It’s Time to Schedule Furnace Maintenance

January 11th, 2021
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It was a busy end of the year, so you may have let several important jobs slip through the cracks. Did you remember to arrange to have your furnace professionally serviced with an inspection and tune-up? It’s best to do this in the fall, but if you haven’t done it yet, well, now it’s time to schedule furnace maintenance in Portland, OR!

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Replacing a Heater: What Our Professionals Do for You

December 28th, 2020
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You’ve had your current heater for many years, and it looks as if it has finally come to the end of its service life. It’s no longer heating up the house the way you want it to, is taking too long, or is leaving many rooms cold. Maybe you’ve noticed the cost to run the heater has been rising, and no repairs or continued maintenance is turning it around. You may have sunk too much money into repairing it, and it no longer feels worth it. Or perhaps it’s just that the heater is old and you’re ready to move on to a newer system with better energy efficiency and features.

So what’s the next step?

It’s to call our technicians to schedule a heating replacement in Portland, OR. We will take care of the entire job, helping you to select the right type of new heating system, and then carefully go through the steps of sizing and installing it. 

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Heat Pump vs. Furnace—Which Is the Better Choice for a New Heater?

December 14th, 2020
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If you’re currently considering replacing your heating system, and you’re weighing choices between getting a furnace and a heat pump, you’ll have plenty of factors to consider. We can’t give you a single answer on a blog post, but we can shed some light on several of the considerations. Before you make a decision, you’ll want to consult with us so we can give you expert advice. (After all, you’ll need us to install the new system, so have us there from the beginning!)

Below we’ve listed some pros and cons of installing a heat pump or furnace. Some of these factors will have greater weight with you than others, and that’s one of the reasons you’ll want our professionals guiding you.

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These 6 Noises May Mean Your Heater Needs Professional Repairs

November 30th, 2020
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As your heating system starts to get to work at the end of the year, it’s a good idea to pay attention to it in case there are any early warning signs that something is wrong. If you had heating maintenance done this fall, you shouldn’t encounter any problems. But there is no maintenance method that can prevent all heating malfunctions, and at some point, during the year you may need to call for heater repair in Vancouver, WA.

In this post, we’re going to look at one of the most common warning signs of a heater in need of repair: odd sounds. If you’ve had your heating system for at least a year, you know what sounds to expect from it. When any of these six sounds interrupt that general white noise, you may need to call us for help.

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Watch Out for a Cracked Heat Exchanger in a Gas Furnace

November 16th, 2020
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Although a gas furnace can potentially create safety hazards in a home, this is true of any gas appliance. It doesn’t mean a gas furnace is inherently unsafe, otherwise they would never be allowed in homes in the first place. The modern furnace is built with safety uppermost and there are many features designed to keep the system running without danger.

However, it’s important for you as a furnace owner to understand a few of the dangers that could occur so you know to watch out for them and when to call us for an inspection. We can see if you need furnace repair in Hillsboro, OR to keep your heating system safe or if you need to have a new furnace installed.

In this post, we’ll examine one potential furnace problem that can become unsafe and how to look out for it: the cracked heat exchanger.

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Is Your Home’s Air Quality Subpar? Here Are 5 Ways We Can Help

November 2nd, 2020
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You probably have household indoor air quality that’s lower than you would like. We can guess that based on statistics: low IAQ is a major health concern across the country. Because modern houses are built as airtight as possible to improve home performance, it’s difficult for fresh air to circulate and remove the contaminants that build up indoors. 

There are solutions to poor indoor air quality. We’re specialists when it comes to providing the best indoor air quality services in Portland, OR to local homes. You may not be certain what needs to be done to improve IAQ in your house, but our technicians can find out and then choose the best option for improvements. Below we’ve listed five ways we can make your home’s air healthier, purer, and more comfortable. 

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5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater Installation

October 19th, 2020
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You pay attention to your heating system during the fall so it can handle the winter weather. But you may overlook another important heating system in your home, one that runs more often than just during the winter. In fact, it runs almost every day of the year. Yes, we mean the water heater. As with your furnace or other central heating system, the water heater deserves attention in the fall. It may operate daily, but it does more work during the winter. 

The big question during the fall when it comes to your water heater: “Do I need to get a new one?”

Let’s examine that question. Below, we’ve laid out five signs of a water heater in the late stage of its career … the last stage. The replacement stage.

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Choosing a New AC When Your Old One Is Past Repair

October 5th, 2020
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Your old air conditioning system is no longer able to do its job, and air conditioning repair in Vancouver, WA won’t rescue it because the repair would cost too much compared to purchasing a new system.

So what’s the next step? Although fall has already started, you don’t want to go long without a working air conditioner in your home, since hot weather can still crop up. Fall is also a good time to leap onto a major AC upgrade because it’s usually easier to schedule the service. You can start right now by finding a new air conditioner and we’re here to help.

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Fall Heating Maintenance Is a Vital Annual Service

September 21st, 2020
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It’s now fall according to the calendar, although the outside weather may not agree. But no matter how hot it may still be, this is the time of year to schedule one of the most important of all HVAC services—what some would call the most important service. It’s annual heating maintenance from professionals.

We offer heating maintenance in Portland, OR through our Clawson Customer Assurance Plus Program (CAPP). This program provides customers with both air conditioning maintenance (done in spring) and heating maintenance (done in fall), along with many special membership perks.

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Was This the Last Summer for Your Air Conditioner?

September 7th, 2020
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Sometimes saying goodbye is hard. With a central air conditioning system, you don’t have any special personal attachments to it, not like you might have to a beloved car or a swell pair of shoes. It is as functional as objects come. The reason saying goodbye to an AC system is hard is that you have to pay for a new one and you’re probably worried the process will be a hassle.

However, when it comes to air conditioning in Tigard, OR, our technicians live by the slogan “Connecting People to Comfort”! If you need an air conditioning system replacement, we’ll make the process smooth and easy. We don’t want you to worry about making the choice to get a new AC.

So now the question is … do you need a new AC? Was this summer the last one your current air conditioner was able to handle?

Consider the age of the air conditioner

System age is one of the big factors in determining if an air conditioner is ready for replacement. It’s not the only factor, but it has an effect on all the others. If you don’t know how old your air conditioner is, check on the plate located on the back of the condenser. This plate will either have the manufacture date or a serial number you can use to find out the date on the manufacturer’s website. The standard central air conditioner that received routine maintenance lasts an average of 10 to 15 years. A system over 15 years is a candidate for a replacement since it will be at a higher risk of repair costs and inefficient performance.

How dependable was the AC this summer?

Did you experience a mostly trouble-free summer with your AC? That’s always a good sign, although never a guarantee this will be the case next summer. If the air conditioner needed repairs or seemed to struggle to keep up with the heat, get a professional’s opinion on replacing it.

Rising cooling costs

Your cooling bills for this summer are almost certainly higher than in previous summers because you spent more time indoors—as most people did. However, if you compare the bills to previous years and check on the wattage used, you may notice the rise is higher than you can account for. If the cost has risen over the last few years, the AC may be dying and it’s time to save money with a more efficient newer model.

Repairs and repairs and repairs

A single repair in the summer doesn’t signal the end of an air conditioner—especially if this is the first repair the system has needed in years. But if repairs are an annual routine, or you needed more than one repair this year, you’re sinking too much money into a declining system. When you call for another repair, ask the technician if you wouldn’t be better off replacing the whole system.

When in doubt, please consult with our experts. We’re here to see you have the comfort you need without paying for something you don’t.

At Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re “Connecting People to Comfort” every day. Schedule service to see if you need a new air conditioning system.

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