Living around the cities and towns of northern Colorado requires enduring some very cold, snowy winters. Surviving in these areas requires being prepared for the worst and that is often a severe snowstorm or blizzard moving through the area. Likewise, summer extremes on the Colorado prairie can run the thermometer pretty high requiring a consistent way to keep your home and family properly cooled. The simplest way to handle these concerns is the installation of an HVAC in Fort Collins. For those who don’t know, HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. This is a combination appliance that controls both heating and cooling the building.
HVAC systems are installed in most modern homes and practically any business you see. The commercial HVAC in Fort Collins are usually large appliances with huge condensing unit mounted to a roof or directly outside the building. Commercial systems, while similar to the home based versions, often have the furnace portion split from the cooling system. This is mainly for efficiency because the heat required for warming a large building could damage some HVAC components.
The most important function for HVAC owners is routine maintenance. It may seem like a simple thing, but keeping the system clean can really prolong it’s life. There is little for the homeowner to handle except cleaning the filter, the outdoor condensing unit and ensuring there is no debris or plants blocking the system. However, the heating and air technician may be required to occasionally clean the evaporator coil and blower. By nature of it’s function, the evaporator coil sweats. This sweat collects dirt and over time this dirt and moisture will clog up the evaporator coil. To fix the problem the technician will remove the coil and clean it in an acid bath.
Some HVAC repairs are a bit more serious. For instance, when the condenser fails to compress the refrigerant or when it just locks up tight then it’s time for a major repair. If the system is old you may wish to consider replacing it, but sometimes a new condenser will fix the problem. Age is the common factor in most HVAC replacements. After about ten to twelve years they begin to show their age and break down more frequently. This is when it might be time to discuss a new system with a specialist like Tri-City Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.