Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Forced Air Heating Tip: Prioritize Your Filter!

February 4th, 2019

filterWe’re deep into the winter season at this point, and there’s no doubt that you’ve been running your heating system regularly for a couple of months, now. That’s not going to change any time soon, though, so don’t think you can start to let your heater slide just because spring is coming up in the distance. There is a lot of ground to cover before we get there, and you don’t want to put your heater’s operation at risk in the meantime.

If you use a forced air heating system, meaning either a heat pump or a furnace, then there is one important maintenance task that you need to handle on your own. It is one that your technician will handle during your routine tune-ups, but one that requires action more than once a year. We’re talking about changing your air filter. It’s the simplest and one of the most effective ways in which to get the best performance possible from your heater in Timnath, CO.

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How Is Your Heat Pump Holding Up?

January 21st, 2019

dog-under-blanketIf you use a heat pump to keep your home warm and cozy throughout the coldest time of the year, then we certainly hope that it is meeting—nay, exceeding!—your expectations so far this winter. If this is not the case, then don’t just tell yourself that you’ll deal with the problem once the winter season has come to a close. You wouldn’t limp along the last few miles of a marathon with a sprained ankle just because it wasn’t actually broken, right?

While your heat pump may be up and running, the problems it is experiencing may still indicate that there is a serious issue in need of attention. Failing to give those issues the attention they need straightaway could result in serious damages to your system, as well as a slew of other issues including reduced energy efficiency and subpar heating output. So read on, keep these potential issues in mind, and remember that our technicians can determine the precise nature of the problem with your heat pump in Wellington, CO.

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Is Your Toilet Leaking?

January 7th, 2019

toiletFor many people, the very mention of the word “plumbing” immediately brings to mind the toilet. We’re guessing that you don’t need us to remind you of just how important the toilet in your home really is. What you may need a reminder about, however, is just how serious any problems with your toilet can be. There are a lot of different issues that may develop with your toilet, and the result for your plumbing system is quite serious.

That is why you should schedule immediate plumbing services in Windsor, CO, if you suspect that there is a problem with your commode. One of the most common is a leak. However, not all toilet leaks are created equal. In some instances, you may actually be able to resolve the problem yourself. In others, the only real resolution may actually be the complete replacement of your toilet. Whatever the case may be, you can count on our professional plumbers to help you determine the right course of action. 

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Limit Drain Clogs the Easy Way!

December 24th, 2018

drain-trapIf there were a way in which you could completely avoid clogged drains in the future, trust us: we’d share it with you. Sure, it would cut into our service calls, but we would never withhold that kind of information just to keep some revenue coming in! Unfortunately, your drains are going to get clogged up from time to time. It’s not about eliminating drain clogs, but about limiting them as much as possible.

How do you do that? Prevention. While there are  situations in which drain clogs cannot be avoided, more often than not they are the result of user error. Oversights happen, but being more careful to do what you can to avoid clogs is really the best way to keep them to a minimum.

So keep the following in mind and, when your drains do stop flowing, remember to schedule your drain cleaning in Loveland, CO with our team. 

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Is Your Sewer Line in Trouble?

December 10th, 2018

woman-plungerThere are two main plumbing lines connected to your home: your main water line and your sewer line. Both are equally as important, though we often think less about our sewer lines. This is because problems often go unnoticed until disaster strikes, and the common signs can be quite subtle. However, it’s important to be aware of the signs we’ve provided for you in this blog. We’re all too aware of what the damage can be when issues with your sewer line are left unattended. That’s why it is best to schedule regular maintenance to avoid costly repair bills. If you are looking for a plumber in Loveland, CO, look no further than Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

Your sewer line is the plumbing line responsible for channeling out all the waste from your home. Without this vital plumbing line, things would be quite stinky! It is important to remember that even though the sewer line is connected to a city sewer system, the homeowner is responsible for their own line. So, if your main sewer line becomes clogged, it is up to you to contact a professional to locate the source of the clog and resolve it! Below we have provided a list of warning signs that suggest your sewer line is in trouble.

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Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Free Furnace Giveaway Winner Announcement

November 30th, 2018

Every year, Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning accepts nominations for local families in need of a new furnace. We accept nominations from mid-October through mid-November and announce the winner shortly after Thanksgiving. This year, we had an overwhelming number of well-deserving nominees, which shows the need within our community to reach out to our neighbors to help when we can.

