Otis
17:36 17 Jul 20
They did cancel one appointment which caused some inconveinance on my end. Other than that I was very pleased with them. The electrician was very nice and did a good job, going above and beyond to make sure things were right and complete. They followed up to make sure all was good.
Thomas Fassbender
Thomas Fassbender
20:25 11 Jul 20
Black-Haak was great to work with. They were able to schedule an appointment within days and I had an estimate within hours. They have great communication. I received a text with the name and photo of my technician Mike. Mike and his crew were here for most of the day working. They showed up on time and took care of everything. What impressed me most was how Mike and his crew interacted with my family. They were kind and patient with my pets and my kids. Thanks Mike!
Jennifer Pagel
Jennifer Pagel
02:54 04 Jul 20
Had black haak electric in Did some wiring in kitchen and wired my garage. From the time I called them Joel was here gave me an estimate. And 5 days later Jeremy was here. And did the job could. Not have been more professional. Jeremy cleaned up after him self and showed my home respect. Him and Joel a pleasure to work with. The cost was reasonable and did a great job could not be happier.
Wes Stoner
Wes Stoner
23:37 01 Jul 20
Our air conditioner died on a Saturday during one of the hottest weeks of summer. I called Black-Haak in Sunday, they got an estimator out on Monday morning, and I had a new A/C installation scheduled for Tuesday. Then, on Monday afternoon they called and said they had an opening and could get the new A/C installed that day! They got the new unit installed, and their techs stayed even longer to fix a shorted out wire connecting my smart thermostat to the new unit. The experience overall was excellent - very professional, responsive, quick, efficient service all around.
Andrew Ryan
Andrew Ryan
15:34 30 Jun 20
Receive another great service from the techs at BlackHawk. Always on time, courteous and do a great job. Highly recommend them for electrical and heating work.
Debbie Ludka
Debbie Ludka
21:58 29 Jun 20
Cody was great. Answered all my questions and got my AC up and running within 30 minutes. Polite, professional and I appreciated the booties on his shoes to keep my house clean.
Patty Sully
Patty Sully
16:31 29 Jun 20
Service was good but my only concern was scheduling. Had to be changed to a later date and the day of service, tech arrived 15 min late. The office called and alerted us so that was helpful. I'm wondering if you prepay for the ac tune up when you pay for the furnace tune up in fall that kind of puts you as a lesser priority to get on the schedule.
Ken and Sandy Komassa
Ken and Sandy Komassa
00:50 25 Jun 20
From Rick at the time of the estimate to Devin and Jeremy and the others at install, top notch service! They were not the cheapest estimate but were in line with their competition. The information and service were the reason we chose Black Haak for our central air and we have no regrets. Thanks a million guys! Job well done.
Sandy Hurtado
Sandy Hurtado
16:37 05 Jun 20
Jamie has been great in reviewing options for replacing our furnace. The technician identified an issue with our fan and given the age of our system, recommended replacing. Jamie arrived within 30 mins of the technician leaving and reviewed options with us for replacement and provided a quote for a new system.
Terri Meisel
Terri Meisel
12:40 31 May 20
Our tech was extremely awesome. Professional, knowledgeable, and social/outgoing. You could tell he knew what he was talking about and went above and beyond! Definitely would recommend to anyone!
Sara Havinga
Sara Havinga
02:15 30 May 20
I've used this company multiple times, they always go above and beyond excellent service. Just replaced my furnace and central air and the service was outstanding as always. I knew the costs upfront, and they provided great value. Highly recommend
Allison Konetzke
Allison Konetzke
20:02 20 May 20
Anytime I call for a heating/cooling question/issue, I get an immediate response. Non-emergency issues are usually addressed within a day or two and any type of emergency is handled immediately!! Wonderful company. Awesome, friendly employees. SO glad they were recommended to us a couple of years ago. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!’
Pamela Wagner
Pamela Wagner
20:12 19 May 20
They were able to get me in early and called to let me know - appreciated. The technician, Dan, was wonderful. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, loved my cat (bonus points) and patiently answered all my questions. I would 100% recommend both him and Black-Haak Heating to others!
Amy Kumaraperu
Amy Kumaraperu
16:38 19 May 20
Safe practices were very good, non contact procedures were excellent. Very satisfied with both safety and service. Thanks!
Anne Bahr
Anne Bahr
15:30 18 May 20

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