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Signs Your Ductwork Needs Repair

After your heating and cooling unit heats or cools air, it blows that air through ductwork into your home where it exits through vents. Ducts are flexible, thin metal tubes, which can rip or break due to age, pests, or the natural contraction and expansion they undergo as hot and cold air travels through them. When there is a hole, rip or tear in the ductwork, heated or cooled air can escape, rather than properly traveling through to your vents. This is why it is so important to have them repaired if needed. Here are two of the most common signs that your ductwork may have a rip or tear and need to be repaired or replaced.

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Is it Time for a Thermostat Replacement?

Today’s thermostats range from standard conventional units to programmable units with lots of bells and whistles. Our guide below can help you compare the different types of thermostats so that you can choose the right one for your home. Manufacturers design all features on modern units for comfort, convenience, and energy efficiency. Let’s take a closer look at the three types of thermostats we install or repair.

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Winterizing Your Heating & Plumbing System

Your heating and plumbing systems are among the essential components in our home. Therefore, it would help if you protected them from the freezing cold temperatures. With winter on the way, we recommend that you schedule a complete plumbing and heating inspection before the temperatures plummet and the snowstorms arrive.

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It's Time for A Complete Ductwork Inspection

Winter is the best time to clean out the ductwork in your home. Your family will be indoors more often with sealed windows and doors. Since the air has nowhere to go, the dirty ductwork will continue to distribute dirty air throughout every house.

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7 Tips for Choosing the Right Water Heater

When it is time to purchase a new water heater, there are many factors to consider. Water heaters perform an important role in your home. Steve’s Plumbing and Heating in Central Wisconsin can help you determine which is right for your home and install it properly for you.

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How Corrosion Impacts Your Boiler

You depend on your boiler to function properly and keep you warm. The last thing you need is for your boiler to fail due to improper maintenance. Corrosion impacts your boiler by reducing its efficiency. Corrosion can also cause breakdowns that need emergency repairs. We can help you reduce corrosion impacting your boiler.

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What Happens When Your Heat Pump Goes Bad?

A heat pump is part of a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that we install for both heating and cooling purposes. The pump circulates warm air from one location to another. Which direction the pump moves the air depends on the temperature outside (or the temperature needed inside the building). When it’s cold outside the pump takes the air and converts it to warm air before pushing inside the house. When it’s warm outside, the pump removes the warm air so that the AC unit can produce cold. It is the most vital component in your heating and cooling system. So, as you might guess, when the heat pump goes bad, it cripples the rest of the equipment.

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What Should You Do Before Turning on the Heater This Winter?

When the temperature falls in Minnesota, it’s time for you to reboot your HVAC system to keep your home warm for the winter months ahead. Before it gets too cold, Steve’s Plumbing & Heating can help you go down your checklist to make sure the entire system is working as it should. Our certified heating and cooling contractors can identify any issues that may be plaguing your boiler or furnace and fix we get too deep into winter. Here are some of the problems we look for:

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Do You Have the Right Thermostat for Your Home?

Today’s thermostats range from standard conventional units to programmable units with lots of bells and whistles. Our guide below can help you compare the different types of thermostats so that you can choose the right one for your home. Manufacturers design all features on modern units for comfort, convenience, and energy-efficiency. Let’s take a closer look at the three types of thermostats we install or repair.

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Furnaces vs. Boilers: What’s the Difference?

Ask the average homeowner what is heating their home and, without flinching, they’ll tell you it's their furnace. Some homes and businesses, however, are heated using boilers and not furnaces. While they both perform the same function, they operate in different ways. Below is a description of each and why know the difference is essential.

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