3 Reasons to Hire a Professional for Dryer Vent Cleaning

Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Everybody knows how to clean the lint trap in their dryers after every load. It helps keep the system clean and prevents the dryer from overheating. But anything that escapes the trap ends up in the dryer vent, which sends damp air form the interior of the dryer outside of your home. Over time, that lint can build up, creating a serious problem. Even if you disregard the fire hazard, a blocked vent will keep damp air in your dryer and decrease its efficiency. Sadly, cleaning the dryer vent takes a little more than cleaning the lint trap does, and if you want it done properly, you usually need a professional. Here in Champaign-Urbana, IL, dryer vent cleaning can be performed by the same service that handles air conditioning and heating ducts. Here are 3 reasons to hire a professional for dryer vent cleaning.

  • Know-how. Cleaning the dryer vent means moving your dryer, which involves disconnecting it from the gas or electrical lines. Chances are you haven’t performed such an operation more than once or twice in your life at most. But a trained service technician handles such issues every day, and knows how to perform the operation without damaging any of your equipment. That’s worth a little extra money to ensure the problem gets treated right.
  • Insurance. Along those lines, if you try to clean the vent yourself and end up damaging some component of the system, you’re on the hook for the additional costs. A professional, on the other hand, is bonded and insured – for his protection as much as yours – which means that damage like that is covered.
  • Equipment. Cleaning the vent takes more than a store-bought wet-dry vac. Specialized equipment makes the job much easier, but only trained professionals have the skills to use it properly.

For more reasons to hire a professional for dryer vent cleaning, or to schedule a cleaning for your home, contact the experts at Lanz Heating & Cooling for help. Dryer vent cleaning is a standard service, and we have the skills and experience to do the job right. Call us today to set up an appointment and let us show you what we can do! We also specialize in a variety of indoor air quality services such as duct cleaning in Champaign-Urbana, IL.

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Consider Replacing Your Old Air Conditioning System

Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

During the last weeks before summer arrives, homeowners should take time to evaluate their air conditioning systems to make sure they are ready to handle the amount of work they must do to combat the coming heat. Part of evaluating an AC is asking the tough question: Has the time come to replace it?

Modern air conditioners have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, depending on the model. As an AC enters the later years of that range, replacement becomes a viable alternative to the costs of continued maintenance and repairs. Choosing to install a new system is a big step, but often a necessary one.

Our technicians at Lanz Heating & Cooling have years of experience with air conditioning replacement in Champaign-Urbana, IL, and they have some bits of advice about when it’s time to schedule new installation as the most cost-effective option.

When “repair or replace?” becomes “replace”

If you air conditioner is 15 years or older, you should have it replaced even if it still seems to work well in most respects. The chances of it declining rapidly are high at this point: 15 years is more strain than even the most well-maintained AC can handle. The inevitable aging will soon take hold of the compressor—the most vital component—and when the compressor dies, the system will go with it. Planning for replacement is preferable to requiring an emergency replacement.

There is another benefit to a “pre-emptive” replacement of an aging yet still functioning air conditioner: the advantages of the high efficiency models now available. A new system will probably work 10-20% more energy-efficiently than your older system ever did. Think of it in this light: you have already received a bargain from your air conditioner because of its long life; now you can start receiving even more savings from a new system.

If your air conditioner has started to malfunction frequently and elevate your power bills, than you should have it replaced even if it hasn’t reached the outer edge of its estimated lifespan. A good benchmark for repairs: if you must spend more than $500 a year to keep the system running, it should be replaced. If your electricity bills show a steady rise each year because of the air conditioning system—such as a 5% increase—that no repairs or maintenance seems to change, then you should also replace the system before it becomes a major money waster.

Schedule new installation

Replacing and old AC doesn’t have to be an enormous burden for you. Call professional installers to help you decide on a new system, and then rely on them to remove your old AC and correctly hook up the new one so it works without flaws.

