2014 Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show

Today starts the 41st year of The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show!  We’re excited to be involved in yet another year of this great Fort Wayne expo!  Come out and visit us at booth #358 today through Sunday (March 2).  We look forward to seeing you there!

Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show

Thursday, February 27 – Sunday, March 2, 2014

With over 650 exhibits it is the largest Home and Garden Show in the Tri-State area.  It is much more than your average Home Show, we offer fun for the WHOLE Family.

For more information, visit the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show website.

Thursday & Friday: 11-9

Saturday: 10-9

Sunday: 11-5

If you’re in need of some HVAC or Plumbing assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

What’s Your Energy Usage?

With one of the coldest winters on record, we can almost bet that your energy bills have been quite a bit higher than normal.  Granted, we know it’s the winter season…but has your heat ever been cranked up this high?

Did you know that www.energystar.gov has a website that helps you to determine your homes energy usage? This website also helps you determine how your home measures up on energy usage compared to the homes in your neighborhood.

You can find out this useful information by answering just a few questions:

  • Zip Code
  • Your Home’s Square Footage
  • Those Occupying Your Home
  • Different Fuel Usage in Your Home
  • Your Last 12 Months Utility Bills

Check out the website here!

If you’re in need of some HVAC or Plumbing assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Leaky Toilets

Are you aware of how much money you could be “flushing down the toilet” due to an actual leaky toilet?  We came across a perfect article on the DIY Network website (diynetwork.com) that helps you stop your running toilet.

Check out the article here: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-stop-a-running-toilet/index.html. If you’re experience greater problems regarding your toilets or your plumbing in general, call Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning. 

If you’re in need of some assistance or have questions regarding service-call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Vote Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning!

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Every year Fort Wayne Newspapers holds a contest to highlight the best of the best in the city.  The Fort Wayne Readers’ Choice consists of hundreds of businesses in several different categories. This year, Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning is nominated!

Since 1978, Poorman’s has been recognized for our quality of service throughout the Greater Fort Wayne area. If you’ve been satisfied with your Poorman’s service, we’re asking our faithful patrons to help vote for us as the best ‘Home Heating and Cooling’ company in Fort Wayne.

Voting takes place until July 29, 2013. You can vote on FortWayne.com or the direct web address here.

Thank-you in advance! We appreciate your business and your vote.

If you’re in need of some assistance or have questions regarding service call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Special Financing-Poorman’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Is your home currently in need of some repairs? Of course it seems as though our most relied on systems and machines tend to break down when our budget is tight. Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning now offers financing options for those looking to make repairs on their home. Here’s how:

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Wells Fargo now has a Home Projects Visa card that helps you pay for your projects while providing your with several benefits throughout the year.  Exclusive benefits include:

  • Special promotional offers where available
  • Open line of credit for all your purchasing needs
  • Quick credit decision
  • Convenient monthly payments
  • Easy online account management

With approved credit you could be well on your way to a new and improved home. Starting your home project can be as easy as applying for this credit card program online.  Plus, you’re not forced to wait to see if you’re approved.  You can be evaluated in as little as minutes.

Visit the Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning Finance page to get started: https://retailservices.wellsfargo.com/retailprivatelabel/initApp.do?m=0024090508

If you’re in need of some assistance or have questions regarding your financing, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Sump Pump/Plumbing Issues

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Two weeks ago the Fort Wayne area witnessed five-six inches of rain falling within a matter of hours.  Since then we’ve had non-stop service calls in order to help fix the flooding and plumbing issues around town.  It’s important to be prepared when instances such as massive flooding occur unexpected.

As mechanical things go, we don’t often think about the sump pump. Sump pump reside in the basement and that’s a place that we often don’t frequent. If you think about it, your sump pump is one of the hardest working appliances you own.

A submersible sump pump drains your water year round, but when a rainstorm hits the water pump works extra hard at keeping your basement from flooding. Most homes have sump pumps to aid in basement drainage. Getting familiar with your sump pump can be the first step to avoiding flood damage.  Here are a few tips:

  • Sump pumps normally have a life expectancy of ten years. The sump pump switch is often the reason for failure.
  • Check your pump a couple times a year in order to prevent an issue with flooding.  Pour water into the pit until the pump cycles.  If the water collects and fails to cycle, have your pump changed as soon as possible.  If your sump pump fails during a rain storm that means that thousands of gallons of water back up into your basement.
  • If you basement does in fact flood, your other appliances will need replacing.  Water damage to your furnace, water heart and other electrical systems will malfunction and could cause significantly more damage.
  • A back-up sump pump can be a wise idea just on the rare case that your original sump pump fails.

If you’re in need of some assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7. Poorman’s also specializes in geothermal systems, call for an estimate.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Washable Air Filters

Air filters keep your HVAC units working efficiently and safely. This is done by trapping particles like pollen and dust particles that would otherwise be spread throughout your home through the air vents.

Although there are plenty of choices when it comes to choosing an air filter, some options are better than others.

There’s the option to purchase a disposable air filter, which allows you to replace the filter on a regular basis or when the filter is no longer clean enough to function. There’s also the option for a washable air filter, but this style of air filter is a poor choice for you to buy.

