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Keep Your Air Conditioner Maintained in the Summer

Friday, May 30th, 2014

While spring and fall are ideal times to conduct maintenance on your air conditioning system, summer, too, can be a good time to ensure that it’s running properly.

Why is it important to schedule regular maintenance for your air conditioner? In a nutshell, regular maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs, save you money, make your air conditioner run more efficiently and increase its longevity. How? We’ll outline below what you can expect from air conditioning maintenance in Bellvue and why it’s important.

What Happens During Maintenance?

Three main things happen during a routine maintenance visit from your Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning specialist:

  • Inspection
  • Cleaning
  • Adjusting

Inspection

During a maintenance appointment, all aspects of your air conditioning system are thoroughly inspected for any current and/or potential problems. Items that are inspected include the different components in both the indoor and outdoor units, electrical connections, wiring, belts, ball bearings, coils, etc. The inspection allows your Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning specialist to see everything happening with your air conditioner and detect any possible problems.

Cleaning

It is normal for your system to accumulate a certain amount of dirt and dust, including debris like leaves, grass and twigs, particularly in the outside unit; what is unhealthy for your air conditioner is when these things aren’t removed. Debris can cause a number of problems if left unattended, including clogs, breakage and potential breakdown of the system. During a regular maintenance appointment, both the indoor and outdoor units are cleaned, including the coils. This cleaning can help save you money down the road by preventing repairs that can develop from having a dirty system.

Adjusting

Regular use of your air conditioner can cause screws to come loose, ball bearings to become dry, wires to fray, and other small issues. These items will be adjusted as needed during a routine maintenance appointment, preventing them from becoming bigger and potentially more costly problems.

Behind on Your Maintenance? Call Us!

Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure that your air conditioner runs optimally throughout the year.

If you haven’t scheduled air conditioning maintenance in Bellvue with us yet this year, call us, and let one of our experts help keep your AC running great this summer!

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Why You Need Commercial HVAC Specialists

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

For whatever type of business you run, if it requires that you see to the comfort and happiness of employees, customers, and clients, it’s vital to have an effective HVAC system. Just as vital is who you permit to install, repair, and maintain that system. You can’t turn to amateurs, or to technicians who mostly work on residential systems. For this job, it takes the special knowledge and experience of commercial HVAC specialists to do it right. We’ll explain some of the reasons you need commercial HVAC services for your business.

It’s not hard to locate high quality commercial HVAC repair in Bellvue: contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve served Northern Colorado Since 1934 and take pride in the work we provide to businesses to keep employees and customers happy and comfortable. Call us today.

Why go with commercial HVAC specialists

  • Commercial systems are unlike residential systems: It may seem that an air conditioner is an air conditioner no matter where it’s installed. But commercial HVAC systems are specially designed for the larger workload and ventilation systems of business spaces, so they require a particular skill set beyond that of working on residential systems. The great workhorses of the commercial HVAC world, the rooftop packaged units, aren’t something that a technician who only works on smaller home systems can accurately repair or maintain.
  • Remain within local codes: A key difference between residential and commercial HVAC work is that the second needs to remain within a strict set of local building codes that govern fire hazards and indoor air quality for employees and customers. These codes vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but professional HVAC technicians will be familiar with all of them and make certain that any repairs or installation for your company’s system will not put you at risk of being closed down. You cannot afford to have your company shuttered for any length of time because of shoddy HVAC work that ignored local codes.
  • Ensure correct comfort for a larger number of people: A residential comfort system must maintain the happiness of, on average, four to six people. A commercial system must cover more than that, and usually over a larger space. This makes it doubly important that commercial specialists size your system so it can provide even and effective heating and cooling, and that they repair the system to restore its proper level. Many more factors go into determining the amount of power a system must have to provide the correct comfort for everyone in the workplace.

We have a best of both worlds background, and you can trust to our commercial HVAC repair in Bellvue whenever you need us—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning has more than 80 years of experience with both commercial and residential systems. Call us today to make an appointment.

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How Faulty Burners Cost You Money

Friday, March 21st, 2014

One of the essential parts of a gas-powered furnace or boiler is the burner, where an ignition system burns the natural gas from the jets to create high temperature combustion gas. This gas either heats up the water in a boiler or the air in a furnace and provides the heat necessary to keep warm through a Colorado winter and any of its other cold days.

When a burner malfunctions, it will threaten your supply of heat and lower the performance of your boiler or furnace. But a faulty burner will also cost you money, as we’ll explain. To fix a burner problem, you need to call on professional heating repair in Bellvue, CO. Look to the company with a long track record, Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning: we’ve served Northern Colorado since 1934.

