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HVAC Tune-Up Checklist: What a Maintenance Visit Should Include

Modern HVAC systems are robust machines that work hard to keep your home comfortable, no matter the weather. Still, you shouldn’t neglect your unit if you want it to remain in top operating condition for years to come. That’s where HVAC tune-ups come in. If it’s been more than a year since your last maintenance visit, consider scheduling an appointment sooner rather than later. Here’s a look at why preventative maintenance is important…

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Circuit Breaker Won’t Reset? Here’s What to Do

Modern electrical systems have circuit breakers that trip in order to protect circuits from damage caused by overloading or short-circuiting. Usually, the fix is simple—just flip the tripped switch, and power is restored. But sometimes, the circuit breaker won’t reset or trips repeatedly. Here’s a look at what might be causing the problem and what you should do to fix it.

Why Do Circuit Breakers Trip?
There are several reasons a…

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Should I Install a Tankless Water Heater? 7 Pros and Cons

Most homes in the United States have storage tank water heaters. Americans are comfortable and familiar with this technology. Unfortunately, this makes many people hesitant to even consider more energy-efficient alternatives. For example, tankless water heaters save energy while providing limitless hot water. Of course, they aren’t without their flaws, or every home in America would have one.
If you’re thinking of replacing your water…

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10 Reasons Electrical Maintenance is Important

You rely on electricity to charge your cell phone, light your home, and run your air conditioner, yet you probably don’t give it a second thought most days. You simply expect the lights to turn on when you flip the switch and devices to power up when you plug them in. Plus, you probably only call an electrician when your light fixtures, outlets, or switches act up.

While your home’s wiring is often a case of “out of sight, out of…

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13 Winter Energy Saving Tips

The winter months can be really expensive for homeowners, with all that extra fuel cost to keep the house warm. Fortunately here are some home energy saving tips to reduce those costs and still keep our homes cozy and warm.
Let the Sunshine In
This may be the simplest stay-warm tip for winter. Open those curtains, shutters and drapes to invite the biggest heat source into your home. This is especially effective on the south-facing windows.…

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The 5 Best Ways to Heat Your Garage

For many of us, a garage is more than a place to park the car and store tools. It can be a workshop, an exercise area, or a rehearsal space for a band. But if you live in Colorado, you probably don’t enjoy spending a lot of time in the garage when winter comes around. Since garages are uninsulated spaces, they get uncomfortably cold, so that special place hobby space can go unused for months. Wouldn’t it be great to make it warm and…

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8 Best Furnace Filters

One of the basic chores of maintaining a furnace is checking and replacing the air filter. Your furnace can’t heat your house efficiently if the air filter is all clogged up with debris, and you don’t want your family breathing dirty air. A good filter can protect you from indoor and outdoor dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust mite debris, various bacteria and smoke. Make sure to check or replace your air filter every two to…

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Common Furnace Problems

If you live in Colorado, your home’s furnace is an essential appliance for much of the year. If you’ve ever had to live with no heat in a Colorado winter for any length of time you know just how crucial that thing is, so it’s important to keep it in good shape and keep an eye out for potential issues. Here are some of the most common furnace problems that you may experience (but hopefully not.)
A Cracked Heat Exchanger
A gas furnace…

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Allen Service Acquires Lighten Up

You already know Allen Service as the most trusted name in plumbing and HVAC in Fort Collins. Now, we are excited to announce that we will start offering electrical work thanks to our recent acquisition of Lighten Up!

About the Acquisition
The strong presence and positive reputation of Lighten Up make this company a perfect fit to join the Allen Service family. Lighten Up has always been well-run, and we see great growth opportunities as…

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5 Things to Do Now to Avoid a Furnace Repair Later

Your furnace is the heart of your heating system. To keep your system going strong, and to avoid any potential costly repairs down the road, it’s important to maintain and monitor your HVAC system. Here are some important tips for HVAC and furnace maintenance.
Clean or Change Your Air Filter
A dirty air filter can cause a lot of problems in your home. If it’s just a little bit dirty, it won’t filter out contaminants as effectively…

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