Top Reasons Your AC Might Not be Working

You’ve been traveling for the past five days. And while you certainly don’t mind traveling for work, this trip has been a doozy.

First, something triggered the fire alarm at your hotel last night—and you (and all the hotel’s other guest) were stuck standing outside for an hour at 2am.  That’s how your day started.

Due to all this chaos, you were late getting to the airport— which turned out to be fine, because when you got to the gate, you found out your flight was delayed by two hours.

So you decided to get something to eat—which also turned out to be its own special disaster because the server spilled your lunch on your lap.

And just when you thought your day couldn’t get any worse, when you finally got back to Colorado, the airline informed you your luggage was still “in transit” and you should get it delivered to you in the next 24 hours.

At this point all you can thing about is getting home, kicking your shoes off and sitting down.  It’s hot outside today and you’re not sure if you can deal with any more speed bumps.

Yet when you walk through the front door, you notice something is amiss.

The AC isn’t working.

Today, of all days. It decided to quit.

Lovely.

Top reasons you may be having this problem

First, if you’ve been reading some of our previous blogs you may have noticed we tend to spend a lot of time talking about the importance of swapping out your AC filters.

If you can’t remember the last time you did this, start there. Remember, the filter’s job is to remove contaminants from the air inside your home; when the filter becomes clogged and dirty, air won’t be able to pass through it.

(This is why we recommend checking your filter on a monthly basis.) If your filter looks like it hasn’t been changed since before your one-year-old child was born, swap the filter and see if that fixes the problem.

If not, you’ll want to contact an experienced HVAC technician right away.

Second, you’ll want to ask yourself the last time you had a HVAC tech come to your home to perform routine maintenance on your system. If you haven’t ever done this, or you haven’t had someone out in years, this could also be the root of your AC’s problem.

When a HVAC system isn’t maintained properly, the motor will need to work harder. When this happens, it may wind up tripping the circuit breaker.

HVAC maintenance, repair, installation and replacement experts

If your central AC unit isn’t working as it should be, give us a call today at 970-663-6575 to schedule a time for one of our technicians to come to your home. We provide 24-hour emergency service and we can even help you at night, on weekends and/or on holidays.

Call Redline Mechanical Heating & Cooling LLC today to learn why we’re the most word-of-mouth recommended HVAC service provider in the region.

How Much Can I Expect to Pay for a New AC Unit?

In our last blog post we talked about two common reasons that your central AC unit may not be working.

If the filter isn’t clogged, the unit isn’t tripping any circuit breakers and the HVAC repair technician is telling you that repairing what you have is a lost cause, you may find yourself in a place where you’re researching the cost of replacement.

Much like every other appliance in your home, your central air conditioning unit won’t last forever.  And while you may have resigned yourself to this fact, you’re not exactly excited at the prospect of spending thousands of dollars on a new unit.

You want something that’s practical, sensible and that won’t break the bank.

So how much will you need to spend?

Bigger isn’t always better

Before we delve into the dollars and cents of the matter, we need to tell you that the cost to replace your air conditioning unit will be largely dependent on several factors.

First, you’ll need to determine the square footage of your home, so you’ll be able to determine what size unit you’ll need.

HomeAdvisor estimates that the 2018 average replacement costs can be as low as $1,800 and as high as $10,300. On the other hand, if you’re not wanting a system that will cool your entire home, and you’re more looking to do something on a room-by-room basis, you may be able to pick up a window-based unit for under $200.

It all depends on what you’re looking to do.

If you do want a central AC unit, you’ll need to determine how many BTUs you’ll need.  A small, two-bedroom condo will need a very different unit than a 4,000 square foot house.

If you’re looking into replacement and you have questions about what would work best for your home, call Redline Mechanical Heating & Cooling today. Not only will we be happy to schedule a convenient time for one of our technicians to come to your home to provide you with a free installation estimate, we’ll be able to make some recommendations regarding makes and models of replacement AC systems.

Central AV versus mini splits

If you’re looking for a zone-based solution but you’re not excited about using a window unit or portable AC, you may want to consider a mini split. Ultimately, mini splits are ductless heating and cooling systems (yes, you’ll be able to use it as a heater in the winter) that are designed to heat, or cool, specific zones in your home.

AC experts in Colorado

At Redline Mechanical Heating & Cooling we have more than 25 years of experience in helping Colorado homeowners with all of their heating and cooling needs. If you need help replacing your central AC unit, or if you have questions about the pros and cons of opting for a mini-split, we’re here to help.

Call our office today at 970-663-6575 to speak with a customer service agent in your area.

Yes, you read that title correctly. Although combining one electronic cooling device with another may seem counterintuitive in terms of saving money on your utility bills, if you use fans with a central AC you’re bound to reap some benefits.

Everyone knows that running your central AC during the summer can get expensive, especially if your kids like to set the thermostat to a level that would support polar bears living in your house.

If you’re tired of those gut-punch electric bills, it is possible to get some relief without feeling hot, sticky and warm while inside your home.

Why fans are great

First, ceiling fans are a relatively inexpensive solution. Yes, we know there are some higher-priced models that are being sold at big-box retailers, but that’s not to say that buying one or more ceiling fans will break the bank.

Online retailers are a great place to start your search, and depending on where you buy your fan from, you may be able to take advantage of free shipping.

One of our clients recently purchased a 52-inch fan/light, with a remote, for under $90. She also purchased a 42-inch fan/light, with a remote, for about $75.

Facing facts

Did you know that your AC cost makes up about a quarter of your utility bill?  When you combine the use of one or more ceiling fans with your central AC, you’ll actually be able to turn the thermostat up a few notches.

The client we were just talking about told us that after she installed her fans, she was able to change the setting on her thermostat from 76 degrees to 84 degrees. And she did it without suffering her comfort level.  Why? Because when fans help circulate air throughout the room, the air flow is helping to keep her family feeling cool.

“The fans work great and I can’t believe I didn’t do this earlier,” she told us. “I should have looked into this when you were installing my new HVAC, but it never occurred to me that fans could save me quite a bit of money.”

With the saving she’s seeing on her electric bill, she expects the fans will pay for themselves in the very near future.

Central AC experts in Denver, Colorado

If you’re trying to figure out how to save money on your utility bills and you have questions about the benefits of installing ceiling fans, or you’d like to speak with one of our experienced HVAC technicians about how installing a smart thermostat can help save you money, call Redline Mechanical Heating and Cooling today.

We have more than two decades of experience in helping commercial clients and residential customers with all of their smart thermostat and HVAC needs. We offer 24-hour emergency service and we can even help with an emergency repair at night, over a weekend or during a holiday.

Call now to learn why we’re the top-ranked HVAC service provider in the region.

Is a Mini Split Different Than a Central AC Unit?

We recently received an email from a local homeowner who wanted to know how mini splits differ from central AC units. Since this seems to be a fairly common question, we wanted to share that email, and our response in this blog post.

Hi. I have some questions and I was hoping you could help me. My husband and I currently live in an older, four-bedroom house and our central AC unit hasn’t worked for a couple of years. We’ve been going back and forth on replacing it, mostly because we only use part of the house, now that the kids are grown and away at school. We recently traveled to Mexico City and we noticed that a lot of the restaurants don’t have central AC but they instead use something called a mini split. Is one really different from the other? It seems like the mini splits did a great job of cooling the restaurants we went to.  Are there any benefits for one type of cooling unit over the other?  – Annie K.

Thank you for your email. Mini splits are extremely popular in other parts of the world, but they’re not all that common in the United States.

Mini splits have quite a bit of functionality, as they can serve as a heater, a dehumidifier, a fan and an air conditioner. They don’t have wall-based thermostats but are instead controlled by a remote. The newer models are highly energy efficient and most of them allow you to program them to operate in energy-saver mode. You can also program them to turn on, or off, at certain intervals (ie: having it power down at night but turn back on again in the morning before you and your husband get up.)

The biggest differences between mini splits and central AC units relate to duct work and whole-home cooling. Mini splits do not require duct work—they consist of a wall-based unit (which you likely noticed at the restaurants in Mexico City—it would have been located toward the top of a wall) and an outside compressor unit.  They’re designed to be zone-based heating and cooling systems, meaning that when you install one, you won’t be paying to warm or cool your entire house. You’ll be able to regulate the temperature within the room, or zone, you install it in.

With a central AC unit, you’ll be cooling the entire home, which may or may not be what you’re looking to do, since it sounds like you’re only using a portion of your home.

If you and your husband are wanting to either replace your broken central AC unit, or if you’re wanting to look into whether a mini split would work for your home based on what your needs are, we can help. Call us today at 970-663-6575 to schedule a time for one of our technicians to come to your home to provide you with a free evaluation.  We’ll provide you with some recommendations and if you’re wanting to move forward, we’ll be happy to help you set something up.

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.