Furnaces Articles

How Can I Make My Furnace Last Longer?

January 30, 2024
How Can I Make My Furnace Last Longer? Man checking unit.

The average furnace lasts between 10 and 15 years. But did you know you can take steps to make it last longer? There is no shortcut or hack to increase your furnace’s longevity. 

In reality, the key is treating your Paw Paw system with care and respect. With just a small amount of time and energy, you can ensure your furnace will live well beyond its warranty.

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How to Lower Your Winter Heating Bill

January 15, 2024
How to Lower Your Winter Heating Bill. Children laughing jumping and hugging their grandfather.

Wintertime is here. That means your family will be spending more time indoors to stay warm.

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How Can I Lower My Heating Bill This Winter?

November 30, 2023
How Can I Lower My Heating Bill This Winter? A winter blizzard rages outside the back yard bay window where this small, serene potted plant garden grows and blooms oblivious to the season.

Are you anticipating a higher heating bill this winter? Here in Coloma, temperatures can get pretty low. The only way to ensure you remain perfectly comfortable inside your Michigan home is by cranking up the heat.

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Why Do I Need a Humidifier In the Fall?

November 15, 2023
Happy grandmother is hugging granddaughter in cozy home kitchen. Family is cooking together. Senior woman and cute little child girl are smiling. Kid is enjoying kindness, warm hands, care, support.

If you’re concerned about the humidity change and want to enhance your comfort inside your Lawrence home, installing a humidifier is an excellent option.

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What’s That Smell Coming From My Furnace?

October 31, 2023
What’s That Smell Coming From My Furnace? Worried senior smartphone user getting bad, concerning news message, holding mobile phone, looking away, feeling stressed, anxious, thinking over problems, sms answer.

If your furnace is producing a strange smell, you should always treat it with caution. While the cause for the odor may be benign, it could just as easily be harmful to inhale. When in doubt, always open windows to ensure ventilation, and evacuate your Coloma home.

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Schedule Your Annual Furnace Inspection Now

October 18, 2023
Schedule Your Annual Furnace Inspection Now - Handsome African American construction foreman or building contractor stands in front of home that is being built for charity. Volunteers are working on the home in the background. He hsi wearing a hard hat, safety glasses and volunteer t-shirt.

What’s at the top of your fall to-do list? Make sure it is your furnace. 

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How Can I Lower My Heating Bill This Winter?

September 19, 2023
How Can I Lower My Heating Bill This Winter? - A winter blizzard rages outside the back yard bay window where this small, serene potted plant garden grows and blooms oblivious to the season. A similar is available in vertical/portrait orientation.

Are you anticipating a higher heating bill this winter?

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What Are Signs I Need a New Furnace?

March 15, 2023
What Are Signs I Need a New Furnace?

A furnace is a major investment for any Coloma homeowner. Although it’s not something that will need to be done frequently, most people will face the decision of needing to purchase a new heating system sometime during home ownership.

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work? 

January 19, 2023
A furnace is tinkered. How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

On a frosty winter’s day here in Michigan, your gas furnace is hard at work, keeping your South Haven home warm and cozy.

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How Do I Keep My Heat During Extreme Cold Weather?

December 22, 2022
How Do I Keep My Heat During Extreme Cold Weather? Image shows a person's feet resting on a window sill with a cup of hot drink.

We receive countless calls every time the temperatures drop below normal ranges, as homeowners here in Lawrence encounter problems with their home’s heating system. With the record-low temperatures and extreme conditions most of the country is currently experiencing, our Field Plumbing & Heating professionals want to share some insights and tips with you to keep your indoors cozy while Old Man Winter blusters away outdoors.

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating My Entire Home?

December 16, 2022
A woman sits in front of a window with a cup. Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating My Entire Home?

If your furnace seems to be producing heat inconsistently around your Coloma home to you, you’re not alone.

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 What Are Furnace Filters?

November 21, 2022
A furnace filter. What Are Furnace Filters?

It’s crucial to take proper care of your furnace—it provides your Lawrence home with the heat you need to stay warm.

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How to Spot a Cracked Heat Exchanger

October 24, 2022
A person enjoys a drink in front of a window. How to Spot a Cracked Heat Exchanger.

We take the safety of our customers in Michigan very seriously. That’s why we want you to know how to spot a cracked heat exchanger.

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What Are the Different Types of Furnaces?

October 14, 2022
Image of a Furnace. What Are the Different Types of Furnaces?

This winter, you’re hoping to have a brand new furnace to keep you warm. But there are so many furnaces to choose from. You’re left wondering, which is the right one for your Lawrence home?

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5 Reasons to Schedule a Fall Furnace Clean and Check

September 30, 2022
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As the leaves change color here in Michigan, our team at Field Plumbing & Heating is preparing for an important time of the year—furnace inspection season. 

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7 Furnace Maintenance Tips

September 15, 2022
Vacuum suctioning dust out of floor register. 7 Furnace Maintenance Tips.

It’s understandable that maintenance tasks often fall by the wayside. Many Lawrence homeowners follow the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Everyone is busy and many seemingly more important priorities tend to creep up every month to consume time and money. 

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Listen to Your HVAC System

April 27, 2022
Listen to Your HVAC System

Think of your heating and cooling (HVAC) system components as the instruments in a quiet symphony. 

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How Do I Know I Have a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

February 21, 2022
How Do I Know I Have a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

Your helpful neighbor suggested the issue you are having with your gas furnace sounds like it could be due to a cracked heat exchanger. What is a heat exchanger? How can you tell if this is the issue? What should you do about it? 

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6 Ways Your Furnace Keeps You Safe

January 31, 2022
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Your fuel-burning furnace has a number of mechanisms allowing it to run safely and effectively. These features prevent fires and protect your indoor air quality (IAQ). They also work to prevent internal errors from damaging large portions of your furnace.

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What Is Short Cycling?

January 18, 2022
What is Short Cycling?

Short cycling is a term used in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) world to explain a situation where a furnace or air conditioner turns on and off too frequently. The “short cycle” is the period of time that your HVAC equipment is actually running, and the shorter this cycle, the harder your system needs to work. 

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What Does AFUE Mean?

December 31, 2021
What Does AFUE Mean?

While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an electric or gas- or oil-fired furnace’s efficiency is measured by its AFUE, or average fuel utilization efficiency. This standard measurement is given in percentages, letting you know how much of your fuel is actually used to heat your Michigan home and how much fuel is wasted.

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

November 30, 2021
Why is my furnace blowing cold air?

Did you finally turn your furnace on this winter only to have cold air blowing out of your vents? Or did your furnace stop working just when you started to need it most? There are a few reasons your furnace may be blowing cold air, and there a few things to check before you need to worry too much. 

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