Is Now a Good Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

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If your A/C has been malfunctioning, or is not working as efficiently or effectively as it should, you may be thinking about purchasing a new one. There are several factors to consider when contemplating this major investment.

  • Age of the Air Conditioner

    Age alone is not a reason to replace your air conditioner. If it works, and your utility bills are low, you’re probably fine not making a change. It is worth noting, however, that many improvements have been made to newer air conditioners. Improvements such as programmable thermostats and better overall design make them much more energy efficient. The savings on utility bills could be significant if you have an older unit, and those savings can greatly offset the cost of a new air conditioner. Energy Star recommends upgrading to an energy-efficient unit if your current A/C is 10 or more years old. Many HVAC technicians typically recommend replacing units if they are 15 years or older. Your HVAC professional can help you evaluate the savings you are likely to achieve with a new system and determine whether a replacement makes sense for you.

  • Frequency and Cost of Repairs

    If you’re constantly replacing parts or repeatedly having the same repair issues you should consider replacement. Even if this is your first significant repair, a good guideline is the $5,000 rule. Multiply the age of your air conditioner by the cost of the repair. If the number is greater than $5,000, replacing it makes sense.

  • Nature of Repairs

    If your A/C requires additional refrigerant (Freon) that can indicate there is leak. This type of repair can get pricey pretty quickly. The coolant itself costs $40-$175 per pound. While that may include the cost of the service call, repairing the leak plus topping off the coolant can run between $550 and $1,000. This type of leak can also signal that the compressor is about to fail. All together, replacing the compressor, repairing the leak, and adding coolant can cost as much as a new low-end unit.

  • Energy Efficiency

    The industry measures efficiency of new air conditioners with the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the product. In January 2006, the standard for residential air conditioners was increased to a SEER of 13 or higher. Efficient A/C systems keep your utility bills low and also reduce your environmental impact.

Additional Factors

Some other things to consider include:

Is the repair covered by a warranty?

Are replacement parts available?

How long do you plan to stay in your home? Will you reap enough benefit from a new air condition, either through your own comfort or through the sale of your home?

What is the life expectancy of the unit? Is it serviceable for a few more years?

New refrigerants. R22 was the standard for many years and is now being phased out and the price is getting very expensive. Manufacturers are no longer allowed to make AC units with R22. All newly manufactured air conditioning units are now using R410A – an earth friendly refrigerant.

To gauge the condition of your existing air conditioner, schedule an inspection today with the most qualified HVAC technicians – a Rheem Pro Partner.

What’s the Difference Between an Air Conditioner and an Air Handler?

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Spring is here and many of us are already thinking about the warm days ahead and the best way to keep cool indoors.  As the temperature heats up, we often get asked about the difference between an air conditioner and an air handler.  The type of heating system you have in your home will determine which is appropriate.

Here is a quick overview of how each works.

Air Conditioners

A common misconception about air conditioners is that they cool air or add cooled air to your home. In fact, they work by pulling the heat and humidity from the indoor air and expelling it outside, then recirculating the cool air that remains. The warm air inside your home is drawn into the system through return ducts and passes over a refrigerant coil. As the warm air is blown across the cooled coil, heat is removed. Refrigerant lines carry the heat outside leaving only cool, comfortable indoor air.

Central air conditioners have both indoor and outdoor components.  The indoor component (the coil) is typically installed over the furnace.  The outdoor component (the condenser) is set outside the home.

Air conditioners work with gas, propane or oil-fired furnaces.  They provide clean indoor air and operate quietly because the compressor is outside.

Air Handlers

While an air handler operates using the same principal as an air conditioner passing warm air over refrigerant coils to remove the heat and humidity the entire unit is indoors.  An air handler looks similar to a furnace and moves the air throughout your home using a blower.

Air handlers work with the heating and cooling components of your HVAC system using an indoor coil to either heat or cool your home.  They do not work with a conventional furnace but rather are part of a ducted forced air system that uses an electric heat pump.

Each of these systems is available with a variety of options.  For more information on the choosing the air cooling system that is right for your home, contact your Rheem Pro Partner today!

Advantages of HVAC Maintenance Performed by a Colorado or Wyoming Rheem Pro Partner

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Your home is the one place where life should be worry-free. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll never have any disappointments, we can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed when you choose a Colorado or Wyoming Rheem Pro Partner for your HVAC maintenance (and all your HVAC needs).

