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Most Common Reasons for HVAC Failure and How to Avoid Them

Avoid These Common Mistakes and Prolong the Life of Your HVAC System

Nobody likes to be in desperate need of cooling, only to realize his or her costly HVAC system is not working. In order to avoid this unfortunate turn of events, it is useful to know what are the most common reasons for HVAC system breakdown!

Incorrect Installation

If you want to have a new HVAC system installed in your home, do proper research, and follow these useful steps on how to choose the right professional for the job.

Inaccurate Sizing

Not all HVAC systems are appropriate for all spaces. If you install a system that is too powerful, it will turn on, cool your home too quickly, turn off and then repeat the whole process every couple of minutes. If you choose a system that is too weak, it will struggle with keeping the desired temperature of your home, draining too much energy in the process and decreasing the life of your unit.

Checking air filters is a necessary step of HVAC system maintenance

The air conditioning filter in the ceiling needs to be checked regularly in order to avoid clogging.

Lack of Maintenance

Besides doing simple adjustments in order to keep your system working properly, it is important to schedule professional maintenance to prepare your system for the changes in temperature. Check your air filters often and replace them if necessary.

Incorrect Usage

Be sure to close all doors and windows to the outside when your AC is working, and turn it off when you are not at home.

Technical Difficulties

Refrigerant leaks, broken thermostats, blown capacitors, and tripped breakers are all technical reasons HVAC systems tend to fail. These problems can be resolved with a thorough and professional checkup.

Physical Obstacles

Heat pumps and external units require a clean surrounding area. Give your unit some breathing room in order to achieve unobstructed airflow and frequently remove excess grass, leaves, and pollen off your unit.

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.

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5 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your AC

Prolong the Life of Your HVAC with These Easy Steps

When the streets start to sizzle from the heat and you get the urge to stand in the shower for hours to cool down, using the air conditioning system in your home can be a real life-saver. To keep your AC in perfect condition and operating in full capacity, you need to take care of your unit and the space around it. Besides the usual advice about cleaning the filters and doing an annual checkup before the summer starts, here are five simple ways you can help your AC work better when you need it the most.

1. Take care of your outdoor unit

Before using your AC, make sure nothing is blocking your outdoor unit. Clean the space around it and eliminate excess grass, weeds or even flowers growing next to it. After periods of poor weather and strong winds, check for debris and clean the unit.

2. Give your floor registers some space

Be careful while decorating your house and try to avoid putting furniture directly above your floor registers. If you cover them, you will prevent the air from circulating, and your HVAC will not heat nor cool your space correctly. Forcing the air back into the register will create additional problems in your ducts.

3. Use your window blinds

Just because you are cooling your space with your AC, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to use additional methods to reduce the temperature of the air coming into your home. One of the best ways to prevent your home from overheating is to pull down the blinds on your windows. That means your AC will need less energy to cool the interior of your home to the preferred temperature.

Adjust the thermostat for optimal temperature

4. Adjust the thermostat

Be careful not to exaggerate when lowering the temperature inside your home, in comparison to the situation outside. Most homes have less than ideal insulation which means the AC will not be able to sustain a temperature difference of 30 degrees or more, even though it will keep trying. Instead of forcing your AC into overdrive, invest in a programmable thermostat to keep the temperature of your home under control.

5. Choose when to turn on your AC

Avoid using the AC in cases when the perfect temperature of your home is easily achievable by opening the windows. Instead of using a lot of energy, simply create a light breeze and enjoy the nice weather without racking up an enormous electricity bill.

In case you discover that your HVAC needs thorough maintenance, feel free to contact us at 

Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.

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Getting Your Heating System Ready for Spring

Do Some Spring Maintenance for a Healthy Heating System

With spring making our lawns green again and the sun warming the air, it’s finally time to stop heating our homes and to give our systems some well-deserved maintenance. By preparing our furnaces and HVAC systems for this new period, we can significantly prolong the lives of our units and save money in the long run. When furnaces are concerned, there are several easy steps you can take to keep your system in top shape for years to come!

Extending the Life of Your Heating System

In order to get the best out of your heating system, you should frequently check your units and carry out simple maintenance tasks that will help you avoid serious damage and unnecessary repairs.

5 Heating System Maintenance Tasks to do Regularly

1. Tighten all the electrical connections because sometimes malfunctions can be avoided by simply fixing the basics.

2. Clean or change the air filters because they can make your system use more energy than necessary.

3. Clean the drains of your system to avoid possible water damage due to overflowing.

4. Check the controls of your system and the thermostat to make sure your system shuts off when you want.

5. Grease the moveable parts of your furnace to reduce the possibility of friction and subsequent damage.

Checking the thermostat is one of the main heating maintenance tasks.

HVAC technician testing voltage on a mercury thermostat.

