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NO HEAT? 6 THINGS TO CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE CALLING FOR HELP!

“Out of sight, out of mind” applies to most of our home’s HVAC system. They’re usually in the basement and programmed to automatically heat or cool your home, so you probably don’t give them much thought. That is until yours stops working. The idea of a cold home in the middle of winter is enough to make anyone panic, but the experts at Lion Home Service know how to handle a heating emergency.

In fact, it may not be a serious problem at all, so take a deep breath, grab a sweatshirt, and go through our checklist to see if you can get your furnace up and running on your own. If these simple tips don’t get warm air blowing again, give us a call and we’ll help you get heat in a hurry with our emergency 24 hour service.

1) AIR FILTER & AIR flow

Don’t be embarrassed if you fix your problem with this first step. Check to make sure the air filter is clean. An extremely dirty air filter can block air flow, and the furnace won’t have enough air flowing through it to move the heat. As a safety feature it is designed to shut down if it gets too hot. So replace the air filter if it seems dirty. Use our Filter Subscription program to help remember to change it! Your indoor air quality means more now than ever.

Also, be sure to clear leaves, snow, or debris from intake and exhaust vents restricted airflow can cause overheating or system damage. And make sure that curtains, furniture, and boxes are not blocking indoor registers and returns.

2) POWER

Check to make sure power to the furnace is on. Even gas furnaces need electricity to work. There should be a switch close to the furnace. Did someone bump it and turn it off? Check the fuse or circuit breaker at the electrical panel. Did the fuse blow or the breaker trip off? Replace the fuse or reset the breaker. If it happens again right away, it’s time to call in a company you can trust.

3) THERMOSTAT

Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure it is “On”, turned to “Heat” or “Auto” mode, and the temperature control selector is set higher than the current room temperature. The fan switch can be set to “On” or “Auto”. As a test, try raising the thermostat to its highest temperature setting to see if the furnace comes on.

4) Reclose Door

If your furnace was recently tuned-up, this could be the reason. There’s a safety switch on the furnace door that prevents the fan and burner from running while the access panel is being serviced so if the door isn’t closed properly, your furnace won’t work.

5) GAS VALVE

Make sure the gas supply to the furnace is fully open. You could also check to make sure the gas control valve inside the furnace is open. If you smell gas, don’t turn any lights or fixtures on or off, leave your home immediately and then use your mobile phone or a neighbor’s phone to call the gas company for emergency repair.

6) PILOT LIGHT

Finally, older model furnaces have a little flame that is always lit, which then lights the main furnace when your home needs heat. Has it blown out? Do you light it, but can’t keep it to stay lit? Then the most likely cause is a dirty or broken sensor, called a thermocouple. This small probe is mounted directly in the flame of the pilot light to tell the furnace whether the flame is lit or not. If that sensor is not working then there is no way to see the flame and the furnace shuts the gas valve to prevent gas from filling the house.

Newer model furnaces don’t have a pilot light that is always lit, but automatically light each time the furnace needs to heat your house. These furnaces are more reliable, but also more complicated to fix. One simple step to try yourself is to turn off the power to the furnace for about a minute, and then turn it back on. That may reset the controls and let the furnace start up. Still nothing? Time to call in the professionals!

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Lion is HERE TO HELP!

If you’ve checked everything mentioned above and you still have no heat, give us a call at Lion Home Service and we’ll be happy to help you! We can help 24 hours a day for Furnace Repair, Furnace Maintenance or Furnace Installation. We serve Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor, Wellington and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an expert you can trust 970-399-9940

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HVAC Myths Busted

Whether it’s a cold winter morning or a hot summer afternoon in Northern Colorado, your HVAC system is working hard to keep you comfortable.

There is a lot of well-intentioned and good advice out there on the internet, along with a lot of misleading myths that can end up costing you time and money. Fortunately, Lion Home Service is familiar with all of the most common HVAC myths, and we have the facts to debunk them.