Heating and cooling are two of the most important systems in your home, and it is important to have maintenance and repairs done by someone you trust.  Rheem Pro Partner was created with that in mind.

Rheem Pro Partner Contractors (formerly The Rheem Team) has been serving customers throughout Colorado and Wyoming since 1992. 
Formed with the goal of being the most highly trained, reliable, and professional technicians in the industry, Rheem Pro Partner backs individual contractors with the strength of a national organization.  That means you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality workmanship and customer service.

All Rheem Pro Partner Top Contractors strive for complete customer satisfaction with every job. 
Each of our contractors is a licensed, highly trained, courteous, NATE-certified HVAC professional offering free on-site evaluations and quotes, and 100% satisfaction of the completed work.

Did you know Rheem Pro Partner services all HVAC brands and systems 24/7?  

Our full range of services includes:

  • Installation
  • Repairs and maintenance for heating and cooling systems
  • Water heaters
  • Indoor air quality
  • Real time monitoring service that allow you to adjust your thermostat from your mobile phone          

Rheem Pro Partner is dedicated to always providing exceptional service and workmanship.  Call us today and have one less thing to worry about!

3 Common Furnace Repairs that Annual Maintenance May Prevent

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Nothing is quite as comforting as coming home to a warm house on a cold wintry day.  Yet, chances are, you don’t think about your furnace unless it stops working.  By then, however, you may be dealing with costly repairs that could have been avoided or minimized.  Scheduling annual maintenance for your heating system is a simple step that saves money and time, and minimizes inconvenience and discomfort.

As with any appliance that has multiple moving parts, your furnace is at risk for wear and tear. When these parts become damaged they can make your furnace less efficient or stop working altogether. Here are three common problem areas that your HVAC professional can identify before they become serious:

The Fan

The fan keeps warm air circulating throughout your home and has several components that require attention and maintenance.

  • Dry ball bearings can cause friction in the fan shaft.
  • Fan blades can become loose or bent.
  • Motor mounts can come loose.
  • Fan belts wear out.
  • Fan motor issues and electrical issues, including frayed wiring, affect performance, efficiency and safety.

The Burner

During routine maintenance the burner is inspected and cleaned to insure that it is functioning properly. Dust and dirt covering the burner components can prevent all the burners from lighting and can also cause excessive wear and tear.  This can result in uneven heating.

The Ignition

Today’s furnaces typically work with an electronic ignition.  There are two types: intermittent and hot surface. Dirt and grime that build up over time negatively affect the performance of both types. The intermittent pilot uses a fuel nozzle that can become clogged, blocking the gas from flowing. The dirt on the hot surface igniter can act as insulation, and prevent the igniter from becoming hot enough to light the gas jet. During a maintenance visit, the HVAC professional will clean the igniter components to help prevent these issues.

An annual maintenance inspection is a worthwhile investment. While there are things you can do yourself to keep your furnace running smoothly such as replacing your furnace filters regularly, HVAC professionals are trained to spot potential problems that you likely won’t see.

Protect your family’s comfort and safety.  Schedule your annual furnace maintenance appointment with a Rheem Pro Partner in Colorado or Wyoming today.

Questions to ask a Furnace Repair Company

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Whether you are in need of a furnace repair company because your HVAC system is not working properly or you are looking for a company to perform an annual tune-up on your system, it’s important to remember that it’s always a good idea to ask questions before choosing a company to hire. You might be inclined to hire a company that mailed you a coupon good for an excellent discount or even free services. But before hiring a company that you know very little about, make sure to ask several questions.

Questions to ask a furnace repair company:

Question: How long have you been in business? While the length of time a furnace repair company has been in business is not necessarily an indicator of the company’s skills or professionalism, you might feel more comfortable using a company that has significant experience.

Question: What are your business hours? If you are looking for furnace repair in Denver, you have many choices. There are several furnace repair companies that are available to take your phone call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While you might not need furnace repairs on a weekend or during the night right now, you might need help at an inopportune time of day in the future. It’s a good idea to develop a professional relationship with a company that is available for emergency furnace repair services on weekends, holidays, etc.

