Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Important Yearly Reminders About Furnace Safety

Monday, November 28th, 2022
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It’s no mystery to homeowners that your home’s major systems require routine maintenance. Your home is your biggest investment and should be protected as such. For the safety and well-being of your family, an annual furnace inspection should be high on the maintenance priority list, especially if you have a gas-powered furnace.

Gas furnaces operate by combusting natural gas, so it’s important that they’re operating as safely and efficiently as possible. Although they’re rare, when gas leaks occur, they can be fatal. 

The expertise of a professional HVAC company is necessary to service your furnace along with any other home heating services you may need. But there are some general things you can do to help ensure your furnace is running as it should. Follow this safety checklist to learn the things you can do.

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Why Am I Getting Uneven Heating From My Furnace?

Monday, November 14th, 2022
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The cold weather has arrived and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. You’re planning Thanksgiving festivities but there’s one thing that’s bothering you: you’re not entirely sure your furnace’s performance is up to snuff.

Perhaps your furnace seems to be working at keeping your home warm and cozy. But something’s just not right. Some rooms feel colder or warmer than they should. Your house has a case of uneven heating, a common issue that homeowners encounter with their furnaces. You’ll notice uneven heating when one room feels hot and stuffy while another room feels freezing cold. 

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Why Your Boiler Might Overheat

Monday, October 17th, 2022

A boiler is an efficient and reliable method of heating a home. But a boiler that’s overheating is a problem that should be checked out immediately when it occurs. Boiler overheating not only results in an inefficient system but presents the serious risk of your boiler exploding. Overheating can also cause the internal components to melt, which can lead to toxic fumes. 

Although modern boilers are fitted with safety features and warning devices to keep worst-case scenarios like these from happening, as a responsible homeowner, it’s important to recognize the signs of an overheating boiler. Here are some of the main reasons why boilers overheat. 

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Some Specific Problems That Can Affect a Boiler

Monday, October 3rd, 2022

As you start to think about heating your home this coming winter, you’ll want to consider your heating system and the work it may require. If you use a boiler to warm your home, then you won’t have to worry often about scheduling repairs for it: boilers need fewer repairs than systems with more mechanical parts, such as furnaces. As long as you stay current with annual maintenance for your boiler (and right now is a great time to schedule maintenance), you’ll rarely need to call us for boiler repair in Colorado Springs, CO.

Of course, no boiler is indestructible. In this post, we want to look at several specific boiler malfunctions you may encounter during the winters. As soon as you recognize that there’s something wrong with your boiler, call our technicians. We offer 24-hour emergency service to ensure you get the repairs you need and have your heating restored.

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How Our Maintenance Program Will Help You This Winter

Monday, September 5th, 2022

opening-furnace-cabinetIf it feels a bit too hot to talk about doing any kind of maintenance for winter, we agree with you … that it’s too hot. But September is also the right time to think about getting that all-important annual heater tune-up. It prepares you in time for the earliest change in the weather and it comes at a point in the year when you definitely won’t need to have the heater actually running. 

So let us help you with some forward planning with our maintenance program: the Residential Energy Savings Agreement. Joining is one of the best things you can do for your home comfort, not only for this winter, but for next summer.

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Where the Furnace Pilot Light Went—And What Replaced It

Monday, March 21st, 2022

furnace-burners-CUWhen people think of standard natural gas furnaces, they often think of the words pilot light. Standing pilot lights became part of gas furnaces back in the 1920s and marked a major improvement in using them at the time. Rather than having to manually light a furnace each time a house needed heat, people could instead turn the furnace on and the standing pilot was at the ready to ignite the gas burners. 

Does the furnace you currently have in your house use a standing pilot light? We’d wager the answer is no. In fact, it’s almost certainly no if your furnace is less than eleven years old. Standing pilot lights started to disappear in the 1980s, and now you’ll mostly find them used on commercial equipment and not in residential heating systems, such as gas furnaces and stoves. What happened to the pilot light? And what has replaced it?

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The Parts of a Gas Furnace That Help It Run Safely

Monday, March 7th, 2022

natural-gas-furnaceOne of our main concerns as an HVAC contractor handling heating in Colorado Springs, CO is ensuring our customers have gas furnaces that run safely through the winter season. Although gas furnaces are built with safety as the top priority, malfunctions can still lead to potential carbon monoxide hazards in a home as well as combustion dangers. 

We want to help you better understand your gas furnace, and in this post we’ll look at the safety features built into it to help it run hazard-free during the season. The more you know about these features, the more you’ll know about when the furnace isn’t running safely. Please don’t try to troubleshoot any of these features yourself or open up the furnace cabinet to tinker with it. Instead, shut off the gas to the furnace and call our technicians. We offer 24-hour emergency service for situations like this.

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Has Your Furnace Lived Up to Expectations This Winter?

Monday, February 21st, 2022

natural-gas-furnaceWeather isn’t done with us yet in Colorado Springs, but we’re now in the latter half of the season. Your furnace has already handled many days of keeping back the cold weather and warming your house. As you start to look ahead toward the warmer months, now is a good time to give some thought to your furnace and how well it’s worked for you this winter. 

The big question to ask: “Has my furnace lived up to expectations this year?” We’ll go more into this question below so you can get a better idea of your furnace’s condition and future.

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Some Unusual Signs of a Failing Furnace

Monday, February 7th, 2022

humidity-on-windowUnderstanding the common signs that you need furnace service in Colorado Springs, CO is a basic part of owning a furnace. But furnaces can fail in several ways, and some of the signs aren’t ones you’ll frequently find on lists of furnace repair warnings. These are often more subtle, but they can give you an early heads up that you should call our expert technicians. Repairing a furnace promptly not only protects you from getting trapped in a house with no heat, it also helps ensure the furnace operates at its safest. 

Here are several of the lesser-known signs of a furnace that’s malfunctioning…

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When Is a Furnace Repair for an Old Furnace Too Expensive?

Monday, December 13th, 2021

home-basement-furnacePeople don’t usually have any sentimental attachment to the furnace that heats their homes: these are functional items, although they serve a vital function. But people still find it hard to make the choice to replace an aging furnace because of the costs involved. “Why not just keep repairing it?” they think. The problem is that repairs can turn out to be far more costly than investing in replacing the furnace. 

We’ll take a look at this common conundrum. If you have an old furnace, when is it too pricey to continue with furnace repair in Colorado Springs, CO?

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