 

Myth #1: Crank up the T-Stat

Truth: Thermostats send information to your system that tells it when to turn on and off based off of the temperature you want to maintain. Your heating system will deliver air at the same constant rate no matter how high the temperature is set. The only difference it will make is that it will run longer until it reaches the setting you have set. So cranking up the heat or turning the temperature way down, generally wont speed up the process, just cost you more money in the long run.

 

 

Myth #2: Close those vents and registers

Truth: This myth makes sense in theory—if you’re not using a room in your home, why not close the vents so you won’t have to pay for heating or cooling an empty room? However, closing vents can actually cost you more money in the long run by damaging vital components of your HVAC system. Even if your vents are closed, air is still circulating through your ducts. This increase in pressure can damage your ductwork, and damage your blower fan by causing it to leak or overwork. Bottom line, it’s best to leave all of the vents in your home open so that air can circulate throughout your home properly. If you have hot and cold spots in your home, talk to one of our experts about zoning and duct sealing.

Myth #3: Fixing an old furnace repeatedly

Truth: Maintenance matters! Just as you schedule routine maintenance for your car, and annual checkups for you and your family, your HVAC system needs an annual check-up as well. While it may be tempting to skip a routine maintenance appointment to save some money, this decision can have negative financial impacts in the long run. This is due to the fact that routine maintenance gives a service expert the opportunity to spot and fix small problems before they become more serious, and more expensive.

Having your system assessed annually can save you from costly repairs down the road or worse. The systems fatigue will trigger damages in the furnace’s firebox, which increases the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

Myth #4 High Efficiency system solves all

Truth: It takes a combination of various insulations, such as sealing your doors, windows, attic space, plumbing pipes, duct work and any leaks and cracks, Together, with the air produced by your efficient system will in and keep you comfortable and save money.

Myth #5: The larger the system, the better

Truth: Bigger can actually be worse. The size, or power, of a system is carefully measured to properly heat and cool your home. A more powerful system can occasionally be fine, but most often ends up short-cycling (shutting off and on prematurely), which can cause long-term damage to the system, costing you more money to operate and shortening its lifespan.

Be careful when choosing the contractor because some will convince homeowners to make a bigger purchase than necessary and pay for power you don’t need. When it is time for you to replace your HVAC system a Lion Expert will measure your home and offer you a system with the exact specifications you need to ensure you receive the most energy efficient system available.

 

Myth #6: Only changing filter once a year

Truth: Your filters are your home’s first line of defense against all the dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can circulate throughout your HVAC system. Because of this, it’s important to change your filters much more often than once a year. Dirty filters can constrict the amount of air that flows through the system, causing the system to work harder—which can lead to a possible breakdown. Dirty filters can also have an overall negative effect on the air quality in your home.

Ideally, you should clean or replace your filters every six weeks. If anyone in your home has asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions, you should change your filters monthly. This also holds true if you have pets, as their hair and dander can contribute to your filters getting dirty faster.

Take advantage of our Filter Subscription program and have filters delivered conveniently to your home.

Myth #7: Keep the temperature the same

Truth: If you’re not at home, you can save money by raising or lower the temperature on the thermostat. Rather than remembering to do this before you head out the door in the mornings, you can set a programmable thermostat to do it for you. For example, if you’re home in the mornings, but away at work during the day, you can program the thermostat to automatically increase or decrease the temperature as needed. According to the EPA, homeowners can save around $180 a year by using a programmable thermostat.

 

Myth #8: Using you HVAC system in short bursts saves money

Truth: Your HVAC unit actually uses the most energy during the first 3-5 minutes after you switch it on. If you continuously turn your unit on and off, you’ll end up using a lot more energy than necessary, which will be reflected in higher energy bills.

To heat or cool your home more efficiently, try toggling the switch on your HVAC unit to “on” and then leave the system to run uninterrupted. This allows the fan to blow air constantly, helping to maintain the temperature in your home and reducing the amount of energy that’s used.

