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Many homeowners spend a large part of the winter worried about heater repair in Evanston. However, you don’t have to be intimidated by the potential for problems with your furnace. Many repairs are straightforward to deal with.

If you’re not sure what furnace repairs you need, call us at Champion Services. We’ll send an Evanston HVAC professional to your home to help you get your heater working again quickly.

Furnace Filter Problems

When your air filter gets dirty, your furnace has to work harder and harder to get the air that it needs to heat so your home can stay warm. If the furnace can’t get enough air, it won’t pump enough heat into your home to keep you warm! Change your filter at least once a year (and preferably every 3 months) so your furnace doesn’t have to overwork itself. This can extend its lifespan and help it heat your home more effectively.

Get a New Thermostat

If the temperature in your home fluctuates a lot or your heater is turning off and on rapidly, the problem might actually be with your thermostat. It might be located in the wrong place or just not communicating well with your furnace. Either way, getting a new thermostat can solve the problem. While you’re at it, it might be time to upgrade to a smart thermostat so you can save money and monitor how you use energy.

Clean the Air Ducts

If the air that your furnace pumps out can’t circulate throughout your home, it can’t help you stay warm. When you suspect that dust and debris are keeping the warm air from getting to you, call us for a professional duct cleaning. We’ll get the debris out so your hot air can flow freely once again while improving your indoor air quality at the same time!

Clear Out the Vents

Just as debris in your air ducts can cause problems, debris blocking your furnace vents can keep your heater from working effectively, too. You can always install a mesh screen over the vents where they lead to the outside of your house, but you’ll need to clean these screens, too.

Fix the Pilot Light

If the pilot light on your furnace isn’t working well, your furnace won’t be able to heat your home effectively. On gas furnaces, the pilot light should always burn blue. This indicates that it is getting plenty of oxygen. If it looks yellow, there’s an oxygen restriction somewhere. This may not seem like a big problem but it can become a fire hazard under the right circumstances. You may have a dirty air intake valve or need a different furnace repair to fix the problem.

Double Check All Switches and Breakers

If the furnace isn’t working, check to make sure it’s turned on before you call us for heater repair. Most furnaces have a wall switch nearby the unit. If it accidentally gets hit, your furnace won’t work. You can also check your circuit breakers to make sure they didn’t get flipped, or you can reach out to our Evanston electricians to check things for you. Some furnaces have a switch inside the front panel that covers the blower motor. If the panel isn’t inserted properly, the unit won’t run.

Help from Evanston HVAC Pros!

At Champion Services, we would be happy to come help you with any of these issues or find other problems with your Evanston HVAC system and fix them. We’ll get to work fast so you can get warm again soon! Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!

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Most people don’t think about furnace safety but the truth is that your furnace can easily become a fire hazard.

If you haven’t been paying attention to your furnace, though, don’t fret! A few simple steps can make it safe to heat your Wyoming home all winter long, with no worries.

Read on for some furnace safety tips or give us a call with any questions you may have about furnace repair, furnace replacement and more!

Keep Your Registers Open

Don’t close more than 20 percent of the heating registers in your home. This keeps heat from building up and helps your furnace work efficiently. If you need to, count them to find out how many you can close. Make sure that all open registers are uncovered and free of accumulated debris caused by dust, pet hair, and lint.

Install A Carbon Monoxide Detector

Gas furnaces can cause carbon monoxide buildup when they aren’t working properly. This can be difficult to detect unless you have a functioning carbon monoxide detector for your Evanston home. You can get one at any hardware store. Once you’ve installed it, test it monthly to make sure it’s working properly.

Watch The Pilot Light

If your pilot light goes out regularly, it’s important to find out why. There may be a breeze or other stream of air that causes it to go out. However, it could indicate a problem with your gas line. If it keeps going out and there’s no explanation as to why, call in a professional because gas problems are a serious thing.

Furnace Experts in Southern Wyoming

Contact us at Champion Services today to find out more about furnace safety this winter! We can help you with maintaining your furnace so you can stay safe and warm during Wyoming’s coldest months. If you’re still not quite warm enough at home or if your furnace has been acting up, be sure to read “5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Furnace” or give us a call!

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Now that the cold has officially swept in and we’re dealing with some seriously frigid temperatures and snowfall in Wyoming, it’s more important than ever that your heating system is running smoothly and effectively. This is especially true for the holidays as you celebrate together as a family. The last thing anyone needs is for a freezing Christmas dinner or over-heated kitchen.