Lanz Heating & Cooling has more than a decade doing air conditioning replacement in Champaign-Urbana, IL. We also offer free estimates on new installations, so call us right away to get your AC replaced.

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Does It Matter When You Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

For an air conditioner to work its best, avoid unnecessary repairs, and continue running for many years, it must have maintenance from a professional once a year. During a maintenance visit, a technician performs checks and tests on the AC; adjusts and cleans it; and takes any steps needed to keep the system functioning at its peak ability.

Most HAVC repair services advise homeowners to schedule AC maintenance during spring, and the maintenance for their heater during fall. But does it really make that much a difference when you schedule maintenance?

The answer is: yes and no. We’ll explain what we mean.

Whenever you decide to schedule your air conditioning maintenance in Champaign-Urbana, IL, make sure you have Lanz Heating & Cooling handle the job. We put professionalism first in all our work.

Yes, It Matters When You Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Spring truly is an ideal time to have your AC maintenance done, for two reasons. First, it puts you in a good position with your system right before the time when you’ll need it the most, the summer. You’ll still have time to schedule any serious repairs, but you’ll also have the maintenance work done near enough to the hot season that you should have few worries about system degradation before the first blazing day arrives.

Second, spring is a less busy time for HVAC companies: they are between the emergency calls of winter and summer. You should have little problem finding a convenient date to have the maintenance work done during spring.

No, It Doesn’t Matter When You Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

The important thing about AC maintenance is that it gets done, period. Ultimately, if your air conditioner is overdue for maintenance, the time of year makes no difference: you should schedule it right away. Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall… it’s never the wrong time for maintenance when the system hasn’t received it in over a year. And it’s never too late to re-start with maintenance, no matter how many years have passed since it was last done.

Annual Maintenance is Mandatory

Without regular maintenance on your air conditioner, you can expect…

  • …to pay higher electrical bills.
  • …the system to need more repairs.
  • …abrupt, uncomfortable breakdowns.
  • …a shortened lifespan for the system.

So for air conditioning services in Champaign-Urbana, IL, the right time to schedule it is now. Call Lanz Heating & Cooling today and arrange for your annual visit so you’ll get the most from your AC this year.

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3 Reasons to Call a Plumber Instead of Making Repairs Yourself

Posted On April 12th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Plumbing repair in Champaign-Urbana, IL is sometimes attempted by enterprising do-it-yourselfers hoping to save a little money. Sadly, most efforts ultimately end up costing more than they save. In all but the most benign cases, you’re usually better off bringing in a professional. Here are 3 reasons to call a plumber instead of making repairs yourself.

  • Know-how
    Even the most prolific do-it-yourselfer has usually only handled a tiny handful of plumbing problems in his or her life. Professional plumbers, on the other hand, deal with hundreds of different problems on a regular basis. That means they can identify the problem sooner and correct it more efficiently than a layman. Speed and efficiency are often worth a few extra dollars in the grand scheme of things.
  • Equipment
    Plumbers have the professional-grade tools necessary to handle tasks that are far beyond the capability of store-bought wrenches and plungers.
  • Reliability
    If something goes wrong while you’re making repairs yourself, you have to shoulder any additional costs and time allocation, which can turn a relatively simple job into an unending nightmare. A good plumbing service spells out all costs in advance, and often guarantees their work. That means there’s no unexpected surprises, and the insurance required by licensed plumbers means that both they and you are protected from the unexpected.

Above all, calling a plumber instead of making repairs yourself means peace of mind and the avoidance of a whole lot of hassle, something even the most adamant do-it-yourselfer will admit is worth quite a bit. Plumbing services in Champaign-Urbana, IL doesn’t get more reliable than it does with the experts at Lanz Heating & Cooling. We stand by our work with an ironclad guarantee and we’re completely dedicated to your happiness at every step. If you have a plumbing problem, don’t take the chance of trying to fix it yourself. Give us a call today and let us show you what a professional can do!

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