3 Common Kitchen Plumbing Repairs

August 15th, 2014

Your kitchen plumbing does an enormous amount of work on a daily basis, both bringing in fresh water and removing wastewater. Even the best cared-for kitchen that receives regular maintenance and drain cleaning will at some point need to have repairs from professional plumbers.

When you need work for your kitchen plumbing in Danville, IL, make sure that you call a company that can get repairs to you fast, any time of the day or night. For more than 10 years, Lanz Heating & Cooling has taken care of the plumbing needs of homeowners in all of Champaign County, and our plumbers have experience with every type of plumbing system and fixture. Call us the moment you need work to restore your kitchen’s valuable plumbing.

Some of the common kitchen repairs we do

  1. Unclogging sinks: This is the most frequent repair that kitchens need. Because a large amount of food and organic material goes down drains and garbage disposals in kitchens, it can easily lead to build-up that will cause slow drains and full clogs. If a sink plunger cannot solve the problem, it will need the attention of a professional plumber. Using equipment like hydro-jetters and motorized drain augers, skilled plumbers can rapidly clear out even the most serious clogs without causing any damage to your drain pipes (which chemical cleaners can cause).
  2. Repairing leaking pipes: Leaks in your kitchen plumbing are more obvious than the ones that can occur in pipes hidden elsewhere in the house. When leaks in the pipes under sinks start to gush water across your kitchen floor, you can’t afford to wait for plumbing repairs (or make attempts to fix the problem on your own). Professionals will find where the leak is coming from and then reattach, re-seal, or replace the pipe that is causing the problem.
  3. Fixing broken dishwashers: Dishwashers use an enormous amount of water when they operate, and if the one in your home starts to send water into the kitchen, you need to have plumber investigate immediately to see what is wrong.

The plumbing team at Lanz Heating & Cooling offers quality plumbing repair in Danville, IL that can handle all types of problems with kitchen plumbing, large or small. We bring top-quality training and the best equipment to any job we do.

Consider a Heat Pump for Your Air Conditioning Replacement

August 6th, 2014

Most air conditioners are switched off during the heating season, but a heat pump is no ordinary cooling system. A heat pump is an efficient cooling and heating system that saves energy by moving heat from one area to another rather than creating heat. If you need air conditioning replacement in Rantoul, IL, a heat pump may be your best option for keeping comfortable while lowering energy costs.

How a Heat Pump Works

Air conditioners work by using refrigerant to remove heat from your home. Refrigerant is a chemical blend that easily changes from a gas to a liquid and back again. Refrigerant absorbs heat from your home at the indoor evaporator coil, where it changes from a liquid to a gas. Outside, the refrigerant condenses into a liquid and releases heat at the condenser coil. This process repeats until your home reaches the desired temperature.

The key difference between a standard air conditioning system and a heat pump is the reversing valve. The heat pump’s reversing valve is a component that actually allows refrigerant to reverse and flow in the opposite direction. While most air conditioners only release heat outdoors, heat pumps can remove heat from the outside air and move it indoors instead.

The Benefits of Heat Pumps

Many homeowners enjoy the heat pump’s ability to both cool and heat a home. While, at certain temperatures, you may need an alternate source of heating for backup, switching back and forth between the heat pump and a furnace can save a lot of energy and reduce the amount of pollutants released into the air.

In fact, heat pumps are efficient in many ways. First, these systems don’t use natural gas, which means they have a lower environmental impact than most systems. They also usually have a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio), ensuring energy efficiency during the cooling season, and a high HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) for efficient heating.

A high-efficiency heat pump may be the perfect choice for your new AC installation. To talk to a professional about your options for air conditioning in Rantoul, IL, call Lanz Heating & Cooling today!

Is It Too Late in the Season for Air Conditioning Installation?

July 31st, 2014

The last third of summer is coming up on us, and as “Back to School” sales begin to appear in stores, people’s thoughts will turn toward the change in seasons and the approaching cooler weather. If you have an air conditioning system that is acting up or seems close to its final retirement, you might hesitate about scheduling new AC installation. Perhaps you should wait until spring, the time when you usually start to think about preparing your air conditioner for another hot season.

However, it is never too later in the year for a new AC. In fact, there’s actually never a bad time in the year to have air conditioning installation in Mahomet, IL: you will need an AC eventually anyway, so have the installation work done sooner rather than later.

For fast AC service to help you enjoy the rest of summer in comfort, call Lanz Heating & Cooling today. We offer free estimates for new installations.

A Few Things to Consider Regarding New Installation

If you have an air conditioner that is working poorly, you should not continue to use it, no matter the time of year. Every minute it remains on will contribute to power waste and higher bills. The system could also break down abruptly during the end of summer and leave you stuck on a muggy August day with no cooling at all. It’s better to plan out a new installation rather than allow an emergency breakdown to dictate when it had to be done.