Luckily, your trusted Evanston HVAC company is here to help ring in the season with unmatched heating services. On top of our quality services, though, we also want to take some time to offer some of our pro heating tips for this holiday season. Read on for our top 10 holiday heating tips to keep you and your guests comfortable, or simply give us a call!

1. Check and Change your HVAC Filter Before Guests Arrive 

Make sure you check your furnace filters once a month. If they become too dirty, they will begin to obstruct the airflow. Not only will this compromise the air quality in your home, it will make it more difficult to heat your home properly. It will also cause your energy costs to go up. 

On top of that, these obstructions can make for some unpleasant temperatures for your holiday celebrations. Checking and changing your filter on a regular basis — and right before your guests arrive — will help ensure that everyone is comfy and cozy.

2. Keep the Oven Closed

We know you want to check on those Christmas yams and fresh-baked dinner rolls and maybe get a whiff of that delicious aroma, but every time you open the oven door the oven’s temperature drops as much as 25 degrees. Resist checking whatever it is you happen to be baking long before you know that it’ll be done. And if you do need to check it, simply turn the oven light on and look through the window.

More than that, it can be helpful to cook as much as possible ahead of time to avoid heating up the house unnecessarily. That kitchen can heat up quickly when the oven’s roaring, the stovetops are full blast, and a bunch of people are crowding around. That’s a fast route to some uncomfortable levels of heat! Keep the temps in the ideal range by planning ahead.

3. Use Ceiling Fans

Most ceiling fans have a “reverse” setting that will push the rising warm air back down to ground level. This helps to maximize the heat generated from the heater. Ceiling fans also help circulate the air, keeping a more even temperature.

4. Remove Clutter From Around Your Furnace

Many people will use the area around the furnace as storage space. Once you begin using your furnace again, you should clear the area around it. Otherwise, you may have a fire hazard on your hands — especially if there are combustible items nearby. Besides, you don’t want to have a bunch of clutter around these areas once the guests come over. Not only will removing the clutter keep your furnace running effectively and keep your home safe from fire hazards, it will also keep things tidy for your holiday get-together.

5. Keep the Fireplace Clear

There’s nothing more iconic for the holidays than the family gathered ‘round the fireplace, dressed in warm clothes, and sipping some hot chocolate (preferably with marshmallows). But, just as you want to maintain a clear space around your furnace, you will want to keep the area around the fireplace clean if you want to have a safe and warm gathering around the hearth. 

If you decide to light a fire to make your living room even warmer and cozier, make sure that you don’t have anything flammable nearby, such as furniture, rugs, drapes, or holiday trees. It’s also a good idea to have the fireplace swept and cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. After that, pour yourself some hot chocolate, put on those fuzzy socks, and enjoy the warmth of the fireplace!

6. Keep an Eye on the Blinds

Keeping your blinds and curtains closed at night will keep cold air from penetrating through your windows while also helping to keep warm air trapped inside. On the flip side, it’s a good idea to keep your blinds and curtains open during the day to let sunlight in, which will assist in warming up your home and giving your furnace a helping hand.

7. Insulate Your Attic

It can be a huge money saver to insulate your attic. This will also help make sure your home’s heat doesn’t escape your house when temperatures drop during the holidays. This will help keep heat trapped inside your home, allowing you and your guests to keep warm and comfortable — all while going easy on your wallet.

8. Seal the Windows

If you feel a cold draft near any of your windows, it means that there are air leaks. You should use a sealant to eliminate these air leaks, thereby preventing cold air from leaking in. A professional can do this for you as well. Locking your windows will also help create a tighter seal around your windows to keep in the warm air. It will also help prevent guests from cracking a window when you’re not looking!

9. Consider a Whole-Home Humidifier

A whole-home humidifier will help retain heat so you can set your thermostat lower and make your home more comfortable. A humidifier will help eliminate dry air and reduce static electricity — ensuring your holiday guests remain comfortable.

10. Get Professional Inspections

A professional inspection will reveal any potential issues with your heating systems before they turn into more severe problems. An inspector will also clean and lubricate parts of your heating systems as needed to help ensure that it runs as efficiently as possible.

You don’t want your heating systems breaking down in the middle of a family meal, nor do you want your heating systems working so inefficiently that your heating bills are astronomical. Have your HVAC system inspected before the holidays hit so you can deal with any heating repair issues before they become extra costly.