The winner of the free furnace was a local woman with years of medical issues and a passion to help others. She lives in a 40-year-old home in Laporte that still operates on the original furnace. Here is a snippet of the nomination letter we received from her former daughter in law:

“She has raised 3 children as a single mother and domestic violence survivor. She has been in a wheelchair for over 20 years, but that has never stopped her and hardly slows her down. She has an auto-immune disease that gnarls her joints and bones much like Rheumatoid Arthritis, but has never been diagnosed to a particular name. It is an idiopathic disease in which her own body attacks its own joints and bones for an unknown reason. This has brought her tremendous pain throughout her life. She has never felt sorry for herself or let her disabilities take her to a victim mentality. … I remember about 6 years ago, in the summer, I stopped by after work and found her on the front porch, in her wheelchair, sanding the paint on her house and deck with the one good arm she had! I asked her what on Earth she was doing?! She simply said, sanding the house and the deck for a fresh coat of paint that I plan to do over the next few weeks. We laughed and I offered to help her, but ended up visiting with her instead. She didn’t need my help and has always valued conversation and time with her family over everything else! … She has shared her home with so many in need, even though she has very little to give. … She continues to clean her home and even painted her living room walls from her wheelchair this past year. This is a woman with so many reasons to lay down and give up, but she continues to have hope day after day!”

We are excited to be able to give back to her and provide her comfort in her home. She is certainly well-deserving of this giveaway.

From our family to yours, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

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Whole-House Heating Without the Ducts!

November 26th, 2018

ductless-blowerWinters in Colorado are not to be trifled with. When temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, your best ally is a great heating system. Hopefully, you’ve got one installed in your home already, and it is ready to go at a moment’s notice. Or, more realistically at this point, it is ready to run and run and run for the foreseeable future. Of course, it is entirely possible you’ll need to replace your heater unexpectedly or that you are simply planning ahead for a heating replacement in the spring.

Whatever the case may be, we encourage you to weigh your options carefully so you wind up with the perfect heating system for your needs. Just because you’ve always used the same type of heater does not mean you have to continue using the same type of heater, after all. A ductless heating system may be what you’ve always wanted, even if you were not aware of it until now!

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Signs of Trouble with your Furnace

November 12th, 2018

hello-winterYes, we would love to tell you how you can completely avoid problems with your heating system. No, we cannot tell you how you can completely avoid problems with your heating system. Nobody can. Well, nobody honestly can. Why not? Because there is no such thing as a 100% reliable heater! If you find someone telling you otherwise, then you need to talk to somebody else. Don’t give such dishonest individuals your attention, let alone your money! We can, however, tell you how to spot signs of heating system trouble early on.

It may seem like a weak consolation prize, but catching problems early is definitely in your best interest. There are plenty of warning signs that you may notice, provided that you know what it is that you are looking for. If and when you notice any of these signs of trouble with your furnace, contact a member of our team right away. You can always count on our staff for exceptional HVAC services in Windsor.

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Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze!

October 29th, 2018

frozen-pipeWinter in this area can be truly beautiful. It can also be a whole lot of fun! Of course, coming home to a house full of frozen pipes or a flooded basement due to a burst pipe sucks the fun right out of things. Trust us on that one. That is why our plumbers in Wellington, CO want to ensure that homeowners have some tricks up their sleeves. What kinds of tricks? The kinds that will help you to limit the risk of frozen pipes this winter season!

No, you do not need to purchase expensive heating units designed to keep your pipes warm in order to keep them safe this winter. These tips are practical, effective, and, best of all, simple! If you’ve ever experienced problems with frozen pipes, then you know how much you want to avoid them. And, if you haven’t, consider yourself lucky—but don’t push that luck. Instead, keep these tips in mind and reach out with any questions that you may have.

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Do I Need an AC Replacement?

October 15th, 2018

AC-tools-on-topA quick look at the calendar will tell you we are well on our way toward the coldest time of the year. Right now is the perfect time to schedule your heating maintenance and—if you think your heater may not have another winter’s worth of reliable service left in it after all—your heating replacement. Does this mean you should forget all about your air conditioner until next spring, though?

Absolutely not.

If your air conditioner was struggling at the end of this past cooling system, or if you were unhappy with it or its performance for any reason, then now is a great time to schedule your air conditioning replacement, as well. And, as always, you want a trained professional on the job. While an air conditioning installation in Loveland, CO, at this point in time may seem counter-intuitive, there are plenty of reasons to have it done sooner rather than later.

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