Reasons Your Central AC Unit May Not be Working

When it comes to in-home appliances (and in-home cooling and heating systems), we tend to not give them much thought.

Until they stop working.

If you’re having issues with your central AC system and you’re feeling more than a little bit frustrated, we understand your pain.

Below are just a few troubleshooting tips that can hopefully help you diagnose the root of your problem.

Short cycling

If your AC is turning on, then off, then on, then off again, all in a short period of time, this type of glitch is known as short cycling. Yes, it’s annoying, but it’s also one of the most common AC issues that Fort Collins, Colorado homeowners have.

Below are 4 things that may be causing your system to act up.

  1. Your thermostat is in a less-than-ideal spot. If your thermostat is close to a window (and thus, it’s in the direct line of sunlight), or if it’s in close proximity to an AC vent, this is likely the reason your system is giving you grief. If you’ve determined your thermostat needs to be moved, call Redline Heating and Cooling today so we can help move it to a more central location.
  2. You can’t remember the last time you swapped out your AC filter. Your AC filter should be inspected once a month, and it should be changed as often as deemed necessary. If your filter hasn’t been changed (or cleaned) in you can’t remember how long, this could be your problem.
  3. Your system is too big! In our last blog we talked about how buying a bigger, more powerful system isn’t always better. If you wind up purchasing one that’s too big for your home, it can run up your electric bill and it will run indefinitely—both of which are likely to cause short cycling.
  4. You may have a refrigerant leak. If your system is leaning refrigerant, this can cause it to short cycle. If you’re not sure if you’re having this problem, call our office today so we can send a technician out to give your AC unit a once over.

Expert AC repair in Ft. Collins, Colorado

At Redline Heating and Cooling we have decades of experience in helping local homeowners with all of their central AC repairs. If your system isn’t working properly or you’re wondering if there are things you can do to help it run more efficiently, we can help.

When you call our office, you’ll be directly connected to a local HVAC and central AC expert who can help schedule a convenient time for one of our technicians to come to your home.

For more information on Redline Heating and Cooling, the types of AC repairs we can help with and/or to schedule a service appointment, call us today at 970-663-6575. Be sure to ask us about our $89 AC tune up special!

Call us today to learn why we’re the most trusted central air service provider in Fort Collins and its surrounding areas.

Estimating the Cost of a New HVAC System

If you’ve come to the realization that your HVAC system may be on its last leg, or you’re simply wanting to upgrade what you currently have, your desire to get the best machine possible, for the best possible price, is normal.

When you contact Redline Heating and Cooling we can help you understand the pros and cons of different systems and the types of value-adds each will come with, so you can make the best, most informed purchasing decision as possible.

What to know about cost

First things first.

If you’re thinking about replacing your current system because the HVAC repair person from company A said your current system can’t’ be saved, get a second estimate.

Just because company A can’t fix your problem, that’s not to say that company B can’t help. Before you take out your checkbook (and reach for the closest bottle of antacid), get a second opinion.

There have been quite a few times that we’ve been called by people who have been told that their heating and cooling system was beyond repair— yet we’ve been able to handle the repair just fine.

The truth about new equipment costs

The cost to purchase a central cooling or heating system will depend largely on the size of your home.  The larger your home, the bigger the cost.

In terms of averages, if your home is between 1800-2000 square feet, a new central AC system can start at $3,000 and range up to $6,000. If you’re looking for a new furnace, for a home with that same square footage, that will cost between $2,500 and $8,000. A lot of this will depend on the make and model of the equipment.

If all of this sounds confusing, remember, we’re here to help.

Now that you have some general ideas on equipment cost, you’ll want to remember to factor in things such as delivery and installation. On the very off chance you need duct work, you’ll want to factor in that expense, too.  (Duct work fees generally span between $2,000 and $5,000.)

Size is important

When it comes to heating and cooling systems, bigger isn’t necessarily always better.

Why?

