Are External Heating Units Affected by Snow?

There is something about cold weather that has us retreating inside and cranking up the heat. While our homes may be nice and toasty, our external heating units may be in desperate need of TLC. An outdoor heat pump requires a little extra care during the snow. It may seem like a big job but fear not, with these easy steps you can have a toasty winter and a happy heat pump.

Heat pumps work by drawing in air from around the unit and heating it up. For the unit to properly do its job it needs to be ice and snow free. Checking the unit regularly for heat and snow and ice buildup will help the machine run efficiently.

Be sure the gap between the unit and the base is clear of snow and ice as well because melting and improper drainage will cause problems later on.

The heat pump generally works by channeling the heat up through the hose. Keeping that area free of snow and ice will also be beneficial for it to run the best way possible.

Do not use a chisel or sharp tools to remove snow or ice buildup. This could potentially damage the heat pump. Use a broom or brush to sweep away ice and snow.

Some units will go into defrost mode on their own. This mode will clear some of the excess snow and ice. If your unit does not go into defrost mode on its own, you can switch the thermostat to “Emergency Heat” mode. This will help significantly. This mode is more expensive and is not recommended to be turned on for more than one or two days.

If your unit is not defrosting, there are several potential reasons. Some may need to be taken care of by a technician others can be fixed by the owner:

Do it yourself:

If the outdoor coil is blocked (by snow, dirt, debris, leaves, etc), the unit is sunk in the ground (making it hard for melted snow and ice to drain), a leaking gutter above the unit, or if there is freezing rain causing the entire unit to freeze over, the owner (or you) can remedy any of these issues and soon you’ll be back to toasty warm toes.

Seek a professional:

If none of these things turn out to be the problem then it could be a technician problem. Some of these may be a bad defrost control or timer, a bad defrost sensor/thermostat, a bad defrost relay, a sticking reverse valve or bad reverse valve/solenoid coil, bad fan motor, low refrigerant charge, or restriction. Call us Go Green Heating and Air Conditioning right away to take a look before more damage or problems occur.

Regularly checking the unit throughout the winter will reduce problems later on and keep you and your toes warm all season long. If you have any concerns or are unsure of what to do, feel free to contact us anytime and we will be happy to help.

Don’t Wait for Snow to Pile Up, Schedule Furnace Repair in Denver Today!

Fall of 2016 has seen an extended warm trend well into November. The elongated Summer-like temperatures allow for more time to schedule your annual furnace repair in Denver. Don’t wait for the snow to begin to pile up before contacting your trusted Denver furnace repair company: Go Green Heating & Air. Waiting until it snows could be too late, and could mean an extended wait time due to extreme demand, causing further and sometimes irreparable damage to your furnace or heater.

Get ahead of the game and contact Go Green Heating & Air TODAY to ensure when the snow does fall, you won’t be waiting for weeks for furnace repair in Denver.

Fall Furnace Repair in Denver

Just when you think Denver’s weather is going to shift one way, it suddenly shifts the other. The days may still be warm, but daylight is quickly diminishing. Natural flora and fauna know it’s Fall, despite the warm temps, and have relished the extended chance to drop leaves and collect food for the Winter.

Spent leaves and hungry critters may have found their way deep into your exterior furnace or heater. While superficial cleaning of leaves, debris, and other materials is helpful and recommended to do on your own, deep furnace repair is not. It takes one wrong wire or misplaced valve to incur costly furnace repair costs. It’s simple economics: Call Go Green Heating & Air today for an affordable quote, or incur far more costly furnace repair charges down the road. Be a better businessman (or businesswoman) and contact Go Green Heating & Air!

Long Lines

Human beings are naturally reactive. A baseball speeding toward you? React. A car swerves out of its lane. React. Denver furnace repair. React?

