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Common Problems with Gas Water Heaters

Are you having trouble with your gas water heater? Problems can range from a pilot light gone out to the need for replacement. Here are a few common problems with gas water heaters:

Pilot Light is Out

problems with gas water heatersOne of the most common problems with gas water heaters is that the pilot light will go out, leaving you with no hot water. If you turn on the shower and it won’t get hot, check your water heater. Be sure to follow the proper method of lighting the pilot light if it is out. If it won’t light, make sure the gas valve is in good shape and then check the thermocouple.

Bad Thermocouple

A bad thermocouple can cause various problems with your water heater. You might not be able to get the burner or pilot light to work. If you decide to replace this part yourself, follow all proper safety precautions when handling your water heater! Otherwise, call a skilled HVAC technician to repair your water heater.

Leaking Water Heater

If your water heater is leaking, there is a serious problem and you’ll likely need to replace it. Most conventional tank-style water heaters last about 10-15 years. However, hard water, poor maintenance, and other problems can shorten its lifespan. Call a technician right away for water heater repair or else you could risk flooding and damaging your home.

If you face any of these problems with gas water heaters, call Sanders & Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning at 303-422-6606. We’re happy to provide water heater repair and replacement in Denver, CO!

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump, Are There Benefits?

Are you considering a ductless mini-split heat pump for you home?

A great addition to any space, there are many benefits of a ductless mini-split heat pump: Like central air and heating systems, ductless mini splits have two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. A conduit connects the outdoor and indoor units.They are high efficiency air conditioners that can also operate in reverse to heat your home.

Compact Size

ductless mini-split heat pump

Compared to window units, ductless mini-split heat pumps are much more compact and versatile. You can hang the indoor unit from the ceiling or on a wall, and there are even stand up models. This not only increases your interior design options, but also provides greater safety. Even the outdoor unit is fairly small.

Eco-Friendly

A big draw for many homeowners is the green features of a ductless mini-split heat pump system. These systems can reduce your electricity use by about 50 percent compared to a traditional furnace. Plus, because it is ductless, you will not lose or waste energy through poorly insulated ductwork.

Double the Benefits

Another great benefit  is that it can function as an air conditioner or heater. Because it does not produce heat—only moves it from one place to another—the heat pump can do both. Plus, you can install multiple indoor units for only one outdoor unit. With individual thermostats, this lets you control the temperature of multiple zones in your house. Enjoy the flexibility and efficiency of a ductless mini-split heat pump today!

Have more questions give us a call today and we can assist you in your next installation! Call Now

Heating Bill – Save Money on Yours

Stop increasing your heating bill, learn how to save instead!

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Some people may think that it necessary to constantly crank up the heater or the furnace to make sure that they stay warm.  That will just increase your heating bill. Although turning on your heater is an obvious choice for one that desires to stay warm, you have to put up with outrageous heating bills during this cold season. The pros at Sanders and Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning are here with some tips that will help you save on your heating bill throughout the season.

Here are just a few suggestions — but if you need something more call Sanders & Johnson!

  • Insulation for the attic door: Even if your attic has adequate insulation, chances are that the access door is lacking and is allowing warm air to escape through the hatch. To make sure that your attic door is effectively blocking airflow, trying attaching fiberglass batt insulation.
  • Cover your windows with a plastic film: About 25 percent of heat loss in your home can be contributed to your windows and patio doors. Adding a transparent, plastic film can assist in reducing that loss. It’s inexpensive, easy to install, and even easier to remove once the weather begins to warm up again.
  • Prevent warm air from escaping through your chimney: Even with the flue closed, heat can escape through your chimney. A simple solution is a chimney balloon. Putting one of these in your chimney helps to stop unwanted airflow and helps to save as much as $100 in a year on your heating bill.

We understand that saving money is important to any property owner. So if you need help or have any questions on how you can save money on your heating bill in Denver, contact Sanders and Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning.

Steps to Keeping Your Home A Comfortable Temperature

Time to bundle up, but let us keep our home a comfortable temperature.

comfortable temperatureBlankets and extra clothes are great outside, but let’s keep your home a comfortable temperature this winter. As the temperatures continue to drop make sure your home is prepped for winter.  Improve your heater’s efficiency will help maintain warm air throughout the house during the cold nights of winter.  This will keep you from having to constantly bump up the temperature on the thermostat.

Here are a few things to check to ensure your home is set for colder weather.

  • Check the condition of your insulation. If you have an older home it could be that there is not enough insulation in the walls or ceiling.  Insulation is used to keep the heat in and the cold air out.
  • Be sure you Inspect all the windows and doors.  Do you see cracks or gaps that should be sealed off with weathering tape? This will prevent the heated air from escaping and helps keep your furnace running efficiently and will also reduce the drafts coming in from the outside.
  • Have your furnace inspected and maintained prior to using it this winter.  Sanders and Johnson is just a phone call away and we can service your furnace to assure you keep your home a comfortable temperature all winter long with less blankets.