Buying a New Furnace

Depending on the way you use and care for your heating system, it can last up to 20 years! However, different factors can take a toll on your unit and force you to consider buying a new furnace. Since it takes time to choose a new unit, find the right contractor, and gather the funds necessary for replacing an old furnace, we are sometimes reluctant to take the plunge. That is why it is useful to know which signs you need to pay attention to when inspecting your current system.

Main Indicators for Replacing a Furnace

1. The energy bills have been increasing lately despite all your efforts to reduce them.

2. The furnace has been breaking down frequently.

3. The thermostat is not a reliable indicator of the temperature in your home anymore.

4. The furnace keeps making strange noises you cannot identify.

If your heating system needs quality spring maintenance or you are considering an upgrade, contact us at TOTAL COMFORT Heating and Cooling and we will help you keep your home in perfect shape.

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How to Choose the Perfect HVAC Contractor for Your Home

Professional HVAC System Contractors for Your Home

Finding a quality service provider for your home is equally important as choosing the right HVAC system.

You’ve had enough with the weather conditions in your area and you’ve finally decided, it’s time to install your first HVAC system. Congratulations! Before you start spending your hard earned money on the latest technological trends, take some time to be realistic and identify your needs when it comes to the heating and cooling of your home. Do some good old-fashioned research in order to choose the right system for your home. After deciding on a brand and model, the next most important step is to find the right person to install it! The market is full of companies offering their services, but not all of them are the right fit for you and your circumstances. Follow these simple five steps to make sure the company you are looking to hire is indeed worthy of your trust.

Ask Around for Recommendations

There is no better way of finding out who to hire than asking your friends and family if they had a satisfactory experience with a company or a certified HVAC technician.

Do Some Internet Research

If you are new to the area, try searching the web for companies with good references. Use online forums and research the websites of companies you are considering. Check their blogs, the FAQ section if they have one, and read the testimonials from other customers. Do your homework.

Ask Potential Contractors to Provide Necessary Credentials

Your contractor needs to have an appropriate license, as well as a contract license surety bond that serves as insurance in case something goes wrong with your agreement. It’s wise to ask for your contractor’s credentials in order to check if the company is qualified to install the model you’ve selected for your home.

Ask for Offers and Specifics via Email

Although it might seem quicker and easier to communicate with your potential contractor over the phone, try to arrange all the specifics via email because that way you will have a written trace of your agreements for future reference.

Sign a Detailed Contract

Your contractor needs to specify several important details in a binding contract, the most important information being the dates when work will be performed, a list of all the costs, a payment schedule and a deadline for the completion of your project.

How to find quality HVAC contractors

A Perfect HVAC Technician Needs to…

-have the necessary skills and be certified

-inform you about the code requirements for your area and any permits
you might need

-be punctual, prompt and honest about the time requirements for the installation process

-be professional and courteous with you at every moment

-be knowledgeable and ready to answer all the questions you might have

Our Total Comfort Heating & Cooling team proudly serves the Greater Denver, Colorado area, and the surrounding Denver, Colorado suburbs. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about your system or need our professional services.

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5 Common Myths About Your HVAC System

Common Misconceptions about the HVAC System

Adjusting the position of the thermostat is one of the easiest ways to save power and money in your home and avoid the need for professional services.

Buying a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system consists of more than just choosing the right model and getting the right contractors to install it. Besides studying the instructions and asking your contractors for advice, it’s important to be aware of common misconceptions about the HVAC system. It’s time to get to know your units in order to enjoy the perfect temperature throughout your home at every moment.

Myth No. 1: A bigger and stronger HVAC system is always better.

False! If you get a system that is too big for the available square footage of your home, it will cost you more! Your system will heat or cool your space quickly, turning on and off repeatedly in order to maintain the temperature you selected for your space. This, in turn, will shorten the lifespan of your unit, and use more power.

Myth No. 2: An energy-efficient unit will automatically reduce your electricity bill.

False! Even though buying an energy-efficient unit is a great start, in order to see real results, you need to check for leaky window seals and insulation problems that may hinder the process of heating or cooling your space.

One of the myths about HVAC is that energy-efficient units are enough to save power and money

Myth No. 3: The position of the thermostat is not that important.

False! Placing the thermostat too close to one of the air vents, windows or radiators can cause the component to give a false reading of the temperature in the room, making the system turn off or on instead of keeping the temperature consistent.

Myth No. 4: Filters need to be changed only once a year.

False! Depending on the amount of dust present in your home, the number of people living in your space and whether or not you have pets, filters get dirty quickly, clog the system and reduce airflow. Clean the filters or change them every few months to maintain your HVAC system in top shape.

Myth No. 5: Keeping your AC running while you are not at home will ultimately save energy.

False! When you are not present in your space, it’s always better to shut your HVAC system off instead of keeping the temperature set on high during the day. Choosing a programmable thermostat can help you limit the unnecessary use of power. Simply set the timer to turn the AC off when you leave or back on right before you return home.

Following these simple tips will help you enjoy your HVAC system without unnecessary expenses and the need for professional help for as long as possible. In case you need thorough maintenance, feel free to contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.