Weather is unpredictable. The fall will still contain some warm days that will require an AC to keep your home comfortable, so it’s never a bad idea to have a late summer replacement of an air conditioning system. A new AC will give you peace of mind that you’ll be ready for when the thermometer suddenly starts to rise.

If other people are hesitant about having AC installation during this time of year, it will make it easier for you to schedule the work since technicians will not be as busy with installation work as they are in spring and early summer. Take advantage of the slowdown as the season transition approaches.

You have numerous options for air conditioning installation in Mahomet, IL that will improve over your current AC. Call Lanz Heating & Cooling today and find out more about the possibilities if you decide to have your ailing cooling system replaced. We are now into our second decade of providing quality air conditioning services to all of Champaign County.

3 Things about Air Conditioning that Often Confuse People

July 25th, 2014

Air conditioning has been around for over 100 years and has been in homes since the 1920s. Since air conditioners have been in our homes and buildings for so long, we rarely think about how these systems actually work. While many misconceptions are harmless, some may actually reduce the efficiency of the AC and cause homeowners some discomfort. Here is a list of three things about air conditioning that often confuse people.

  • Air conditioning systems do not create cool air. Many people who are not air conditioning specialists may believe that their AC systems actually produce cool air. Since you can feel cool air coming through the vents of you home, you may think that it is created by the AC, but that assumption isn’t quite true. Actually, air conditioners cool the air in your home by removing heat. Refrigerant is a chemical that easily changes from a gas to a liquid and back again as it cycles through the indoor and outdoor units of your system. As refrigerant changes from a liquid to a gas at the indoor evaporator coil, it absorbs heat from the air. As it moves to the condenser unit, it transfers this heat outdoors.
  • Lowering the temperature will not cool your home faster. On a hot day, you may not want to wait for your air conditioner to complete the refrigeration cycle and reach the desired temperature. But contrary to popular belief, lowering the temperature of your AC will not cool your home any faster. Your air conditioner runs at a set speed, and will stop as soon as it hits the desired temperature. Setting the temperature lower will only cost you extra on your energy bills.
  • Fans do not cool air. Fans alone cannot cool the air in your home. Instead, fans circulate the air so that it feels cooler against your skin. However, if you run the fan in the afternoon and nobody is home, you only waste energy.

If you need air conditioning maintenance, repairs, or installation, or if you’d like to know more about the services provided for air conditioning in Rantoul, IL, technicians are standing by. Call Lanz Heating & Cooling today!

How to Lower Your Air Conditioning Costs

July 18th, 2014

Many people think that the only way to keep air conditioning costs low is to turn the system off completely. But there are many other ways to stay cool and get the most efficiency possible out of your AC this summer. If you’re worried about air conditioning costs, try some of these money-saving tips.

  • Clean or Replace Filters: You should replace the air filter in your AC system about once every month. Dirty air filters can restrict airflow, which interferes with both performance and efficiency.
  • Regular Maintenance: One way to restore efficiency to your system is with an annual maintenance visit by a professional technician. During maintenance, a technician will clean and adjust some of the components of your system and inspect for any repair needs you may have. Systems that receive regular tune-ups tend to maintain a much higher percentage of their energy efficiency than those that do not.
  • A Programmable Thermostat: If you upgrade to a programmable thermostat, you won’t have to worry about wasting money leaving the air conditioner on all day just so that you will be greeted by cool air when you arrive home. Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature throughout the day to save money at peak hours.
  • Know When to Replace: Sometimes, upgrades and maintenance aren’t enough to make your system more efficient. If you have an older system, the parts may be too worn out to provide efficient cooling, and air conditioning replacement is sometimes necessary. A system that is over ten years old may have a high risk of sudden breakdowns, and replacement may be the best option in this case.
  • Choose an Energy-Efficient System: If you decide it’s time for replacement, check the EnergyGuide label to decide if your system will help you save money every month. This guide displays an air conditioner’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), as well as the ENERGY STAR label, if applicable. Air conditioners must have a SEER of 13 to be sold in the United States. To receive the ENERGY STAR label, systems must have at least a 14.5 SEER and meet other qualifications as well. A higher SEER indicates a more efficient system.

Lanz Heating & Cooling offers professional air conditioning services in Danville, IL. For maintenance, upgrades, and more, call us today!

Why You Need a Specialist for Commercial Air Conditioning Repair

July 10th, 2014

During the summer, a business that cannot properly cool down its workspace risks losing money from inefficient, unhappy workers and/or displeased and uncomfortable clients, customers, and tenants. If the air conditioning in your commercial building starts to show signs of a malfunction, you must call for repairs right away from technician trained in commercial HVAC systems.

Don’t consider call just any repair service: you need to have specialists familiar with commercial work to handle this job. For quality commercial air conditioning service in Fisher, IL, make the call to Lanz Heating & Cooling. We have repair technicians who can tackle your faulty AC any time of the day or night.

