Bell Home Solutions Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

“What Does Low Airflow Mean for My Furnace?”

Monday, October 8th, 2018

furnace venting outsideFall is here, and soon enough homeowners throughout our area will be using their heaters on a regular basis. If you are using a forced-air furnace, you should check it to make sure it’s operating as it should, and as efficiently as it should. Of course, this starts by scheduling professional maintenance, so if you haven’t done that already, there’s no time like the present!

A common furnace problem we get Denver heating service calls for is that of a system that’s not blowing air out as powerfully as it should be, or as it used to. This is understandably a very frustrating problem, as it means you won’t be able to get comfortable this winter until it’s fixed. We are the team to call when you do need heating repair, but in the meantime we’ve shared some information below that can help you understand what may be going on with your furnace when it experiences this problem.

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Signs of a Failing Heater

Monday, October 1st, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverWouldn’t it be nice if you could stay warm and comfortable all fall and winter long without ever needing Denver heating services? Especially in the case of repairs! Unfortunately, this just isn’t reality—you will eventually encounter problems of some kind with your heater. The best thing you can do for your comfort is to learn and recognize the signs that your heater is failing and does in fact need service. This way, you can get out ahead of repair needs and schedule them right away, before they grow into bigger emergencies.

Routine preventive heating maintenance is the number 1 way to keep the need for heating repairs at bay. But even with regular tune-ups, small service needs can still crop up. Our professionals will be there to diagnose the problem accurately, and make the appropriate repairs. In the meantime, however, here are some distress signs you should watch out for.

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Does It Matter What Size My New Furnace Is?

Monday, September 10th, 2018

furnace venting outsideThe short answer to this is, “yes.” But we don’t expect you to take that at face value, and we want to explain to you why.

We get it: when you’re looking for a new heating system of any kind you have a lot on your plate. You can be overwhelmed by comparisons between factors like fuel types, AFUE vs. HSPF ratings, and many other considerations.

So, it can be pretty tempting to just go with whatever furnace fits in the space you have available in order to move on with your life. We really have to advise against this though, for a number of reasons. Simply put, size matters! If the furnace you have installed in your home is too large, or too small, you’ll probably be surprised by how quickly things will turn sour for you.

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Why a Cracked Heat Exchanger is So Dangerous

Monday, August 27th, 2018

technician working on furnaceWhat type of Denver, CO heating system do you have in your home to keep warm during our long and chilly winters? If your home is like the majority in our area, your answer is probably “a natural gas furnace”. This is a great choice, and the most common choice. They produce a large amount of heat and are less expensive to run than their electrical counterpart.

However, despite being built with modern technology and designed with your safety in mind, they do still have inherent risks. One of these risks in particular is that of a cracked heat exchanger, which can allow your furnace to release toxic gases into the home.

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Is It Too Early to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

Monday, August 20th, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverWith temperatures still in the 80’s, you certainly may wonder why we’re already talking about Denver heating maintenance. But if you’ve lived in the area for even just a year, you’re likely well aware that winter can hit fast and hard. So scheduling maintenance as early as possible, before you actually need the heater to do its job day in and day out, is imperative. But what are the benefits of doing so?

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Check for Heating Repair Issues Now

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

heating-system-repairsSpring has finally arrived, and with it comes warmer temperatures and a reduced need for your heating system. Ironically, this is actually the time of the year when we tend to see a lot of heating repair calls. The system has run for months on end in most cases, and problems that develop now reflect that wear and tear.

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Signs of Trouble from Your Furnace

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

zone-control-systemTrouble from your heating system rarely arrives unannounced. While some issues result in a sudden shutdown — usually due to a safety concern such as leaking gas or because of imminent danger to some component in the system — many will advertise themselves with subtle signs that something is wrong. This is the time of year when those signs often make themselves apparent. You can spot them if you know what to look for.

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Could You Benefit from a Zone Control System?

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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?

Tuesday, 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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