A Faulty Burner and Heater Efficiency

The principle way you can waste money with a heating system in your home is for it to run inefficiently: it must draw increasing amounts of energy in order to perform at the same level. For example, a furnace with a 85% AFUE rating will turn 85% of the natural gas supplied into heat. However, if the furnace develops problems, it can drop to the point that it only turns 60% of its fuel into heating power. To reach the same level of heating, it must work more and waste more.

How does the burner affect efficiency? The burner is the place where a furnace or a boiler burns natural gas. Although many other components in these systems can affect efficiency—such as heat exchangers, pumps, and air handlers—it all begins with burner. If the burner becomes dirty, making it difficult for it draw oxygen to ignite, a larger amount of gas will go to waste, and the burner will remain on longer to reach its regular heat levels.

Another possibility for waste is a burner with rust flakes in it. Corrosion of any kind will damage a furnace or boiler and needs to be avoided at all costs. Rust flakes in a burner will restrict oxygen flow, the same as with dirt and grime.

A burners connection to the gas line can become clogged, restricting gas flow. The burner will struggle to maintain enough heat to reach the temperature indicated on the thermostat, and continue to waste gas to reach it.

All of this wasted natural gas means elevated energy bills. If you notice a spike in your costs for gas on your monthly bill, you have may have a repair need in your heater… and the burner is a likely candidate.

But Don’t Try to Fix the Burner Yourself!

Repairs to gas heaters must remain in the hands of trained professionals; it’s extremely unsafe to do this work on your own. Call up the technicians at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning (we’re available 24 hours a day) and schedule heating repair in Bellvue, CO if you suspect you have a malfunctioning heater.

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Why Sizing Matters When Installing a Furnace

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

“Sizing” refers to determining how large and powerful a heating system should go into a particular space. To properly size a heater such as a furnace requires knowing the “heat load” of the space to be heated, i.e. that amount of heat required to provide the desired level of comfort. Before installing a furnace in your home in Bellvue, CO, you’ll need to have your furnace sized before you have it put in.

Sizing makes a huge difference in whether a furnace will work well or not. Although it may sound easier simply to pick the largest model possible, sizing requires finding a balance. As we’ll explain, going either too small or too large will cause serious trouble with your home’s heating. For the professional assistance you’ll need to size your furnace, contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. Our NATE-certified technicians can do the job right.

Problem #1: The Furnace is Too Small

Most homeowners understand why ending up with an undersized furnace will result in poor heating. If the furnace cannot supply the level of heat needed for a space, it will result in cold spots throughout the house and rooms with insufficient warmth. The furnace will also need to run almost constantly as it tries to reach the setting on the thermostat, so an undersized furnace won’t save you money either.

Problem #2: The Furnace is Too Large

“Come on, how can I have too much heat?” It’s a common error to think that going too large is superior to going too small. However, what happens when a furnace is too large is that it “short cycles”: turns off before completing its full heating cycle because it raises the temperature too fast. Short cycling means extra stress on the furnace, shortening its lifespan and incurring repairs, and it drains extra power because a furnace uses the most energy during start-up.

Prevention: Professional Furnace Installation

There’s an easy way to avoid both problems: have professional installers size your furnace. Using a procedure called a heat load calculation, HVAC technicians will determine the heat load of your home and match it to the right furnace. After this, you can relax and let them take care of performing the installation fast and effectively.

Let Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning be your dependable heating system service in Bellvue, CO. Northern Colorado residents have trusted to us for great heating service since 1934. Give us a call today!

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Trust Experience When Considering a Commercial HVAC Installation

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

We understand the importance of carefully budgeting for your company, both in the short-term and the long-term. Perhaps when it comes to installing a new commercial HVAC system for your business, such as new rooftop package units, you’ll want to save money with an amateur contractor who offers you the lowest price available. However, here is a place where apparent savings will soon turn into much higher costs—not to mention employee and customer dissatisfaction with conditions. The same way you would only entrust professionals to handle important outside tasks for your business, you should only entrust commercial HVAC installations to companies with the licensing and the experience necessary to make the work goes fast, accurately, and with high prospects for long-term problem-free operation.

For your commercial HVAC installation in Bellvue, CO, call our contractors at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We have been in business since 1934, and our commercial experience is extensive and covers all aspects of heating and cooling.

Why Experience is Important

We would never recommend anyone hire non-professionals for a residential job, but at least the potential for damage from shoddy work in a home is smaller than in a large workplace. Commercial HVAC systems are powerful and must work to heat and cool a larger number of people over a greater space. The ventilation systems in particular are intricate. Proper commercial work not only requires years of training, but it needs hands-on experience to make all the training click together so a technician knows the right tools and repairs to apply to any situation.

