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Awkward and Overworked: The Story of the Dinosaur Furnace

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

We see them every winter, true legends of Brown County, dinosaur furnaces. Aggressive energy hogs with large footprints dwelling in the dark cool caves all around us. There are many dinosaur furnaces in Green Bay, De Pere, and throughout the area. Not until we rid the streets of these dinosaurs will energy efficiency and money savings have room to grow.

Most modern furnaces fall into three categories:

Standard Efficiency
55% – 70% AFUE rating
Functional and economical
Energy efficient pilot light

Medium Efficiency
80% – 83% AFUE rating
Energy efficient motors
Variable speed motors
High Efficiency
93% – 98.5% AFUE rating
Safer, two vent pipe system
Variable speed motors

And then there are…
Dinosaur Furnaces
55% – 70% AFUE rating
Continuous pilot light
Heavy duty heat exchanger

They’ve Paid For Themselves Already

25 years of service life is not uncommon from a properly maintained furnace. Green Bay produces very rough winters and these units are run hard. Dinosaur furnaces have paid their dues, been ran through their paces, and often times given it all. It may be time for a furnace replacement.

This is a dinosaur furnace that, while it still runs, is inefficient and old. Below is an example of a new furnace and air conditioner that can help you save energy on your energy bill.

Energy Efficient Upgrades and Furnace Rebates:

Regional, state, and federal rebates are available for homeowners looking to replace their furnace. At Robinson, we work together with HVAC manufacturers to be sure that our customers get the most for their hard-earned dollar.

Our team is also aware of various government rebates and incentives and will help you get the most bang for your buck no matter what system you choose.
Though built tough and strong, it’s time to retire these furnaces. It’s time to embrace the cost savings, energy efficiency, and true convenience of today’s furnaces and air conditioning systems.

Robinson Heating and Cooling has ample experience replacing, maintaining, and repairing the dinosaur furnaces of Brown County. At the call of our customers we will continue to put our honest natured, experienced, and kind service technicians to work for you. In some cases, we’ve nearly rebuilt furnaces from the ground up over time. Another option, however, is to replace old furnaces. Today’s furnaces are state of the art and truly valuable machines no matter what price point you choose.

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Quieter Furnace

Homeowners’ Guide to a Quieter Furnace

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

Old furnaces like the one above are more likely to be noisier and more prone to failures

Wisconsin’s climate forces homeowners to test the limits of a furnace. Furnace wear and tear from heavy usage is a main reason why a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system may be too loud. Use this guide to help find what can be done to reduce furnace noise. We also cover a few considerations for replacing your home’s furnace with a quieter model.

Furnace Replacement: Choosing a Quieter Furnace.

A furnace will likely last 15+ years. Like anything else, the furnace will last longer if preventative maintenance is performed regularly. When replacing your furnace, there are a few options to consider if quietness is a priority.

Two-Stage Furnaces:

Two-stage (aka multi speed or variable speed) furnaces offer a distinct advantage for noise reduction. These furnaces have two speeds to meet the demands for heating the home. Multi-speed furnaces have the equivalent to a low and high setting with the low speed being much quieter.

Sealed Combustion Furnaces:

Combustion inside a furnace can be noisy. To keep the noise down, some manufacturers offer a sealed combustion option for noise reduction. Sealed combustion furnaces do a great job to lower the noise level when the furnace is running.

Type of Burner:

If quietness is important, consider the furnace burner type. In-shot burners, for example, sound somewhat like a jet-engine when the furnace is on. Fine for a basement or insulated utility closet, but not next to the bedroom.

Ductwork could be causing your noise problems.

Furnace Repair: Loud Furnace Noises Can be Dangerous.

For your safety, the safety of your property and of your family, be sure to have any uncommon noises coming from the furnace professionally inspected. The piece of mind will be well worth the cost of a diagnostic. And remember, if you hear a metal-on-metal or screeching sound, have the furnace repaired immediately!

HVAC Ductwork: Your Home’s Ductwork May be the Culprit.

There is absolutely no substitute for having the correct size furnace in your home. At Robinson Heating and Cooling, we go to great lengths to ensure that our furnace replacement is an exact match for your home. Many times, the noise from your HVAC system is caused by too much air being forced through the duct work.

It’s a reasonable assumption that the furnace and ductwork in your home were designed to work together. If a new furnace forces more air than the original ductwork was designed to receive, the result can be an overbearingly loud sound. Noise also may come from ductwork that needs attention. Robinson Heating and Cooling can remedy both of these situations.

Choosing the right furnace for your home could help you rest easy at night!

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

You Can Count on Robinson

When Quality Counts, Count on Robinson Heating and Cooling

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

Our business is built around customer service, reliability, and integrity. At Robinson, we are proud to serve some of the country’s hardest working men and women with our fair pricing and honest value.

We at Robinson Heating and Cooling guarantee that you will be satisfied with our service or we will make it right.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Robinson Heating and Cooling is committed to providing the highest level of service and installation in the Green Bay area. We want your service experience to be one of the best service experiences you have ever had. That’s why we offer you the Robinson Rest EZ™ 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

12-Month Product Installation Guarantee:

If you are not completely satisfied with your installation (IE furnace replacement or air conditioner installation), we will promptly work to address the concern. We will work to correct issues regarding material or workmanship until you are completely satisfied. The concern we will address must be in regards to the specific installation we were contacted about originally.

12-Month Service Work Guarantee:

If you are not completely satisfied with our service work (IE air conditioner repair or furnace repair), we will promptly address the trouble area. We will work to correct the issues regarding the service work and make sure that you are completely satisfied. Once again, the concern we will address must be in regards to the specific service we were contacted about originally.

Our team after a Heat U.P. Wisconsin event (left and right) and the recipient of the furnace (center).

Active in the Community.

At Robinson, we support local causes, schools, and sporting events. We also participate in the Heat U.P Wisconsin. Initiative. Our heating and cooling replacement technicians go to the home of a deserving candidate in our community and donate time and expertise to install a furnace at the home! It’s our way of saying “thank you.”

Participation in community events is important to our team. If you see our booth, come say hello!

Honesty, Reliability, and Integrity.

Robinson Heating and Cooling continues to actively support the hard-working individuals in and around Green Bay Wisconsin. Our employees are as honest and dependable as they come. We continue on with the same core principles that have kept us in business since 1975. Our business is built on honesty, reliability and integrity. You can bet that we’ll stand behind our work 100%.

Our technicians are well trained and experienced.

Quality Counts!

Central heating and cooling systems are truly intricate machines. Robinson Heating and Cooling’s technicians are well-trained and tenured. We’re a reliable and honest bunch of professionals who are passionate about our work. We’ll help you determine what you do and don’t need and we’ll make sure that your family is taken care of. When it comes to character and craftsmanship, quality counts!