Don’t Ignore Your Furnace This Time of Year!

March 1st, 2021
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While winter has certainly brought some surprises this year, especially to our neighbors in the south, the season is almost officially over. And when it does end, we don’t need to think about our heaters again for six more months, right?!

Well, not quite. If you’ve lived in this area for even just a year, then you are very well aware of how variable our weather can be. Heatwaves come just as much as unseasonable cold snaps. As such, you need your furnace to always be in good shape. If it has repair needs now, you shouldn’t ignore them—that could leave you with a malfunctioning heater or a completely broken down one next time you need it.

Also, ignoring certain furnace problems—such as a problem with your ductwork or thermostat—can impact your air conditioner too, then what does that leave you with? Expensive energy bills and decreased comfort, that’s what.

Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that you need repairs for your furnace sooner rather than later.

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What to Know about a Cracked Heat Exchanger

February 15th, 2021
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The first thing you should know about a cracked heat exchanger in a gas furnace is that you don’t want one!

Gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous devices—something we should clear up right away. However, if you don’t take proper care of your gas furnace, it can become dangerous. Just like any other powerful appliance or appliance that creates combustion gasses, a furnace can potentially create health hazards if it is not properly maintained on a consistent basis.

What we want to caution you about today is one of the most common causes for a gas furnace becoming unsafe. Cracked heat exchangers are more likely to occur in older furnace systems (10-15 years old), so we recommend looking into a replacement sooner than later if you have an aging system. Routine maintenance does help catch problems like this before they start! Be sure to call for maintenance if you skipped it in the fall.

In the meantime, read on to learn more about heat exchangers in gas furnaces.

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Choosing Your Water Heater Installation

February 1st, 2021
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If we were to tell you that there is a single appliance in every American home that most homeowners take for granted, what do you think it would be? If you said water heater, we agree! The water heater really is the unsung hero in the average home—you use yours every day probably without even really thinking about it too much, until something goes wrong.

Oftentimes, if you have a water heater problem it can be fixed with a professional repair service. However, if your water heater is 15-20 years old, it might be time to kick it to the curb to get a new one professionally installed. What you should know about this is, you have options!

That said, it doesn’t mean that tankless systems are the best choice for every home. Read on as we uncover the advantages and disadvantages of each type of water heater.

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Boosting Furnace Efficiency: A How-To Guide

January 18th, 2021
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With winter officially here, homeowners throughout Fountain and beyond are looking for ways to stay warm and cozy without paying an arm and a leg for that comfort.

Having a great heating system in place is key to making this a reality. You want a heating system that will work as efficiently as possible, right? Perhaps you think the only way to make that a reality is to upgrade to a new heater. While this is sometimes the case, particularly if your system is 10-15+ years old, there are usually steps you can take that aren’t quite as drastic to boost efficiency. Read on to learn what they are!

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How to Make Your Home Healthier

January 4th, 2021
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2021 is here! If you’re like many homeowners, the last year has brought about many concerns about health. With COVID-19, folks are looking for ways to build immunity and prevent the transmission of disease among their households. While we can’t promise that any product will guarantee that COVID germs will not be transmitted and we encourage you to follow guidelines set forth by the CDC and take steps to make your home healthier to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

One way to do this is by ensuring that you are equipped with the right indoor air quality solutions. Even before our current health crisis, most Americans spend about 70% of their time within their homes. Don’t you want to ensure that the air you’re breathing is as healthy as it can be? You can start doing this by investing in a whole-house (versus portable) air purifier.

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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repair

December 21st, 2020
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No matter what the temperatures are outside, no matter what season it might be, there is one heating system that you’ll always need working in your home, day after day. It’s the water heater! It’s easy to take this system for granted, just trusting that you’ll have hot water coming from the taps at all times.

When you consider the strain your water heater goes under every year—after all it’s working 365 days a year—you’ll understand that you cannot expect it to work 100% free from malfunctions. At some point, you might need to have your water heater professionally repairs, and it helps to know the warning signs that something has gone amiss. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that it’s time to give us a call for water heater repair.

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Is Your Heater in Need of Help?

December 7th, 2020
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Nobody should have to worry that their heater will break down at any moment as we head into winter. However, if you don’t know the signs are that indicate your heater needs some help by way of repairs, then this might very well be a concern for you. It’s never fun to have to pay for repairs, but it’s even worse to have an unexpected heater breakdown and call for emergency repairs.

Our experts will be the first to tell you that it’s vital that you have your heating repairs taken care of as soon as you notice you have a problem. This will help you avoid worse problems and expensive repair bills. Plus, your system will last longer! Read on as we uncover some of the signs of a heater in need of help.

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Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with the Defender CO Detector!

November 23rd, 2020
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One of our core values here at Brown’s Heating & Cooling is “Safety First”! This is why we can’t say enough good things about getting the right carbon monoxide (CO) detector in your home. If you have a gas furnace, gas oven, or any gas-powered appliance, there is a danger of gas leaks and therefore, CO exposure. Think you’re not at risk? You should probably know every year there are fatalities due to excess carbon monoxide exposure, and low-level exposure over a long period of time is just as dangerous as high-level exposure.

Fortunately, you need only to reach out to our team to learn about a new low-level CO detector called the Defender Low Level Carbon Monoxide Monitor. For a limited time, we are offering $200 off of your furnace purchase, if you already have a CO detector or monitor in place, or free CO monitor with your furnace purchase. Even low levels of exposure can pose a significant risk to your health, and many don’t alert you until levels are quite high. This monitor makes all the difference. Read on to learn more about the dangers of CO exposure and how this monitor helps.

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Heed These Signs You Need Water Heater Repairs

November 9th, 2020
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Let’s face it, we get some pretty variable weather around our part of Colorado. But no matter what season it is or what the temperatures are outside, there is one type of heating system you’ll always need all year round, every day. That’s your water heater!

This is one of those systems that’s easy to take for granted. As homeowners we typically just expect that we’ll have hot water from the taps when we need it. But when you consider the amount of strain that a water heater goes through (it works 365 days a year, after all) you can probably understand that you can’t expect your water heater to work 100% free of problems.

At some point, you might need to give us a call for professional water heater repairs. We’ll be happy to help! But of course, you have to know that you have a problem to begin with, right? Read on as we uncover some of the telltale signs that something is amiss with your water heater.

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What to Do If Your Heat Pump Is Stuck in Cooling Mode

October 26th, 2020
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There’s no denying it—it gets cold around here in the wintertime! Perhaps you’ve gone to turn on your heat pump for the first time already this season only to discover its stuck in cooling mode and won’t switch to heat. This is of course very frustrating—you’re going to need a reliable heating system, very soon!

The first thing you should do if you notice this issues is check your thermostat if you haven’t already. Make sure it’s set to heat. This might seem obvious, but there’s always the chance that a family member switched it back over because they preferred a different temperature setting than you.

Assuming you checked this, however, and the heat pump is blowing out cool air even if you tried switching it to heating mode, it means the heat pump is stuck in cooling mode. The good news is, we have an explanation and a solution! Read on…

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