Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Colorado Springs’

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 Effective Is a Heat Pump in a Colorado Springs Winter?

Monday, September 19th, 2022

sun-and-snowflake-badgeAs we move into the fall, you’ll start to think about heating your home. This may be the year when you replace your current central heating system with a new one. If this is the case, you may be considering a heat pump in Colorado Springs, CO. Heat pumps handle the job of both heating and cooling a house, making them a good option if you’re looking at replacing an electric furnace and an air conditioning system.

But you may have heard the heat pumps aren’t up to handling extremely cold temperatures like the ones we get here in Colorado Springs. A heat pump in heating mode draws heat from outdoors and moves it indoors, and so conventional wisdom says a heat pump can only work efficiently in milder cold climates. Is this true? Is a heat pump just not viable in our weather?

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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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Watch for These Signs of AC Compressor Trouble

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

compressor-in-ac-unitThe heat has dropped significantly since the scorcher weather we experienced at the end of July and in early August. This doesn’t mean that your AC is out of this rough patch of keeping your home cooled down, however. Summer isn’t over yet, and we know that intense heat can strike into the fall. 

With this in mind, we want to talk to you about the compressor in your AC. This is the part of your cooling system you want to keep in the best condition. It’s the “engine” of the entire air conditioner, drawing on the most electrical power to perform the job of circulating refrigerant and placing it under pressure. Without the compressor, the AC can’t cool anything and is just a big central fan. Because the compressor is an expensive part to replace, people often choose to replace their whole AC system rather than just the compressor should it fail. 

We want to help you with fast air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO, when you’ve got an imperiled compressor. Watch for these signs and call us ASAP to see if we can rescue your compressor (or fix whatever is wrong).

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How Long Can You Expect Your AC to Run?

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Air-conditioner-recyclingA central air conditioning system is a significant and important investment in any home. Like other home appliances, you hope you’ll get the most years possible from your air conditioner and not have to worry about replacing it for a long time. Sometimes it’s easy to imagine that the cool air will just keep blowing from the AC whenever you need it.

Of course, this isn’t possible. Any mechanical system as hard-working as an air conditioner will wear down over time, even with the best in regular maintenance and targeted repairs. How long can you expect your AC to run? We’ll look into this question, as well as how far you want to push an aging AC, below.

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What’s Behind the Rising Cost to Run Your AC?

Monday, July 11th, 2022

If you keep a close track on your monthly utility bills, you’ll expect to see electricity use rise in summer. Your air conditioning system consumes a large amount of electricity to run (the compressor consumes about 3,500 watts per hour, more than almost any household appliance), so when the AC becomes a regular part of summer days, it will raise the electricity bill.

But what if the bill goes higher than you expected, and you know that your household hasn’t used the air conditioner more than unusual? If it isn’t due to an increase in the cost of electricity, you may have a faulty AC on your hands.

In many cases, professional air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO can correct the trouble that’s making your AC expensive to run. Our technicians can quickly diagnose the issue and explain what needs to be done to your HVAC system to get it back in cost-effective shape.

Here are some of the more common causes of an AC costing too much to run:

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Rating AC Problems From “Simple” to “Emergency”

Monday, June 27th, 2022

ac-manifoldWe’re here to help you out with your AC problems no matter when they strike or how bad they are. For us, air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO, is just what we do—and we are prepared 24/7 to see that your family stays comfortable and safe.

Not all AC problems have the same level of severity, although it’s not often easy for a homeowner who isn’t an HVAC professional to determine how bad the situation is. When in doubt, always call professionals to diagnose and fix a problem with your AC. Even if it was a basic issue, you’ll still be glad you got expert assistance rather than ignore the trouble or have an amateur tinker with it. (You are included in that “amateur”!)

Below we’ve presented a range of AC problems and their severity. We don’t mean this as a rock-solid diagnosis, but a way to help you grasp how urgent a problem is, when troubleshooting is still a good idea, and when it’s time to bring in the pros for repairs or a replacement.

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How a Heat Pump Is Different From an AC

Monday, June 13th, 2022

If you know the basics about heat pumps, then you can probably explain one of the big differences between a heat pump and an air conditioner right away: a heat pump works as both a cooling system and a heating system, where an air conditioner only cools. 

However, air conditioners and heat pumps are similar in many ways. They both use refrigerant to work, condensing and evaporating it in two sets of coils, and they have similar components (compressor, blower fan, exhaust fan, condensate drainage) and similar configurations (an interior air handler and exterior cabinet). Outwardly, it’s difficult to tell the difference between them. But there obviously are differences—because a heat pump does two jobs where an AC does one.

So what makes an AC and heat pump different? We’ll take a closer look below.

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Water Leaking From Your AC Is a Problem!

Monday, May 16th, 2022

water-dropletsWhen you spot water pooling around your water heater, you know you’ve got a serious problem that requires water heater pros to inspect and fix. But what about when you see water leaking from the indoor unit of your air conditioner? An air conditioner doesn’t run on water, so are leaks a serious problem and a reason to call us for air conditioning repair in Colorado Springs, CO? The answer is almost certainly yes, although it requires more explanation. Let’s get to it… 

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The Question of AC Size: Why It’s Critical for a New System

Monday, April 18th, 2022

air-conditioning-repair-toolsMany homeowners use spring to have a new air conditioning system installed in their homes. It’s the ideal season to get this job done: the new system will be ready to go before the first serious hot days arrive, and technicians can get the installation done during a time when a home doesn’t need cooling. Technicians have less busy schedules during spring, so it’s easier to find a convenient appointment for the new installation. 

And it is important to have professionals handle an air conditioning installation in Colorado Springs, CO. Amateurs often make errors because they lack the proper training and always try to find ways to do the job as cheaply as possible. This is why amateurs frequently install air conditioners that are the wrong size for homes. Sizing a new air conditioner is an essential part of installation, as we’ll explain. Our technicians will make sure you have the right AC for your house. 

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