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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3 Things You Need to Know about Geothermal Cooling

Posted On April 11th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Are you giving serious consideration to installing geothermal cooling as your next option for home air conditioning? Good for you: geothermal is a growing field for home comfort that not only benefits you, but also benefits the environment with emission-free performance and use of renewable energy.

You are probably already aware that going geothermal is a large choice, and the installation work is more extensive and will take longer than that of a standard home comfort system. Make sure that you rely on the geothermal experts in Champaign, IL at Lanz Heating & Cooling to help you with this process. We will make sure that geothermal cooling is the right choice for your home, and then provide you with excellent installation that will ensure your new system works well for many years.

Here are three important facts you need to know about geothermal cooling:

1. Geothermal Cooling is Also Geothermal Heating

When you invest in geothermal comfort for your home, you are receiving heating as well as cooling. Geothermal systems are ground-source heat pumps, which means like heat pumps they can move heat both out of your home (air conditioning) and into your home (heating). However, they use the stable heat of the earth as the medium for exchange, unlike air-source heat pumps. Because of the reliable ground temperature 10 ft. beneath the surface, you never have to worry about a ground-source heat pump turning inefficient during the winter.

2. Geothermal Systems Will Save You Money in the Long-Term

Some homeowners shy away from geothermal installation because of the higher initial price tag. However, the efficient performance of geothermal heat pumps means they will start paying back their costs almost immediately. The U.S. EPA estimates that a geothermal system will return its installation investment in 5–10 years. The longevity of a geothermal heat pump (the underground coils can last more than 50 years!) means you will have plenty of time to reap the benefits of its energy-saving properties.

Geothermal Systems Use Different Ground Loop Configurations to Fit Your Property

One of the restrictions of geothermal heat pumps is that they need enough space for their underground coils in order to work. Fortunately, there is more than one configuration for the ground loops to make it easier to fit them for different properties. The common set-up is horizontal loops buried 6–10 ft. below the ground. However, deeper vertical loops are common when there is less space available. Either configuration will deliver the quality performance you need from the system.
The technicians at Lanz Heating & Cooling are ready to help you discover the best way to supply your home with the efficient and long-lasting power of geothermal in Champaign, IL. Give us a call today to find out more about how geothermal systems operate and your other options for energy-saving home comfort.

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What is the Condensate Pan?

Posted On April 11th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Here in Danville, IL, air conditioning repair services are accustomed to handling all kinds of issues. Among the more common are problems with the condensate pan, which can be surprisingly problematic when they arise. What is the condensate pan and what kind of trouble is associated with it? We’ve included a brief discussion below.

As your air conditioner cools the air, the moisture in it coalesces into beads of condensation on the evaporator coils. (The process is similar to the creation of dew on your lawn in the early hours of the morning.) The condensate pan exists to remove that moisture from the system safely. As the condensation drips down, it falls into the pan. A drain line attached to the pan removes the liquid, keeping electronic components and similar parts of the system safe from shorts or water damage.

Normally, a condensate pan works just fine: it’s simple and doesn’t involve any complicated parts that can break down on you. That doesn’t mean it can’t suffer damage, however. Clogs in the drain line will cause it to overflow, as will a crack in the pan or even just the pan becoming misaligned. In addition, pans can overflow due to problems with other parts of the system. For instance, if refrigerant levels are low, then ice will form on the evaporator coils. When it melts, it could quickly fill up the pan faster than the melted water can drain out of it.

The result of such issues is invariably the same. Overflowing condensation will damage or short out other components in the air conditioner, and suddenly a comparatively minor repair takes on serious proportions. Some air conditioners have a safety feature: a floater switch that shuts the system off when the water rises too high. But even then, you’ll still need to correct the problem with the condensate pan before the system will function again.

Air conditioning repair services in Danville, IL like the folks at Lanz Heating & Cooling can resolve your problems quickly and efficiently. We treat issues with the condensate pan on a regular basis, and can replace a defunct one if a repair isn’t feasible. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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Stages of Geothermal System Installation

Posted On April 11th, 2017 by Lanz HVAC

Geothermal systems are an innovative way of heating and cooling your home, drawing upon the ambient temperature of the earth itself to do the job. Once you get down past five or six feet under the ground, the temperature of the earth doesn’t change, which the system can use to facilitate a heat exchange. Tubes are planted beneath the ground, and a water and antifreeze solution is pumped through it. In the summer, the tubes pull heat from your home and release it into the ground. In the winter, they pull heat from the ground and bring it into your home. It’s very efficient and environmentally friendly, and here in St. Joseph IL, geothermal systems make a lot of sense. But before you pull the trigger on a new system, you should understand the basic stages of geothermal system installation. We’ve provided a basic outline below.

  • The technician surveys your property and plans out the placement of the system: usually either horizontal (spreading the tubes out across a wide, shallow field), vertical (sinking the tubes beneath a single deep shaft, in cases where you don’t have a lot of property space), or water-based (in cases where you have a pond or similar body of water on your property).
  • The technician excavates the land where the tubes will go, digging holes (and grouting the sides in the case of vertical installations) then digging a trench back to your home.
  • The technician installs a water-to-water heat pump inside your home, providing the energy required to pump the mixture through the tubes and disperse the warm or cool air through your home.
  • The technician lays out the tubing in the holes, usually in coils, and then attaches them to your pump inside the home.
  • The technician tests the system to make sure it works and then buries the tubes by filling in the holes and trenches.

Every home is different, which means that the stages of geothermal system installation could very slightly from case to case. That’s what you should talk to the experts at Lanz Heating & Cooling before proceeding. Geothermal installation services in St. Joseph, IL don’t get more reliable, and we’ll discuss every step without before performing the operation with courtesy and care. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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