 

Myth #9: If its not broke, don’t fix it

Truth: If you’ve been holding out on replacing your HVAC system, it’s time to see how technology has changed. When it comes to comparing older and newer HVAC systems, the differences are clear. Newer systems are exceptionally energy-efficient, allowing you to save on your monthly energy bills. Newer systems are also generally quieter, easier to operate, and less prone to breakdowns. Additionally, older systems may use defunct parts or equipment, such as R-22 refrigerant, which can make repairs costly. Rather than continuing to pay for a system that’s past its prime, replacing the system altogether is a better investment overall.

If you need help with Furnace or Air Conditioner maintenance or repair, We serve For Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an expert you can trust. 970-399-9940

 

 

 

 

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Inside our Lion HVAC Maintenance Assessments

 

What separates Lion Home Service from other HVAC companies, and positions us as experts in our field, is our comprehensive Maintenance programs. Unlike other companies that only perform a simple check for loose bolts or dirty filters, we check the entire system from top to bottom—to help it work efficiently all year long.

To help you understand what our maintenance assessment entails, we’ve compiled a list of the major points for both the heating and cooling season. In this article, we’ll explain what each major point is, and how it benefits your system.

HVAC Maintenance for the Heating Season

 

Every year we find ourselves turning up the thermostat to keep our homes warm—especially when Northern Colorado temperatures really starts to drop! During a heating maintenance assessment, our service expert will inspect your home’s heating system and ensure that it’s ready to keep you comfortable in the winter months.

Heating

  • Check all the burners for proper operation
  • Check thermocouple for proper operation
  • Check the flue pipe
  • Check the inducer and blower motors
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check the safety switch and controls
  • Check the pilot assembly
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check drain lines and traps for proper function
  • Testing and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check gas valve
  • Check zone valves
  • Check expansion tank
  • Check aquastat, relay and water regulator
  • Check air flow across indoor coil and blower wheels
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Here are the top 4 services you can expect during a heating season maintenance assessment and why we do them.

 

1. Check gas valves and connectors

The gas valve of your furnace supplies the gas it needs to allow combustion. Since it’s an important part to a fully functioning furnace, it should be thoroughly checked out to ensure that everything is in good working order. The service expert will inspect your furnace’s gas valve to make sure it’s allowing combustion, as well as inspecting all connectors to make sure they’re doing their job of powering the furnace.

2. Check burners

Burner flames should be a bright blue color. Yellow flames indicate dirty burners or that the gas is not completely lit, which can impact your unit’s heating performance. Problems with the burner can also indicate a potential gas leak, which could be dangerous. Since burner fixes are best left to the professionals, the service expert will inspect them and alert you to any problems during your maintenance assessment.

3. Check duct connection

Ensuring that your ducts are free from damage, debris, and leaks will improve the air quality in your home and keep your heating system operating at its best.

A duct system helps deliver and remove air from your home through a controlled path. This path begins at an outlet connected to your HVAC system, and runs throughout your home. As part of your maintenance call, the service expert will inspect your duct connection and ensure that it’s in good shape and free of any leaks. If there are any leaks, the service expert will let you know how to improve efficiency.

4. Check furnace belt

In most cases, the air fan that provides heat for your home is powered by an external motor. If the belt between the motor and the fan breaks or is worn out, problems can arise—including less efficient heating and higher energy bills.

A worn furnace belt can create a squeaking noise, while a belt that is too loose will keep the fan from turning as it should. The service expert will inspect the belt for signs of wear and tear, and let you know how its operating.

 

 

HVAC maintenance for the Cooling Season

During the cooling season, your AC system should be serviced to ensure it’s ready to withstand the blazing summer heat. We’ll inspect the unit to make sure you won’t have any unwelcome surprises when the temperatures start to rise. As part of your maintenance assessment, a service expert will examine your air conditioning system and alert you to issues on components such as refrigerant levels, condenser coils, and more—which are typically overlooked by other HVAC companies.