It takes a concentrated effort as human beings to be proactive. While not inherently in our nature, being proactive to an upcoming action or issue typically produces better results. Same goes for furnace repair. If you wait until the snow falls and the threat of freezing pipes has you hurried to schedule a furnace repair or ignition appointment, it’s probably already too late. Thousands of other humans are doing what comes naturally and also reacting to the sudden snow.

Don’t get left in the cold! Call Go Green Heating & Air now, while demand is still low. Then, when temperatures eventually dip (and they will), simply flip the switch and fire up your furnace. Wouldn’t you rather be enjoying a warm cup of joe inside, rather than fighting with your furnace or hoping for a Denver furnace repair representative to show up outside? Seems like an easy call, and all it takes is being proactive and calling Go Green Heating & Air before the white stuff begins falling.

Summer AC to Winter Heat…and Back Again

Ensure Your Denver Heating and Air Systems Are Able to Handle the Sudden Changes in Weather Common to Fall in Colorado.

Soon after the first pioneers came to Colorado, it was quickly known as the ‘Wild West’. Experience one Autumn in the Centennial State and you’ll soon understand why. Warm, sunny skies can quickly give way to dreary and precipitating cloud cover, seemingly instantly. Then, in the very next instant, it’s back to beautiful golden rays.

Such sudden swings from hot to cold and back again are hard on those that call Colorado home. Bundling up one minute, only to lose all those layers the next.

It’s even harder on Denver heating and air conditioning systems. That’s why it’s important to schedule heating and air conditioning repair consultations regularly. But how do you know if it’s time to schedule a heating or AC unit repair consult? The best piece of advice is to call your trusted Denver heating and air repair service to ensure no problems persist. Before you do, thought, there are a few common indicators that you should look out for that indicate the need for a heating and air repair specialist.

Do Your Homework

As complex units, many times any issue requiring repair cannot be identified by the naked, untrained eye. It’s important to schedule regular heater and air conditioning unit inspections.

If you do observe any of the following indicators of issue listed below, then it’s absolutely the right time to call in a professional. Attempting to solve these issues on your own without the help of a Denver heating and air repair specialist could exacerbate the problem, rather than fix it.

Be sure to call Go Green Heating and Air right away if you observe:

  • Faulty thermostat or thermostat reading

Sometimes, a simple battery change can get the thermostat back to brand new. If the thermostat still appears faulty, check the breaker regulating the heating or AC unit. If the breaker tripped, simply flip it back to the ‘ON’ position and begin the thermostat check, again. If there is still no response, or the thermostat still seems faulty, call a professional.

  • Dirty internal filters or fan blades

External fan blades and filters can typically be replaced by the homeowners for better unit performance. Internal fan blades and filters or sub-filters must be replaced by a professional heater repair or ac repair specialist or risk harming the unit further.

  • Ice/Dust/Dirt

Sudden, sweeping cold can solidly ice up your external AC unit, rendering it useless for the inevitable swing back the other direction of temperature. Dust and dirt accumulated from warm summer months can cause a furnace to malfunction, or not work at all. Carefully melt/remove any ice, dirt, or dust easily accessible. If after melting accessible ice and removing accessible particulates clogging the system, there is still considerable ice and dirt in the unit, call a Denver heating repair specialist from Go Green. Removing parts to access the deeper ice/dirt could result in the unit not working properly once put back together.

Indicators listed above are just that – indicators. The presence or absence of any one of these indicators does not mean your heating and air condition unit is riddle with or devoid of much-needed repairs. Only a true Denver heating and air conditioning repair specialist can determine the health of your heating or AC unit.

Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

Without a doubt, owning a home is one of best parts of life. That feeling of home, and knowing at the end of a long day a person has a place of their own to relax in, is a hard-earned reward that millions of Americans toil most their lives for. Unfortunately, the cost it takes to maintain a home in 2016 can be overwhelming, if not impossible for some folks. A decision as seemingly small as which water heater you purchase for your home can end up saving or costing you thousands of dollars after just a few years.

