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Frasier’s Team Introduces Rhinelander Kids to a Career in the Trades

Frasier's Technician at Careers On Wheels

This morning, a few members of the Frasier’s team volunteered for our annual visit to Rhinelander Central School’s “Careers on Wheels Day”!

We got to talk with students about what a career in the trades is like – and why every kid should consider work in the trades!  A few hundred children came through to talk with and ask questions of Kyle and Brad over the course of the morning.

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It is National “Fix a Leak Week”!

Fix a Leak Weak Image Say what you will about the EPA, we can all agree that water leaks are BAD.

This week (March 13-19) is the EPA’s WaterSense “National Fix A Leak Week”, and that is an idea that us experienced plumbers and heating repair techs can get behind – especially with the water problems we find in our Rhinelander, Eagle River and Wausau Wisconsin service areas.

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Your Boiler’s Dirty Secret

One of our technicians recently went on a call to inspect an older boiler in a local Rhinelander home.  What he found inside was just plain gross to look at, and dangerous for the home.

Look at what he found inside:

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Dirty Heating

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It started like any other furnace inspection…

We had received a call for setting up a furnace inspection as part of our Nicolet Welcome Wagon promotion.  One of our certified heating technicians here at Frasier’s, was dispatched to provide the new homeowner with a comprehensive inspection.  As he does with every furnace and boiler inspection, he pulled open the housing to take a look inside.

…and had to stop right then and there because of what he saw.

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Why Air Conditioning Costs so Much

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A friend of mine from out of state just bought their first home air conditioning system this last week.  They were excited to share with me how much more comfortable their home is now and how cheap it would be to run every summer.  Excited for them, and being his “expert friend” in such areas, I asked what kind of maintenance plan they had said up for their new system.

 

“What do you mean, ‘maintenance plan’?”

 

Oh boy…

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The Pontoon Water Heater


 Well, this was interesting…

water heater on a pontoon

The Northwoods of Wisconsin is a unique place to do business.  We mentioned last week that in our early years, it was was not uncommon to take plumbing supplies to a job site via boat.

Well, it turns out, sometimes we still have to do that.

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A Blast from the Past

This week, we had the rare opportunity to finally meet a family fundamental in our company and family’s past.

Since our founding by George Frasier in 1918, our family has had the privilege of working with many other Northwoods families and companies that have been and still are cornerstones of the Rhinelander community.  The nature of what we do (plumbing, heating & cooling services) has given us the opportunity to work with some families for generations.

A reunion half a century in the making:  Phil Frasier (right) with the 3rd and 4th generations of the Abel family - Ryan, Ed & Jim.

A reunion half a century in the making: Frasier’s owner Phil Frasier (right) with the 3rd and 4th generations of the Abel family – Ryan, Ed & Jim.

The Abels were one such family, and the story goes back nearly 100 years.

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Sweaty Nights – The Problem of Summer Humidity

summer humidity is a killer

You may have noticed,

that over the last few weeks, the evenings have become more humid. Much more humid.

Take Rhinelander’s 10 day weather outlook for example:

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It’s Cooling Time!

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Finally – Warm Weather!

Today, it is pretty warm out, and we’re expecting more heat tomorrow.  Every year, around the middle to end of May, we know that the summer heat will start to set in here in the Rhinelander area.  It’s also the time of year that we start to receive a lot of calls for air conditioning repair.  Is your air conditioner not cooling your home fast enough?

You are not alone, and one common reason will probably gross you out.  Badly.

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3 Spring Cleaning Steps You Probably Skipped

3 spring cleaning tips

Every spring in the Northwoods, it’s the same story.

It’s cold. Then it’s warm. Then it’s cold again. Then it heats up but rains. Then it’s muddy and cold.

And then, we get a week like this one – PLEASANT!

Pleasant weather means one thing for many of us: Spring Cleaning.

For those of us who relish the weekend overhauling of our homes, there might be a surprise in 3 vital areas we typically miss.
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