Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Ductless Heating: How Does It Work?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Some older homes do not have space in them for ductwork installation. Newer homes are often designed without ductwork in order to free up space and allow for greater design options. In these situations, the homes can still receive central heating from a forced-air heater using a ductless mini split heat pump. These ductless heating systems are effective and energy efficient, and professionals can install them in a short time for any home that might benefit from them.

If you think ductless heating is an excellent option for your home, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air today. We offer many choices for cooling and heating in Elk Grove, CA, and provide quality installation services.

How ductless heating operates

Ductless heating systems are types of heat pumps, which means they will also provide cooling during the summer. But unlike the standard heat pump that has an indoor unit connected to a network of ducts, a ductless system uses multiple smaller indoor blower units that are placed in different rooms of the house. These air handler units are usually mounted high on the wall, and each one contains a fan and a refrigerant coil. The units have power and refrigerant lines that go through holes in the walls behind them and connect to the single outdoor unit.

When the heat pump is set in heating mode, the outdoor unit absorbs heat from the air and moves it to the coils in the indoor air handlers, where the heat is released and the fans blow the warmed air directly into the rooms, without needing to use any ducts.

Aside from their space-saving properties, ductless heating systems have some other advantages. They offer zone control, since each air handler can be manipulated separately from the other. They help with indoor air quality because they do not pick up dust and dirt from inside ductwork. And they work with high energy efficiency because they will not lose heat through the walls of ducts.

Ductless mini split heat pumps are not suitable for all homes. Houses that already have a ventilation network of ducts will probably be better served with a standard heat pump. But if you are remodeling, planning an add-on room, building a new home, or simply don’t have any space in your current home for ductwork, you should give ductless heating and cooling serious consideration for your next installment.

To have all your questions regarding ductless mini splits answered, give Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air a call, and let us take care of your heating in Elk Grove, CA.

Does Rust on a Furnace Mean It’s Time for Repair?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Rusting is a term that describes the effect of a chemical process in which water, oxygen, and iron or an iron alloy like steel react to form iron oxide. If your furnace begins to rust over time, it’s never a good sign. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes cause to replace the entire furnace. But at other times, rust is to be expected over time, and replacing a single component may just solve the problem. Read about when a rusty heating component must be replaced and why it’s sometimes best to say goodbye to the entire unit in today’s guide.

The Problem with Rust

The issue with rust on any metal is that rust leads to corrosion. Rust essentially eats away at the iron alloy it covers, to the point that the strong metal becomes more of a flaky powder that chips away and allows the metal to develop holes. It also makes it more difficult for moving metal parts to turn, as they get stuck when they move up against one another. Rust is particularly problematic for a component like the heat exchanger, where holes in the metal could allow for a carbon monoxide leak into the home.

Are Repairs Still Possible?

While it’s not feasible to clean off a rusty spot or try to patch it up, there are some circumstances under which only a single part needs replacement. One common example of this is if the flue pipe rusts. It’s actually quite normal for the flue pipe to become rusty over time, and a homeowner shouldn’t have to replace this pipe very often. Flue pipes rust because of the combustion process. The gases that form as a result of combustion include water vapor, and when this come into contact with the pipe that vents combustion gases to the outdoors, it can cause corrosion in the pipe.

Other times, however, the furnace unit itself will need immediate replacement, particularly if there is a looming safety issue. But it makes more sense to replace a unit with a little bit of rust on it now than to wait for a safety hazard to occur or for parts of your unit to break away and create a mess for your home.

At Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air, our experts can detect rust during a routine maintenance. When you notice problems with your furnace, call for our heating repair service in Elk Grove. Call our experts today!

Is Rust on a Furnace a Problem?

Monday, January 5th, 2015

When there is a problem with the furnace, most homeowners will take any steps necessary to prevent replacing it. Often, you don’t need to replace the entire heating unit for a small repair, as only that single part will need repair or replacement from a heating technician. You want to hold onto your older unit as long as possible and a technician can sometimes help you to do just that. But unfortunately, when it comes to rust, there may be too much at stake to hold onto the furnace for too long.

Rust occurs when water, oxygen, and iron react together to form a visible red oxide. All three must be present in order for iron oxide to form, but water is usually the catalyst that finally allows the reaction to take place. Eventually, iron oxide will turn into rust that flakes off and disintegrates from the metal substance, corroding the metal until it becomes brittle.