Even if you had a maintenance assessment the previous winter, it’s still important to schedule maintenance for the summer. This is because the two assessments differ and address different elements of the HVAC system.

Cooling

  • Check condenser coil
  • Check evaporator coil
  • Check blower motor
  • Check refrigerant charge
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check controls and safety devices
  • Check capacitors
  • Check condensate drain
  • Check relays and contactors for proper operation
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Check proper amperage and voltage of A/C system
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Here are the top 4 services you can expect during a maintenance assessment on the Cooling system and why we do them.

1. Check refrigerant levels

One of the first things our service expert will do on a maintenance assessment is check your AC unit’s refrigerant levels. Refrigerant is a compound that absorbs heat and generates cold air when combined with components such as compressors and evaporators. If your refrigerant levels are low, a leak is mostly likely to blame. Without any refrigerant, your AC system won’t work at all, and you’ll quickly notice a hot and uncomfortable home. It’s our service expert’s responsibility to check for any leaks and alert you to any needed repairs, to ensure your unit will be set to run all summer long.

2. Check condenser coils

Condenser coils absorb the heat from inside the house and release it outside. If the condenser coil is dirty, this process is interrupted, and the system doesn’t function as it should.

A dirty condenser coil can cause problems including:

  • Higher energy bills
  • Uncomfortable room temperature
  • A system breakdown

During a maintenance assessment, the service expert will clear any debris, that may be surrounding the unit. They’ll also alert you if any additional cleaning is required.

3. Check thermostat calibration

If your thermostat is out of sync with your unit, your home may never actually reach the temperature you set it to. Your air conditioning may also show signs of short cycling, meaning it turns on and off frequently. This can wear down your system and result in higher energy bills. If the service expert notices your thermostat is reading wrong, they’ll re-calibrate it to make sure that it reads accurately.

4. Check air flow and filter size

Even the best air conditioning system won’t be able to cool your home effectively if your filters are clogged, dirty, or the wrong size. Additionally, filters that are too big or too small can let unfiltered air into your home, increasing your exposure to allergens and pollutants. The service expert will check the filters in order to ensure that they’re the right size, and that air is flowing correctly. If there’s a problem with the filters, they will either replace them during the maintenance assessment or schedule a follow-up.

 

It’s important to perform regular annual maintenance on your units to make sure both your air conditioning and heating systems operate at peak performance well into the future. Just as you take your car in for regular maintenance, regular maintenance is required of your HVAC units to ensure they operate effectively and efficiently.

Your manufacturer’s warranty will not cover maintenance visits. However, most manufacturers require your unit to be maintained annually to protect your warranty and keep your part warranty up to date.

When to schedule maintenance

We recommend scheduling your maintenance calls in the Spring and in the Fall, before the Summer or Winter temperatures start. That way, any problems with your unit can be addressed before you need to rely heavily on heating or cooling. We will even call to remind you!

Get started today

Whether you’re looking to schedule a maintenance assessment, or have no heat, no cool, or any other HVAC, Furnace, or Air Conditioner repair need, contacting Lion Home Service is the best place to start. With more than 20+ years of experience, we’ve remained dedicated to providing quality service you can trust. No matter what time of year, Lion Home Service is here to help with all your heating and cooling needs. We serve For Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an expert you can trust. 970-399-9940

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New and Improved Total Care Club Membership

 

ALL OF YOUR HOME SERVICE NEEDS UNDER ONE ROOF!

Over the years, Lion Home Service has added services in an attempt to make our clients’ lives easier. We know that everyone is busy and our goal has always been to offer full home services, so that you only have to make one call to a company you trust.

 

OUR MEMBERSHIP JUST GOT BETTER!

We are now offering Roofing, Gutter, Indoor Air Quality, Safety and Septic annual assessments in addition to all the other assessments we have always offered our membership!

Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing, Drains, Indoor Air Quality, Safety, Roofing, Gutters, and Septic

Total Care Club Memberships will cover preventative maintenance assessments for Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing, Drains, Indoor Air Quality, Safety, Roofing, Gutters, and Septic services.

