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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!

Benefits of a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump

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:

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Compact Size

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 of a ductless mini-split heat pump system 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!

If you’re interested in ductless mini-split heat pump installation in Denver, CO, call 303-422-6606. Sanders & Johnson, Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help!

Save on Your Heating Bill

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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. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, CO, contact Sanders and Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning by dialing 303-422-6606.

Steps to Keeping Your Home Comfortable This Winter

cold weatherAs the temperatures continue to drop you will want to make sure your home is prepped for winter. Improving your heater efficiency will help maintain warm air throughout the house without 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.

  1. Check the condition of your insulation, especially if it’s an older house, it could be that there is not enough insulation to keep the heat in and the cold air out.
  2. Inspect all the windows and doors for 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.
  3. Have your furnace inspected and maintained prior to using it this winter.

An HVAC technician can properly inspect and even clean your furnace and duct work to make sure there are no leaks or debris clogging up the system. Keeping the equipment clean and sealing off cracks around windows and doors keeps 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. Call us today at 303-422-6606 to find out more about our services.

Seasonal Heater Maintenance

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.

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Change Your Air Filters

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. Call 303-422-6606 for quality, honest work right here in Denver, CO.

Common A/C Problems: Faulty Wiring

Home ThermostatHaving problems with faulty wiring in your air conditioning unit can be hazardous. There are a few indications of bad wiring that you can look for and determine whether it is time to have it repaired.

Exposed wires around the A/C unit is typically seen with improper installation of the air conditioner equipment. Bad wiring is not only a fire hazard but it can allow moisture into the unit and create the need for expensive repairs. Have a professional come out to fix the exposed wiring.

If the circuit breaker keeps getting tripped when the air conditioner tries to run, there 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. Other causes of the breaker being tripped may be a dirty air filter or blocked airways. This is something that can be checked and cleaned up quickly without needing any repairs.

The thermostat could be a source of bad wiring if it has not been properly maintained or if it is an older model. Upgrading an older model will not only fix any wiring problems but can also make it easier to make cooling your home more energy efficient.

If your air  conditioner is giving you trouble call the heating and cooling experts at Sanders & Johnson today at 303-422-6606. We offer many HVAC services for repairs and installation in Denver, CO.

Save Money Through A/C Efficiency

Air Conditioner EfficiencyLower 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 but 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 A/C unit.

Limit 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. It is better to use these appliances in the morning or at night when the temperatures are cooler. Using them during the hotter times of the day makes the air conditioner work even harder to try and keep the house cool.

Make Repairs to Improve Insulation
Look for any cracks around the house and seal them with caulk. Any cracks in the walls or ceilings will allow the cooled air to escape which requires the air conditioner to run more often to keep the rooms cooled off. 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 home nice and comfy all winter long.

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. drying clothesforget 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.
  4. 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.

3 Reasons Your Furnace Isnt Pumping Out Enough Heat

Dirty-Air-Filters-184x184It’s a nasty surprise no homeowner wants to deal with. The temperatures plummet outside, and when it comes time to fire up the furnace, not enough heat is coming out. Ouch. Or should we say, Brrrr?

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Is It time For A Furnace Tune Up?

Furnace-TuneUp-184x184As 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.

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. Call a qualified HVAC repair company to service your furnace immediately.
  • Your energy bills seem far too high — It’s normal for energy bills to increase during the winter because you’re running your heater more than usual. However, if your bills are spiking higher than expected, it could be that your heater isn’t running efficiently and needs to be serviced.
  • 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.