Fall Furnace Preventive Maintenance


Fall is here and winter is coming. Now, more than ever is the best time to check and change your furnace filter.  The continuous spread of wild fire smoke has your filter working overtime to filtrate out the air circulating in your home.  Preventive maintenance on your HVAC system keeps your furnace working at peak efficiency.

Have a NATE-certified TOBIN technician come out and inspect your system.  With Colorado’s unpredictable weather, preventive maintenance is your insurance against costly repairs and break-downs.

Do you know what condition your furnace is in? Getting an expert opinion means you will know exactly what you’re dealing with.  It means you know whether your furnace is safe to operate and have peach of mind it is not going to leave you without heat when you need it the most.  Seasonal maintenance helps extend the life of your furnace, if done from the get-go on new equipment.

We recommend checking and changing your furnace filter as needed every other month.  That is the extent of what’s expected of you as the homeowner, beyond that duty, you should call a professional to head off any other of the following warning signs it might be time to replace your furnace.

Top 10 Warning signs:

  1. Age of your furnace
  2. Operating cost
  3. Cold spots in your house
  4. Frequent repairs
  5. Dry or dusty house
  6. Smells from the furnace
  7. Burner flame yellow instead of blue (inside the furnace)
  8. How your family feels
  9. Sound of your furnace, is it loud?
  10. Rust or corrosion

These warning signs can be the clue that something is wrong, but not mean you must replace your furnace.  Instead, it could just need a cleaning, especially a unit just a few years old, what an impact a cleaning can make.  Call today and have TOBIN come perform a maintenance inspection.

Amana Furnace or Amana Air Conditioner Installation Promotion in Metro Denver area

Save up to $1000 when taking advantage of this promotion and the Xcel rebate.

TOBIN heating and air conditioning is running a special that gives you $250 off installation of a new Amana furnace or air conditioner or $500 off a total HVAC (furnace and AC) systems done together.  We are an authorized installer for Excel energy and you can save up to  an additional $500 on a high efficiency  A/C or up to $400 on a Furnace.  We are also offering 12 month 0% financing or up to 7 years at 6.99%.  You can get a new system for as little as $58 a month.

  • A Furnace or A/C installation is a costly project and TOBIN will get it done turn-key.  Meaning the labor and equipment, including all disposal of old equipment is factored into the job and quoted up-front. We have a great reputation and have been serving Colorado since 1954.
  • We will give you an up-front price to get the job done right the first time, not coming back for more money once you commit to using TOBIN for your furnace replacement.
  • Amana Furnaces and A/C come with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty, which reverts to 5-years if the home sells.  TOBIN offers a standard 1-year labor warranty, assuming proper maintenance is performed.
  • The cost of an Amana standard efficiency gas furnace with installation starts at $3395 Model#: AMES80 and a high efficiency gas furnace starts at $4295 with MN AMES96.
  • A new Amana central A/C system starts at $4375. Model # ASX13.
  • Standard installation, permit and electrical upgrades extra. Any code upgrades or additional work such as new duct-work are extra.
  • All installs are up to code for the city or county that you are in.
  • Most installs are custom based on the needs and design of your home.
  • Amana makes top ranked furnaces and air conditioners based on the energy efficiencies, warranties and the models produced.  It is proudly manufacture in the USA.
  • Amana Corporation offers a great line of central air conditioners. The average SEER rating among its units is 17.7, which makes it extremely efficient and will save you money on your utility bills.

TOBIN offers FREE in-home installation estimates for new  systems with from our highly-skilled technicians.  We NEVER use the strong arm sales approach where you feel pushed into buying something you may not want or need.  The technician will discuss the operating costs savings you will experience (and be able to calculate on your utility bill) from replacing an older inefficient system with a new one.

We’re Building Customers for Life. TOBIN has been in business since 1954. Our warranties are always among the longest in the industry, and our commitment to your satisfaction is unbeatable.  We get most of our new business from referrals from happy clients. We are regularly told that our bid for a new furnace installation is 15% to 30% less than our competitors. So we end up saving our clients a thousand dollars or more most of the time.  Promotion good through June 30, 2020. Call 303.893.5675

*Financing approval dependent on creditworthiness. Restrictions may apply. Cannot be combined with another offer. Valid during normal business hours only. Must present at the time of service. Call for details.

Air Conditioner Installation Cost

A new central AC cost starts at $4275, Lennox brand 14ACX 2.5 ton, installed.
Standard installation, permit and electrical upgrades extra, more high efficiency options available, call for details.
This includes a standard installation with no extras. Any code upgrades or additional work such as new duct-work are extra. If you are wondering what the biggest factor is in the cost of a furnace it is the brand.  We can help you choose the best furnace for your situation when you give us a call. We offer financing on air conditioners as well.  If you are looking for pricing on a commercial air conditioner installation please call as for a quote.