If you get a system that’s rated for a larger home, not only will this cost you more money, it will also not be very efficient at doing its intended job.

If you’re thinking about buying a new heating or cooling system, the best thing to do is to call our office before you make any purchases. When you contact Redline Heating and Cooling we can schedule a time for one of our technicians to come to your home, and if we determine that your current system can’t be repaired (and thus, needs to be replaced) we’ll help you with some recommendations.

For more information on HVAC purchase and installation costs, call Redline Heating and Cooling today at 970-663-6575. We’ll be happy to take as much time as needed to answer your questions, and if you’d like to schedule a time to have one of our highly trained technicians come out to your home, we’ll be happy to help with that, as well.

Can my HVAC System Help Alleviate Allergy Symptoms?

If you’re like most people, when you think of your HVAC system, you think of it as being the big metal box that’s hidden in a closet somewhere, that helps regulate the temperature in your home. It cools your home when its warm outside, and it helps keep you warm during the cold Colorado winters.

The idea that it could help relieve your allergy symptoms can have you feeling mind blown.

No—really—we’re not kidding.  It’s estimated that 90 percent of homeowners are completely unaware that their HVAC system can help with this.

The skinny

Allergies are caused by a number of things, and the primary culprits relate to dust, pet dander, mold, and pollen.

And, since HVAC air filters are designed to help prevent things like dust, pollen, and pet dander from circulating in the air throughout your home, you can see how a properly chosen, and properly maintained air filter can lend a helping hand.

Again- air filters provide a critical line of defense, and as such, you’ll want to make sure you choose the one that will work best for both your HVAC system and your home.

It’s all about the MERV

High-efficiency air filters are assigned something that’s called a MERV rating. Ultimately, the higher the MERV value, the better filtration you’ll get.  A filter with a MERV rating of 14 to 16 is ideal for most heating and cooling systems.

If you’re leaning toward a HEPA filter, because they have MERV ratings that run between 17 and 20, be sure to contact Redline Heating and Cooling to speak with one of our trained HVAC experts. Although HEPA filters tend to do a better job of filtration, if your system isn’t designed for one, it could place additional strain on the motor.

Moving onto vents

It may sound obvious, but once you’ve installed the proper HVAC air filter, you’ll want to make sure your air vents are clean. If your vents have obvious signs of dust build up, they’re not going to do a very good job of preventing that dust from blowing into the room.

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you’ll want to make sure your vents are cleaned on a semi-regular basis.

Don’t forget the ducts!

Much like you should keep an eye on your vents, you’ll also want to remember to have your ducts cleaned twice a year. Not only will this help improve airflow, it will help keep your system running smoothly.

Air purification systems can also help

If you’re really looking to step up your air filtration game, when you contact our office we can help you understand the pros and cons of a whole-home air purification system. These types of units can be great for people who suffer from asthma and/or severe allergies because their main function relates to improving air quality.

Call Redline Heating and Cooling today!

If you have questions about how your HVAC system can help alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies and asthma, contact Redline Heating and Cooling today at 970-663-6575.

Tips for Preparing Your HVAC System for the Colorado Spring

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the kids are thrilled to be playing in the yard again. Spring is in the air!

Not only is it the time of year that you’ll want to start readying the pool for summer, cleaning up the garden and readying the BBQ for the first cookout of the season, it’s also the time of year that you should pay some extra attention to your HVAC system.

If you have questions about the types of springtime maintenance you’ll want to perform on your HVAC system, the experts at Redline Heating and Cooling are here to help.  Call us today at 970-663-6575 to learn more and be sure to ask us about our special rate for springtime AC tune-ups!

Time to swap the filters

Spring is the optimal time to change out your HVAC filters. Yes, we understand that it’s unlikely that you’ll be firing up your furnace anytime soon, but that’s not to say this is a task that should be put off. Remember, after months of wintertime usage, dust, dirt and debris has likely collected on the surface of the filter that you have now—if you don’t swap out your filter, you’ll run the risk of spreading all of that into your home’s vents and ducts the next time you turn it on.