An HVAC technician will properly inspect and even clean your furnace and duct work to make sure there are no leaks or debris clogging up the system.  Just by keeping the equipment clean and sealing off cracks around windows and doors will keep your furnace from worker harder to heat the house. The more efficient your furnace is, the less money you will have to spend on your energy bills

Do you need professional furnace maintenance in Denver, CO? Contact Sanders & Johnson today for inspections and maintenance for furnaces and heat pumps. We can help you get your heating equipment in top shape to keep you nice and warm during the cold months ahead.

Seasonal Heater Maintenance with Sanders and Johnson

Regular air conditioner and heater maintenance is always a good idea, especially when the weather changes. If you don’t check your air filters often, the beginning of each new season is a good time to do it. With chilly air already hitting Denver, you may be ready to fire up your heater. Before you do, follow these quick HVAC maintenance tips to keep your system running well.

Heater Maintenance: Change Your Air Filters

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You should check your air filters once a month for built up dust, hair, and other particles. Don’t wait until they are clogged up; this can cause your HVAC system to perform at sub-optimal levels. As your system pumps cooled or heated air throughout your house, the filter catches dust, allergens, spores, and other nasty particles. Regularly changing the air filter will help keep your home air cleaner, may improve your allergies and asthma, and reduce your energy bill.

Have A Test Run

Before the really cold weather hits, give your heater a test run to make sure everything is working properly. As it sits unused over the summer months, dust builds up in the furnace filter and in your ducts. Have you ever noticed a burning smell when you first turn on your heater after months of disuse? This is the dust burning off, and is no cause for concern. However, if the smell does not go away within an hour, or if it smells electrical, turn the heater off and call a professional HVAC contractor as soon as possible. You may need heater maintenance or repair.

Clean Up The House

The cleaner your home, the less dust and dirt will make its way into your air conditioner or heater. We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but a deep clean may be necessary in the fall too. This is especially important if you have pets or several people living in a home. Vacuum, dust, and mop thoroughly. Don’t forget the spaces beneath or behind furniture!

If you need heater maintenance or repair in Denver, CO before winter hits, call Sanders & Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning today! We provide heater repair and maintenance for boilers, furnaces, ductless mini-split heat pumps, and water heaters.  Contact Us Today for your scheduled maintenance.

Faulty Air Condition Wiring: Common A/C Problems

 

Common Problems with A/C could be Faulty Air Condition Wiring

Are you having problems with faulty wiring in your air conditioning unit?  Did you know that this can be hazardous to your family home? Here are a few indications of bad wiring that you can look for and determine whether it is time to have it repaired.

faulty wiring in thermostat

Exposed wires around the A/C unit are typically seen with an improper installation of an air conditioner.  Bad wiring is not only a fire hazard, but it can allow moisture into the unit. Faulty wiring can also create the need for some expensive repairs. At Sanders & Johnson’s one of our professional service techs will come out to fix the exposed wiring.

If your circuit breaker keeps getting tripped when the air conditioner tries to run, you might be a problem with the wiring inside the unit.  If the breaker continues to trip, don’t keep switching it back on because this will just cause more damage to the unit and the wiring. Another cause of the breaker being tripped may be a dirty air filter or blocked airways. This can be checked and cleaned up quickly without needing any repairs.

Another place to look is the thermostat.  Your thermostat could be a source of faulty air condition wiring, especially if it has not been properly maintained through the years or if it is an older model. You can upgrading an older model but that doesn’t always fix any faulty wiring issues.  However, it can  make it easier to make cooling your home more energy efficient.

Is your air conditioner is giving you trouble call the heating and cooling experts at Sanders & Johnson today.  We offer many HVAC services for repairs and installation in Denver, CO,. Call us for your  faulty air condition wiring today.  Contact us today for your air conditioning issues!

Air Conditioner Efficiency: Save Money

Get the most from your air conditioner during the summer months: Air Condition Efficiency is the answer.

Lower costs this summer by improving the efficiency of your air conditioner. Doing a little maintenance around the house will help to cut down on your utility costs.  It can also improve the air quality in your home. These tips to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner will help you save money without having to buy a new air conditioning unit.

Air Conditioner EfficiencyLimit Use of Large Appliances

When you use the large appliances in your home such as the dishwasher, oven, washer or dryer, you are actually generating even more heat inside the house.  Here is a helpful hit:  Use these appliances in the morning or late at night.   Temperatures are cooler in the morning and in the evening reducing the overload of running the air conditioner.  if you use them during the hotter times of the day it will make your  air conditioner work even harder to try and keep the house cooler.

Make Repairs to Improve Insulation
Take a look around the house, do you see any cracks?  If you do seal them with caulk to prevent drafts. Any cracks in the walls or ceilings will allow the cooled air to escape.  This requires the air conditioner to run more frequently to keep the rooms cooled.. Making sure your windows are insulated can reduce your energy costs by 25-50%. You can use weatherizing tape around the windows and doors to seal any gaps that also allow air out.

Schedule An A/C Inspection
Scheduling an inspection once a year from a licensed air conditioner technician can help prevent many potential issues with your cooling system. A technician can make small repairs to leaks or other damage that may cause your A/C unit to work less efficiently. They can also clean the air duct system and replace air filters to improve the air quality.

