What to Do When the Heat Goes Out

It’s cold outside, but luckily our heating systems allow us to stay nice and warm inside the comfort of our own homes. What happens if your heat stops working in the middle of Winter? Or maybe it doesn’t stop working but it stops working as well, and your home isn’t warming up enough for you to stay comfortable? There are professionals you can call to help with this issue, but there may not be someone available right away, or there may be just a minor problem causing the issue that you are able to fix. Keep reading to learn about the things you can check before having to call a technician.

Do You Have Fuel?

If your unit requires fuel to operate this is a very important factor to think about. Often times your fuel will run out and the way you find out is because your heat has stopped working. If you stay aware of the fuel you have available you can make sure to restock before you run into the issue of having no fuel and no heat.

Check Your Thermostat

Check that your thermostat is working, and is on the correct setting. Most thermostats have the options for ‘heat’, ‘cool’, ‘fan’, ‘auto’, or ‘on’. During the cold months, your thermostat should be on the ‘heat’ and ‘auto’ setting choosing a temperature you would like to be maintained. Your thermostat may either be hard-wired or battery operated. If your thermostat requires batteries, check to make sure those are not dead. If your batteries are dead your thermostat will not send the signal for the heat to kick on.

Is power reaching the heating unit?

First, check your electrical panel to make sure the breaker hasn’t tripped. If that is not the problem check that the boiler/furnace is in the on position. If you have a boiler, reset it or check to make sure the pilot light is on. If you have a furnace make sure your filter is not clogged.

 

If these simple solutions do not get your heat back up and running, there may be a bigger issue. If you run across the problem of having no heat and aren’t able to fix the problem on your own you need to get a professional to look at the problem.


Our team of professionals are available 24/7 for your HVAC needs. We will restore your heat in no time! Contact us today for a free service call.

Don’t Duck Out of Clean Air Ducts – HVAC System Cleaning

Air ducts are often out of sight, out of mind for a lot of homeowners, however, your body could be suffering from the side effects of dirty air ducts. Ducking out of HVAC Maintenance and Cleaning could be a hazard to your health and here’s why.

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the rule of thumb for homeowners are “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are”. Hiring a trusted, certified HVAC professional to inspect your HVAC system is important. The need for performing HVAC system cleaning on your home and office is not just because dust and dirt regularly accumulates in your air ducts, but because of all the other factors that also accumulate inside as well:

  • Cigarette and Cigar Smoke
  • Pets in the house
  • Occupants with Allergies or Asthma
  • Mold
  • Home Renovation or Remodeling Projects
  • Water Contamination or Damage to the Home or HVAC System
Before and After Duct Cleaning

 

A good HVAC System Cleaning to clean out your residential or commercial air ducts will help address that poor indoor air quality that could be a hazard to occupants who are more sensitive to these contaminants such as those who suffer with allergies and asthma, young children and the elderly.

Indoor Air Quality is important for many homeowners and business owners. Your heating and cooling system are the lungs of your home as the system takes air in and breathes air out. Contaminants such as dander, dust, and chemicals are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulate an average of 5 to 7 times per day. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of these contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home or business, they may be part of larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Good health is not the only thing at risk if you are avoiding giving your HVAC System and Air Ducts a professional cleaning. Your hard earned money is also at risk. Cleaning the HVAC unit and ductwork allows your HVAC System to run efficiently. There is evidence that dirty heating and cooling coils, motors, and air handling units can make your HVAC unit less efficient.

Our qualified, certified team here at Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning in Montrose, Colorado is experienced in HVAC Cleaning and creating a healthy atmosphere within the home and work place through clean HVAC units, coils, air ducts, and the whole system. Let us create a healthier environment for your family!


Call Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning with confidence at (970) 249-6790 to schedule your appointment with a NATE Certified Technician. Located in Montrose, CO and serving the Western Slope.

NATE Certification and Why You Should Hire A Company Who is Certified

If you are following us on Facebook and have been around our website, then you have noticed we are consistently talking about how our Montrose, Colorado HVAC technicians are NATE-Certified. We are very proud of this certification. Once in a while, you may have seen pictures of projects Team Sam’s fixed because a company who was originally hired for the job was not NATE-Certified. We have seen first hand what happens when technicians who are not NATE certified are hired for a job.

Being NATE-Certified may not be on your “make it” or “break it” list for your HVAC company… but it should be. And here’s why!

What is a NATE-Certification?

NATE Stands for North American Technician Excellence. This leading non-profit certification program is specially for technicians in the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry. This program is supported by the entire industry as it was created to help HVAC employers hire, train, and develop the best technicians possible.

While others train, NATE tests. These tests represent real world working knowledge of HVAC systems. A committee of industry experts nationwide developed these NATE exams representing HVAC topics pertinent to contractors, educators, manufacturers and utilities alike. All of the NATE tests are knowledge-based tests, rigorous, multiple-choice and validate a technician’s knowledge.

Benefits of NATE Certification

Having NATE-Certified Technicians have a positive impact and the benefits of hiring a HVAC Company who requires their technicians to have a NATE certification says a lot about their character. NATE certification tests represent real working knowledge of HVAC systems. These tests are specifically designed to allow technicians to be certified in specific knowledge areas. NATE certified technicians have proven their knowledge in the HVAC industry by passing specialized NATE certification exams. This means the consumer can hire our Montrose, CO HVAC company with confidence. Don’t worry, SAM’S Heating and Air Conditioning serves the Western Slope, so you can experience our qualified technicians to assist with your HVAC needs even if you don’t live in Montrose.

Are all HVAC companies NATE-Certified?

You would think (And even hope!) so, but NO. It is not required for technicians to study and take the challenging test for a NATE-certification. Instead, they can just rely on training alone. So there is no proof they know what they say they do. However, because of the importance of this certification program, NATE is supported by the entire industry and benefits everyone if the company offers their consumers NATE certified technicians.

Is Sam’s Heating and Air Conditioning NATE Certified?

YES! Sam’s offers some of the best things a local HVAC company can offer. One of these things are we are NATE Certified and we hire only NATE certified technicians. If they aren’t certified when we hire them, they are required to pass the NATE Certification exam before we send them to your door step so we can all rest assure your HVAC needs are handled with only the highest professionalism it deserves.


Call Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning with confidence at (970) 249-6790 to schedule your appointment with a NATE Certified Technician. Located in Montrose, CO and serving the Western Slope.

SAM’S Heating  & Air Conditioning specializes in all HVAC-related services. Experience The Difference!

2726 Tender Drive, Montrose, CO
(970) 249-6790

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