Question: Have there been many formal complaints made against your company? This might not be a question that you feel comfortable asking the furnace repair company directly. But you can certainly review whether the company has faced any recent customer complaints on your local Better Business Bureau’s website.

Question: Are you licensed and insured? It’s important to hire a furnace repair company that is licensed and insured. Even the most experienced furnace repair technicians can get hurt accidentally.

Question: Can you provide me with a written price quote for parts and services? Most reputable furnace repair companies offer their customers price quotes in writing. It’s always a good idea to get a price quote in writing so you don’t find yourself paying too much for products or labor.

Question: If I purchase a new furnace through your company, do you offer any financing options? If you need a complete replacement of your HVAC system, you might be looking at spending quite a bit of money. If you do not have that amount of money on hand, you may have to put the cost on a credit card or consider using an alternative financing method. If you need a financing option, it makes sense to work with a furnace repair company that either accepts credit cards or offers another type of financing.

Question: Do you offer a free estimate? If you have a serious issue with your furnace or air conditioning system and you know the repair (or replacement) will be relatively expensive, it’s a good idea to get a free price quote from more than one company.

 

Commercial HVAC Heating Tips

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One of the most important commercial HVAC heating tips is to have maintenance performed on your building’s system on a regular schedule. When you own or manage a commercial building, you HVAC system must be reliable and dependable. If the heat in your building is not working on a very cold day, there is little possibility that the people who are supposed to work in your building on that day will be able to stay for an extended period of time. This can lead to a steep financial loss to the business(es) that utilize your building.

Purchasing and installing a new commercial HVAC heating system can be costly. However, it might be necessary if your building’s current system is too antiquated to function well and do its job effectively. A commercial HVAC heating system that cannot maintain a comfortable indoor temperature might use an excessive amount of energy as it runs, which can result in an unreasonably high energy bill. Many times, it make sense to opt for a new commercial HVAC heating system when the existing system is inefficient and breaks down regularly.

No matter if you are considering the purchase and installation of a new HVAC system for your commercial building or if you are committed to keeping your current system running for the next several years, there are many commercial HVAC heating tips to consider. HVAC tips are meant to help commercial building managers or commercial building owners run their HVAC system in the most efficient manner possible.

Commercial HVAC Heating Tips:

Always have your commercial HVAC heating system serviced during the down season. In most geographic areas, there is a period of time in between summer and winter in which the air conditioning system does not run as frequently and the heating system is not yet needed. This is a good time to schedule a maintenance tune-up.

Avoid the need for emergency HVAC repair. It’s never a good situation when a commercial building has to close because the HVAC system is not working. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to warning signs that signal something is amiss. A commercial HVAC heating company should be called as soon as a problem is suspected.

Consider replacing an old commercial HVAC system. If your commercial building is being heated, cooled and ventilated by an older system, it’s time to start thinking about an HVAC replacement. You might be able to stick with the old system for another few years, but it doesn’t hurt to start your research and think about the specific replacement system you will eventually want to have installed.

Understand how to use your building’s thermostat(s). Depending on the size of your commercial building, you may have one thermostat or many thermostats to manage. Using a zoning system in a large building makes sense. It also allows you to control which parts of the building are kept at a comfortable temperature all day long, and which areas can be kept hotter or cooler depending on when those areas are typically in use. Keeping the temperature set correctly is important, and can lead to significant energy savings.

Make sure to schedule an appointment with your commercial HVAC heating company to discuss the abovementioned tips, as well as others, so your commercial building’s HVAC system is always running as efficiently as possible.

HVAC Maintenance Checklist for Fall

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Fall is the perfect time of year to pull out your HVAC maintenance checklist and make sure your heating system is ready for the cold weather that will undoubtedly be here in month or so. Unless an unusual heat wave or cold front hits your area in late September or early October, this is typically the time of year when the weather is seasonable and pleasant – and there’s little need for either central air conditioning or your heating system.

An HVAC checklist can be a handy tool that can be used as a HVAC preventive maintenance reminder. HVAC maintenance is important in the fall because you want your system to be in excellent condition heading into winter. It’s never a good idea to wait until the outdoor air is uncomfortably cold before checking to make sure your HVAC system is functioning properly.