Most furnace and a/c replacement are covered with a 10 year parts and 1 year labor warranty.

  • All installs are up to code for the city or county that you are in.
  • We carry most brands of equipment.  Most installs are custom based on the needs and design of your home.
  • We  install traditional or state of the art wireless thermostats to enable an a/c to be added as well.

This pricing is in effect through 2019.

We get most of our new business from referrals from happy clients.  We are regularly told that our bid for a new furnace installation is 15%  to 30% less than our competitors.  So we end up saving our clients a thousand dollars or more most of the time.

Currently, you can earn up to $600 in rebates for high-efficiency cooling systems from Xcel energy. We are a select contractor who can help you get this rebate. Plus you can receive up to $200 more when you purchase an Amana or Lennox A/C system when you use our coupon. Valid through 2019 or until Xcel energy removes this rebate.

R22 or Freon is being phased out

If your air conditioner was installed before 2010 and it is in need of repairs than you should read this article to save yourself some money.  Older A/C use R22 refrigerant which is a chemical gas that keeps the cold air coming out from your air conditioning system. Almost all air conditioning units older than 2010 use an AC refrigerant called R22 that’s also called Freon, and is noted by the EPA as HCFC-22.

R22 refrigerant is aiding in the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. The EPA in cooperation with other agencies around the world started a phase out of many ozone-depleting agent as part of an international agreement known as the Montreal Protocol.  By 2010 the production and import of R22 charged units became prohibited, still allowing the production of “dry units”. The production and import of R22 will be reduced by law until 2020.  At this time all production and import will be completely eliminated.

If your A/C equipment was produced prior to January 2010 your best option is to buy an upgraded, more environmentally-friendly system that uses R410a. Tobin Heating & Air Conditioning has financing options that help make the purchase affordable.

Currently, you can earn up to $600 in rebates for high-efficiency cooling systems from Xcel energy. We are a select contractor who can help you get this rebate. Plus you can receive up to $200 more when you purchase an Amana or Lennox A/C system when you use our coupon.

When is it time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

There are several factors to consider when deciding whether or not you need to replace your air conditioner, the first being the age of the A/C unit. Most A/C units usually last about 15 years, so if your system is approaching the 10 plus year mark you should look at your options for A/C replacement. Instead of spending a lot of money fixing an old system now is the time to get a brand energy efficient system today.

You can see more information here:

http://tobinair.com/air-conditioning-repair/air-conditioner-replacement-denver-metro/

Denver’s Most Trusted & Affordable HVAC Service since 1954

TOBIN employs HVAC master technicians who are highly trained in their profession and are capable of performing their work at an entirely higher level than most technicians.  All of our technicians are clean-cut, uniformed, and licensed. In most cases, we can respond to your service needs immediately, seven days a week.

We guarantee to stand behind every job we perform and fix any problem.

Denver's Most Trusted & Affordable HVAC Service

We offer the following warranties on all of our installations.

With every installation of new HVAC equipment, a furnace, air conditioning system, water heater or humidifier, TOBIN offers a 1-year labor warranty, assuming proper maintenance is being performed.  The  equipment manufacturer offers either a 5 or 10 year parts warranty accompanying the equipment, non-maintenance.

  • Most furnaces and air conditioners are 10 years.
  • Water heaters are 6 years parts.
  • All residential rooftop equipment is 5 years.
  • All installs are up to code for the city or county that you are in.

On HVAC repairs, with exception of leaks in A/C’s ,  including blower motors, inducer motors, gas valves and igniters we provide a 90 day warranty.  If the same part fails,(within 1 year) we will get the part covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.

We get most of our new business from referrals from happy clients.  We are regularly told that our bid for a new furnace installation was 15%  to 30% less than our competitors.  So we end up saving our clients a thousand dollars or more most of the time.

We’re known as “The Technicians You Want in Your Home” and our all of our technicians are clean-cut, uniformed, drug tested, wear ID Badges and are licensed.

Our Up-Front Pricing Helps You Make Informed Decisions. We will quote you an exact price before we do any work. You will know how much it will cost to repair your air conditioner, furnace, or anything else we work on.

We’re Building Customers for Life. Tobin has been in business since 1954. Our warranties are always among the longest in the industry, and our commitment to your satisfaction is unbeatable. You can count on the same expert service every time you call. There’s no better choice for heating and air conditioning in the Denver metro area.

Call Today  303.893.5675

 

Is your furnace working properly? Make sure it is running properly

Is your furnace working properly?

