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Could You Benefit from a Zone Control System?

January 22nd, 2018

zone-control-systemMost homes in the Denver area rely on centralized heating and air conditioning, with a furnace the warms the air in the winter (and an AC unit that cools the air in the winter) connected to a series of ducts through which the heated air is blown with a fan. It’s a simple and effective process, and it works quite well. One major drawback to the system is that it heats the whole home without any focus or control. You can set the temperature you like, but you have to set it for the whole home. The ducts carry it indiscriminately through the house.

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Size Your New Heater Properly

January 16th, 2018

heating-system-repairsDenver, CO gets cold winters and this year is no exception. If your heating system is on its last legs, you may need to schedule a replacement session before the spring. To do otherwise is to risk a major breakdown in the middle of a serious cold front.

But there’s more to installing a new heater than simply popping it into place. Several very important calculations need to be made, including the proper power levels of the new system. Most people know that an underpowered system can be very problematic since it will run constantly and never really get the home warm.But they may be surprised to learn that overpowered heating systems are ever worst.

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Could You Use a New Thermostat?

January 9th, 2018

new-thermostat-systemsWe often take our thermostats for granted, especially in the winter. They serve as the control system for your heater and air conditioner, and as such are remarkably important to keeping your home comfortable. Thermostats are designed to last for a long time, and if yours is more than 10 or 15 years old, congratulations on getting such good value out of your system. You may have missed some of the recent innovations in the field, however, which might merit a replacement. A broken thermostat is more readily replaced than repaired in most cases, but you don’t need a breakdown to upgrade an older thermostat with something more up to date.

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How to Spot a Plumbing Leak

January 8th, 2018

leaking-pipesPlumbing leaks are a fairly common occurrence in this area in the wintertime, and sooner or later, every homeowner is going to have to deal with one. In and of themselves, plumbing leaks are fairly innocuous, created by corrosion or damage when the sides of the pipe start to let water through. The damage comes mainly in the effects water has on surrounding materials (such as drywall and electrical cable), which can be far more expensive to address than simply dealing with the leaking pipe.

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Get Your Furnace Maintained

January 2nd, 2018

heating-system-repairsWith winter officially here and freezing cold temperature the norm for the next few months, your furnace is going to be put to the test every day. There’s nothing more frustrating than suffering a breakdown just when you need the system the most, and having to rush around arranging repairs while your home slowly turns into an icebox.

Our team can provide swift repairs in the event your furnace needs it, but we also believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. That means stopping repair issues before they start and one of the best ways to do that is with a timely maintenance session from a trained professional.

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Video Inspection Makes Sewer and Drain Repair Easy

December 26th, 2017

video-pipe-inspectionProblems with your sewer and drain system here in Denver, CO used to be of serious concern, especially in the winter when the ground can freeze solid. Reaching a breached drain or clogged sewer line meant excavating the entire pipe, which could be an expensive and dangerous problem. These days, however, trenchless repair techniques allow technicians to fix the problem without having to dig: saving a lot of money and time while taking care of the problem properly. That starts with video inspection, which has been a quiet revolution in plumbing services.

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Beware of Frozen Pipes in Your Home

December 25th, 2017

frozen-pipesThe snows of winter are officially here, and with cold weather comes a number of things to watch out for during the holiday season. Cold weather can strike your home in a surprising number of ways, and the more prepared you can be for them, the better. In particular, we warn you to watch out for frozen pipes and the damage they can cause. Dealing with them can be delicate at best and serious trouble at worst.

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Why Is Low Air Flow a Problem in Your Furnace?

December 19th, 2017

heating-repair-callsCold weather is officially here, and your furnace is likely seeing regular use every day. That means you’re likely to spot the early signs of problems now, which actually isn’t a bad thing. Most serious issues with your furnace give off symptoms well before the furnace actually breaks down. By noticing these issues now, you give yourself plenty of time to summon a repair technician before the winter gets any colder.

Among the most common signs of an issue with your furnace is the reduced flow of air from the vents. It may not sound like much, but it’s usually the sign of a serious issue. The good news is, you can usually notice it simply by feeling for the flow of air from your vents, or trying a piece of ribbon to the vents and watching periodically to see if the flow of air has dropped. If it has, turn off the system and call in a repair service immediately.

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Equipment Rebates for the Holidays!

December 12th, 2017

equipment.rebates-holidaysThe holidays are here, and that means your household budget is going to be stretched more than ever. Everyone has their gift lists to fill out, as well as holiday decorations to put up and special meals to prepare. All of that can put a serious crimp in your bank account.

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3 Things to Look for in a Quality Electrician

December 11th, 2017

electrical-services-denverWith the possible exception of the plumbing, your electrical system is arguably the most important of your home. It provides light for your to see, power to run vital appliances, and even heat to keep you warm as our Colorado fall turns to another snowy winter. When your electrical system runs into problems and you need repairs — or even if you’d just like to perform a little upgrade to your system, such as running wire to a new outlet to make plugging things in more convenient — then you need to rely on a professional electrician. Electricity can be dangerous without the proper training and experience, and while enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers can successfully take on a number of projects, that shouldn’t ever extend to electrical wiring. Whether you need a big repair job or just a little home improvement, always trust a professional to do the job.

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