Contact Champion Services

The holidays are the worst time of the year for your heat to go out! Start your holiday season with regular maintenance on your heating system and take care of repairs as soon as you notice the warning signs. This will help to ensure your heating system is working properly before guests arrive.

Remember that the experts at Champion Services are here for you all season long. If your heating system is on the fritz, contact Champion Services to schedule an appointment today!

It’s hard to imagine that winter is just around the corner here in Southwest Wyoming. Whether this is your first Wyoming winter or your 40th, you should know just how bitter the cold can get around these parts. Your HVAC system is going to be working hard to keep you warm, so it is important that you give it the care it needs to succeed.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this resource to help you prepare your HVAC system for winter so that it can keep you warm all season long. Instead of searching for an HVAC company near you, count on the Evanston heating and air professionals at Champion Services! Read on or reach out to us for help today!

Your furnace keeps you cozy and safe during the bitter cold of the Wyoming winter, so you should take care of it in kind. Call Champion Services today to schedule your appointment so you can rest assured your furnace is ready for whatever Jack Frost has to throw at you!

#1: Schedule a Preventative Maintenance Appointment

If you’ve been neglecting your HVAC maintenance, this needs to be your first step. Call up your local HVAC experts and schedule an inspection. During your appointment, an HVAC professional will check your system for any issues that might cause trouble in the future. They’ll also be able to make sure everything is clean and in working order, while providing you with some insight as to how your system might be affecting your energy bills and overall feelings of comfort in your home. This will provide a blueprint for future upkeep to ensure your system works well for years to come and can help avoid costly heating repairs.

#2: Replace Your Air Filters

No matter if you choose to have an HVAC professional do this when they perform their inspection or you do it yourself, it’s important that you don’t ignore your air filter. Depending on the manufacturer recommendations, air filters should be replaced or cleaned every three to six months. Not only can a dirty air filter make your indoor air quality worse, when a filter is clogged up, it will put undue strain on your HVAC system, which can reduce its overall lifespan. To get the best possible air quality, choose a HEPA air filter to catch small particles and allergens that can make breathing harder.

#3: Consider Replacement

This might be where you screech to a halt while you’re reading. We know cooling and heating system replacement is a costly proposition. However, the expected lifespan of an HVAC system is about ten years, after which they will begin to struggle to perform. So if your HVAC system is on the precipice of entering middle school, think about replacing it with a newer unit. Luckily, with advancements in HVAC technology and a dedication to improving efficiency and sustainability, an upgraded unit can actually save you money in the long run. Ask Champion Services about our payment plan options, which can make it a less overwhelming process for you and your family.

#3: Ensure Your Home is Properly Insulated

Insulation isn’t just the cotton candy stuff you see lining the insides of your walls. It is your main line of defense against the elements outside, at least temperature-wise. This makes it vital for you to make sure your attic is properly insulated in the time leading up to winter. Insulation will ensure cold air stays out and hot air stays in during the winter and vice versa in the summer, so it is a year-round benefit. You can schedule an energy audit to get a better idea of where your home might be lacking insulation.

#4: Install a Programmable Thermostat

The world’s fanciest and most cutting-edge HVAC system will only be as good as the thermostat that is controlling it. If you’ve ever tried to control an older thermostat, you know exactly how inaccurate and finicky it can be. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you give your HVAC system a much needed boost to its efficiency, as you’ll be able to precisely select your temperature, set a schedule for when you’ll be home (and need the heat) or away (and don’t need to heat an empty house), and control it remotely through an app on your phone. That means you don’t have to worry about turning your heat off when you leave on your big winter vacation — a couple of taps on your phone and you’re good to go.

Professional HVAC Help

With how cold it gets in Southwest Wyoming during the winter, you need to make sure your HVAC system is ready to handle it. Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone. Call Champion Services in Evanston to schedule your appointment and let us handle it for you! Now that your HVAC system is ready for winter, be sure to read our blog post about How to Keep Your Home Warm throughout the cold winter months!

Winter in Wyoming isn’t known for being very mild, which makes our furnaces incredibly important for keeping us safe and comfortable through the cold weather. If you’re like most homeowners, you likely don’t think too much about your furnace until it starts misbehaving.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of signs you should be on the lookout for to know if your furnace needs to be replaced. As Southwest Wyoming’s #1 Trusted Residential HVAC Service Company, you can count on Champion Services to handle all of your heating needs this winter. Call us today if you need a new furnace installed!