There’s two types of water heaters: tank and tankless. We are going to delve into the world of water heaters to help you decide which one is best for you and your household.

Traditional (Tank) Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters store and preheat 30-50 gallons of water inside a long, tall tank. This preheated water is used when someone in the house showers, does laundry or washes dishes. Once the tank is out of water, it needs to be refilled again. When your 16 year old daughter takes too long in the shower and there’s no hot water left, this is because your traditional water heater has used all its hot water. Traditional water heaters are relatively inexpensive to purchase upfront, and can be replaced easily. The huge downside of traditional water heaters comes with the energy bill every month. Traditional water heaters are designed to heat and reheat water at a pre-set temperature no matter what your water needs are. If you’re away from the house and not using water, you’ll end up paying a considerable amount of money to heat water that you won’t use or need. Water heaters with tanks are also known for having a relatively short life span of 10-15 years, and are infamous for not being able to supply an average-sized household with enough hot water.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters feature sophisticated technology designed to heat water on demand. They use a heat source of electricity or gas, depending on your household. Tankless water heaters are compact and much smaller compared to traditional water heaters. These powerful heaters are able to deliver two to three gallons of hot water on demand, so you’ll never run out of hot water. With an average life of 20-25 years, tankless water heaters can function nearly twice as long as traditional water heaters. But here’s the big selling point. According to Energy.gov, “For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand (or tankless) water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters.” This translates into massive savings for most households after just a few years. Tankless water heaters are much more expensive than their traditional counterparts, but they pay themselves off within a few years after the purchase.

Which water heater is the best option for you? It depends. But the good news is Go Green Heating and Air Conditioning can help you decide! Give us a call today: 303-919-9292.

What Is A Load Calculation?

At some point in your life, you’ve visited someone’s home and thought to yourself…

“Why in the world is it so hot/freezing cold in here?!”

Perhaps the homeowners simply have no sense of comfortable temperature. But don’t place the blame just yet. The truth is that the majority of heating and cooling systems installed in homes today are oversized and inefficient simply because the contractor who installed it did not perform a proper Manual J Heat loss/Heat gain calculation. Load Calculations are THE ONLY acceptable way to size a furnace, boiler, or air conditioner. Oversizing causes poor efficiency, subpar comfort, and premature equipment failure. Make sure your contractor takes the time to do one! A few minutes now will prevent years of headache, frustration, and added costs!

How to Formulate Load Calculation

You should always enlist the help of a professional when measuring load calculation. Chances are, you can’t walk into your home, evaluate its needs and determine it needs a new four-ton system.

When you hire a professional, he formulates your load calculation by evaluating a number of different things:

  • How many people live in the home.
  • The size of the home.
  • The insulation values of walls, attics, windows, and skylights
  • Orientation of the home
  • Appliances in the home

It’s no surprise that larger homes need larger, stronger systems. Whereas, smaller homes require smaller systems. Every home is unique in these factors listed above and should not be generalized simply by square footage.

Other Factors to Consider

In addition to occupancy and home size, you’ll need to consider a few other factors. Each of these things play an important role in formulating the load calculation of your home.

Outside Temperatures

The temperature outside will play a huge role in how hot or cold you want your home. This becomes even more important when you live in areas with extreme temperatures. A poor load calculation could leave your home smoldering in hot areas or freezing in cold areas.

The Importance of Air Control

Many don’t consider what happens as a result of too much air control. With too little, you don’t have enough heat. But with too much, you’ll experience problems as well.

Because the system overworks itself, the house will get way too hot or cold. It can also wear out faster due to overuse.

Both of these issues result in unnecessary financial burdens. No one wants to replace their system or suffer with inordinately high energy bills every month.

Does Your Home Have Proper Load Calculation?

Take the time to get a professional estimate. They will evaluate the factors to determine the efficiency of your system. A system designed by a load calculation will keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.

Invest in an estimate today.