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Furnace “No Heat” Questions

Furnace not working? Use this check-list to see if you can resolve the issue before calling a service provider.

A little sluething on your part could save you an expensive service call.

  • Check the filter. When was it last changed? Is it dirty or damaged? If so, replace it.
  • Check the thermostat settings: make sure the setting is for heat and the temperature setting is above the current room temperature.
  • Check the thermostat batteries: replace if the display is blank or the low battery indicator is lit.
  • On the front of the furnace, is there an indicator light? Is it blinking or solid? The blinking pattern is an error code. What is the pattern (count the number of short and long blinks)? Note this code. (You can try to look up the meaning of the code on the internet.)
  • Is the furnace switched on? Check the switch on the side of the unit.
  • Is the gas supply turned on for the home and to the furnace?
  • Is electrical service working for the home and the furnace? Check the electrical breakers if no power at the furnace.
  • If all the electricals appear to be OK, check the fuse at the furnace to see if it is burnt out.
  • Outside your home, check vent ducts for blockage or ice build up and clear any obstruction.

Our Workshops in the News

One of our education program workshops was recently visited by reporter Mark Wedel of Second Wave – Southwest Michigan. He saw first hand how workshops provide opportunities to practice new skills.

In his interview of our Education Manager Jason Byler, he also captured the essence of how empowering our education program is. Our thanks to Mr. Wedel for spotlighting our good work and some of our participants. Click here to read the great story!

A Video Feature

Thanks to Public Media Network for this video feature. 

Check out this community spotlight, and hear about what we do.

Three Ways to Share Our News

Would you be an ambassador and help us get the word out?

Here are three ways that we are promoting this giving season.

Please choose one, and we will provide the supplies.

So that we can provide the promotional materials you choose, call our office at 269-998-3275, or email Todd at tholm@communityhomeworks.org.

Thank you for being an ambassador of Community Homeworks!

We appreciate your support. This offer is good through December 20, 2017.


Yard sign: Place in your front yard or in front of your business. We will drop off and pick up.

Tabletop Brochure: This handy display will hold brochures that your customers can take with them.

Poster: Do you have a bulletin board at work? Your place of business? Here is a poster for you.

You can download the poster here.

For the yard sign, please note: per city ordinance, such signage “shall not be placed in and shall not project into the public right-of-way”.


Shop AmazonSmile – They Donate to CHW

Holiday shopping is easy with Amazon’s Holiday Gift Guides. Shop at smile.amazon.com, and Amazon donates to Community Homeworks. Find great gifts for everyone on your list!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Community Homeworks every time you shop, at no cost to you. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Community Homeworks.

You shop. Amazon gives.

Public Notice – Seeking Licensed Contractors

Community Homeworks is seeking licensed and insured electricians, plumbers HVAC, roofer and general subcontractors who are interested in contract work in bidding on home rehabilitation and repair projects for up to 80 homes during the 2017 calendar year.

Interested companies should contact us to be vetted and placed on our Approved Contractors list. Approved Contractors MUST also attend a one hour Pre-Construction Training at the City of Kalamazoo on 1/09/17 or 1/11/17 to be eligible to receive contracts. If interested, please contact Shaun Wright. Deadline: submissions will be accepted through 1/6/17. Community Homeworks is a HUD Sec 3, EO organization. Minority owned and small businesses are encouraged to submit.


2016 Summer Newsletter & Annual Report

Click here for this issue of news and financials.


Offering free home repair & garden supplies to income-qualified residents!

Friday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., At Community Homeworks, 810 Bryant St, Kalamazoo

Community Homeworks will host a Home Repair Free Sale Flyer& Garden Supplies Free Sale for low-income residents of Kalamazoo County.

Families will have the opportunity to choose items from a wide selection of free home repair and garden supplies:

hardware     planters     ceramic tile     flooring     light fixtures

building materials     holiday items    much more

Those who come to the Free Sale will be asked to sign a self-certification waiver stating that their household meets the intent of Community Homeworks’ mission and vision, and that the materials will be used for that purpose.

Although everything is completely free, attendees will need to go through a “check-out” to ensure inventory records can be updated. CHW also reserves the right to limit per-person quantities of merchandise in order to have the greatest impact within the community.

CHW receives generous donations of merchandise from its corporate partners, Education Manager Kevin Dodd explains.

“We planned the Free Sale in response to a surplus of in-kind donations,” Dodd says. “We often receive more supplies than we can use in our programs, and sharing these material resources is another way to empower families in addition to our usual services.”

Come find YOUR free home items!