Help Make A Dream Come True
It's really very simple. If you know someone who is in need of a new furnace but can't afford to pay for a replacement due to unfortunate circumstances, then tell us their story. We will choose a situation that we feel will most benefit from a new system and install a top of the line Trane Comfort System for them at no charge. This is up to a $12,000 value for someone who really needs a special gift!
Bob and Leslie, the owners for Precision Plumbing & Heating Systems, have been very fortunate to have been raised in Traverse City and to start a successful business here in the place that they love. THis is a way for them to give back to a great community, especially as we face another cold Michigan winter. It's all to easy to be comfortable in our homes at Thanksgiving and not think about those who are facing serious illnesses or overwhelming financial challenges. This gives us a chance to make a little difference.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
The following information is needed, either by mailing the information to us, or by filling our on online form at the bottom of this page.
- Your name and telephone number
- The nominee's name, telephone number, home address, mailing address if different
- What type of system do they currently have? Forced air furnace? Boiler? Fuel Oil? Heat Pump? Wood Stove? Other, please explain.
- Type of home; ranch, premanufactured, 2-story, condo, mobile home, farmhouse, bi-level, stick built, log home, etc.
- General Age of the home.
- Explain in detail their current heating situation
- Most importantly, please explain in a couple paragraphs about the nominee's situation and why they should be chosen.
Attn: Extreme Precision Make-Over
2829 Cass Road
Traverse City, MI 49684
or email information to: Precision@PrecisionTC.com
or fill out the online form below:
Entries must be postmarked, e-mailed, or submitted online by December 20, 2015.
Precision Plumbing & Heating will have sole discretion in choosing the home, and the system will be determined by appropriate application and in accordance to state and local codes.
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The Very Deserving Winners!
2015 Extreme Precision Make-Over
(To be chosen the end of 2015, send in your nominations today!)
2014 Exteme Precision Make-Over Winner
This year there was a family that stood out, not only because they had a direct open hole from their basement to the outside via their ductwork, but they unknowingly had birds fly into their furnace and basement through this hole and die in their heating ductwork and furnace potentially causing breathing and health issues that they were dealing with. On top of their lack of a running furnace and a rusted waterheater that only delivered a couple gallons of warm water, they faced challenges that no one should have to endure. A family with a child in elementary school, a mother who was laid off due to her employer selling the business and a father who on the cusp of starting a new career suffered a life altering stroke with long lasting complications.
This amazing family like so many of our winners was hesitant to even receive the help. When initially contacted about the furnace the mom was overwhelmed that we'd even consider them. She was clearly exhausted from doing her best to hold everything together. We were fortunate to have this family nominated by two sisters who knew the family through the elementary school where the son attends.
We also want to give a big Thank You to Flood Fighters who came in on the same day that we installed a new heating system and water heater and they cleaned up the mess that the birds had made in their basement as well as going above and beyond by giving the home a general overall cleaning.
We wish this family continued healing, strength and prosperity as you move ahead. We know that a working furnace and waterheater will help ease just one stressor in their lives, but we hope for a complete recovery for the dad as well so that he can once again play ball with his son.
Thank you again to all of you who nominated a special family! We couldn't do this without you!!!
(Below are pictures of the "before" and one of our technician and owner inspecting the new Trane furnace to be installed.)
2013 Extreme Precision Make-Over Winner!
This has been an extremely cold winter for everyone and especially for anyone who has an unreliable or non operational heating system! Our hearts go out to everyone and anyone who finds themselves in this situation! It was very difficult once again to choose our winner, however, we found a very deserving family in the Grand Traverse Area who's furnace and water heater were both installed over 30 years ago and were both on their "last legs". This retired couple was nominated by their son who said that they are always giving toothers and would never ask for anything like this. They watch their grandchildren daily while their children work and they do what ever it takes to get by, but on a limited income a new furnace and water heater are at the bottom of their priorities.
We were fortunate to be able to install a new high efficiency TRANE furnace and a new water heater to help them and their grandchildren stay warm during these cold days. They will hopefully find great peace of mind knowing that this investment in their home is one expense that they can check off their list as they enjoy watching their grandchildren grow. They can also enjoy sleeping much more comforably at night knowing that in the morning their home will be at the temperature that they set it at instead of a feet chilling 10 or 20 degrees colder than most people like it.