There’s also the importance of local health and safety codes: as a business owner, you know your workspace must be up to code. Only experienced commercial technicians will know exactly how to install your new units so they meet health and safety regulations. In fact, in some areas it may be illegal to have amateur installation done at all. Don’t take the risk—fines and a possible business shutdown aren’t worth it. An experienced professional will do the job right the first time so you will have no worries.

You will also need experienced installers to figure out the right size system for your workspace. Sizing any heater or air conditioner is a difficult task, but it becomes exponentially trickier for a large space with many people in it. Trust the experience of a qualified commercial HVAC service to make sure you have the proper-sized HVAC system.

You’ll Find Experience at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning

Our founding date says a lot about us: 1934. We have always been family-owned and operated, and have passed down experience from one generation to another. You will have a harder time finding a better contractor than Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for your commercial HVAC installation and other heating and air conditioning service in Bellvue, CO.

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Why You Should Hire Professionals to Handle Your Commercial HVAC Repairs in Bellvue

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Most commercial HVAC systems are flexible and reliable, allowing you to keep your employees, customers, or tenants feeling comfortable no matter what the weather is like outside. Like any other mechanical system, however, they suffer from occasional breakdowns. If your system breaks down, you not only want it fixed fast, you want it to be fixed right the first time. Here’s why you should hire licensed professionals to handle your Bellvue commercial HVAC repairs.

In the first place, you want to get your system up and running quickly when it goes down. To do otherwise is to make your employees or tenants less comfortable and to discourage customers from entering your place of business. A trained professional knows exactly when to look for, while a more general handyman (such as the kind employed in most buildings) will probably need to hunt awhile before finding the issue. Hiring a professional saves time and effort, which translates to retained business and happier employees overall.

Then there’s the question of reliability. A professional can offer guarantees that any work they do will be to your satisfaction. That comes on top of the specialized expertise you get with a professional service technician, meaning that those guarantees are backed up by experience. If you don’t hire a licensed HVAC contractor, then you’re still responsible if something goes wrong with the repairs. Even worse, if you end up damaging other components in the process, then you’ll be on the hook for those repairs as well.

The best reasons to hire professionals to handle your commercial HVAC repairs come down to money. Specifically, the money you save and the peace of mind that comes with that. If you need commercial HVAC repair in Bellvue, call the pros at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re experts in these kinds of systems and we stand by every aspect of our work so you know it’s being done right. Call us today to make an appointment.

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Why is their Frost on My Heat Pump?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Why is there frost on my heat pump?” It seems counter-intuitive, but it’s one of the most common issues faced with heat pump repair in Bellvue. Heat pumps work reasonably well in Colorado, especially when combined into a hybrid unit to help it carry the load on those cold winter nights. But problems can always arise, and frost build-up is one of them. To understand how it is created, it is important to understand how heat pumps work.

Heat pumps cycle refrigerant to help warm and cool the air. The frost issue usually occurs at the evaporator coils, where liquid refrigerant returns to a gaseous state and pulls heat out of the surrounding air in the process. Heat pumps usually have two sets of coils, one indoor and one outdoor. In the summer, the indoor coils serve as the evaporator in order to cool the air. In the winter, the outdoor coils perform that function, releasing the cool air outside instead of in your home.

That process requires specific amounts of refrigerant to work; the exact amount depends on the precise brand and model of your heat pump. If the refrigerant levels are too low – usually because a leak has sprung up in the system – then the process is knocked off kilter and frost shows up on the coils. That frost represents lost cooling potential that is stuck on the surface of the coils instead of moving into your house (or safely out of the system in the winter). Moreover, it serves as an insulator between the refrigerant and the air it’s trying to cool, further restricting the process.

Unfortunately, you can’t just scrape the ice off and expect it to get better. The problem lies with the lower levels of refrigerant and besides, scraping the ice off may damage the coils. Fortunately, a trained expert can hunt down the source of the leak and seal it before recharging refrigerant levels to their required levels. If you’re asking “why is there frost on my heat pump?” then the professionals at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to help. We handle heat pump repair in Bellvue, and our staff is well trained in dealing with refrigerant leaks. Call us today to set up a repair session!

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How to Get the Most out of Your Heating Installation

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

In rainy towns like Bellevue, heating installation services need to be performed correctly the first time, every time. Our weather doesn’t forgive shoddy workmanship, and if your heater struggles because the installation wasn’t spot on, you’ll find yourself paying much more than you should in monthly bills and repair costs. Finding a good HVAC technician for the job is a good first step, but you can go further by educating yourself about what goes into a quality heater. Here’s how to get the most out of your heating installation.

