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One Furnace Repair Need You Should Never Ignore

January 7th, 2019

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.There are over 64 million homes in the U.S. that use natural gas to supply them with heat during the winter, and most of these homes use a furnace for the job. Gas furnaces are actually the #1 option for heating, and for good reason. Today’s systems are built for efficiency and safety.

However, no matter how safe these systems are and how professionally installed they are, using natural gas does come with one big risk that should never be ignored—a cracked heat exchanger. The good news is, this can be avoided with routine maintenance, and prompt furnace repair in Denver. But, it should definitely not be neglected if you know you have a cracked heat exchanger. Read on to learn why.

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Do You Have a Plumbing Leak?

December 31st, 2018

bursted copper pipe with water leaking out, 3d illustrationIt probably goes without saying that leaks are something you hope you never have to deal with—they are quite literally the enemy of Denver plumbing systems. There are a number of reasons for this. First off, even leaks that seem relatively “minor,” like dripping faucets for example, can waste gallons of water over the course of a year. These minor leaks trick you into thinking they’re no big deal but then the costs of wasted water start adding up.

Naturally, larger leaks can waste even more water while doing extensive damage to your property, and those leaks that develop in walls or beneath your flooring (which are most of them, honestly) can go unnoticeable for months, even longer. Since most of your home’s plumbing system is hidden from view, and since leaks really can develop anywhere in or around your property, it’s essential that you learn how to spot them. And once you do, be sure to give our pros a call for adequate repairs!

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Here’s Why You Should Upgrade Your Thermostat

December 25th, 2018

Stock image of hand adjusting thermostatYour HVAC system thermostat is the only part that you actually interact with, yet you probably don’t think very much about how important it is, right? It’s essentially the brain of your heating and cooling systems. And if these systems seem to be working “just fine” then you may not ever consider replacing or upgrading that thermostat. But you may not realize that keeping the same thermostat around for years can be doing yourself a disservice.

It’s possible to get a thermostat that’s much easier to navigate, or has more options than you’re currently working with. But why trade up? Keep reading to learn more!

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Is Your Heater Making Any of These Noises?

December 24th, 2018

Shocked and surprisedThe common scenario in your home during this time of the year probably looks—and sounds—something like this: you set your thermostat to the desired temperature for your heater to come on. After a few minutes, you hear the fan of your furnace begin to whir. The reason this takes a few minutes is that the plenum has to actually heat up after the burners are lit, and the fan doesn’t start running until that point so it can deliver warmed air to the vents in your home.

Once you’ve heard that spinning, whirring blade and feel the rush of air through the vents, you don’t give it another thought and you go on with your day or your evening. But, what if you hear an unfamiliar noise at startup? Should you just pass it up as a fluke thing and ignore it? Probably not. It’s going to be best that you call for professional residential heating services in Denver, so we can assess your heater to see what’s going on. In the meantime, we’ve shared a few common problem noises below, along with what they can mean for your system.

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Should You Be Concerned About Low Airflow from Your Furnace?

December 18th, 2018

white question mark on blue circle, on white backgroundThe short answer to this is, “yes,” but we don’t expect you to accept that at face value. We want you to know why this is occurring, what you may be able to do about it on your own, and when it’s time to call in a pro for expert furnace repairs in Denver, CO.

If your furnace or heat pump isn’t blowing warm air like it used to, it’s likely you have an airflow problem. There are many potential causes for this, but the last thing you should do is waste time making assumptions. Whether it’s your furnace or your air conditioner, low airflow problems are a pain and can be major red flags for a bigger breakdown later on. Keep reading for some common causes of low airflow so you know what to expect when we come out, then give our team a call!

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What Should You Know about Video Pipe Inspection?

December 17th, 2018

plumber pointing to mobile tabletWell first off, that it is the way to spot Denver plumbing problems effectively and promptly. Otherwise, you may be left taking your chances, tearing up drywall or floorboards where you think the plumbing leak is occurring—which is obviously not an ideal situation!

Plumbing systems have been around since the start of civilization, and in many ways they work the same way today than they did way back when. Plumbers, also, use old-fashioned tools such as wrenches and hammers to get plumbing jobs done.

But plumbing has evolved in many ways, too. New tools and techniques have helped plumbers in countless ways, which means more effective repairs and services for your complex plumbing system, including the innovation of video pipe inspection to locate those repair needs.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

December 10th, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoFrozen pipes are, unfortunately, a part of life when you live in Denver. But, they don’t have to be. The thing is, when they do occur they can cause a fair amount of damage, since as the water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the walls of the pipes.

As you might imagine, this can cause your pipes to crack or even rupture, resulting in not only leaks but potentially burst plumbing and considerable water damage. If this does happen, you can trust a local plumber in Denver, CO, like the ones on our team, to resolve the issue. But we’d like to help you avoid this all together with some tips on preventing frozen pipes from the beginning.

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What Can Cause Low Furnace Airflow?

December 2nd, 2018

cute dog under the warm grey blanketWhen winter hits our area, you can bet homeowners are going to be pretty grateful for a fully functional and efficient Denver heating system. But what if that system isn’t working up to par? What if you have a heat pump and you noticed this season that it had low airflow? Don’t just expect the problem to go away when you switch it to heating mode! Or if you’re already using your furnace and have noticed this issue, don’t wait to get it repaired.

Low airflow problems can be red flags for bigger issues that can cause a catastrophic system breakdown, and let’s face it—that’s the last thing you need as the temperatures cool. Below are a few causes of low airflow to be aware of, and what you can do about it.

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The Holidays and Your Electrical System: What You Should Know

November 27th, 2018

woman sitting in living room with holiday lights in the foregroundThere’s no denying that the holiday season is here! And if you are like many homeowners throughout the greater Denver area, there’s a good chance you’ll be decorating your home, inside and out. Often, this includes putting up lighting up and around your home.

One of the most common calls that electricians receive around this time of the year is in regards to outlets throughout a living space not working as they ought to—or rather, working at all. This might include bathroom outlets, or outlets in your garage space and outdoors. The most common cause for this is that outdoor holiday lighting can trip a GFCI outlet or circuit breaker in your home.

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Tips for Boosting Furnace Efficiency

November 26th, 2018

HVAC Return vent on wall near floorTemperatures are already cooling, and it’s a huge reminder to homeowners throughout the Denver area that winter is well on its way. But that’s just part of living in the mile-high city, right?

Sure, this may be true, and we may be “used” to cold temperatures and snowfall, however it doesn’t hurt to have a great heating system in place. This means more than just being reliable and effective. You want a heating system that will work as efficiently as possible, and for as long as possible. Our winters are too long and cold to settle for anything less!

So, what if your heater isn’t working as efficiently as you need it to? It may be that you need Denver heating services, such as repairs of some kind. This is especially the case if you have an aging system. But new or old heater, there are actually steps you can take to heat your home more efficiently without ever calling an HVAC company (but we’re here if you need us!)

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