Thank you once again to everyone in Northern Michigan who nominated a friend, family member, or loved one for this gift of warmth. We couldn't do this without the help of everyone in our community bringing these wonderful families to our attention. We wish everyone a warm, safe and wonderful 2014!
2012 Extreme Precision Make-Over Winner!
Wow what an incredible family we had this year! Our winning family was very unique in that we chose a single mom of two boys with very special needs, both physically and mentally. Their heating system was very old and inefficient and she had been told that she shouldn't be using it as it was unsafe. However, with very limited funds she could hardly afford to repair it, let alone replace it. Once we began to realize the extent to which she dedicated her time to her children and that she would never ask for anything from anyone we knew that we had made a great choice. When we wanted to replace the duct system to improve the air flow to several rooms she insisted that we use that money for others in need as those rooms where "just fine".
We were fortunate to have Dave Webster Construction join us this year by offering to do whatever was needed at the home. When we found an old chase in the roof that was never sealed and allowing much hot air to escape they came in and repaired the roof.. As both boys are in wheelchairs, they also improved the access to the front door to help facilitate her in moving them in and out of her home. I can't express to you how much love is in this home, nor how blessed we felt to be able to help a family who would never ask for help, but would be first in line to help others.
Thank you to all who participated in nominating friends and family. A special thank you goes out to David Webster Construction for their contribution to improving the living situation for this great family. We wish everyone in Northern Michigan a warm and safe 2013!
2011 Extreme Precision Make-Over Winner!
We had the great honor of installing a complete Trane heating system as well as a new water heater for this year's Extreme Precision Make-Over Winning family! The family has hit very hard times between lack of income and health issues. We found a very unsafe and barely working very inefficient 30+ year old furnace located about 15 feet away from the master bed and a water heater that was the same age in the same condition. With certain carbon monoxide issues for this family a replacement of their system could mean the difference between life and death. With the water heater being provided by Ferguson Enterprises and the equipment by Trane, we were able to install a highly efficient new system for this beautiful family. When we arrived to do the installation they were both surprised and overwhelmed and I could see by the look of extreme gratitude on the mom's face that we had made the right choice. We wish this sweet family a bright and beautiful future as you raise your children in a home without the worry of a furnace breaking down anymore.
We struggle every year to narrow it down to just one winner and we thank everyone who participated by submitting the many nominations once again this year. We look forward to being able to do this again in 2012 and are accepting nominations for the upcoming winter season. Thank you again to our great Northern Michigan neighbors for getting actively involved in this gift of warmth!
2010 Extreme Precision Make-Over Winners!
This year proved to be no less difficult to choose a deserving family. We had so many families in need due to both the economy and a string of unfortunate situations. However, the Shumar's stood out. They have a new baby girl who was born with issues that have caused her to spend a great deal of time in hospitals down state, causing her mom to loose her job, while her dad has been unemployed for 2 years due to the housing down turn. Their furnace was ancient and unreliable and blowing only into a small michigan basement. What little heat would radiate up would be the extent of their warmth. With an unhealthy newborn in the home, heat is a necessity and their resouces were beyond tapped. We felt honored to be able to give this beautiful family peace of mind in knowing that they wouldn't have to worry about heat or furnace repair costs and their reduced heat bills will give them a little extra to help with medical expenses. We wish the Shumar Family a healthy and beautiful future!
Thank you again to all who nominated loved ones for this gift! We couldn't do this make-over without all of your nominations!
Bob, Leslie, and your entire dedicated team at Precision
Just a follow up on the Shumar's; After viewing the story of the Shumar's situation a woman called them and offered Mrs. Shumar a full time position with a company that also has a great health benefit plan. They have reported that their heating bill went from around $500 per month to $115 per month after the new efficient system was in place. We are so grateful for the update and very happy to hear all this wonderful news for such a special family!