Since you’re already putting together a spring cleaning checklist, this is another item you can tack onto the bottom.

If you have a separate system that provides central cooling, you’ll want to swap out those filters, too. Ideally, you’ll want to do this before you turn your AC on.  This will help ensure that the air that’s flowing through your home is clean (as opposed to dusty!)

Inspecting insulation and duct sealing

This something that should be done twice a year, and for good reason. If your duct sealing has some leaks, this means your central cooling unit will need to work harder to pump cool air into your home. Not only can this put additional strain on your system, it’s also going to increase your monthly cooling bill.

The same holds for your insulation—if it’s old and/or it’s showing signs of wear, you may want to consider replacing it.  If your insulation is getting up there in age, it probably won’t do a good job of keeping cool air inside your home.

Clear away dirt and debris

If your AC unit is outdoors, you’ll want to clean up any dirt and debris that may have collected around it during the past several months.  You should also use a mixture of mild soap and water to wipe the unit down.

Springtime HVAC maintenance experts

At Redline Heating and Cooling, we have decades of experience in helping Colorado homeowners with all of their HVAC repair, replacement and maintenance needs.

For more information on the types of services we offer, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 970-663-6575.

Maintenance Plans We Offer

In some ways, your HVAC system is a lot like your car. If you service it on a regular basis, you keep the filters clean and you provide it with a little TLC, it’s likely to last a long time.

At Redline Mechanical LLC we believe that the best way to care for your HVAC system involves opting for yearly maintenance plan. Not only will this keep your system running as efficiently as possible, it can help you catch (and address) small problems before they turn into big ones.

When you work with Redline Mechanical LLC, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from working with an experienced, reputable company that is committed to ensuring your heating and cooling equipment is running properly. Making sure your system runs at peak efficiency is our top priority!   In addition to helping prevent breakdowns, yearly maintenance can help extend the life of your system.

Plans we offer

At Redline Mechanical LLC we offer maintenance plans for every budget.

  • Basic Safety Inspection, $49 When you schedule a safety inspection one of our experienced HVAC technicians will come out to perform a basic evaluation of your system. We will check to make sure your unit is working properly, and we’ll also make sure it is running safely. If we come across any problems that we feel should be addressed, we’ll provide you with recommendations.

Silver Plan

  • Furnace Tune-Up, $115 Our furnace tune-up plan is among our most popular options. For this, a technician will come to your home to inspect the ignition of your furnace. We’ll also clean out the burner section, we’ll clean the flame sensor, we’ll change your filter and we’ll perform a visual inspection of the heat exchanger.
  • AC Tune-Up, $115 If you need an AC tune-up, a technician from Redline Mechanical LLC will come out to your home to check your system’s operating temperature. We’ll also service your filter and we’ll check to make sure your coils are clean.
  • Annual Heat Exchanger Test $129 Your heat exchanger should be tested once a year after your furnace turns 12 to ensure your system doesn’t have any carbon monoxide leaks. If your furnace fails the heat exchanger inspection we’ll apply the cost of the test toward the replacement and installation of a new system.

Gold Plan

  • Furnace Tune-Up / AC Tune-Up Customers who opt for a gold plan will receive two visits per year. Not only will we perform a full furnace tune-up as the winter approaches, we’ll perform a full AC tune-up when you call us in the spring. Gold plans require a one-year minimum service agreement.

Platinum Plan

  • Full Service Furnace Maintenance, Full Service AC Maintenance $285 Our platinum plan includes all the components of our gold plan, which means we’ll come out to service your system twice during the year. In addition to performing full system tune-ups, we’ll provide a full cleaning and full evaluation of both your furnace and your AC system.

If you have additional questions about the maintenance plans we offer, call us today at 970-663-6575 to learn more.