Your HVAC maintenance checklist for fall should include the following HVAC preventive maintenance items:

Make sure your HVAC system’s air filter is new. Your HVAC system’s air filter should be changed on a monthly basis. If you have not changed or cleaned your air filter in quite some time, now is the time to take care of it.

Have your air ducts cleaned. Many homeowner’s elect to have their air ducts professionally cleaned once a year. Fall is an excellent time to schedule an air duct cleaning appointment.

Adjust your ceiling fans so they spin in the correct direction. During the summer, your home’s ceiling fans should be set to spin in the forward direction. During the winter, the fans should be set to spin in the reverse direction.

Schedule an appointment with your HVAC company for an inspection and tune-up. An HVAC inspection and tune-up is a good way to help prevent the need for emergency HVAC repair on the coldest day of the year.

Look into purchasing an extended service agreement for your HVAC system. An extended service agreement is designed to help cover the cost of parts and labor if your HVAC system ever requires a repair.

Fall is a good time of year to evaluate your current heating and air conditioning system and decide whether it’s time to replace it with a new, more efficient system. If you think you might want to have a new system installed before winter, now is a good time to start shopping for a replacement.

An HVAC maintenance checklist can help you stay on track with HVAC preventive maintenance. It can be difficult to remember everything that should be completed prior to the beginning of the cold weather season. Besides the abovementioned items, make sure to add the following to your HVAC maintenance checklist: reset your thermostat, make sure all of your home’s air vents are open and not blocked by furniture or other items, and make sure your windows, doors and attic are properly insulated.

For more information about what should be included on your HVAC maintenance checklist, give your local HVAC company a call. Scheduling a seasonal inspection and tune-up for your HVAC system is one of the best things you can do for your home’s heating, ventilation and cooling system at this time of year.

Stop Paying for Preventable Air Conditioner Repair!

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If you have a pile of extra money laying around that you would like to spend on air conditioner repairs… that is your choice! But if you don’t want to spend your savings on home air conditioner repair, there are things you can do to try and prevent it. While there are certainly Denver air conditioner repair companies that are willing to repair your central air conditioning system when it is not functioning properly, your goal should be to spend as little as possible on ac repairs each year. This is a possibility by following a few simple guidelines.

Here are tips on how to stop paying for preventable air conditioner repairs:

Always call a Top Contractor. If you are in need of air conditioner repairs, call Rheem Pro Partner. All of our HVAC technicians are Top Contractors. Our group of Top Contractors are known as elite. Every independently owned HVAC contractor in this group is highly trained and completely professional. It is the goal of Rheem Pro Partner to provide 100% satisfaction to all customers. When you have your home air conditioner repair completed by a member of Rheem Pro Partner, you can rest assured that the repair is completed correctly. This can help prevent future problems – and can ultimately save you money.

Follow the advice of your HVAC technician. One of the best ways to learn more about your home’s central air conditioning system is to ask questions and listen to your HVAC technician. During your next routine HVAC system maintenance appointment, make sure to ask questions about the most effective method for taking care of your air conditioner. Find out as much as you can about you system, so you know how to avoid preventable air conditioner problems.

Have ac repairs completed as soon as they are detected. It’s always best to repair ac problems as soon as they are discovered instead of waiting weeks or months to call a Denver air conditioner repair company. When problems are left unfixed, they can lead to further damage to your HVAC system.

Always have your air conditioner maintained and tuned-up at least once a year. One of the most effective ways to prevent air conditioner problems is to have your system checked and tuned-up by a professional home air conditioner repair person at least once a year. During the maintenance appointment, the system can be checked for impending problems, and problems can be repaired before they become more significant and more expensive to fix.

It’s absolutely possible to prevent certain air conditioner problems. For additional advice on how to keep your central air conditioning system in tip-top shape, give Rheem Pro Partner a call. We are happy to give homeowners advice, tips and guidance on all issues related to their HVAC system. If you ever need air conditioner repairs, we always provide quick, reliable and dependable HVAC service to homeowners located anywhere in the Denver metro area.

Take These 7 Steps Before Using Your Furnace

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Before you know it, winter will be here! If you live in Colorado, you know that the weather can turn from warm and moderate to cold and snowy almost overnight. Typically, there is a spell of cold weather in October or November, followed by a warming trend for a few weeks, and then winter hits altogether. The problem with the short spell of cold weather that typically hits during October or November is that it causes homeowners to rush to turn on their heat before their HVAC system has been tuned up for the cold season.