2009 Extreme Precision Make-Over Contest Winner
Choosing a winner for the Free System this year was a more arduous task than ever before. We found ourselves overwhelmed by the great needs in our community and felt very insignificant in our ability to really make a difference. However, we chose a beautiful family in the Area with a baby who has suffered with breathing issues ever since he was born. The parents both are working to make ends meet and have faced significant financial stress due to their sons breathing conditions. Their furnace was "Red Tagged" last fall as it was unsafe to continue using the 30 year old rusted relic. Our candidates work hard, not only to pay their own bills, but also volunteer for local community services such as toys for tots. Once again, through their courage to continue on, although faced with adversity, we feel truely honored to have met them and to have chosen this very special family. The love of their friends and family was evident by their show of support the morning that we arrived to surprise them with the new system. We are grateful to Trane for assisting us in this endeavor to help out our community by not only suppling a 95% high efficient furnace, but due to the childs breathing conditions, they once again included a Trane CleanEffects whole house air filtration system. We look forward to following the family over the next few weeks to watch the expected improvement in their son's breathing condition. Again, we are so thankful to all who nominated loved ones for this make-over. The nomination letters that we read moved us to tears and made us feel like we live in the most caring part of the world. We thank all those who took the time to put into writing your care for your neighbors, friends and family. We also want those of you who were not chosen to know that we deliberated long and hard over this decision as you are each a pillar of strength and stamina to our community and especially to those around you as was clear in the nomination letters.
Thank you once again, to all who participated, for making this possible! We couldn't do it without you!
Bob, Leslie and your entire dedicated team at Precision
The Deserving Family The Unsafe Furnace
Out With The OLD! In With The NEW!
2008 Extreme Precision Make-Over Contest Winner
We chose a family who lives in Leelanau County, near Cedar, Michigan. Every year the process of choosing a deserving family is both an honor and a great challenge. How do you put a measurement on who is most deserving of a furnace makeover? All the nominees where very qualified and indeed in great need of new furnaces. Many were facing challenges both financially and physically and yet they continued to keep their chins up and help out their neighbors in need. I must say that this is one of the most heart wrenching challenges that we as a company face each year. However, we felt that because of our candidate's years of putting others first despite her own situation, she was a great choice. Her daughter has breathing problems and when they would heat with wood she would wake up in the middle of the night due to difficulty breathing. So on those occasions they would dress very warm and huddle around a very small, 8"x8", space heater. Thanks to Trane we were able to install a whole house CleanEffects air filtering system as well as a humidifier to improve the daughter's breathing condition and a high efficiency heat pump system that will cost effectively heat their home for many year to come. We want to thank all who nominated friends, family, and acquaintances who were all very deserving. We again wish that we could put in a new system for each nominee. We truly feel blessed to live in an area where people care so much about others and will reach out to them no matter how large their own needs are. We saw this in both our nominees and those who took the time to nominate them. Thank you to each of you for making this possible for us.
Bob, Leslie and Your Entire Precision Plumbing & Heating Team
2007 Extreme Precision Make-Over Contest Winner
We chose Alison of Grand Traverse County, who was nominated by her sister who knew that Alison wouldn't ever expect something like this to happen to her and certainly wouldn't ask for it. She faces many difficulties in her life with great dignity and yet still finds the strength to help others. Alison's equipment was dangerously old and broken down as well as being very inefficient.
Alison's old furnace, held together by duct tape and housed in an area with crumbling wallboard and insulation, and her new Trane Furnace in a more sound structure.
The safety of her new system can give her the peace of mind of knowing that she and her children have a new highly efficient system (picture at right) that will no longer pose a threat of fire or carbon monoxide leaks and will reduce her heating bills as well.
We also included a 10 year warranty so that she doesn't have to pay for any repairs to the system if any are needed during that time period. Her son has asthma, so we hope that the installation of the Clean-Effects will help to improve his breathing condition as well as a Heat Pump/Air Conditioner to keep the house a comfortable temperature year round.
We feel honored to know a little more about this extraordinary family and to be able to help them in this way.
We also want to thank Alison and Britten Banner for the very FANTASTIC banner that they made for us as a thank you, as well as Alison's sister for nominating this very special family to the first Annual Precision Make-Over.
A big thank you goes out to TRANE and our TRANE representative for providing this top of the line equipment and making it possible to install extraordinary quality and dependability in Alison's home. We feel confident installing Trane equipment because it is equipment that we can stand behind as a firm in offering you great peace of mind. We heard from a pretty reliable source that this is likely to be a yearly event so check back with us and we'll keep you informed!
To read the Traverse City Record-Eagle article regarding the makeover go to this link.
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