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.

Boiler Repair and Service experts in Metro Denver commercial and residential

We know boilers and have been doing boiler repair and service since 1954. 

Using advanced testing equipment to supplement our extensive knowledge of boilers, our NATE certified technicians are trained to make necessary repairs while looking out for problems that may develop in the future.

If you need boiler service, boiler repair, boiler replacement or new boiler system installation, Tobin has you covered. We work with all brands and types of boilers.

At Tobin, we believe in providing quality work that we back with our one-year 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.*

  • Boiler Inspection Regular Price $255
  • Promotion price $155 save $100
  • Crawlspace $40 extra 


  • Boiler Repair and Service expertsStart-up boiler, check operation
  • Check make-up water
  • Visually inspect pressure relief valve
  • Check expansion tank
  • Check current code requirements
  • Check zone valve(s) operation
  • Check for properly installed plumbing
  • Check wiring and controls
  • Check condition and operation of pressure and temperature gauges
  • Boiler cleaning: not included (will be quoted when recommended)
  • Bleeding when required on system (not included Cost TBD)

When you call us for the job, we’ll provide an upfront price that’s based on the job, not the hour. We’ll even call or shoot you a text 30 minutes before arriving, so you know exactly when to expect us. In the event of a boiler emergency, our team is also available 24/7 to assist you!


  • Emergency Boiler Repair Service
  • Planned Boiler Maintenance
  • Project Supervision
  • Combustion Efficiency Tune-up
  • Tube Replacement and Vessel Repair – (ASME) and National
  • Preventive Boiler Maintenance
  • Control System Modernization
  • Refractory
  • On-Site Valve Repair
  • Start-Up Service
  • Complete Installation

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.

TOBIN Celebrating 65 years in business!

As the 3rd generation of owners operating TOBIN Heating & Air Conditioning, we still enforce TOBIN’s original mission: “Quality and Service.”  With the longevity, that mission was stretched into “Quality and Service since 1954.” 

We want to build customer relationships for life.  We strive daily to please our customers and impress people with how we handle ourselves.  The number of word-of-mouth referrals we are given from satisfied customers says it all, TOBIN knows how to do things right! TOBIN takes care of its customers, that’s the only way you can be in business for 65 years. We prioritize customer satisfaction.

We partner with the best equipment in the industry.  We can back, along with the manufacturer, our preferred equipment with a 10 Years Parts and optional 10-year Labor Warranty*. That puts our customers’ minds at ease and that has always been a goal for the company.  With a good quality installation and regular maintenance, the customer mind is eased they are not going to have expensive repairs.

We keep up with technological advances, whether it is the latest smart thermostat or newest filtration technique, we are in the know.  We send our Technicians to be educated on the newest trends and obtain licenses and authorization to offer those high-tech, state-of-the-art products.

We employ highly trained technicians: all of TOBIN Technicians are NATE-certified, having graduated from HVAC school and beyond.  They get in-field experience and continuous education to maintain such credentials.

We offer affordable HVAC service and installs, financing also available.

  • A+ rating with the BBB
  • Licensed and insured HVAC contractors
  • Over 65 years industry experience
  • A.T.E certified company
  • Family owned and operated
  • Flexible appointments
  • Prompt service
  • Flexible Financing options
  • 10-year parts and labor warranty* (additional cost on labor warranties)
  • We service all makes & models
  • Wide selection of parts and equipment

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:


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.

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:

Xcel Energy is offering rebates for new furnaces this includes residential and businesses

We just received notice Xcel is doing bonus furnace rebates.

Give us a call if you have any questions.

Here is the home owners rebate information:

We’re going to help your/our customers buy down the cost of purchasing a high efficiency furnace with a great big bonus rebate.

  • $300   regular rebate for 95%+ AFUE gas furnace (residential gas heating customers eligible)
  • +$450   BONUS rebate for     “                    “                               “
  • $750  total furnace rebate
  • +$100  EC Motor rebate (residential electric use customers eligible)
  • $850  possible total furnace/EC Motor rebate