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Winterize Your Air Conditioner Today

November 14th, 2017

winterize-air-conditioningWe’re well past the point where your air conditioner will be needed for the winter, and most homes in the area have already switched to heating instead of air conditioning to keep their homes comfortable. But that’s just one step. If you haven’t already, you should strongly consider winterizing your air conditioner before the weather gets any colder. It will help your system better endure the wear and tear of the cold months, and ensure that it’s ready to go ass soon as you need it next spring. The following steps will help you do so.

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Signs You Need Heater Repair

November 13th, 2017

heating-maintenance-serviceHeating season is officially here, and with your furnace or boiler running pretty much every day, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to check your heating system for signs it needs repair. Doing so now is very important. With winter on its way, you need your heating system to function without a problem, and if there are any issues in your heater, it’s a good idea to find out about them now. It gives you several weeks before the cold weather hits to get them properly addressed.

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Handle Furnace Replacement Before Winter Starts

November 6th, 2017

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Chances are, you already have need of a reliable furnace, with temperatures in the area dropping further every day. But what if your furnace is getting old and you’re not sure whether it can survive another winter? That means you need a new furnace in place, and doing so may mean getting it done before winter starts.

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You Should Never Wait for Heater Repair

October 31st, 2017

heating-system-repairsIt can be easy to let lingering repair issues on your heater slide in the face of more pressing costs and issues in your home. It’s very natural to do so. Most signs of heater trouble don’t involve the system shutting down, but can gradually creep up on you. making it easier to ignore them until they actively interfere with your household comfort. This is especially true now, during the fall, when the demand for a warm house is lower than it will be in just a few short weeks. But that’s precisely why you should take care of heating repair issues now, instead of waiting until an emergency arises.

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When to Know You Need Furnace Replacement

October 31st, 2017

furnace-repair-replacementThe time to determine if you need a new furnace for your home is now, when the cool weather of fall has not yet given way to the cold weather of winter. Most homes in the Denver area have been running their heating systems fairly regularly at this point, but we’re still a few weeks away from the really cold temperatures that make heating a necessity instead of just a comfort.  But how can you tell when you need furnace replacement? When can you simply repair a problem and when is that money better spent investing in a new furnace? Only you, the homeowner can make that final call. Every furnace is unique and so too are your circumstances. You need to exercise your best judgment when it comes to an investment like this. There are. however, some guidelines that can help you out. The decision to replace a furnace ultimately comes down to cost, and the price of continuing with the old furnace measured against the price of installing a new one. That, in turn, comes down to two key factors.

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Watch What You Throw Down the Kitchen Drain

October 24th, 2017

clogged-kitchen-drainsClogs are one of the biggest problems that plumbers need to deal with and clogs in your kitchen drain rank among the most common — and troublesome — most homes can address. When a clog appears, a good plumber is usually your best call, since store-bought solutions like cleansers rarely handle the job as effectively as they should. Having said that, the ideal solution to any clog is simply to prevent it from forming in the first place, and when it comes to your kitchen sink, that means watching what you pour down the drawn.

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Common Signs of Furnace Trouble

October 17th, 2017

heating-repair-callsWith autumn officially here, your furnace will be seeing more and more use. That makes now the ideal time to check for signs of potential trouble. It gives you some time to schedule repairs before the weather gets too much colder. Only a trained technician can properly diagnose a problem with your furnace, but you’ve likely become very accustomed to the system’s normal functions. If there’s any change in those functions, you should shut the system down and call in a service technician to perform a formal diagnosis and repair. 

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What You Need to Know About Choosing Kitchen Countertops

October 16th, 2017

kitchen-countertopsA kitchen remodeling project can be an exciting way to update the look and increase the utility of one of the most important parts of your home. The kitchen is where you gather to prepare meals and discuss the events of the day, and you want it to be as pleasing and functional as it can possibly be. A good remodeling session can absolutely transform it.

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Why Is Low Air Flow a Problem in Your Furnace?

October 10th, 2017

heater-low-air-flowAutumn is here and the weather is getting cooler by the day. If you own a forced-air furnace, you should check it regularly for signs of trouble. Doing so now gives you ample opportunity to get it fixed before the weather gets too cold, and while you need a trained technician to properly perform a diagnosis, you can still spot the obvious symptoms that something is wrong.

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Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter

October 3rd, 2017

frozen-pipesWinter is on its way, and in the Denver area that means freezing cold weather and a host of potential problems for your home. Chief among them is the issue of frozen pipes, which ranks among the most common plumbing repair calls in the winter months. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure as they say, and while a good plumbing service will always be on hand to repair such damage, it’s much easier to stop it from happening in the first place. Now is the ideal time to address frozen pipes before they get started.

Why Are They a Problem?

Frozen pipes are a problem first and foremost because they block water flow to the affected outlets, which can bring your home screeching to a halt. But it’s worse than that. When water freezes, it expands, which means that frozen pipe put a tremendous amount of pressure on the interior surface of the pipe. In many cases, that can cause the pipe to burst, sending ice and freezing cold water into surrounding material like drywall. Frozen pipes are difficult to deal with, but burst ones can become very expensive very quickly.

Prevention Is The Key

The first step to preventing frozen pipes is to shut off the water to all outdoor outlets, such as the sprinklers, then open the valve to drain out the rest of the water. Then check your home for pipes that might be vulnerable, such as those running through an outside wall or those in an uninsulated part of the home like the basement. A good plumber can help you spot the pipes most vulnerable to freezing.

With that info in mind, the plumber can then add insulation sleeves to the pipe, adjust things like the water heater to keep the water warm, and even re-route piping in a dangerous location so that it runs much less risk of freezing during the winter.

For quality plumbing service throughout the Denver, CO area, call the professionals at Bell Home Solutions today.

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