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Signs of a Heater in Trouble

man standing in front of thermostat, looking coldIn our previous post, we talked about one of the worst—that is, dangerous—repair needs to ignore in a furnace. A cracked heat exchanger. We do want to stress the importance of handling this heating repair need right away, as neglecting it can allow dangerous carbon monoxide gas into your home and make you ill.

It’s also worth mentioning, that just because we stress how important it is not to ignore a cracked heat exchanger, it doesn’t mean that you can or should ignore other repair needs. It’s important to be aware of the signs that something is amiss with your heater, and call our pros as soon as you discover a problem. Tackling repairs early on will reduce your risk of emergency repairs later on, or even a total system breakdown. So, what are these signs?

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One Furnace Repair Need You Should Never Ignore

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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Here’s Why You Should Upgrade Your Thermostat

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?

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?

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 Can Cause Low Furnace Airflow?

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

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

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

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?

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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