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Tips to Choose a Reliable HVAC Company

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This summer, your AC unit will be an integral part of your home. Without it, those hot summer days will seem much hotter and you may find yourself sweating through the warm months. If you’re in need of a repair or replacement, a professional HVAC company can help. Finding the right company for the job is just as important as the job itself.

When first beginning your search for an HVAC contractor, consider speaking with those closest to you. Your friends and family members have probably worked with companies in the past. Based on their recommendations and warnings, it’s much easier to find a trustworthy service. You can also check the reputation of a specific company by using a third party review site or the Better Business Bureau.

Once you have a list of a few prospective HVAC companies, it’s time to start calling them and setting up consultations. Most HVAC companies will offer a free on-site assessment. If any company attempts to give you an over-the-phone bid instead of visiting your home, beware. Without properly examining your system, there’s no way to provide an accurate estimate.

In the event that your system needs to be replaced, your chosen contractor should present a few different options for your consideration. While they could replace your old unit with the same make as before, they should be willing to explore other options to ensure that you are installing the most energy-efficient model for your budget.

Speaking of your budget, don’t base your decision strictly on money. It’s important to choose a contractor who is experienced but still up-to-date with the latest technology. Rock-bottom prices don’t always equate quality service. Instead, look for a contractor who is licensed, insured, and qualified.

Requesting bids and comparing prices is a great way to find the right contractor. It allows you to meet each worker face to face and learn more about how they do business. Once you have a written bid, it’s easier to compare prices with other companies and find quality craftsmanship that fits within your budget.

At Grand Home Services, LLC, it’s our job to keep your home at the right temperature. Whether you have a heating issue or damaged AC unit, our technicians are trained and qualified to help. Our affordable services have made us the popular choice of homeowners in the Denver, Highland Ranch, Centennial, and Littleton areas.

To learn more about our services, visit www.grandhomservicesllc.com.

Are Ductless Heat Pumps a Good Option in Colorado?

If you are considering the best way to heat your Colorado home, you may have come across some information about ductless heat pumps. These heat pumps can be incredibly efficient and make heating your home easy, however, do they really work well when the weather gets below freezing?

About Ductless Heat Pumps

Ductless heat pumps do not require air ducts. They are a system that consists of indoor air handling units that push the heated air into your home and an outdoor compressor unit. This means the heated or cooled air does not have to move through a serious of pipes and ducts, making it a lot more efficient and effective.

They produce heat by extracting heat from the air outside, the air passes through coils and refrigerant helps to heat it up to the desired temperature. This is a very efficient way to move heated air in and around your home.

You are probably wondering, doesn’t it have to work harder when the air is colder outside?

What Happens When It’s Freezing Outside?

Many years ago any type of heat pump was not the best choice for colder climates as they would have trouble heating air that was 40 degrees or below. Thanks to technology this has changed. The new systems work extremely well to extract and produce heat from even the coldest of air. Refrigerant, coils and compressors have all been upgraded and manufactured to make the process of heating and cooling the air easier and this gives you a great heating system that can save you a whole lot on energy costs.

Another bonus to these systems is that they are much easier on the environment. This is great for Colorado and especially the Denver area where we have seen a huge increase in people moving to the state, meaning more houses and more pollution.

Creating A Dual System

We all know here in Colorado that we can see that Arctic air settle in during the winter months. If you are concerned that the heat pump won’t keep your home comfortable you can always have a backup system. You most likely have this already in place but you are looking for something more efficient, or you are looking for zoned heating. If you do already have a furnace in place you can keep the furnace as a backup system. This way if you really feel the ductless heat pump is not cutting it, you can switch on the furnace for those short periods of time.

Want More Information on Ductless Heat Pumps?

If you have questions about how well a heat pump could work for your Denver or Aurora area home, contact the experts at Grand Home Services. We are here to help keep your home comfortable year round.

Spring AC Tune-Up

Denver is certainly feeling like spring already. These warmer temps have already encouraged some homeowners to turn on their AC to keep their homes comfortable. Before you turn on your AC unit this spring you may want to consider having an AC tune-up performed on your system.

Why Schedule An AC Tune-Up?

You may be wondering what purpose maintaining your AC system serves. Why take the time to schedule a spring tune-up when your Denver home’s AC system seems to be working just fine?

There are several reasons why scheduling a tune-up for your AC system in the Spring is a good idea.

  • Save Money – This is one of those times where spending a small amount can save you a lot up front. Not only will your system work more efficiently but having a tune-up performed can spot small problems before they turn into larger issues.
  • Comfort - When a system is running effectively it will keep your home comfortable. If you find you have hot spots throughout your home in the summer months, cleaning out your system and preparing it to work through the summer can keep your home a lot more comfortable.
  • Safety – Your AC system has many electrical parts, these electrical parts like any electrical pieces can become a safety issue if they are not working correctly. Having a professional check your AC system can help prevent safety issues from arising.
  • Less Repair Calls – Keeping your AC system running effectively and safely means making less repair calls.  No need to memorize the AC repair person’s number, your system will have a better chance at running efficiently and effectively all summer long.

This is just a small way having regular tune-ups performed can benefit your AC system and home.

AC Tune-Ups in Denver

If you are looking for honest and upfront service when it comes to maintaining your AC system the Denver-based team at Grand Home Services can help. We will perform a full tune-up on your system. If we find any issues that may need to be fixed, we will explain the situation to you and get your permission before performing any extra work. All of our AC team are certified and insured making sure you get the highest service and knowledge for your home’s comfort systems.

If you feel it is time to tune-up your AC system so it is ready for the hot summer months, contact Grand Home Services today to schedule your appointment!