Increase Air Circulation
Try using ceiling fans during the day to help cool air circulate throughout the house so the air conditioner runs less often. The ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathrooms can help with this to by reducing the heat and moisture in those areas.

These are just a few ways you can get your air conditioner running efficiently. Call Sanders & Johnson, Inc. today for preventative maintenance and air conditioner inspections in Denver, CO.

4 Ways to Increase your Houses Humidity

dry desertIt’s that time of year again, and your house is as dry as the Sahara Desert. The dry air can be miserable for you and those around you. Left untreated it can lead to dry cracked skin that bleeds. Follow these 4 easy steps to keep your humidity in your home nice and comfy all winter long.

KEEP THE HUMIDITY IN YOUR HOME

  • Set up a humidifier- One of the things you can do to help alleviate some of the dryness around your home is to set up a small humidifier. The humidifier will jet water vapor up into the air helping to restore your room back to a comfortable level.
  • Put out some water- Water likes to travel to dryer places. Because of this you can actually just place cups, or bowls of water throughout the house. Although it probably won’t turn your home into a sauna or steam room every little bit helps

drying clothes

  • forget the dryer- How often does it seem like you’re having to dry clothes. Next time instead of throwing them in the dryer try hanging them up in the house. Not only will you be spending less money running the dryer, you can help put some of the lost moister back into the air.
  • let it steam- Try drinking some more tea in the winter time, or at least try making some more tea in the winter time. The boiling water on your stove top creates steam putting those precious water molecules back into that stale dry air.

Follow these 4 easy steps to generate your own humidity. If this doesn’t work though you may want to consider installing a whole home humidifier. With a whole home humidifier you’ll never have to worry about that stuffy dry air again.

Contact us today for a consultation on your air quality and humidity level in your home.  Sanders & Johnson helping families breath quality air for 40+ years.

Air Filters – 3 Reasons Your Furnace Isn’t Pumping Out Enough Heat

Why are you so cold? Do you need a new furnace? Maybe just Air Filters!

dirty air filtersIt’s a nasty surprise no homeowner wants to deal with the changing of the air filters. The temperatures plummet outside, and when it comes time to fire up the furnace, not enough heat is coming out.  Brrrr?

So, why isn’t your furnace producing enough heat? It could be due to any number of issues, including:

 

Here are just a few reasons that you may be experience issues with heat flow.

Dirty air filters — When your filters are dirty, it blocks proper airflow and makes it difficult for your furnace to properly heat your home. Experts recommend changing your filter out at least every 3 months to maintain proper furnace function. So, if you haven’t swapped out your filters in a while, this is a good place to start.

Leaky ducts — If your ductwork has cracks and poorly maintained seals, heat can escape before it gets delivered into your house. This makes your home colder, and it forces your heater to work harder, causing excessive wear and tear.

Undersized furnace — One common reason for poor furnace performance is that the system isn’t the right size for the home. It’s possible that your furnace may simply be too small and too weak to properly heat your home.

If your furnace isn’t producing enough heat, contact the Denver furnace repair experts at Sanders & Johnson. We offer reliable, honest furnace maintenance services at affordable prices to homeowners across the Denver area. Learn more at www.SandersAndJohnson.com. Like us on FaceBook.

Furnace Tune-Up, It Might Be Time For One

Have you considered a Furnace Tune-Up lately, if not you may need one?

furnace tune-upAs the temperatures continue to drop and the cold weather looms for months ahead, many homeowners are turning their attention to their furnaces. Now is the time of year where furnaces are starting to really get their first workouts in months, and it’s the time where homeowners may start to notice potential issues with their home heating system.  That means it time for a furnace Tune-Up!

If your furnace seems a little sluggish, it may be time for a tune-up. Furnace maintenance can extend the lifetime of your heater and save you money by preventing costly repairs.

Here are some signs it may be time for a furnace tune-up:

  • Your Furnace isn’t putting out enough heat — Is your furnace having a hard time keeping your home warm? If your furnace isn’t putting out heat, that’s a pretty obvious sign that something is wrong and your system needs a tune-up.  Sanders & Johnson has a checklist that find the answers for you.  Having a maintenance check done could save you money in the long run.  Don’t delay.
  • Your energy bills seem far too high —  Sure It’s normal for energy bills to increase during the winter.  You are running your heater more than usual. However, if your bills are spiking higher than you would expected, it could be that your heater isn’t running efficiently and needs to be serviced. Again, can’t stress enough what having a maintenance check or furnace tune-up can do to save you money.
  • Your furnace makes strange noises — Your furnace should be pretty quiet when you turn it on and when it’s running. If your furnace makes loud, unusual noises, something may be wrong with its operation. Contact a furnace repair technician immediately.

For all your furnace maintenance and furnace repair needs, contact Sanders & Johnson. We offer a full range of Denver furnace repair services to customers across the area. Learn more at www.SandersAndJohnson.com. Like us on FaceBook.