Why We are the Top Rated HVAC Company in Loveland, Colorado

If you’ve decided it’s time to have an HVAC company come out to your home to perform regular maintenance on your system, or you’ve discovered that something is wrong, and you need to hire a Loveland, Colorado HVAC company to come out to do a repair, you shouldn’t trust this job to just anyone.

When you contact Redline Mechanical LLC, you can rest assured that you’ll be working with a HVAC company that believes in providing our customers with a refreshingly different experience.

Not only do we understand the value in providing the highest levels of customer service, our commitment client satisfaction is what has made us the top rated HAC company in Loveland, Colorado.

Experience matters

Redline Mechanical LLC was founded in 1995 and we are a locally owned and operated company. Not only does this allow us to understand the unique HVAC repair and HVAC maintenance issues that Loveland, Colorado homeowners experience, it also means we treat each and every one of our clients as if they’re our neighbors. Why? Because they are!

All of our technicians are factory certified and each of our technicians is required to participate in ongoing education. Not only does this allow us to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies, it allows us to provide the highest levels of customer service to our clients.

It’s also worth noting that all of our staff members undergo extensive background checks because we know this gives our customers added peace of mind.  We are a member of the -Better Business Bureau and we’re more than happy to provide our clients with references upon request.

Our reputation and our commitment to excellence are among the reasons we’re the most recommended HVAC repair company in Northern Colorado.

Fair, honest service

No one likes surprises on their HVAC repair bill. When you contact Redline Heating LLC you can be confident that what you see is what you’ll get.

If we determine that your HVAC is in need of repair, we’ll be up front about what the repair entails, why it needs to be done, how long it will take and how much it will cost.  We believe in providing all of our clients with honest, fair, no-surprises estimates.

When you work with our company, you’ll understand why our attention to detail, our exceptional service and our personalized touch has us standing above the rest.  We understand that you have many choices when it comes to hiring a HVAC repair and/or HVAC maintenance company, and we value our customers’ business.

Whether you need us to come out for a one-time repair or you’re interested in learning more about one of our yearly maintenance plans, the experts at Redline Mechanical LLC are here to help.

If you have questions about HVAC repair or HVAC maintenance, don’t get lost in the mix at a franchised chain company. For the best, most professional service, call Redline Mechanical LLC today at 970-663-6575 today.

Springtime AC Maintenance Tips in Loveland, Colorado

Winter is finally coming to an end! Not only does this mean it’s time to start packing away your sweaters and jackets, it also means it’s time to make sure your central AC unit is up and running properly!

If you’re like most Loveland, Colorado homeowners, you’ll want to make sure this gets handled before the weather starts to get hot.

Tips for getting started

One of the first things you’ll want to do involves changing your AC filter. Why? First, if your AC filter is clogged, this could cause quite a bit of damage to your AC unit when you try to run it.

Experts agree that neglecting springtime AC maintenance in Loveland, Colorado can be a leading cause of failures within the mechanics of your cooling system. Not only is this type of damage costly, it’s preventable!

It’s also worth noting that your AC unit will run more efficiently when the filter is changed our or cleaned. A system that runs efficiently will use less electricity—which will translate into savings on your monthly cooling bill.

Take it outside

Now that you’ve changed out (or cleaned) your AC filter, you’ll want to take a look at the unit outside. Be sure to remove debris and dirt that have collected around the fin of your exterior condenser.  Once that’s complete, you ‘ll want to wash the unit off.  If a simple hosing doesn’t remove some of the gunk and grime, you can address that with a solution of soap and water.  (You’ll want to be careful when you do this, because you’ll want to avoid bending the fin.)

Calling the pros

Lastly, you’ll want to inspect your duct work and you’ll want to have your unit professionally inspected and serviced.

At Redline Mechanical LLC we have more than 20 years of experience in helping Loveland, Colorado homeowners with all of their springtime AC maintenance needs.

Not only do we know what to look for, we have the expertise and experience to get your system running in tip-top shape.

All of our technicians are factory certified and they participate in continuing education, which allows us to be up-to-date on the latest HVAC repair technologies.

