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

What Can Cause Low Furnace Airflow?

Sunday, 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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Tips for Boosting Furnace Efficiency

Monday, 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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These Signs Indicate You Need Heater Repairs

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.With winter slowly but steadily getting closer and closer, the last thing you want is for your heater to break down now. The good news is that if you know the signs that a heater needs repair, then you call for those repairs right away. But first, you have to know something is amiss, right? So what should you look for?

First off we want to mention one of the most important Denver heating services you can get right now, if you haven’t already—and that’s heating maintenance. Maintenance allows your HVAC technician to fully inspect your system and check for repair needs, so you aren’t surprised by them later on. But let’s say you had maintenance done. Can you still run into problems? Possibly! Keep reading for some signs that something is wrong with your heater.

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The One Heater Repair You Should Never Ignore

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

gas jets igniting in furnaceIf we had to take a guess on what type of heating system you use to keep your home warm during our chilly Denver winters, we’d bet on the natural gas powered furnace. These furnaces are, after all, the most popular in the country—especially in places with winters as cold as ours. They are cost effective , and since most homes have ventilation systems in them already for AC installation, furnaces are typically more common than boilers.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that while gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous in nature, any use of natural gas does have the potential for toxic gas leaks and combustion issues. The main concern in preventing this is taking proper care of the heat exchanger. A cracked heat exchanger is the number one furnace repair need you should never ignore, as doing so creates the potential for safety hazards. If you have a cracked heat exchanger or suspect a problem, please be sure to call for professional Denver heating services right away.

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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Gas Furnace?

Monday, October 29th, 2018

white question mark in blue circle, on white backgroundIn our companion post this week, we talked about the dangers of a cracked heat exchanger, and how older furnace systems are more at risk of this problem. This can be indication enough that it’s time for a furnace upgrade, and when you’re looking for a company to do the job, we are the team to call for exceptional Denver heating services.

In the meantime, however, we do want to give you a little more information so you can make an educated decision on whether you only need some repair work done on your furnace, or if a replacement really is your best option.

The good news is, you don’t have to make this decision on your own. Our service technicians are happy to help you make an informed decision, and can absolutely let you know when your furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan.

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“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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