Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for August, 2013

Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

If you own a whole-house air conditioning system, you expect it to work day-in and day-out. Subpar performance is simply not an option, especially considering the rising cost of electricity these days. Coming home to find that warm air is blowing through your ducts when you’re calling for cooling can be awfully frustrating. Not only is your AC not working, but it’s actually making your home warmer. At the first sign of a problem, you need to get on the horn and call your local HVAC technician to come take a look. For air conditioning repair services in Bellevue, call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We can diagnose the issue accurately and provide a viable solution.

There are several possible reasons why your AC is blowing warm instead of cool air. Before you pick up the phone, however, you need to make sure that your thermostat is properly adjusted. It may have accidentally been switched or adjusted to the wrong temperature.

  • Thermostat fault. If, after checking it, you find that it is indeed correctly set, then there could be a problem with your thermostat’s operation. It may not be assessing the temperature correctly, and it cannot, therefore, communicate with the control board effectively.
  • Dirty coils. The refrigerant cycle is based on the ability of your coils to absorb and dissipate thermal energy. The outdoor unit contains condenser coils that disperse heat into the outside air by means of an exhaust fan. However, if they become dirty, then they can no longer do this effectively and you may find warm air blowing through the ducts.
  • Low refrigerant. Your air conditioning system relies on a set level of refrigerant flowing through its coils and compressor. If this level drops, then all sorts of problems can occur, including warm air. The primary cause of low refrigerant is a leak. This may be because of a puncture or corrosion.

Let one of the Bellevue air conditioning repair technicians at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning come take a look at your AC if it blows warm air.

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What Is An Anode Rod?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Whatever type, size, or age of your water heater, it remains a vital component of your home. Imagine how inconvenient and uncomfortable your daily chores would be without a consistent and reliable stream of hot water. The best way to keep an eye on your water heater is with routine maintenance. There’s simply no other way to ensure that your equipment is routinely inspected, cleaned, and adjusted for excellent performance and efficiency. But a little homeowner knowledge can go a long way. Do you know what an anode rod is? Or have you ever heard of a sacrificial anode? Both of these terms describe an integral part of your tank water heater. It’s the focus of today’s blog post.

Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for superior water heater services in Loveland, CO. We can take care of anything that needs fixing.

An anode rod is a piece of magnesium, zinc or aluminum that sits within your tank water heater. It is designed to be sacrificed. The chemical action of water on untreated steel or iron is well-known: it causes the metal to oxidize. The invention of the residential water heater was largely made possible by the ability of metal tank manufacturers to keep coat metal in enamel or glass that could resist the effects of oxidization and other chemical reactions. But no matter how well the inside of your tank is coated, it will still eventually succumb to the chemical action of the water inside. Hence, the need for the sacrificial anode.

This rod sits within the tank and is slowly eaten away by the water. Whether you have a magnesium, zinc or aluminum rod may depend on various factors, including the chemical composition and acidity of your water. Eventually, when the anode rod has been thoroughly sacrificed, the water will begin to eat away at the interior lining of the tank, and this may lead to rust in your hot water supply. So long as you keep your anode rod fresh and have a professional come take a look every once in a while, your water heater will give you years of good service.

Call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for water heaters in Loveland, CO.

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Why Is My Air Conditioning System Making a Buzzing Noise?

Monday, August 19th, 2013

There are few items we own that have such great potential to make our homes a pleasant living environment as our air conditioning systems. When your AC is operating properly, you can enjoy a cool, comfortable living space on even the hottest days of the year. Of course, when there is a problem with your air conditioning your comfort can really suffer. There are plenty of problems you may experience with your air conditioning system, and strange noises during operation are among the most common. Just because they are common and your air conditioner still runs, though, does not mean that such issues do not need to be inspected by a trained professional.

Call the Loveland, CO air conditioning technicians at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning if your air conditioner buzzes when in use.

A buzzing sound coming from your air conditioning system can have a number of different causes. It is possible that this is an electrical problem. It may be the contactor in your system, which feeds the start capacitor. If the contact points are dirty or burnt, you may hear a buzzing, chattering sound coming from your system. If your fan will not start up, it is very possible that this problem has affected the capacitor, and that it is unable to provide the energy needs to get the fan going.

It is also possible that this buzzing sound is the result of a more mechanical problem. If, for instance, your fan has a bent blade, a loose bearing, or even if there is insufficient lubrication on any moving part, that may account for the buzzing sound that you hear. Again, this may not sound like a top priority. However, even the most minor problems with your air conditioning system can do real damage over time if given the chance. Schedule air conditioning repair as soon as you suspect a problem with your AC.

To learn more about why your AC may be making a strange, unfamiliar sound, contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today. Our skilled Loveland, CO air conditioning technicians are always available to answer any questions you may have. Let us help keep your home cool and comfortable.

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My AC Is Blowing Warm Air: What Should I Do?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The summer is no time to have your air conditioning system break down. If your AC is just blowing warm air into your home then it likely means that your home is uncomfortable and you are frustrated. Make sure that you call the Fort Collins AC repair technicians at Fort Collins Heating and Air Conditioning immediately if that is the case. We wanted to help our customers understand why their air conditioner might be blowing warm air so read on below for a quick explanation.

Fort Collins AC Repair: Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air

There are a couple reasons why your air conditioning system might be blowing warm air.

  • Low refrigerant – Your air conditioner relies on a refrigerant to remove heat from your home. If you have a refrigerant leak or your compressor is leaking then you might not have enough in the system to cool your home.
  • Clogged air filter – More than likely, you aren’t getting enough cooling in your home because your AC has a clogged air filter. Your air conditioner has an air filter in it that protects the moving parts from outside dust and dirt. If it isn’t changed regularly it can get clogged and restrict the flow of air into your home which would keep you from getting the cooling that you need.
  • Thermostat – Your thermostats are one of the most important components of your air conditioning system. They detect the temperature in your home and then activate your AC system accordingly. But if your thermostats aren’t working well, if they aren’t calibrated properly, they may just tell the air conditioning system that you don’t need any cooling.
  • Compressor – We mentioned that your AC has a refrigerant in it. Well, your system uses a compressor to compress that refrigerant to provide cooling. Even if you have plenty of refrigerant, if that compressor breaks you won’t get any cooling.

If your air conditioning system isn’t keeping you cool or if you’re having any other problems with it, just call the Fort Collins AC repair professionals at Fort Collins Heating and Air Conditioning today. And if an AC repairs are no longer a possibility, then we can talk to you about your air conditioning replacement options.

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