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

Should You Shutdown Your Furnace for the Summer?

Monday, March 27th, 2023

Early spring isn’t a time of year to take risks with your home heating. Yes, the arrival of spring does mean that warmer weather is inevitable. But March, April, and even June are notoriously unpredictable when it comes to swings toward the cold weather and even freezing weather. Your household furnace needs to stay ready to get to work whenever you need it for the near future. (This is one of the reasons we always strongly recommend our customers never skip furnace service Woodland Park, CO at this time of year; always stay prepared in spring.)

This does bring up an important question, however: when the summer does arrive and you know you won’t need your furnace for the next couple months, instead relying on your AC, should you shut the furnace down completely? 

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Signs a Gas Furnace Isn’t Venting Properly

Monday, February 13th, 2023

A gas furnace combusts natural gas, and this generates the heat that warms the air. However, the hot combustion gases cannot come into direct contact with the air that moves through the furnace and into the home because the gases are harmful to breathe. The way a furnace trasnfers the heat from the combustion gases to the air is through a component called the heat exchanger, a chamber that collects the gases so that its metal walls heat up and warm the air moving around the exchanger. 

Once the heating process is complete, the leftover combustion gas byproducts safely exits the furnace through a vent. This ventilation stage is critical for the furnace’s safe operation. Problems with the venting can lead to the toxic gas byproducts (principally carbon monoxide) to go the wrong direction and end up in the house and also speed up the effects of corrosion on the furnace.

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Warnings of a Malfunctioning Gas Furnace

Monday, January 30th, 2023

At Peak Home Performance, we treat our customers like they’re our family—and nobody wants their own family members stuck with a failed furnace smack dab in the middle of a brutally cold Colorado winter! If you need speedy furnace repair in Parker, CO, our technicians are the skilled people to call. 

However, speedy furnace repairs require that you know if you’ve got a malfunctioning furnace in the first place. Below, we’ll list the signs that you’ve got a faulty furnace so you know that it’s time to get our team to help. You never want to delay when you know there’s a problem, because even the smallest problem can get worse and lead to a busted furnace or even a safety hazard. Never take chances and please don’t try to perform any repairs to the furnace on your own.

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Is It Possible for a Furnace to Corrode?

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Corrosion is rarely a good thing in any circumstance, since it means a severe weakening of metal. If you’re asking whether your furnace can corrode, it’s likely because you’ve already noticed it on your gas furnace and wonder if it means the furnace is finished. 

Furnaces absolutely can corrode, and understanding why and what to do about it are critical for your home heating needs as well as safety. In most cases, a corroding furnace does need a replacement. 

Below we’ll take a closer look at why corrosion can start on a furnace and why it creates a serious problem.

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How to Tell You Need to Replace Your Old Boiler

Monday, December 5th, 2022

One of the best advantages of having a boiler to warm your home is that it can outlast most other heating systems. You’ll get 10–15 years from a heat pump, around 15 years for a gas furnace, and maybe 20 years from an electric furnace. But if you treat your gas boiler right, always having it maintained in fall and repaired when necessary, you may get over 20 years of effective service and possibly 30 years. That’s an impressive length of time for such a powerful appliance to work. 

But any boiler’s time will run out. It’s important for you to recognize the warning signs that your boiler is reaching its retirement age. Otherwise you might end up with a failed boiler during a freezing mid-winter night! An over-the-hill boiler is also a money waster. 

We’ll help you with our expert knowledge about heating in Parker, CO. Below are several major signs you have a boiler that’s ready to ride off into the sunset.

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Flame Roll-Out in a Furnace: What You Need to Know

Monday, November 21st, 2022

Maintaining the safety of our customers is one of our major concerns at Peak Home Performance. Gas furnaces are the residential heating systems that need the most safety attention. This doesn’t mean a gas furnace is automatically a dangerous appliance: if you keep your furnace maintained regularly, you’ll have few safety worries during its lifespan. 

However, we want to draw your attention to a specific furnace safety issue that can sometimes occur. Even the best maintenance and the most diligent repairs won’t prevent 100% of furnace malfunctions, such as the topic we’re going to examine today: flame roll-out.

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Several Common Boiler Problems

Monday, November 7th, 2022

The furnace is the most common way people heat their homes, but boilers in Castle Rock, CO are still found in many house. Boilers function differently from furnaces. Rather than heat up air and then blow it around (which is known as forced-air heating), boilers send out waves of thermal energy from one object to another, transferring heat (which is known as radiant heating). Boilers have several advantages as radiant heaters, including a faster and more even spread of heat.

Boilers also have fewer repair needs than furnaces—but that doesn’t mean they’ll have no repair needs. Unfortunately, not all HVAC technicians will work on boilers. Fortunately, you’ve found a local company that does! We’re happy to deliver high quality repairs to fix your boiler.

Below are several of the more common boiler problems. Call us to resolve these when you notice them.

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How Long Can You Expect Your Furnace to Last?

Monday, October 24th, 2022

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
Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.

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

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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