Now is a good time of year to call your furnace repair company to schedule your annual tune-up and maintenance. But besides scheduling your appointment, make sure to follow these seven steps which will make sure your furnace is ready to heat your home this winter:

  1. Change your air filter. During your annual furnace tune-up appointment, your furnace repair technician may replace your air filter with a new one. However, this is a task that you can complete on your own before your appointment if you think you will run your furnace before your scheduled furnace tune-up.
  2. Review the settings on your thermostat. You might not have looked at the winter settings on your thermostat for six months. Make sure to check that the settings are correct and make any necessary adjustments. If you have a programmable thermostat and you are unsure how to set it correctly, your furnace repair company should be able to assist you.
  3. Make sure all air vents are open. An HVAC system functions the best when the flow of air throughout your home is unobstructed. Therefore, make sure all air vents are open and that return air registers are not blocked by furniture or other items such as pictures or mirrors hanging on the wall.
  4. Clean the area around your furnace. If your home is set up like many, your furnace probably sits in a basement, a closet or a room that gets very little use. It’s likely that dust and debris gathered around the furnace over the course of many months. Make sure to sweep or vacuum the area that surrounds your furnace so the dust and debris is not pulled into the system when it runs.
  5. Check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. A home’s carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms should be checked on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to make a habit of checking to make sure these safety items work well at the beginning of each and every season.
  6. Have your air ducts cleaned. Many people have their air ducts cleaned on an annual basis. If you want to make sure the dust, debris and pollutants are removed from your air vents before you turn on your furnace for the season, now is a good time to schedule your appointment.
  7. Turn on your furnace and make sure it works. The best way to know if your furnace is set for cold weather is to test it. Wait for a cool day and turn on the system. Make sure it heats your home to the temperature you desire.

HVAC Tips Can Be Found on Many Reputable Websites

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Looking for HVAC tips? There are countless websites on the internet that contain HVAC advice and HVAC information. Many of the sites are highly reputable and provide a great service to homeowners and individuals responsible for commercial building maintenance.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 websites that offer excellent HVAC tips and provide information that can be beneficial to anyone in need of HVAC advice.

  1. gov – This website is maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy. Many of the helpful articles published on this site provide information on HVAC efficiently, tips on how to select an HVAC system, and information on how to save money on energy consumption.
  1. House Logic – The House Logic website is produced by the National Association of Realtors. The goal of the website is to provide information to homeowners that will help you make decisions related to your home. A multitude of articles related to HVAC tips and HVAC information is published on this website.
  1. The United States Environmental Protection Agency – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is commonly referred to as the EPA, has a website that provides an abundance of information related to indoor air quality, HVAC systems, HVAC tips and much more.
  1. Home Advisor – The Home Advisor website contains a large amount of information in its Articles & Advice section. The articles provide HVAC tips that can be helpful to homeowners looking to learn the basics about various home projects and about how systems within your home work in general.
  1. This Old House – There are hundreds of HVAC tips available to visitors of the This Old House website. From video clips to step-by-step instructions, anyone looking for information about a heating, cooling or ventilation system will likely be able to locate useful information on this website.
  1. Heating and Cooling Help – The Heating and Cooling Help website is an excellent resources for anyone looking for HVAC tips or information on heating, cooling or air quality. Information on topics ranging from air cleaners to heat pumps to thermostats to zoning is covered on this site.
  1. Porch – According to its website, the mission of Porch is to encourage homeowners to love their home. The site contains many articles that include HVAC tips and other important pieces of HVAC information that can be very useful to homeowners looking for more information about their heating, cooling and ventilation system.
  1. Today’s Homeowners – Today’s Homeowner website offers readers expert advice on many issues related to homeownership – which includes HVAC Tips, insulation, maintenance tips, air duct cleaning, air filters, and much more.
  1. Bob Vila – If you are looking for information on HVAC installation, HVAC tips, HVAC advice, or any other type of information related to an HVAC system, the Bob Vila website is a great place to start. This website provides information to homeowners looking for advice related to either minor or major home projects or the replacement or repair of any type of system or appliance that exists in a home.