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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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Keep Your Electrical System in Good Shape by Following These 3 Tips

October 2nd, 2017

heating-maintenance-sessionsAlong with running water, your electrical system is the most important components in your household: providing vital power of lights, heat and key appliances such as your refrigerator. We often take our electrical systems for granted, especially in older homes where the wiring has been doing its job for many years. But no one wants to deal with a sudden problem in the wiring, especially when it cuts power to important parts of the house.

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Sizing a New Heating System

September 26th, 2017

heating-system-installationWith the coming of fall comes an increased need for a reliable heating system, and if your older system has come to the end of its life, now is the perfect time to replace it with a new system. Getting a new heater put in now means you’ll be ready to go by the time the first snow falls, and can enjoy the benefits of improved efficiency and the like all winter long.

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How to Change an Air Filter in Your HVAC System

September 19th, 2017

The arrival of fall means your air conditioner will be seeing less and less use as your heating system steps up to handle the job of keeping your home comfortable. That makes this time of year an ideal opportunity to perform a little TLC on your HVAC system, to help ensure that it performs as efficiently as possible. Ideally, you should schedule a maintenance session from a qualified HVAC service to help correct any little problems that may crop up (as well as checking for lager issues that may be brewing). But if you’ve already done so in the past 12 months (at the beginning of summer, for example), you can still take a few steps to keep the system running at its peak.

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Do I Need to Remodel My Bathroom?

September 18th, 2017

bathroom-remodeling-projectA bathroom remodeling project can be an exciting prospect for your home, allowing you to generate a whole new feeling for this very important spot in your home as well as getting rid of lingering problems that may impact it. We don’t think much about our bathrooms, but there isn’t any more vital part of your home. It’s the first place we visit when we get up in the morning and the last place to visit before going to bed. In between, it supports the completion of basic bathing, grooming and health-related tasks, and usually sees multiple visits each day from every member of your family. If the space is causing you distress, a remodeling project may be just the thing you need to feel better.

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The Importance of Heating System Maintenance

September 12th, 2017

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Fall will be here in just a few days, and as we’ve already seen down south, this winter is looking to be a long, cold and brutal one. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting cold temperatures in excess of what we’ve seen in previous years. That means your heating system is going to have to be up to the challenge of keeping your home comfortable and warm every day, no matter how cold it is. One of the best ways you can ensure that is to schedule a maintenance session for your heater from a trained professional.

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Winterizing Your Air Conditioner

September 5th, 2017

winterizing-air-conditionersCool weather tends to come early here in Colorado, and with the coming of September comes a similar need to fire up our heaters and eventually shut off our air conditioners until next spring. There are steps to this process that you can and should take to help protect your air conditioner during the off-season and help lower the effects of the weather on it and ensure that it’s ready to go when you need it in 2018. We’ve included a few steps here.

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