Brown's Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

What’s the Harm In a Cracked Furnace Heat Exchanger?

Monday, November 7th, 2022

More than 64 million homes in the US use natural gas to heat their houses, and most of these homes use a furnace for the job. It’s no surprise that gas furnaces are the popular option for keeping cozy in the winter. They produce heat faster than electric ones, and do it quickly, efficiently, and economically.

Although gas furnaces are built to be as safe as possible, there are potential hazards. If you’re using a gas furnace to heat your home, it’s imperative to be aware of the things that could go wrong. One of these potential problems is a cracked heat exchanger. This is not a minor repair by any means. While gas furnaces do have a special feature to turn the system off if something malfunctions, a cracked furnace heat exchanger can be subtle and dangerous. 

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Now Is the Time to Schedule This Important Heating Service

Monday, September 26th, 2022

You expect your heating system to work for you when you need it, but what happens when a cold spell arrives and your furnace stops working? This is something you don’t want to experience. Scheduling your heating maintenance now ensures you and your family will have the comfortable indoor temperatures you need when outdoor temperatures drop. 

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Here’s How to Tell If You Need to Replace Your Furnace!

Monday, February 28th, 2022

If you’ve come across this blog post during an internet search, then chances are that you’re in a bit of a rush to find a solution to your heater problems. Of course, rushing into a new furnace purchase isn’t a great idea, but what is a good idea is to find out if that’s even what you need.

We are here for all your furnace service needs, whether it’s repairs, replacement, or maintenance. But read on as we share below some of the warning signs that indicate you may be looking at a furnace upgrade for your suffering heating system.

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Should You Go Ductless This Year?

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Have you seen a ductless HVAC system before? Chances are that you probably have, even if you can’t pinpoint when it was. If you’ve noticed a unit up on the wall of a room that resembles a sleeker version of a window air conditioning unit that doesn’t go through the back of the wall too, then you’re looking at the air handler of a ductless system.

Also referred to as a ductless mini-split heat pump, ductless systems work through these wall-mounted air handlers, each of which is connected to a single outdoor unit. An outdoor unit can be connected to up to 4 indoor air handlers, which all work independently of one another with their own thermostats.

Ductless systems have become increasingly popular in the U.S. in the last decade or so, and for good reason. Read on as we uncover the various benefits of such a system.

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How to Increase Home Comfort When Your Heater Seems to Be Making Air Drier

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

Home comfort can seem like quite the challe

nge in the winter–especially when temperatures are at their coldest. You run your heater, but you don’t feel as comfortable as you think you should. In fact, it only seems to make the dry air drier!

This is a bit of a strange phenomenon, but your heater isn’t actually making the dry air drier. What’s actually happening is the dryness is making the cold air colder, and this is why you’re feeling uncomfortable.

You see, the ideal relative humidity level in any given home is between 30-50%. Anything below 30%, which our humidity levels often are as the temperatures cool down, is considered too dry. Since humidity holds in heat, you’ll not only feel dry but you’ll feel like you can’t quite warm up either. Read on to learn what the solution is to this problem!

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Tips for Boosting Heating Efficiency in Your Home

Monday, December 20th, 2021

When temperatures decline and you need your heating system to run on a consistent basis, it can seem hard to save money. After all, your HVAC systems take up half of all the energy use in a home, and it’s obviously not practical to just shut off your heating system–we need our heaters here in Colorado Springs!

You can improve heating efficiency with these tips from our expert technicians. Reach out to a professional technician to schedule service today!

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Why You Don’t Want a Cracked Furnace Heat Exchanger

Monday, December 6th, 2021

If we were to guess what kind of heater you use in your home to stay comfortable during our chilly winters, it’s probably safe to guess it’s a natural gas furnace. After all, these are the most popular heaters throughout the country, and their popularity is highest in states with weather systems like ours. Natural gas is a cost-efficient fuel source–more so than electricity. Since most households also have ductwork running through, furnaces are also a bit more popular than boilers.

Today’s modern furnaces are designed with safety in mind, and will operate even more safely if you make sure you stay on top of your annual professional tune-ups.

But it’s important to remember that even the most well-cared-for gas furnace has the potential to suffer from gas leaks and combustion hazards that require quick, professional repair. The biggest repair concern is a cracked heat exchanger. Ignoring this problem can lead to a significant safety hazard in your home. Read on to learn more!

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Are You Ready for a Heater Upgrade?

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Not sure if it’s time to replace your heating system? We understand that this can be a difficult decision. Deciding to buy a new furnace or heat pump for your home and spending money on the installation service needed to get it put incorrectly is an investment of your time and money, so you want to make sure you’re making the right decision.

On the other hand, you don’t want to wait too long to take action if something really is wrong with your heating system. Waiting too long could leave you with a completely broken down heater when you need the system the most this fall or winter.

Read on as we uncover some signs that it may be time for you to go ahead and contact us for a heating system upgrade!

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“Help! My Heat Pump Won’t Switch Modes”

Monday, November 8th, 2021

By the definition of most Colorado Springs residents, temperatures are still pretty “mild.” Still, though, you are probably at least itching to turn on your heater during our very chilly nights. So, what happens if you went to switch your heat pump from cooling mode to heating mode, only to discover that it won’t switch over?

First off, it’s worth mentioning that this problem is a lot less likely to happen with preventive maintenance. While a standard central air conditioner or furnace needs maintenance once a year, a heat pump does twice the work as these conventional systems and therefore needs twice the care.

Maintenance allows our professionals to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it. We’ll also check for signs that your system needs repair, and alert you to those repair needs so you can get that on your schedule.

If you’ve already had maintenance done in the last few months, however, and you’re still experiencing this problem, then it’s very clear something is amiss. But what is it? Read on to find out!

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How Can You Tell If Your Furnace Needs Repairs?

Monday, October 25th, 2021

If there’s anything we don’t want our customers to do this fall and winter, it’s sitting around wondering if their heating system is going to allow them to stay comfortable all season long without suddenly breaking down on them.

Of course, if you keep up on your maintenance sessions, this is a lot less likely to happen! Maintenance allows your furnace system to work as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible. When we maintain your system, we thoroughly clean it, inspect it for signs of wear and tear, and adjust components that need it.

This all actually helps prevent repair needs. Still, it’s a good idea to be aware of the signs that you might actually need furnace repairs, in case a repair need does crop up in between tune-ups. Read on as we uncover some of the signs of a furnace in disrepair.

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