If we do come across a problem, we’ll provide you with an honest, fair repair estimate that will never come with hidden fees. We’ll make sure you understand what will be involved in the repair, how long it will take and when you can expect the job to be completed.

Call Redline Mechanical LLC today

If you have questions about springtime AC maintenance tips in Loveland, Colorado, or you’d like to schedule a time for one of our expert central AC technicians to come out to your home, call Redline Mechanical LLC today at 970-663-6575 today.

Your home is one of your biggest investments, so you’ll want to make sure you work with a springtime AC maintenance company that is honest, reputable and experienced. Call Redline Mechanical LLC today to learn why we’re among the most recommended AC maintenance and repair companies in the region.

Benefits of a Humidifier in Loveland, Colorado

It’s a well-known fact that your furnace can dry out the air inside your Loveland, Colorado home.

Not only can low-humidity air wreak havoc on your houseplants, it can also lead to static electricity! If you’re tied of having your houseplants look less than their best, or you’re tired of getting shocked every time you pet your dog or cat, you may want to consider the benefits of a humidifier.

Below are just a few of the reasons that a humidifier can be a great addition to your Loveland, Colorado home.

A humidifier can ward off the damage that dry air creates

Did you know that dry air can cause your floors to shrink? Were you aware that dry air can cause your doors to shrink? When wood warps, and shrinks, it’s prone to cracking.

Secondly, dry air can cause wallpaper and paint to peel. Not only is this unsightly, it can be a pain in the you-know-what to fix.

Adding a humidifier can help prevent your home from enduring this type of damage.

Adding a humidifier can help save you money

Fun fact—dry air feels colder than moist air.  That being said, another one of the benefits of adding a humidifier to your Loveland, Colorado home is that you’ll be able to turn your thermostat down a few degrees in the winter (which will translate into a reduction in your heating bill.)  Although some people feel that a portable humidifier will suffice, most find that having a larger, whole-home system installed will allow for the best energy efficiency.

Snoring be gone!

Does your wife, husband or better half have a snoring problem? You may be surprised to learn that one of the lesser known benefits of adding a humidifier to your Loveland, Colorado home is that it can help everyone sleep more comfortably.

When a person snores, they breath through their mouth, and when the air has a bit more humidity, it can soothe the tissues that are in the back of your partner’s throat.  Installing a humidifier can help them be more comfortable at night, which can help you get more rest!

A humidifier can benefit your skin

Do you have problems with dry, cracked skin during the winter? When the air is dry, it can have a tendency to pull the moisture out of your skin.  Suffice to say, when you add a humidifier to your Loveland, Colorado home, it can help prevent your skin from becoming dry and cracked. It can also help lessen some of the eye irritation that dry air has a tendency to cause.

Humidifier experts

If you’re considering purchasing a whole-home humidifier and you have additional questions about the benefits of a humidifier in Loveland, Colorado, we can help.

At Redline Mechanical, LLC we have years of experience in helping Loveland, Colorado home owners with all of their heating, cooling and humidifier needs. For more information or to schedule a free, no-hassle in-home estimate, call our office today at 970-663-6575 to get started.

What To Do When A Rodent Dies In Your Ductwork

WHAT is that smell?! Is it coming from your vents? You may want to check your ductwork to see if a rodent has died in there. It’s actually a common household problem.

You just haven’t thought of it. Well, we’re here to remind you that it’s something you’re going to want to check. We know that odor isn’t pleasant and we predict that you had issues finding the source.

It’s usually the unmistakable smell that first tips off homeowners to the possible presence of a decomposing animal. Sometimes the smell can be so strong that you might suspect the animal is in the ductwork when really it’s in an attic, basement or crawlspace. Check all of these spaces before you resort to having a professional check your ductwork for dead mice or rats. If you still believe that it’s in your ductwork, the smell may lead you to a specific HVAC vent in your house. If so, carefully remove the vent cover and use a flashlight to peer inside. If you can see the animal, you can proceed. But if you can’t see it but the smell gets stronger, it may be time to call animal control.