The Reasons to Rely on Commercial Specialists for AC Repairs

  • Commercial systems are vastly different from residential systems: The differences between commercial and residential HVAC goes beyond just the relative size of the systems. Commercial air conditioning is usually configured as packaged units (rare for homes) and are modular so they can expand their cooling load. Commercial air conditioning also relies on complex networks of thermostats and zone control dampers in the ventilation that requires special training and experience to handle. A technician who only knows home ACs will have little idea how to treat the specifics of cooling a business.
  • They understand the comfort requirements of businesses: A skilled commercial HVAC repair technician will not only grasp the mechanics of air conditioning, but also the way that commercial spaces need to be cooled. An AC for a business must take care of the comfort needs of multiple people and also account for the large amount of heat generated from computers, appliances, and machinery. Finding the right balance with air conditioning in a workspace is difficult, so the repair job for commercial ACs should be left to people with experience dealing with these situations.
  • They know how to work as unobtrusively as possible: An experienced repair technician who knows his or her way around commercial systems will also know how to treat your business and its employees and customers with respect. The technician will make sure to leave the work areas around the air conditioning system as clean and protected as possible, and also limit the amount of disruptions the work will cause. You will probably not even know the technician was there—until your air conditioner roars back to life.

At Lanz Heating & Cooling, we know how important running your business is to you. That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency service from highly trained professional technicians. They have the skills necessary to restore your cooling to keep your employees and customers content—without causing you additional headaches. Contact us for all your needs for commercial air conditioning in Fisher, IL.

Denmark Also Celebrates the Fourth of July

July 4th, 2014

Maybe an elementary school teacher tried to trip you up with this test question: “Do other countries have a Fourth of July?” If the teacher had phrased the question as, “Do other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?” you would be less likely to slip up and answer “no.”

Except… and your teacher probably didn’t know this at the time… there is another country that celebrates the Fourth of July. They don’t celebrate a holiday that happens to fall on July 4 (there are quite a few of those spread across the globe), but they actually celebrate U.S. Independence Day.

That country is—Denmark.

Every July 4, in the Rebild Region in the north of Denmark, thousands of people gather in Rebild National Park to hold the largest Fourth of July celebration outside the U.S.A., an events known as Rebildfesten. This tradition has continued for over a hundred years now, starting in 1912. The origins of this unusual celebration is that in 1911 a ground of Danish Americans purchased the 140 acres of the parkland between the woods in Rold and the Lindenborg stream. The next year, they deeded the land to the Danish King and people of the country as a memorial to Danish Americans, under the condition that the place remain undeveloped, open to the public, and used to celebrate U.S. holidays. Today, the park also hosts a museum on the history of Danish immigrants to the U.S., housed inside a log cabin.

This display of solidarity with the U.S. is because of the country’s warm welcome of 300,000 Danish settlers who were among the earliest to migrate across the seas. The celebration continues as sign of the long friendship between the two nations.

Since its inception, the celebration has hosted famous speakers such as the members of the Danish royal family (the queen and princess both attended for the 100th anniversary), Walt Disney, Keith Carradine, and Richard Chamberlain. The festivities actually start two days earlier, but on the fourth is when the major parade is held (which marches over 3 miles from the train station) and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra performs a selections of music from both countries.

Although we doubt you will be celebrating your Fourth of July in Denmark this year, we at Lanz Heating & Cooling hope you have a fantastic Independence Day.

Repair or Replace: How to Treat Your Older Air Conditioner

June 27th, 2014

If your home has an older air conditioner, treat it well. But when the time comes for a costly air conditioning repair in Danville, IL, how does one know whether it is worth fixing, or whether replacement is a better option?

This is a big decision for your home and your budget. The best person to talk to is a qualified AC technician who can inspect your system and help you decide if a new system is likely to save you more money over time. However, there are some signs to look for when deciding whether to repair or replace your older air conditioner.

Repair

Often, all you need to get your system back in working order is a repair. If your system is less than ten years old, a repair is probably the best option. Your system may actually last much longer when you clean or replace the air filters regularly, and schedule yearly maintenance. Repairs are a normal part of owning an air conditioner, so even if you have had several repairs in the last few years, it may not mean you need to replace your system.

Replace

However, an AC that needs frequent, costly repairs may not be worth repairing. You shouldn’t try to fix a component that will only fail again soon. A technician can give you more accurate information regarding your specific situation, but you may consider replacing your AC system if:

  • You have spent a lot of money on repairs in the last couple of years.
  • Your energy bills have increased over the years, even with regular maintenance.
  • You would like to reduce your energy consumption with a newer, more energy-efficient system.
  • A qualified technician warns that a repair is unlikely to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently for much longer.

Today, there are many high-performance, energy-efficient air conditioning options for your home. Although replacing your old system may seem expensive, what you save on repairs and your monthly bills in the long term can more than make up for this one-time cost.

For excellent service, call Lanz Heating & Cooling for air conditioning repair in Danville, IL.

3 Things You Need to Know about Geothermal Cooling

June 20th, 2014

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.

3. 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.

What is the Condensate Pan?

June 13th, 2014

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 teat 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 how you what we can do!