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Protect Your HVAC Unit From Snow and Ice

Denver residents know exactly what winter can bring—icy conditions, piles of snow, and of course, frigid temperatures. Your heater is working overtime to help keep you and your family warm, but snow and ice can potentially cause some problems to your system.

Heat Pump

If your HVAC system has a heat pump condenser, it needs proper ventilation to work efficiently. Just as you need to keep the unit free of leaves in the fall and tall grass in the summer, you need to clear the unit of snow and ice in the winter. It’s important to clear an area of about 18 inches around the unit and remove any snow or ice on top.

The unit has small fins, which is how it transfers heat, and you need to take special care not to damage these fins while you’re clearing away the snow. So no heavy hitting with your shovel.



While we’re on the subject of protecting fins, icicles can also cause some serious damage. Make sure your gutters don’t have any damage that can cause icicles to form. If they do form over your outdoor unit, knock them away, so they don’t fall on the condenser.

Intake and Exhaust Pipes

If you notice that your furnace is constantly trying to start without turning on, the intake and exhaust pipe outside may be blocked. To find the pipe, look for a black or white pipe leading away from your furnace and see where it leads outside the house. If there is a pileup of snow, clear it away.

If you get snowed or iced in and you think your system needs assistance, out technicians at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling can take time for a home visit to help make sure your furnace is clear enough to keep working properly. Contact us today!


It’s Never Too Early—Your Pre-Winter HVAC Checklist

As summer starts to come to a close, we start dreaming of cooler weather, which means it’s time to start thinking about your winter heating needs. You wouldn’t let your car go without inspections and oil changes—treat your HVAC system the same way.

Your HVAC system for heating or cooling requires regular maintenance, and while the repairs should be left to us, there are steps you can take to assess if there are any problems that need to be addressed. It may seem early, but it’s better to catch problems before you lose functionality in the middle of winter when you need the heat.

Your cooling system may be running great, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that your heating system is. In the off time during the spring and fall months, elements of your heating system may stop working. Here are a few simple steps you can take to assess if your heating system is working properly.

Check Your Thermostat

It may seem obvious, but the first thing you should do is turn the unit on and see if it’s working. Set your thermostat to about 75 degrees and wait a moment. Put your hand over the vent and feel if warm air is pushing out. If you don’t feel warm air, or if it takes more than a few minutes to put out warm air, there may be a larger issue.

Check the Air Filter

Sometimes, limited heat or slow heat could point to the air filter. Use your owner’s manual to check where your air filter is located. It’s a pretty quick check to see if the air filter is dirty or clogged. Air filters typically need to be cleaned or changed every three to nine months.


Have one of our professionals come to your home and perform a fall tune-up. An HVAC tune-up is not something you should do yourself, and a technician can make sure your unit is running at optimal capacity.

Registers, Grilles, and Vents

It goes by many names, but the register is the vent through which warm air pushes into the home. Turn on your heating system and check every register to feel that they are all putting out warm air at the same force and temperature. Contact a technician if one of your registers is not functioning properly.

Return Air Vent

All HVAC systems have a return air vent, which sucks in air to either be cooled again or warmed. This air will also be filtered. The return vent is an essential part of your system, so you should include this as part of your pre-season checklist. The return air vent is usually huge, and you can assess its effectiveness by putting your hand close to the grille—you should feel a light suction.

Clean Around Your HVAC System

As a matter of safety, you should clean the area surrounding your unit and remove any debris, vegetation, and potentially flammable material.

Your Seasonal Experts

Don’t wait for winter to come before your check your heating system. Total Comfort Heating and Cooling can fill all of your HVAC needs.  Contact us so we can perform a seasonal tune-up and make sure everything is going to perform when you need it.


5 Common HVAC Problems to Check For

Diagnosing Your Own HVAC Issues

Working in the business for over 30 years has taught me a thing or two about HVAC companies. Some will only try to sell you new equipment even when your old HVAC system just needs minor repairs. While it’s certainly sometimes the right choice to upgrade your HVAC system if it’s bleeding you dry each month on your utility bills, sometimes all you need is a small repair. If your HVAC system doesn’t seem to be working properly, there are a few things that you can check.

Senior male reaching up to open filter holder for air conditioning filter in ceiling

Refrigerant Leaks

What you’re looking for here is an air conditioner that seems to be blowing out warmer air. Most of the time, when that happens, it’s simply a refrigerant leak. While it’s not a major issue, it’s something that you want to have repaired because it will force the condenser to work harder and shorten the life of the HVAC system.

Compressor and Fan Failure

When your air conditioner seems not to be adequately blowing out air, this indicates a problem in the electrical wiring. In some instances, the wires have begun to corrode, and this will happen with older units, or units that are powered on and off frequently. It can be fixed without scrapping the unit.

Dirty Filters

If you notice your energy bill seems to be going up, or the quality of your air appears to be going down, one place to look is the filters. Filters should be changed once a month because the system will have to work extra hard to cool the room. A dirty filter will result in more wear and tear and higher energy bills.

Drainage Issues

If the condensation pump breaks, you may notice water pooling within or around the HVAC unit. This pooling could result in water damage to your home, and it also forces the unit to work harder making it less efficient.

Sensor Malfunctions

The thermostat triggers the HVAC system, so if the thermostat isn’t working properly, it could mean your HVAC system doesn’t know if it’s supposed to be cooling the house or warming the house. Obviously, this is bad because now you don’t have a functioning HVAC system. On the other hand, it’s easily repaired.

Our techs don’t get paid to make sales, they get paid to repair HVAC systems. So if you’re not looking to be sold a brand new unit when all you need is a minor repair contact our client specialists and let us help make your home comfortable again!