NOW EVEN MORE BENEFITS!

  • Free Estimates – we will gladly assess any repair needs within your plan and provide estimates at no additional charge to you for the duration of your club membership
  • Guaranteed Response Time
  • Priority Scheduling – Whether you’re calling for routine maintenance or emergency service, you will receive the earliest available scheduling.
  • 15% Member Rate Discount– 15% Off of Septic Pumping and ALL Repairs!*
  • Money Saving Coupons – that never expire
  • Maintenance Assessments
  • 24/7 Great Service Discount – emergencies don’t always happen when it’s convenient, rest assured knowing Lion Home Service is there when you need us. If you require emergency service, you will never pay a premium fee after hours.
  • Fast 0% Down, 0% Interest Financing Available

All for the same low cost!

1 Year and 1 month FREE- Total 13 months $299

2 Years and 1 Year FREE- Total 3 years! $499

3 Years and 2 Years FREE- Total 5 Years! $699 BEST VALUE !!

Heating

  • Check all the burners for proper operation
  • Check thermocouple for proper operation
  • Check the flue pipe
  • Check the inducer and blower motors
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check the safety switch and controls
  • Check the pilot assembly
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check drain lines and traps for proper function
  • Testing and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check gas valve
  • Check zone valves
  • Check expansion tank
  • Check aquastat, relay and water regulator
  • Check air flow across indoor coil and blower wheels
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Cooling

  • Check condenser coil
  • Check evaporator coil
  • Check blower motor
  • Check refrigerant charge
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check controls and safety devices
  • Check capacitors
  • Check condensate drain
  • Check relays and contactors for proper operation
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Check proper amperage and voltage of A/C system
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Indoor Air Quality

  • Free Annual Radon Test
  • Filter Inspection
  • Duct work inspection – video/pictures
  • Insulation Inspection

Electrical

  • Main Panel Check Up
  • Check all wiring in main panel for proper sizing
  • Check breakers and fuses for proper operation
  • Check outside meter and enclosure
  • Check outside main feeders
  • Check ground fault protection for proper operation
  • Check surge protectors
  • Check attic fans for proper operation
  • Check exhaust fans for proper operation
  • Testing of circuit breakers
  • Check all accessible lights, switches, dimmers, receptacles, ceiling fans
  • Check all main service grounding and tighten as needed
  • Check any outside and inside disconnects

Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

  • Check Water Pressure
  • Field Test Drinking Water
  • Check Washing Machine Hoses
  • Check all faucets for leaks to ensure proper operation
  • Dye test toilets to check for leaks to ensure proper operation
  • Check all drains for proper flow
  • Check garbage disposals for proper operation
  • Check all emergency shutoff valves for proper operation
  • Labels all main shutoffs at locations
  • Check main water meter
  • Check all outside spigots

Safety Inspection

  • 10 -Point Fire Safety check which includes but not limited to:
  • Check Carbon Monoxide alarms
  • Check Smoke Alarms
  • Check main disconnects

ROOFING*

  • 21-Point Roof Inspection
  • Photos taken on inside and outside of the roof with attic assessment

GUTTERS

  • 17- Point Gutter Inspection

SEPTIC*

  • 15-Point Septic Assessment – Includes but not limited to:
    • Check tank liquid levels
    • Tank construction and structural integrity
    • Access point structural integrity
    • Inlet/Outlet Tees and baffles
    • Checking for any cracks/leaks

During the year, your Lion Service Expert will perform a plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, roofing, gutter, and septic assessments. These assessments allow you to protect your home’s investments by ensuring all systems are running and performing correctly – saving you money on costly repairs!
For more information about starting your Total Care Club Membership, call 970-399-9940

*15% member discount does not apply to new roof installations or new septic installations. 15% off is applied to roofing repairs, septic pumping & repairs, Hvac installations and other inside repair services.