After locating the animal, you’ll need a garbage bag, rubber gloves, paper towels and disinfectant spray at a minimum. If the animal is out of reach, you may need other tools to reach it. This could be a long hose attachment on a vacuum cleaner or something as simple as a bent coat hanger – just as long as you can use it to bring the carcass within reach. Carefully use a gloved hand to deposit the animal in a plastic bag and immediately remove it from your home. DO NOT touch the animal without gloves. Contact your local waste disposal authorities to ask about policies involving the disposal of dead animals.

After the source of the smell is removed, thoroughly clean all areas touched by the carcass with disinfectant spray. This may be difficult if the animal was initially out of reach, but you may be able to use a small mop to clean the area. You can also schedule a professional duct cleaning which might be beneficial if you’re already traumatized by having to remove a dead animal from your ductwork. Keep in mind that you can always call the professionals to do this job.

Once the animal is removed and the area is cleaned, you should consider follow-up steps. If an animal was able to get into your ductwork, this is a high sign that there is a hole or leak in your system. A thorough inspection of your system and ductwork could reveal how the animal was able to enter your ductwork in the first place and is likely to uncover duct leaks that are also robbing you of energy efficiency. If your next system tune-up is still several weeks away, it’s a good idea to go ahead and schedule this inspection.

Call Redline Mechanical LLC today at 970-663-6575 today.

Ways To Protect Indoor Air From Spring Pollen

Spring is in the air! That means flowers are bloomin’! You know what else that means? Allergy season is upon us. You know the drill, itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing, sniffling and sneezing, headaches. Allergies and pollen are at an all-time high and they only seem to get worse, year after year. “It’s a triple whammy,” Dr. Clifford Bassett told NBC News. “The early and mid-spring tree pollen and the grasses are hitting all at once to create misery and suffering.” But did you know that you can improve and protect your indoor air quality to keep your allergies at bay? Home technologies have evolved to help mitigate allergens. Keep on reading for our tips on how to protect your home’s indoor air from Spring pollen.

Invest in a quality ventilator: When you’re hiding inside from the pollen, you still need a way to get fresh air in while keeping irritating allergens out. Because allergens and pollen are microscopic, it can be hard to detect them until it’s too late. That’s where a ventilator comes into play. For the latest in efficiency technology, look into a heat-recovery ventilator, which brings in the filtered fresh air while recycling your conditioned air.

Get your ducts cleaned and serviced: If you have central air and don’t keep the ducts clean, they could be laden with years worth of dust and particulates. Additionally, if your ducts have undetected holes and leaks, pollen and other allergens are likely creeping in and spreading throughout your home. Maintaining clean HVAC equipment, ensuring proper air filtration and cleaning the air duct system are easy ways to help improve your indoor air quality. Call us at 970.663.6575 to schedule your next duct cleaning.

Bring on the spring cleaning: House cleaning is a pain, but if you make sure to dust, sweep, mop and vacuum regularly, you can help beat back any pollen that follows you inside. It’s important to note that sweeping can actually make allergies temporarily worse by sending irritants up into the airspace, so try wearing a mask if you need to sweep up a surface with a visible pollen layer.

Stock your home with local honey. Did you know that this is more effective and healthier than taking allergy medicine? Add local honey into your tea and your allergies can be gone in no time!

Keep your indoor and outdoor clothing separate. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, keep a clean change of clothes ready in the foyer or bathroom so you don’t shed pollen all over the house and get it mixed into bedding and furniture.  

We are here to serve our customers with high-quality products and equipment. Heating & Cooling is WHAT we do but the customers we serve are WHY we do it. We represent RHEEM Heating and Cooling products and we are committed to providing quality work at an affordable price! In Northern Colorado, we are active and most of us lead a busy lifestyle. REDLINE is here to take care of you.