Common Air Conditioning Problems

It would be nice if your AC system ran smoothly all summer long without any assistance. Sometimes this does happen and other times things go wrong. The good news is often these AC problems are common and somewhat minor.

Common Air Conditioner Problems

  • Tripped Circuit Breakers – If your circuits trip every time you turn on your AC system, you may have faulty wiring. If this is constantly happening in your home it is time to get your wiring checked as this can be a safety hazard.
  • Blowing Warm Air – If your AC system is blowing warm air there are a few possibilities.
    • Low Refrigerant – If your refrigerant is leaking this could lead to warm air. The refrigerant helps cool the air, low refrigerant stops this process from happening.
    • Thermostat Setting – Your thermostat may be set to On instead of Auto if this is the case switch to Auto and see if this fixes the problem.
    • Frozen AC System – If your refrigerant line is iced over this can cause warm air to blow, it also may stop your system from cooling altogether.
  • Low Airflow – If your AC system is having trouble pushing air through to your home you may have a dirty filter. A dirty filter will not only cause low airflow it will also increase your energy costs as your system has to work harder to cool your house.
  • AC Unit Not Operating – If your AC unit is not working at all there are a few things you might want to check.
    • Condensate pan/drain line – Your AC unit will have a switch that stops the system from working if your condensate drain pan is clogged. Check the pan and empty it if it seems to be full, you may also need to have your drain line unclogged.
    • Thermostat  – Your thermostat may stop your system from working if the batteries are dead or low. Change the batteries and see if your system will start working again.
    • Frozen Coils – Dirty filters, low refrigerant and an older system that is failing can cause the coils in your system to freeze over,  this will stop your system from working. Turn your AC off for 2-3 hours, if after this time the system still won’t work, call an expert.
  • High Energy Costs – If you have noticed your energy costs rising during the summer it is likely your AC system. A quick tune-up by a professional can help your system run more efficiently.

If any of these signs are showing around your home it may be a warning that your air conditioner is in need of repairs. Contact us today at Grand Home Services for air conditioning repairs in Aurora and Denver.

Air Conditioner Repair in Metro Denver

If you are in need or air conditioner repair in the Denver and Aurora areas, the team at Grand Home Services can help. Our professional cooling experts are trained and certified to make sure your system is working to its full potential. Contact us today for all your heating and cooling needs.

Solutions for a Frozen Air Conditioning Unit

Solutions for a Frozen Air Conditioning UnitDid your air conditioner freeze up? There is nothing worse than a faulty AC unit when the summer temperatures are soaring outside. If this is an ongoing problem with your unit, or if it happened at least once in the past, a little expert advice could go a long way. We’re happy to give you a three step plan to prevent future freezes and end one that might be ruining your comfort right now.

There a few issues that will lead to iced up air conditioning coils. All of them can be prevented with a little bit of DIY A/C maintenance on your part. If you are needing A/C repair in Denver, Grand Home Services technicians will be happy to repair your unit and return it to full functionality in no time.

Here are the common causes:

Low Air Flow

If your cooling system is struggling with air flow, that can definitely lead to an ice up. We always recommend a monthly cleaning of air filters. This is something that will only take you a few minutes, but it can extend the life of your unit while also helping you avoid occasional problems like freezes.

There is a second possible culprit for poor air flow: dirty coils. If you do not clean your coils on a regular schedule, freezes may occur. Luckily, you do not need to do this every month like you do with filters. We recommend an annual cleaning of coils to keep your system in good health.

Low Refrigerant

You need to keep your eye out for any refrigerant leaks. If too much of this substance leaks out of your cooling system, there will be a much higher risk of an ice up. Call in a technician to fix the leak and replenish your refrigerant supply.

Time for a Visit from a Technician

If the quick maintenance tips we mentioned above don’t clear up the problem for you, it is time to call in a Grand Home Services technician. We can diagnose the root cause of your freeze and return your cooling system to peak performance in no time. Contact us at (720) 365-1187 for a fast solution to all Denver air conditioning problems!

3 Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips for DIYers

DIY Air Conditioning TipsAs summer reaches its apex and temperatures soar to the highest point they will reach all year, it is the perfect time to think about air conditioner maintenance. While many potential problems can be caught and solved by scheduling an annual AC checkup with a Grand Home Services technician, we also want you to know about some helpful DIY maintenance tips.

By following three simple DIY air conditioning tips, you can significantly increase your chances of maintaining peak A/ C performance even through the hottest days of the year.

1. Maintain Filters, Coils, Blades

By taking just a few minutes each month to clean air filters, coils, and blades, you can have a significant impact on the efficiency and reliability of your cooling system. It’s always best to consult the owner’s manual and turn off your system before attempting to clean or replace anything.

2. Clean Outdoor Units

Sometimes leaves, rubble, and other debris will accumulate on or around your air conditioner. Taking a moment to remove these items can have a surprisingly big impact on the overall health of your system. You can even combine tasks by cleaning debris at the same time as you clean your filters, coils, and blades.

3. Use Your Yard to Maximize Efficiency

If your cooling system receives proper shade from the sun, it can improve efficiency by up to 10 percent in the summer. However, that doesn’t mean you should place trees and shrubs right on top of your air conditioner. It’s best to keep all leaves, grass clippings, and other vegetation at least two feet away from your unit to prevent clogging from debris. Find the right setup that puts your unit in the shade for most of the day without adding the risk of too much debris.

These DIY air conditioning tips will help you overcome many of the problems that people typically experience during the summer months. If you ever have an issue that goes beyond a DIY repair, you can always turn to the heating and cooling experts at Grand Home Services. Contact us at (720) 365-1187 for more tips or to schedule a visit from a technician.