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10 Common Furnace Problems to Watch For

If you just turned on your furnace for the first time since last winter, there are some things you may want to watch for as the colder months roll in. We typically find that problems are likely to pop up right when we begin using our heating and cooling systems for the first time in a while.

Here are 10 common issues your furnace may face and what you’ll want to do about them.

1 – Air Filter Change

This is the bare minimum of furnace maintenance. We can’t stress highly enough how important it is to change your furnace’s air filter regularly. While it varies from home to home, we typically recommend checking your filter monthly and replacing it quarterly (at the least). Some homes can get away with more time on their filters, but many homes will actually require less.

Air filters are easy to diagnose and obtain. You can order them online or pick one up at the local hardware store. Not sure which size you need? Check the current filter to see if the size is listed or try searching for your furnace’s model number online to see what filter sizes are accepted by your system.

2 – Wear and Tear

Furnaces get old and need to be replaced. While many systems will last upwards of 15-20 years, there’s no guarantee that your furnace will perform well for that long. For instance, furnaces made just 10 or 15 years ago are noticeably less energy efficient than their present-day counterparts.

If your furnace requires regular repairs or is just getting up there in age, you may actually save a good deal on your monthly utilities by replacing the system before it goes out. Similarly, if you have an outage, it may be best to consider upgrading your system as opposed to a costly repair on an older model that may just go out soon anyhow.

3 – Thermostat Issues

Sometimes, the problem doesn’t lie with the furnace at all. We often get calls for furnaces not working properly, only to find the actual issue is that the thermostat was off. Ensure your thermostat is set correctly and has working batteries before attempting to diagnose your furnace.

Likewise, it could be that your thermostat just needs to be replaced. This is often a simple matter that can be a DIY job. If you’d like the team at Lion to help, we’d be happy to take care of it as well and check for other issues at the same time.

4 – Power Problems

Occasionally, clutter or activity around a furnace will lead to it getting unplugged. Many homeowners don’t actually even know their furnace plugs in at all, but they certainly do.

Likewise, it is possible that you need to reset the breaker associated with your home’s furnace, which could especially be the issue after a power outage in your area. Before calling an HVAC specialist, it never hurts to check if your furnace is actually receiving power or not.

5 – Not Hot Enough

If you find that the air coming from the vents just doesn’t feel very warm or that you’re constantly adjusting the thermostat to get the house warm enough, there could be a few potential problems.

In most cases, it will require HVAC maintenance to ensure that there aren’t technical issues with the furnace. If you’re new to the home, it could just be that the furnace isn’t actually powerful enough to properly heat the entire home. Other common issues, such as a clogged air filter or blocked air intake vents, could also be the culprit.

6 – Not Hot At All

There’s a big difference between not very hot and not at all hot when it comes to your home’s heating system. If your furnace isn’t producing even warm air, you likely have an issue with the pilot light or ignition. This could be problematic, especially if the furnace is continually trying to create warm air and failing.

In this instance, we suggest you give our team a call right away to ensure that nothing dangerous is going on. It’s likely best to shut off the system while we work on troubleshooting or getting a service expert your way.

7 – Turning On & Off Frequently

If you’re noticing an on-again, off-again problem with your furnace, this likely has to do with improper air flow coming from or into the system. Since your furnace works on a forced air system that requires cycled air from within your home to push heated air through the vents, you should first check if air intake vents are blocked or otherwise obstructed.

It could be that you need to get your vents cleaned or a new thermostat, as well. The first place to check should be the thermostat, then air intake vents, and finally the furnace itself, likely with an HVAC service expert.

8 – Always Running

We occasionally get the call from folks that feel they have to manually control their furnace by turning the heat entirely off to get it to stop running. There are a couple of potential culprits here, but the root issue should not be left unaddressed any longer than necessary to avoid excess wear-and-tear on the other systems within your furnace.

For instance, if the limit switch is faulty, it could cause your heat exchangers to remain active longer than necessary, which can cause a far more expensive (and potentially dangerous) problem for your furnace.