It is time to start your furnace and make sure it is running properly and starting when the temperature drops

Furnaces routine maintenance
Furnaces need routine maintenance and testing

Furnaces need routine maintenance and testing.  The igniter can go bad, the flame sensor can get corroded, and the induced draft motor can fail to start the furnace.  Make sure you turn on the furnace and let it start itself on by setting the temperature above what the thermostat is currently reading.  Let it run for awhile to make sure it is heating the house properly and that it is shutting off.

If it doesn’t start up make sure the furnace blower switch is turned on.  If this doesn’t solve the problem you might as well call a reputable firm for a fall furnace tune-up.  When the technician comes out they will do some tests for you and see if there really is a problem.  It might be something as simple as a fuse has blown or the spark igniter is not working properly.  These are quick inexpensive fixes and you will get a tune up while the technician is out.  If the company that comes out quotes you an expensive repair you might want to read reviews on the company and get a second opinion.  Not all companies are as trustworthy as Tobin air.

You should also change your furnace filter at this time.  The typical life of a furnace filter is 3 months. The best way to gauge how often the furnace filter needs to be changed is to check it often and see how dirty it looks compared to a new filter.

Do not let the  filter get to the point where when you hold it up to the light and 50% of the light is visible looking through the filter.

A good rule of thumb if you live in Denver, CO is to replace the filter in the fall when you start running the furnace. Replace it again at the end of January. If you forget to check it again at least you are changing it twice a year. This should be good enough to make sure it is relatively clean.  If you have central air conditioning, then it’s a good idea to check the filter monthly in the summer  to make sure it is clean as well.  Changing every 2-3 months is usually sufficient. Make sure you change your filter regularily and look at the filter as it has an arrow on it as to which way the filter should be placed into the filter box for correct air flow through the filter.

Call Tobin HVAC today to schedule a fall seasonal tune up and  inspection special through October 31st for $109.  Call  303.893.5675.

Dog owners be careful where your dog urinates as it can destroy  your air conditioner

We have seen several outdoor AC condensers through the years that the coils have been damaged from dog urine. A system we installed 12 years ago was recently found empty of refrigerant. After doing some inspecting we found the coils had been broken down in 2 corners due to a dog urinating on it for a long time. It probably takes years of exposure but due to the corrosive nature of the urine the copper/aluminum coil became brittle causing it to fail and the refrigerant leak out. The customer had no choice but to replace the system.

We recommend that you watch where your pet goes and if it is on or near your a/c unit then take steps so that the dog is not peeing on the unit.  Preventive maintenance is the best measure in this case so that you do not run into an expensive repair or replacement of your a/c unit.

 

 

 

How effective are swamp coolers in the Denver area?

As an alternative to a traditional air conditioning system, a swamp cooler uses the process of evaporation to provide cooling comfort. Swamp coolers are energy efficient and can lower an area’s ambient temperature by several degrees.
How a swamp cooler works:
The process is simple: when water evaporates, a large amount of heat from surroundings is absorbed. This is easily observed when you splash water onto your skin on a hot day, as this results in a cooling – almost chilling – sensation because of the rapid evaporation of moisture on the skin.
A swamp cooler is energy-efficient and an affordable cooling devices but they only work well in certain areas where there is low humidity. When the humidity level hits 30% l swamp coolers are going to slow up their cooling capacity, and when you hit 35% they basically stop cooling. On humid days l when there is already a lot of water in the air, you may think that you’re swamp cooler is broken as it’s blowing in warm air.
Swamp coolers become inefficient when it becomes too humid. In Denver, Colorado this begins to happen in July when the summer monsoon kicks in and the days are long and hot. That’s when the humidity begins to climb. Air conditioning is the only thing that works when you have humid days.
The best solution in Denver is to have an efficient air conditioning unit installed so that you can stay cool all summer long and not just in June and September.
Evaporative coolers cost about half as much to install as a central air conditioner but they are only guaranteed for five years. High efficiency HVAC systems last up to four times as long as a swamp cooler. Evaporative coolers have to be cleaned and drained regularly to avoid sediment build up. Otaherwise they can smell and cause roof damage.
The more a swamp cooler runs, the more maintenance it needs. In hot summers, where the cooler operates most of the time, the pads, filters, reservoir, and pump will need to be maintained at least once a month. Air conditioning systems need regular filter changes and yearly preventive maintenance to perform perfectly for years.
Swamp coolers drain through the ductwork into your house, distributing moist air into your living spaces. Moisture often leads to mold and odors. Upholstery can trap those smells. This air can eventually lead to respiratory problems like allergies or asthma.
The moisture in the ductwork causes it to break down over time, pushing metal particles out of the vents and into your home. Refrigerated air systems automatically clean and filter the air, providing a healthy clean cooling solution!

The chart below provides an approximation of temperature changes delivered by a swamp cooler: