Peak Home Performance Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

What Is “Flame Roll-Out” in a Furnace?

Monday, November 21st, 2022
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One of our biggest concerns as an HVAC company offering heating services to local homeowners is ensuring that natural gas furnaces operate safely throughout the year. If a gas furnace receives regular professional maintenance annually (and right now is a great time to schedule it!) it has the highest likelihood of presenting no safety concerns during its service life. 

Nothing is able to stop all safety worries with a gas furnace, and you might also have a furnace that is aging or which hasn’t received the routine maintenance it needs. In this post we want to caution you about a furnace safety issue that might occur, one which people aren’t often aware of: flame roll-out.

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Boiler Problems You May Run Into

Monday, November 7th, 2022
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Although boilers aren’t as common a way to heat a home as furnaces, there are still many homes that use boilers in Castle Rock, CO. Boilers offer a different type of heating from furnaces and heat pumps: radiant heating, which doesn’t heat the air but instead sends waves of heat energy from one heated object to another. People often prefer the sensation of radiant heating to having hot air blown around, and boilers can spread heat faster and more evenly than other types of heating systems.

Boilers, however, can run into their share of problems—and not all local HVAC contractors work on boilers. We at Peak Home Performance are proud to offer our expertise when it comes to solving any issues you may have with your home’s boiler. Below are several of the more common malfunctions your boiler may run into and which we can resolve for you.

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How Long Can You Expect Your Furnace to Last?

Monday, October 24th, 2022
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A furnace is a vital part of a home in Colorado. Can you imagine getting through any winter without your furnace? It’s certainly not something you want to think about, much less actually go through.

Because we must rely so heavily on our furnaces here, we put a lot of “miles” on them. Eventually, even with the best routine maintenance and diligent repairs, those miles will catch up with your furnace and you’ll need to arrange for a replacement. How long can you expect to have your furnace around before then? We’ll look into this more below.

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How the Furnace Limit Switch Works to Regulate Heating and Keep You Safe

Monday, October 10th, 2022
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Furnaces are among the oldest methods of providing central heating to homes, going back to when people would connect pipes to their coal and wood-burning stoves to allow heat to naturally rise and move to different rooms. The modern natural gas furnace is a much more intricate and precise device that uses a control board and different components to regulate its operation and keep it running safely. 

Since you probably use a natural gas furnace for your heating in Colorado Springs, CO, we’d like to share some knowledge with you about how it runs. We’re going to examine an important part of the furnace, the limit switch, and see how it helps the furnace perform its best and prevent safety concerns.

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Fall Is Heating Maintenance Time—We’re Ready to Help!

Monday, September 26th, 2022
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Yes, it’s already fall. The weather may not be behaving like it yet, but the season is underway and we’ll soon need to start thinking about preparing our homes for colder temperatures. In the world of HVAC, this means it’s time to schedule heater maintenance in Castle Rock, CO.

And Peak has your back when it comes to HVAC maintenance! Our team of professionals will help your heating system work at its best, most reliable, and most energy efficient throughout the coming winter. We won’t high-pressure you with sales talk when we come to your home—we’re there to see that your heating system will provide you with peace of mind (and lower bills) during the winter.

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Why Your Furnace Is Running Constantly

Monday, March 28th, 2022
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Furnaces run through heating cycles: you should expect the furnace in your home to turn on and off several times during an hour when the thermostat is set to supply your house with heat. These cycles last from 7 to 20 minutes on average depending on how much heat your home needs. If the furnace begins to run in shorter bursts of only 2 to 3 minutes, it’s a problem called short-cycling that you’ll need to have professionals investigate.

The opposite problem can occur: a furnace that seems to run most of the time without cycling down. This kind of “nonstop” furnace will waste money while raising the temperature of your house far higher than you want it. When you notice this occurring, don’t try to get around it by just lowering the thermostat. The furnace may have a serious malfunction, and you’ll want our help with heater repair in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Why Won’t the Burners in Your Furnace Light?

Monday, March 7th, 2022
Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.

This is a situation nobody wants to run into during a cold winter in Colorado: going to adjust the thermostat so the furnace will come on, but the furnace’s burners simply won’t light. Without lit burners, the furnace won’t provide any heat. 

If this happens to you, you may need to call our expert technicians to handle furnace repair in Colorado Springs, CO. If you can’t find a simple reason for the furnace’s failure, such as a dirty filter (we’ll talk about this more in a moment), please don’t attempt to do any repairs on your own since it’s potentially very dangerous. Our technicians will quickly diagnose the problem and have your furnace restored.

Below are several of the most common causes of furnace burners failing to light.

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Important Safety Tips for Gas Furnaces

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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Natural gas furnaces are the most common type of heating system found in homes across the country. Although people sometimes worry about the safety of using a gas furnace, these models would not be so widespread if they regularly created hazards for homes and families. Modern gas furnaces have many special safety features to help them operate with little chance of danger.

However, gas furnaces can develop safety issues. If you have a natural gas furnace to warm your home, you’ll need to know some important information about how to ensure the heater runs at its safest. Below are several safety tips that will help you and your family enjoy a worry-free winter each year with your gas furnace. 

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Tips for Best Temperature Efficiency for the Winter

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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In Colorado, you depend on your HVAC system the most during the winter, and that means a rise in energy bills as you run your furnace more often to heat the house. Keeping a furnace running efficiently is vital at this time of year, or else your energy bills can rise unnecessarily high. 

The good news is that it isn’t difficult to maintain temperature efficiency in your home. In this post, we’re going to look at the best tips for enjoying energy-efficient warmth for your household through the winter. 

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Changing Your Furnace’s Filter: Why This Is So Important!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

November is the month to get serious about your home’s furnace. When the winter weather starts, the furnace will become the most important appliance in your house. It will work daily to keep your family warm and safe. Although modern furnaces are built to high standards of performance, they require special maintenance attention each year so they can work at their best and enjoy a long service life.

Your furnace needs to have regular maintenance from professionals before each winter begins. Our team at Peak Home Performance can do this job for you, and our maintenance program makes it easy and affordable. We’ll see that your furnace runs safely, experiences few repair issues, works at high energy efficiency, and brings you peace of mind through the winter. 

But … there’s a vital maintenance job you’ll have to take care of through the winter on your own. Don’t worry, it’s not a difficult one: you only have to regularly change the filter’s air furnace. (If you aren’t sure how to do this, our team is glad to help show you during your maintenance appointment.) Unfortunately, homeowners sometimes forget to do this job. To help you remember, we’ll shine a light on why changing the filter is such an essential part of keeping your furnace running at its best.

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