For starters, make sure the technician you’ve hired is fully qualified and ready for the job. Licensed, certified servicemen will prepare for the job diligently and keep you informed every step of the way. They’ll treat your home like your own, and double-check their work so that your new heater performs exactly as it should.

Selecting the right heater can play a big part in this as well. You want one that is neither too large nor too small, but just right for the size and conditions of your house. A good technician can measure the square footage of your home, as well as noting such elements as sun exposure and the insulation in your attic. If you’re getting a new type of furnace, he should make sure that your ducts and lines are compatible with it, and keep things like the foundation size in mind when making his preparations.

An efficient heater is a good idea too. Heater efficiency is measured in AFUE ratings, which stands for “Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency.” The higher the rating, the more efficient the heater, though you can cheat a bit by looking for the EnergyStar sticker which is given out to the most efficient heaters on the market.

For more help on how to get the most out of your heating installation, rely on Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We operate in Bellevue, heating installation is a specialty of ours, and we understand the need to make your new heater the best it can possibly be. We also stand by the quality of our equipment and service, and won’t rest until you are fully satisfied. Pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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I Need A Heater Installed – What Should I Do?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Do I need a heating installation in Bellvue?” is a question each individual homeowner should ask themselves and shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. Our cold and snowy climate makes reliable heating an absolute must and if your old heater isn’t doing the job, it’s time to consider a new one. Obviously, the first step is to contact a qualified service technician, who can go over the basics with you and plan for installing a new heater in your home. You can assist that process by educating yourself about the facts involved.  So if “I need a heater installed – what should I do?” is what you ask, here are a few basic tips that can help you out.

In the first case, get your home properly sized. Heaters need to follow what we like to call the Goldilocks Rule: neither too small nor too large but just right for your household. If the heater is too small, it won’t be able to warm your home properly. If it’s too large, it will warm the air too quickly, cycling on and off, and using up unnecessary amounts of energy in the bargain. You can size your home first by measuring the square footage, then by taking a look at the sun exposure (how many window you have facing the sun) and the amount of insulation in the walls and attic. A professional can perform formal calculations, but having a general idea will help you determine the right sized heater for you.

Beyond that, you should consider your needs. Your lifestyle will have a big impact on the kind of heater you need and the kind of accessories you might want. For instance, say you have a large house and only use one or two rooms at a time. You might want to include zone controls with your heater, allowing you to only heat those rooms you’re using and cut down on your energy bills in the bargain. A professional heating specialist can spell out the options for you more clearly.

If you need a heater, you’ve already made the right move by resolving to learn about the process involved. The next step is to call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We handle heating installation in Bellvue and throughout northern Colorado, and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Learn How to Get Your Heating System Ready for Fall

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The gap between summer and winter in Colorado offers unique challenges and opportunities for your heating system. On one hand, a sudden cold spell can strike abruptly as the fall deepens, possibly catching you unprepared with a heater that doesn’t function properly. On the other hand, the fall is a less busy time for HVAC experts, making it a fairly simple task to schedule any maintenance you need to get your heater prepared for the impending chill. We at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning have gone through many fall seasons helping people in Bellvue, CO with heating their homes. We want to pass on some of what we’ve learned about preparing your heating system for the fall, so you’re not caught in the cold unexpectedly without a working heating solution.

The most important step to take is to call an expert heating company and arrange for regular maintenance visits. Hopefully, you’ve already enrolled in a preventive maintenance program. If you haven’t, now is the perfect time to check this off your list! A visit from a AC professional will get your heater tuned-up and ready for the colder weather. You will also learn if you need to get any important repairs done. Take care of these as soon as you can—the technician will be able to make the arrangements for you—and avoid later time crunches.

For furnace owners, you should swap out your old filter and put in a new one. Filters protect the furnace from internal damage, so you want to start the fall with a fresh one to keep your furnace safe. If you use a boiler to heat your home, give it a visual inspection to make sure it isn’t leaking from the tank or at the pipe and line connections. Pay attention to any rumbling noises from the boiler, which may indicate a problem that requires professional repair, such as a build-up of sediment or lime inside.

Don’t delay doing any of this—especially the professional check-up! Fall can get cold when we least anticipate it. Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning can serve all your Bellvue, CO heating needs for the fall with our trained technicians. You can expect quality service from a company with four generations of experience. Look into our maintenance program and schedule a visit today!

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