Frequently Asked Questions

How often should my unit be serviced?

Your furnace and air conditioner should be serviced/tuned-up once a year. Call us to schedule an appointment!

What comes with a tune-up?

You rely on your furnace to keep your home comfortably warm when the nights get chilly here in Southern Colorado, which is just one of the reasons why an annual furnace inspection from a knowledgeable HVAC pro is so important. A professional furnace inspection also provides a number of other key benefits.

  • When your furnace is properly maintained, it operates efficiently, which reduces fuel and energy waste and lowers your annual heating costs.
  • An annual tune-up by a qualified and experienced technician can help extend the life of your heating equipment by preventing unnecessary damage to vital system components.
  • During a routine maintenance visit, your HVAC specialist can identify and address small problems before they progress into more serious issues that require costly repairs or replacements.
  • Regular maintenance can help prevent safety issues, such as the risk of fire, and the dangers posed by unhealthy gas fumes, and lethal carbon monoxide leaks.

What’s Involved in a Furnace Inspection

The steps performed during a routine furnace inspection can vary, depending on the company you hire, but as a general rule, you should expect that an experienced professional will include the following tasks:

  • Checking the vent system for leaks or blockages.
  • Examining the heat exchanger for signs of corrosion and cracks or separations. A damaged heat exchanger can allow deadly carbon monoxide to escape.
  • Checking the blower and cleaning its components. This includes removing the blower wheel to ensure that it’s free of dirt and debris.
  • Testing for a tight seal on the blower access door.
  • Checking the air intake grills for blockages.
  • Performing an amp-draw test on the blower motor and comparing the results to the unit’s listed specifications. This can reduce the risk of fire, and help extend the life of the blower components.
  • Checking the burner for proper ignition and testing the flame sensor for accurate operation.
  • Lubricating all the motor’s moving parts to reduce friction. When there’s friction, the motor has to work harder, which requires more electricity, and it could also result in a premature failure.
  • Checking that all electrical connections are tight and examining the wiring for signs of rust and corrosion.
  • Testing the thermostat calibration. When the thermostat is calibrated correctly, your home will be more comfortable. It can also save you money on your energy bills by preventing overheating.
  • Examining the flue for obstructions. If the toxic fumes that result from combustion can’t escape up the flue due to a blockage, your indoor air quality will suffer.
  • Testing for the unit’s safety controls. This should include checking the high limit control, which prevents the furnace from overheating and reduces the risk of fire.
  • Checking the belts for signs of wear or cracks.
  • Testing that the system’s startup cycle is functioning correctly.
  • Checking the furnace’s air filter. A dirty filter can reduce the unit’s efficiency by restricting needed air flow, and damage vital system components over time.

Dirty filters can cause air restrictions, and should be changed twice a year. Typical times to change are spring and fall.

How do I know if I should repair or replace?

At Kingdom Mechanical, we pride ourselves on repair and service. There are times you find yourself having to decide whether or not to replace your AC and heating system. Air conditioning and heating systems are one of the biggest investments we make for our homes, so it’s only logical to want to get the most out of them. Unfortunately, no matter how well-maintained your HVAC system might be, you’re going to have to replace it at some point. An old or damaged HVAC system can result in issues for homeowners such as growing energy bills and poor indoor air quality. Not sure if it’s time to invest in a new furnace or AC? Here are eight reasons to ask yourself and discuss with your HVAC pro if it’s time to replace your HVAC system:

1. Your AC System and/or Furnace Is More Than 10 Years Old

When was your air conditioning and/or furnace system installed? The Department of Energy recommends homeowners replace their HVAC system every 10 to 15 years. Modern air conditioners and furnaces are durable, but their major components will begin to deteriorate after around ten years depending on how often you use and maintain them.

AC units that are more than ten years old also likely use a refrigerant known as R-22. This type of freon is not only outdated and very costly, but it is harmful to the environment. Upgrading to a newer unit will reduce your carbon footprint while cutting down on your monthly energy bills.

Furnaces that are over ten years old are not very efficient, and can be very costly to your monthly energy bill. These units tend to have increased mechanical and safety issues depending on how old they are and how often they were serviced.

2. Repair Costs More Than Half the Cost of a New AC or Furnace.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to repair or replace your current system and it’s more than a decade old, purchasing a new system will be a better investment. All air conditioning and furnace systems will require a repair from time to time, but if your system is in need of a repair that is more than half the cost of a new AC or furnace, it is smarter to invest in a new one. Any new equipment purchased and installed through Kingdom Mechanical will be warrantied. Please call 719-499-3313 for more warranty information.

3. Your Energy Bills Keep Increasing

While there will be seasonal changes to your energy costs, bills on the same month of different years should be relatively similar. High energy bills is another common sign that you should replace or service your HVAC system. As heating and cooling systems age, their efficiency tends to decline. This can be especially problematic for those that do not have these systems serviced at least once or twice a year.

Regular maintenance will increase the lifespan of your HVAC system and keep your AC or furnace running as efficiently as possible, but at some point, an upgrade will be necessary. Upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace and/or air conditioner can cut down on your energy bills by as much as 20 percent!

4. You Can’t Keep Your Home at a Comfortable Temperature

An aging HVAC system will often struggle to keep your home at a consistent temperature. This could be the result of a variety of issues such as a damaged thermostat, an inaccurate thermostat, low fluid levels, clogged filters, cracked ducts, or serious damage to the motors.

Temperature inconsistencies typically mean that your furnace and/or air conditioning system is not powerful enough to supply air throughout your home, or that the ductwork is not properly installed. In either case, opting to keep your HVAC system as-is will result in an uncomfortable home environment and increased energy bills. Not all HVAC systems are created equal and with homes varying in size, layout, location and more, every home will have unique needs when it comes to heating and cooling options.

5. You’ve Noticed More Dust Throughout Your Home

Besides delivering cooled and heated air throughout your home, your HVAC system is responsible for providing proper ventilation. When working efficiently, your system should improve the quality of the air inside of your home via removing dust (as well as dander, dirt and other debris) and keeping humidity under control. If you have noticed an increased amount of dust in your home, it could be a sign that your HVAC system is no longer efficient enough to remove it.

6. Unusual Smells

An unusual smell coming from your HVAC system could be nothing more than dust burning off, but it is important to turn off the device and have it inspected immediately just to be safe. In some situations, wiring melting away, or mold in the ducts can produce unusual smells.

7. Odd Sounds

Well-maintained HVAC system should operate relatively quietly. As time goes on and the individual components become older, you might begin to notice noises such as grinding and squealing. If these devices are making any unusual sounds, then you should have the system inspected immediately.

8. You Have Poor Air Quality

During the summer, an air conditioner is most likely the single biggest factor when it comes to indoor air quality. Families that notice mold, mildew, dust or unusual humidity levels might be dealing with a damaged air conditioner that should be replaced.

During the winter months, a furnace is most likely the single biggest factor when it comes to indoor air quality as well. Here in Southern Colorado, we experience very dry air from our furnaces, and poor air quality from dust. If you experience these, please contact us to discuss whether or not a humidifier or air cleaner would be beneficial or needed for your furnace.

Call Kingdom Mechanical Today to Explore Your HVAC Replacement Options

If you have recently noticed any of these signs with your HVAC system, call Kingdom Mechanical today. Our team of experienced technicians can help you through the process of replacing the perfect HVAC system for your home and budget.

At Kingdom Mechanical, we provide quality furnace and air conditioning replacement services at economical prices. We also understand that your home, lifestyle, health, future plans, and financial goals are all factors that determine the best system for you. That’s why we provide free in-home comfort consultations, where one of our HVAC professionals assists you in determining the best comfort solution for your home.

If you’re not sure if it’s time to replace your HVAC system, give us a call today to learn more or schedule your next appointment.

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