Good Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Choose A Washable Filter:

  • The performance is poor. The performance for an air filter is based on a MERV rating. The ratings can range from a 1-16. However, a washable air filter typically has a MERV rating of  1 to 4. This means that although a washable filter may collect bigger particles (dust) smaller particles like pet dander, cigar smoke or hair spray manage to escape the filtering process.  This means loose particles are freelancing around your home.
  • They’re needy. Washable air filters require more maintenance than any other. Although the thought of washing your filter and returning it to your HVAC unit sounds fairly simple…you mustn’t forget that the water your filter was scrubbed and rinsed in is not to be dumped at random. This is because that water was exposed to bacteria, it’s considered a wastewater hazard and should be disposed of appropriately. Who has extra time for that? Also, if you fail to return the filter before it is completely dry, fungus can grow on your filter and spread it throughout your home.
  • They cost more. Even if you buy just one at a time, each washable air filter costs more than an equivalent disposable filter (which may do a better job in your home than the washable one).

If you’re in need of some assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7. Poorman’s specializes in heating systems, air conditioning units, plumbing services, geothermal and indoor air quality.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Heating Problems- Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Uh-oh! Did you forget to schedule your furnace maintenance this past fall? You may be forgiven for the time being, but that is only until your heating system decides to stop working. (And Indiana winters are not very forgiving!) Don’t wait until your house drops to a chilly 50 degrees, try your best to schedule an appointment at least once a year. Remember, it’s important to get your system checked annually due to some simple fixes that will help keep you warm all winter long.

Regular maintenance check ups help you avoid common furnace repairs such as:

  • Problems with the Thermostat. Yes, it could really be as simple as changing the batteries. The thermostat really works as the brains of your heating system. Unfortunately, more times than not a thermostat is often the culprit when your system malfunctions. But thankfully, a quick fix also tends to be a fairly inexpensive fix as well.
  • Dirty Filters. (Achoo!) Cleaning or replacing an the filter is easy, but it’s also very important. Filters should be inspected regularly to ensure they’re working to their full potential. Clogged filters impair the system’s airflow reducing the efficiency. This could take a toll on your allergies too, be careful!
  • Pilot Light Failure. Intermittent ignition can cause your system to heat unevenly or in worst cases not at all! If your heating system has a pilot light, your system’s approximately 25 years and is at the end of its lifecycle. At this point, you might want to look into a replacement heating system.

The most common repairs are often the most avoidable. Try and remember to scheduled a maintenance appointment to avoid an inner-home deep freeze later. Contact us at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning and set up an appointment.We also provide 24 hour service for those heating, cooling and plumbing emergencies!

Air Duct Odor-Pooman’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Winter is upon us and cranking up the heat in your home is almost inevitable…unless you’re living in the southern most states, which even those lucky ones have had an interesting ‘winter’ thus far. When you were forced to turn on your central heating system this year, did you experience an interesting odor that came along with the nice warmth coming from your vents?

This odor can sometimes be caused by collection of dust in duct work caused by the lack of use of the furnace during the off season.  Don’t panic just yet, but if the odor tends to continue for an extended period of time, make sure your furnace filter is cleaned. Ensuring that your furnace has a clean and functioning filter is imperative. A dirty filter can cause odor, build up and overheating. An overworked filter could create a serious fire hazard for your home.

If your filter is regularly changed the second step is to check your sewer lines for leaks. Leaks in your sewer lines can mean that methane gas is leaking into your air intake causing your ducts to release this harmful gas. Call a professional to come out and inspect this immediately.

If you’re lucky enough to have avoided a sewer line leak, next make sure to inspect all the ducts connected to your system. There is a possibility that a gap has been created between your duct work. Any unpleasant odors may find their way into the duct system and thus into the house as the blower pushes the smell out through the vents. Your duct system can be inspected and replaced to help eliminate the odor and faulty duct work.

If you’re in need of some assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7. Poorman’s specializes in heating systems, air conditioning units, plumbing services, geothermal and indoor air quality.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!

Preventing Frozen Water Pipes

WIth the cold weather and snow fall quickly approaching, it’s time to get your home winterized before it’s too late.  I’m sure you’ve already made your annual HVAC maintenance appointment with Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning, but what about the easily preventable winterization you can do on your own?  No service fee required!

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The biggest worries but also misconceptions sprout from your water pipes.  Water pipes freezing during the winter months can cause more than just a seasonable headache.  Frozen pipes that burst can cause thousands of dollars in damage in your walls, ceilings, and pipes themselves.

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Doityourself.com has a very informative article devoted solely to freezing pipe prevention.  These prevention tips are especially helpful for those who decide to migrate south for the winter or for those who have a beautiful lake cottage up north.  Having more than one residence can make the home maintenance more difficult to keep track of.  Read this article to better prepare yourself and hopefully prevent a potential frozen tundra in your own home.

Check out the doityourself.com article here! Stopping Pipes from Freezing.

If you’re in need of some assistance, call the experts at Poorman’s Heating and Air Conditioning (260.422.3534).  Emergency services are available 24/7. Poorman’sspecializes in heating systems, air conditioning units, plumbing services, geothermal and indoor air quality.  You won’t be disappointed with Poorman’s quick response and affordable, outstanding service. Don’t forget to check out Poorman’s Facebook page! “Like” us!