Rust can occur on a furnace for a couple of reasons. For one, many air handlers contain a coil that can collect condensation as moist air from the indoors blows over it. If there is not adequate drainage to rid the air handler of this excess moisture, it may drip onto the furnace, creating conditions for rust to occur. Another common reason for corrosion happens in the flue pipe, the part that helps combustion gases to vent outdoors. Water vapor is created during combustion and it may damage the vent pipe. The water vapor may affect other portions of your furnace as well.

Unfortunately, rust can be bad news for your furnace. If the unit becomes too rusted, it’s no longer structurally sound and cannot be trusted to contain the poisonous gases created as a byproduct of combustion. As it corrodes, rust can flake off and interfere with the burners, or it may flake off from the heat exchanger which could give gas a chance to leak into the home. However, if it’s only the flue pipe or a very small component that has rusted, you may only have to worry about that part.

Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air can make the repair or replacement process easier by giving you plenty of options and keeping you informed about the damage. Call our friendly technicians today when you need to repair your heater in Sacramento.

How to Know if the Capacitor in Your Furnace Is Damaged

Friday, December 19th, 2014

A lot of articles you’ll find on the topic of home heating talk about the actual heating parts of a furnace. The pilot light, the burners, the heat exchanger, etc. all get a pretty good amount of attention from both experts and homeowners. What isn’t often discussed, however, is that your furnace relies on electricity whether it is combustion-based or not. Without an electrical current, your furnace’s air handler would be unable to circulate air through your house and the whole machine would be pointless. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how one of the most important electrical parts in your furnace works. Then, we’ll discuss how you can identify issues with it.

The Capacitor

Every furnace contains an air handler, comprised of the fan, motor, and other parts necessary to circulate air through the ducts in a home. When the thermostat tells the furnace to start, the air handler starts at more or less the same time to actually distribute the heat the furnace produces. As the electric current runs into the air handler, the capacitor is the part responsible for actually closing the circuit and allowing the thing to start. Without the capacitor, therefore, the air handler would be unable to start.

Detecting Problems with the Capacitor

The easiest way to identify a problem with your furnace’s capacitor is to see if the fan starts blowing when you turn on the heat. If the capacitor is malfunctioning, the furnace will still turn on but the fan will not. There are variations on this issue, of course. If the fan seems to be turning on and off randomly at different times while the furnace is running, it’s a good sign that the capacitor is malfunctioning. Clicking sounds coming from the furnace are also a common sign of a failing capacitor, as well as a burning smell.

If you think you may have a problem with your capacitor, or with any other part of your furnace, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air. We provide furnace repairs throughout the Sacramento area.

What to Look for in a Heating Services Company

Friday, December 12th, 2014

When it’s the middle of winter, your heating system isn’t working, and your skin is turning blue from the cold, it can be tempting to just pick up the phone book and call the first HVAC company you find. That is rarely in your best interests, however. It always pays to do a little research on heating research companies before you hire one, and to have a set of expectations in mind that you want them to meet. Let’s examine some of the most important things to look for in a heating services company.

Scope of Service

The more knowledgeable your HVAC company is, the more likely it is that they will be able to solve any problems that may arise with your heating system. The easiest way to measure this across companies is to look at their scope of service. The more different services the company offers, the more they obviously know. No smart company would advertise a service that they did not have full confidence that they could perform. So, always look at how many different services a company offers when you are in the market for an HVAC company.

Good Reviews

When you’re looking online for an HVAC company, it pays to read their reviews. Some HVAC companies post reviews from their customers on their own website, which is a good sign. If their website doesn’t have any customer reviews on it, dig around a little and see if you can find any on other websites. Remember: customer reviews are from people who are, or should be, more or less unbiased. They’ve already used the service, and cared enough to write a review informing other people about it. Take advantage of this resource!


Ultimately, you want to hire an HVAC company that puts you first as a customer. Call them up and explain your problem to them, then see how they react. Once you start interacting with the company, you can form a pretty good impression of how they treat their customers. If you like what you hear, go ahead and go with them.

If you need a great HVAC company, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air. We provide professional heating services throughout Sacramento.