9 – Heat Exchanger Issues

While not the most common issue to run into, problems with the heat exchanger are usually the end of a furnace’s life. There are a few reasons for this:

First of all, noticing something wrong with this system often comes after the problems have progressed to a serious level.

Next, a faulty heat exchanger system is the root cause of many carbon monoxide poisoning cases nationwide, so a DIY repair is certainly not recommended.

Finally, the heat exchanger system is built to last the life of your furnace. If it’s going out, your furnace may not be worth repairing anyway; this is doubly-true for the expensive heat exchanger system. For this reason alone, most serious heat exchanger issues lead to a furnace replacement being the best-case scenario.

10 – General Lack of Maintenance

It is no surprise to local homeowners that furnaces are not inexpensive purchases and should be taken care of as a future investment in the home. All too often, we meet homeowners who regret not having regular maintenance performed on their system over time, as a more costly repair or replacement looms over their head.

Nearly every issue listed here could be caught and prevented or repaired during a routine maintenance inspection of your furnace. Before the really chilly months hit Northern Colorado, it’s best to get your maintenance planned and scheduled to go into the winter with peace of mind.

Contact us today to get started!

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6 Important Reasons to Consider HVAC When Renovating

Improving your home is one of the best feelings available to homeowners. Here in Northern Colorado, where property values seem to only surge upward, a renovation to improve your property can also pay exponential dividends down the line or save you from the hassle of upgrading your home prematurely.

It’s no surprise that many local homeowners choose to renovate their homes at some point. With all-time-low interest rates driving more mortgage refinancing-based home improvement projects than ever, now is a great time to consider a renovation.

If this sounds like you, just be sure to remember these 6 critical aspects surrounding your home’s HVAC amidst the project.

1 – Added Square Footage May Require Extra HVAC

Perhaps the most obvious and important aspect HVAC plays in renovations surrounds an addition to the home. After all, very few homeowners will want to add square footage to their homes in this part of the country without heating and cooling factored in. If you want to add the most value per new square footage to your home, it is almost a must to include new HVAC in the plans.

This could mean upgrading your current system by adding extra furnace or air conditioning units at the most, expanding ductwork to the new area at the least, and just about everything in between based on the scope of your HVAC system and the renovation project.

If you’re adding any square footage to your home, get in touch with the pros at Lion early to have an expert opinion on the requirements for heating, cooling, and ventilation that will pass inspection and create a great project from day one.

2 – Opening Walls Opens Up Opportunities

From the very first day of demolition work, you’ll likely find surprising things in your home’s walls. It’s not uncommon for contractors and DIY renovators alike to find “surprises” in the walls that could require re-routing or the need address in some other fashion.

In any case, finding something in a wall you didn’t expect during a renovation typically amounts to dollars lost.

However, there’s an incredible opportunity available here as well. This could be the perfect chance to upgrade your home’s ductwork or add-in that extra power outlet near the couch that you’ll be so glad you thought of ahead of time, to name a few.

Additionally, many Northern Colorado homes feature older baseboard or boiler-based heating systems, and a renovation grants the perfect chance to change that out for a central heating and cooling system, which many local homeowners prefer.

Rather than looking at your renovation as the path of least resistance to your initial vision, try to imagine the home you want to live in day-in and day-out and take this opportunity with open access to your home’s structural elements to make that happen!

3 – Consider Replacing Furnace or AC Units

There are very few times that are more convenient to consider upgrading that old furnace or AC unit than when you renovate or remodel your home. Even if your system will not need any upgraded output potential for new square footage, starting your new living space off fresh with a brand-new system may be worth considering.

Scheduling our furnace or air conditioning installation team to come in at the ideal time during your renovation means that you’ll have one less thing to worry about after the renovation concludes.

Additionally, if you’re using low-rate mortgage refinancing to access your home’s equity to fund your project, as many Northern Colorado families are these days, then seizing the chance to start with a new, warrantied furnace and air conditioning unit for your home protects you from unexpected repairs or replacements after the renovation.