5 signs you need furnace replacement

1. Age

While age might be a touchy subject for humans, it’s not something to be ignored when it comes to your furnace. Experts agree that the typical expected lifespan of a furnace is around 15 years. In the last couple of years leading up to that point, you’ll start to notice your furnace breaks down more often while losing its efficiency. This results in higher energy bills and costly furnace repairs. If your furnace is getting up there in years, it’s a good time to consider replacing it with a newer, more efficient model.

2. Energy and Repair Bills

Even if your furnace isn’t that old, energy bills on the rise are a sign it isn’t operating as well as it should be. This goes double for if you are constantly needing to get your furnace repaired. Whether it is a sign your furnace wasn’t properly installed initially or that it’s just starting to break down, don’t ignore these signs, because they’ll just end up costing you more money and headaches in the long run.

3. Uneven Temperatures

Have you been walking through your house and noticed one of the rooms is strangely colder than the rest? Or maybe you’ve found that a couple of rooms are exceptionally hot when the rest of your home is struggling to stay warm? Uneven temperatures throughout a house is typically a sign of a couple of things — either your furnace isn’t working properly or there is a problem with your ductwork. The best course of action when this happens is to have an HVAC professional inspect your system to find the source of the issue.

4. Soot on Registers

While many of the signs we’ve discussed so far have been a little nebulous to judge, this is something visual you can pick out as an issue. When a furnace gets older or begins to break down, it will start to spurt out dirt, dust, and rust particles, leaving behind a sooty mess on your heat registers. Not only does this create quite the mess to be cleaned up, but it can also negatively impact your family’s health, leading to sore throats and headaches.

5. Noise

While furnaces aren’t known for being quiet appliances, there are certain noises that should be considered cries for help. If your furnace is making a rattling, popping, humming, screeching, or squealing sounds while it’s running, call an HVAC professional to get it inspected and see if it’s an easy repair or something that requires a full replacement.

Evanston & SW Wyoming Furnace Experts

Remember that the experts at Champion Services are here for you all season long. If your heating system is on the fritz, contact Champion Services to schedule an appointment today!

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Fall is here…Winter is coming…will you be warm and comfortable through it all? A properly running HVAC system can mean the difference between comfort and discomfort in your home.

The Evanston HVAC experts at Champion Services are here to help you maximize your investment!

Enjoy a warm, worry-free home through the fall and winter when you use these tips to maintain your heating system. Be sure to read our other blog post for more tips on How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter!

1) Ensure Proper Air Flow

Locate all the vent and air exchange covers in your home and ensure they are free of dust and debris, and are not blocked by furniture or large objects. This will help to keep dust from blowing around your home and also make sure proper air flow and consistent heat to each room.

If your HVAC unit has pipes that connect to the outside of your house (such as exhaust and fresh air intake pipes), make sure they are clear of debris and not blocked by anything.

2) Check Your Filters

Clean and/or replace your HVAC filters regularly (as often as is recommended by the furnace manufacturer or your HVAC installing expert). In many cases, you may able to vacuum the filter every month (more often if you have pets) and replace the filter every 3-4 months.

3) Clean Your Ducts

Invest in duct cleaning on a regular basis. Before winter is a great time to have them cleaned because the windows will be closed for winter so you won’t get new dust and debris coming in. Vacuum your home around the same time to eliminate any dust that is currently outside of the ductwork, to keep it from cycling back in.

4) Test your HVAC System

Test your HVAC system before you need it. Run your system and listen for unusual sounds or smells. You’ll want to do this for two reasons:

  • You might notice a very slight burning smell as a small amount of dust burns off of the heating unit, so it’s nice to be able to open the windows and air that out. (Note: the burning smell should disappear quickly. If it persists or is very strong, shut your HVAC unit down and call an HVAC expert right away!)
  • Testing your HVAC system before you need it means that if there is a problem, you can get it fixed right away instead of being uncomfortably cold while the system is being repaired!

If you try running your HVAC system and it doesn’t turn on, look at the following things first:

  • Is your HVAC unit plugged in?
  • Did you check the circuit breakers to make sure they are in the correct position?
  • Do the batteries need to be changed in your thermostat?

5) Know Your HVAC Unit

If you need to call an HVAC professional, check the brand name and model number of your HVAC unit over the phone. This will help them understand the situation better even before they arrive at your home.

Heating Experts in Evanston, WY & Beyond!

With the colder weather on its way, it’s important to make sure that your home is safe and comfortable for your family. That means making sure your heater or heating system is running the way you need it to. Use these tips and ideas to help you have a more comfortable home for your family, and if you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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