Brown's Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Colorado Springs’

Tips for Choosing the Right HVAC Contractor

Monday, July 19th, 2021
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When you live in a climate such as ours, where a massive heatwave can hit just as easily as a major blizzard, it goes without saying that homeowners need fully functional HVAC systems that work as effectively and efficiently as possible. You need your air conditioning system and your heating system to work flawlessly day in and day out, season after season.

For truly reliable HVAC service, though, it’s essential that you work only with trained and experienced professionals. You want an HVAC contractor who you can trust and who will get the job done right the first time! This isn’t a partnership anyone wants to just rush into, as doing this could leave you with an HVAC system that’s not properly sized for your home, or even installed incorrectly so that it can’t possibly work as efficiently as it was meant to.

Whether we’re discussing installation, maintenance, or repairs, you can trust our team. But how do you know that for sure? What are the qualities of a good HVAC contractor? Read on!

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Is Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer Yet?

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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Alright, so it’s not quite summer yet. And with our variable weather we may not need our air conditioners much at all! On the other hand, we all know how hot weather can surprise us, especially when it lasts for weeks. Therefore, you want your air conditioner to be ready for summer and all it has to bring.

It’s never too early to start prepping for the warmer months! In fact, right now is a great time to schedule your air conditioner maintenance. After all, with summer coming and things starting to open up again, the last thing you need to worry about is a malfunctioning cooling system, right?

Maintenance allows our technicians to comprehensively clean, adjust, and inspect your AC system for repairs. These steps help it work efficiently and effectively, protecting your comfort and your wallet. Read on to learn more!

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Should a Ductless System be Your Next AC Option?

Monday, March 29th, 2021
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Springtime is officially upon us, and the weather is warming up. Perhaps, if you had a struggling heating system this past winter, you’re considering a heating system replacement. This is definitely a purchase you don’t want to rush into, so we applaud you for checking out this blog post to explore your heating options. You do have time to do so! The question is, is a ductless system the right option for you?

These systems are very versatile, allowing for both effective cooling and efficient heating performance. Additionally, they help you save money and space within your home. If you’ve never considered this system for your household, now’s the time. Read on!

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

Monday, 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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6 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

Monday, August 17th, 2020
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With the way technology is going, it seems like by now there’d be a way for our air conditioners to diagnose themselves when there is a problem, and shoot us a text message telling us what the problem is. This actually probably isn’t too far off in the future, but for now, it’s not a reality.

This means that homeowners have to rely on other methods to detect the warnings their cooling systems are sending out. Maybe it is a drop in cooling power, or an unexpectedly high utility bill. Or, you may have HVAC circuit breakers that are constantly tripping.

One of the most common signs, however, that something is amiss with your cooling system is strange sounds. A “strange” sound is really anything outside of the normal noises you hear when your AC runs. You hear it every day, so if something alarming comes up, it’s best not to ignore it.

We’ve listed six of the most common sounds people call us about, below.

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Should You Go Ductless This Year?

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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If you’re coming across a blog about installing a new HVAC system this time of the year, chances are that there is a little desperation behind the decision–you need an effective and efficient cooling system and you need it now.

But as tempting as it is, we really have to encourage you to slow down. This is not a purchase you want to rush into, as you can be matched with the wrong AC system for your house, or even matched with the wrong sized air conditioner for your home, which can lead to efficiency and performance problems later on down the line.

Additionally, while you may have always had a ducted system, you could do well to consider the benefits of going ductless! Read on as we uncover some of the perks of this option.

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“What Is Short-Cycling, And Is It Really That Bad?”

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Residential air conditioners go through a lot throughout the years, particularly in our area. Wear and tear can lead to issues like refrigerant leaks, failed capacitors, and even breached air ducts. Fortunately, most of these repairs can be pretty simply fixed by our technicians and even prevented with routine maintenance.

There’s one thing that natural wear and tear shouldn’t lead to though, and that’s short-cycling. Wondering what short-cycling is?

Listen to your air conditioner–really listen to it! When the compressor cycles on, it should do so long enough for the temperature in the room to reach the desired setting on your thermostat. If it doesn’t reach this temperature, but cycles back off, only to cycle back on and repeat the failed process a few minutes later then it is short-cycling. Why does this matter?

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AC Compressor Failure: Do You Repair or Replace?

Monday, July 6th, 2020
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So, you’ve been told (or you suspect) that your air conditioner’s compressor has failed and is the cause of your cooling system breakdown. The next question is, should you pay to have your system repaired, or should you have it replaced? Before we answer this, we have to explain the role of the compressor in your air conditioner.

If the thermostat serves as the brain of your AC, then the compressor is the heart. It’s what enables the refrigerant process so that your air conditioner will actually do the job it was designed to do. When the compressor fails, the whole air conditioner fails along with it. Sure, your fans might still run, but you won’t feel any cooled air coming out through the vents.

When you ask “Should I repair my air conditioner or replace it,” in this case, what you’re really asking is if you should replace the compressor or buy a whole new air conditioner. The latter is usually the right answer, but not in every instance.

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5 Ways to Boost Cooling Efficiency This Summer

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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If you’ve lived in our area for even just a year, then you know how variable our weather is. With summer here, our air conditioners are in for a lot of work. But in reality, our air conditioners get the spotlight quite a few times of the year. So, don’t you want yours to work as efficiently as possible?

Your AC can work as efficiently as possible when it’s cared for as it should be. When it’s not, you can find yourself paying a lot more for energy than you think you should have to. Some good news is that there are five very easy ways to boost cooling efficiency this summer and keep those energy bills at a reasonable level.

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Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Professional Repair

Monday, June 8th, 2020
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Spring is almost officially over and summer temps are well on their way. This means that soon enough, you’ll be using your air conditioner on a consistent basis. The last thing you need when this time comes is to have a sudden breakdown and a sudden repair or replacement need when temperatures are at their highest.

The good news here is that most cooling system repair issues give out signs and symptoms well before they force the system to shut down. And while you shouldn’t ever attempt to formally diagnose or repair a malfunctioning air conditioner on your own, you can still spot the signs that you do need AC repair, and take the appropriate steps to mitigate the problem. This means giving our pros a call!

Of course, you have to know that your air conditioner has a repair need in order to call for repairs, right? Well fortunately, there are some telltale signs you can watch out for. We’ve listed a few below:

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