4 – Check and Change Air Filters Often — Really Often

Even a minor home renovation — a live-through renovation, for instance — kicks up a ton of dust and debris that your HVAC system is simply not used to or built for taking in. One key place to keep a close eye on anytime your HVAC system runs during or after your renovation is your furnace’s air filter.

You’ll likely notice an immediate difference the first time you check your air filter during the renovation. If your system is running, it is likely that you’ll see thick layers of drywall dust, particles of debris, sawdust, and other unusual contaminants evident on your filters.

Any blockage of a furnace filter can cause your system to overwork, your air quality to go down, and a host of other, potentially expensive, damages. Expect to check your filter every couple of days during and after a renovation and keep a hefty stockpile of clean filters ready to swap out as your system pulls in and works through the dust and debris in your home.

5 – As the Dust Settles, Get the Ducts Cleaned

While duct cleaning is a relatively rare event for most homeowners — often ranging from every 2-4 years based on your living situation — a post-renovation home should get duct cleaning performed almost immediately after construction finishes.

As mentioned above, your air intake vents will collect a ton of dust and debris from your home’s renovation, even if the system isn’t engaged at all until after the renovation concludes.

The fine particles created from cutting, moving, and placing the building elements used in your project creates a unique challenge for your home’s ventilation. You’ll see evidence of this throughout the home: thick layers of dust atop door frames; a white powdery substance on winter coats; ceiling fans that let off a cloud when engaged; etc.

Just imagine how much dust accumulates in your forced-air ventilation system as the air cycles through your home. A single renovation can more than outweigh years of normal wear-and-tear on your ventilation system, especially if left uncleaned long afterward.

With a single duct cleaning from Lion Home Services, your ventilation system will run at full strength and remove the undue burden on your home’s furnace and AC.

6 – Set Up a Maintenance Plan

You’ll continue to see heavy, unusual dust in your furnace filters for quite a while after the construction is over. Rather than worrying about what toll that may be taking on your home’s HVAC systems, it’s best to set up a maintenance plan early and in advance to ensure your home’s furnace, air conditioning, and ventilation are not getting their lifespans cut short as a result of your project.

Trust the team at Lion Home Services to analyze and maintain your home’s HVAC after the renovation. We want you to enjoy your newly-improved home with safe, energy-efficient heating and cooling for years to come!

Contact us to discuss your home’s ideal maintenance plan today!

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The Components of an HVAC System

The term HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. For this type of system to keep your home comfortable, all of the components need to work properly.

Heating Components

The first part of an HVAC system is the heating unit. There are several types of heating components available. In residential homes, a furnace is a common form of a heating unit. Usually, there is a piping system that distributes heat throughout the house. You may also notice your home’s water supply connects to these pipes. This allows your furnace to serve multiple purposes.

Another heating component you might find in an HVAC system is a heat pump. This device transfers warmth from one source into other areas of the building. This approach serves large buildings better than small homes. You’ll notice these in houses in warm locations.

Ventilation Systems

Ventilation is necessary for any HVAC system, but there are different types available. You might find some houses with vents providing a natural source of air through filtration. However, other houses have systems that produce air flow. Many homes use ventilation to improve air quality within the interior as well.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning provides the opposite of a heating system. You can cool down your house by providing air flow from either outside the building or an internal source. AC units can serve as standalone products, or they can integrate with heating systems. The combination can provide multiple services without any backup components. This design leaves room for other parts with the HVAC system.

Other Parts of HVAC Systems

Modern HVAC systems often include additional parts to improve the performance of the components. You can find air filtration features within many new installations, and service experts can add this component into an HVAC system.

At Lion Home Service, we understand how to add new parts into your home. Our team can give your house the energy efficiency you want it to have. We provide repair and maintenance services for HVAC systems as well. You can rely on us when you need someone to find a thermal control solution. Contact Lion Home Service in Fort Collins today to learn more information and schedule an appointment with a service expert.