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HVAC Repairs You Cannot DIY

HVAC systems usually break down on the hottest summer days, during holidays and at rather inconvenient times, when most professionals are off-duty and cannot help at a moments notice. It is not a big surprise that we try to find a DIY solution to our problems in such cases. Some of us are also frugal and believe strongly that we can do everything by ourselves to save money. Most things we can actually fix with some elbow grease, but there are some repairs that you should never try to do on your own. The HVAC system, in particular, repairing it is not an easy or a safe task unless you are a trained professional since it involves harmful chemicals and dangerously high voltages. Here are some rules of thumb when considering a DIY repair of your HVAC unit.

Never Open Your Unit Without Proper Tools

Your basic toolkit might be useful when doing small tasks around the house, but using it to open up and tinker around your HVAC unit can cause further damage. Specialized tools must be used to identify possible issues and fix small and fragile parts.

Refrigerants Must be Handled With Care

A refrigerant is a highly toxic chemical that needs to be disposed of in a specific manner which is outlined by law, and that task must be done by a certified professional. Handling it yourself can cause serious damage to your surroundings and put you and your family in harm’s way.

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Do Not Experiment With Electrical Repairs

All HVAC units use high voltages and strong electric currents that can cause electric shocks when touched, or even cause a fire in your home. If you notice something is wrong with your unit, hire a professional to find the problem and fix it.

Never Assume You Know What is Wrong With Your Unit

Unless you are an experienced professional, it is really hard to guess the real cause your HVAC system is malfunctioning. Short circuits, for example, are not always a sign of an electrical problem but can also be a symptom of a whole string of possible problems, such as a broken thermostat, a refrigerant leak or a blocked air filter that needs careful cleaning. By getting involved you might worsen the problem and actually increase your repair expenses.

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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When to Repair Your HVAC System?

How to Decide When You Should Repair or Replace Your HVAC Unit?

Your home HVAC system is a bit older and technologically less advanced, but it still works rather well.  Determining if you should continue repairing your system every time you encounter a problem or simply upgrade to a newer and more efficient model is not always an easy task. There are several key factors you should take into account before deciding, especially if you have a unit older than ten years. Consider the following options when making an informed decision, and we at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling will take care of your home, whatever you decide.

Does your unit have minor issues like broken ductwork, electrical problems or drain lines that show signs of clogging?

You can try fixing the smaller problems yourself, but handle them with care or leave that to the professionals. If you’re having problems with the major parts of your unit, like the blower motor, the compressor or the condenser coils, opt for replacing your unit.

How many repairs has your unit required, so far?

If you repaired your unit less than two times in the last ten years and it’s still working properly, you should wait before a new purchase. If this is your third major repair, start shopping for a new unit.

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For a more pleasant home, consider all the factors before deciding if you should upgrade or simply repair your old HVAC system.

How much would the repairs cost?

If your unit is still under warranty, or the repair costs add up to less than half of the cost of a new unit, proceed with the repairs. The costs of replacing important components like the condenser coils, the compressor or the blower motor might add up to more than 50 % of the cost of a new unit, meaning that it would be wiser to invest in a new system that would improve the efficiency of your entire HVAC system, and subsequently save you money.

Is your unit the right size?

If professionals installed an HVAC system that is in line with the size of your home, your unit should last longer and work more efficiently. An over-sized or an under-sized unit uses more energy because it needs to turn on and off more often, which leads to premature failure of the entire system. If you do not have the appropriate size unit, consult a professional and find a new option for your home.

Our team at Total Comfort Heating & Cooling will be glad to help, so contact us to request a consultation.

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HVAC Systems—When to DIY and When to Call a Professional

Whether you live in the sweltering heat or in a veritable icebox, maintaining your HVAC system is critical to staying comfortable. There are a lot of things you can take care of yourself with regards to maintenance, but there are some things you should leave to a professional. Here are some tips for when to DIY and when to give us a call.

Do-It-Yourself Projects

Armed with the right knowledge, there are some basic tasks that you can complete to keep your HVAC system running at its peak.

  • Changing air filters – Air filters need to be replaced periodically, usually every few months depending on use. This is easy to do yourself—locate the filter located at the return intake and measure. Depending on the size of your home, you may have multiple filters and they may be different sizes.
  • Taking care of obstructions – Make sure all of your vents are clear of obstructions, including furniture and curtains. In addition, you can make sure the outside condenser unit is clear of dirt, debris, and vegetation—clear at least two feet around the unit.
  • Insulation – Proper insulation maximizes your system’s efficiency—check for air leaks, particularly around windows.

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Call a Professional

It’s time to call a professional when you have any system installation or you encounter a situation where you can void your warranty. This includes electrical work and physically opening the unit—check your warranty details.

Beyond standard maintenance, any major repairs should be done by an experienced technician. In addition, your HVAC system needs an annual tune-up, for which you should also contact a pro.

Convenient Service

At Denver Total Comfort, we can send one of our experienced technicians to your home to make HVAC system repairs. Contact us, and we’ll take care of your maintenance issues right away. Let the professionals handle the things you can’t DIY.

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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.

Tune-up

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.

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3 Signs Your HVAC is On Its Way Out

HVAC units are always an investment, so it is important to maintain them for as long as possible. No one wants to have to go through the hassle of replacing their unit. However, there comes a time when it becomes more cost-effective to replace the unit than to keep doing repairs. If you aren’t sure if your HVAC unit is worth saving, this quick guide can help.

How to Tell if HVAC Services are Needed

There are several ways to notice if a unit needs servicing or replacing. The first is excess moisture forming on or around the unit. If an air conditioner is dripping, for example, it could be an indication that one or more of the internal components are damaged. Anytime the unit is making unusual noises, not working, or is excessively dirty or leaking, you should contact a professional to help you.

In most cases, professionals can fix the issue. A technician may recommend completely replacing the unit. Here are some reasons why replacing can be better than repair:

It’s Cost-Effective

Some units require lots of ongoing maintenance or extensive repairs. These expenses can add up very quickly. This makes investing in a new unit, as opposed to keeping an old unit, a much more attractive option.

Energy-Efficient Features

Older units may be repairable, but they won’t offer the best performance. Energy efficiency can help keep utility bills low and reduce your household’s carbon footprint. Identify your current usage and see how it compares to newer models.

Consistent Air Flow

Sometimes, after technicians make repairs, they don’t know how long a machine will work until it breaks again. This instance is common with older units that can easily become blocked. If you want a consistent home temperature and air flow, you need to invest in a reliable unit.

All Heating and Cooling Needs in One Place

If you aren’t sure if your home or office has the best HVAC unit available, contact Total Comfort Heating and Cooling. Our remarkable service includes everything from installations to repairs. We will be happy to provide you with an honest diagnosis of your system and suggestions on how to improve it. Contact us today to learn more!