Look Out for These 5 Odd Behaviors From Your Furnace

November 15th, 2021
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There’s no denying that when it’s winter in our climate, you need a reliable and efficient furnace. There’s also no denying that this furnace needs professional maintenance, at least once a year, to operate at its best.

Of course, even with maintenance, there’s always a chance that you may need unexpected Vancouver, WA furnace services. Your furnace, after all, is just like any other important home comfort appliance in that it suffers from natural wear and tear. The trick is, knowing the signs that your furnace needs repair before it has the chance to lead to a breakdown. Read on as we uncover some odd behaviors you might want to watch out for from your furnace, and give us a call if you notice any of them!

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Do I Need Air Filters or an Air Purifier for My Home?

November 1st, 2021
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This is a question people often have about improving their home’s indoor air quality. The topic of air quality in buildings has become more important than ever over the last few years, and our customers want to know the best path toward healthier air. With so many options available for cleaner indoor air quality, it can feel overwhelming to anyone unfamiliar with HVAC services. This is why people sometimes boil their concerns down to the question: “Air filter or air purifier?”

The answer to the question is … you can have both. This isn’t an either/or situation. Often, the best way for a house to have great indoor air quality is with both an air filter and air purifier installation in Vancouver, WA

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Why Am I Not Getting Enough Hot Water From My Water Heater?

October 18th, 2021
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It’s one of those annoyances you hope doesn’t happen to you, but chances are it will at some point: you turn on the shower one morning and discover that the hot water is lukewarm, or it quickly starts to fluctuate in temperature. Something is wrong with the water heater so that it’s not producing a steady flow of hot water the way it usually does. But what is causing this? And can it be fixed?

Several problems with a water heater can lead to a drop in either water temperature or hot water volume. We’ll look at some of the most common below. If there isn’t a simple answer to the problem, call our experts to examine your water heater to see if it needs repairs or possibly a full water heater replacement in Vancouver, WA.

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Is a Gas Furnace Dangerous?

October 4th, 2021
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This is a question HVAC professionals hear often. Gas furnaces are the most common method to heat homes in the United States, but homeowners also know that natural gas can create health hazards through combustion or leak of toxic gasses like carbon monoxide. Are natural gas furnaces a serious potential hazard for your house?

Our answer is two-part:

  1. Gas furnaces are designed with safety uppermost in mind and will not pose any danger to a household under most circumstances. If they did, they’d never be allowed in homes in the first palace.
  2. Gas furnaces have the potential to become dangerous, which is true of any gas-burning appliance. However, you can mitigate this potential to almost nothing with the proper steps.

Follow us below to learn more about gas furnace safety—a little knowledge can go a long way.

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Will You Need a New Furnace Before Winter?

September 20th, 2021
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Now is the right time to ask yourself this question, especially if you have reasons to believe your current furnace is on the decline or is too old for you to trust it will make it through the coming cold weather. Fall is an ideal time to arrange for a larger HVAC service like a heating replacement in Portland, OR: the weather isn’t cold enough for you to worry about going without a heater for a few hours, and HVAC technicians have more open schedules. 

Let’s get into the question and help you see if you need to replace your furnace before the winter arrives.

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Have Your Changed Your HVAC Filter Recently? Here’s Why It’s Important

September 6th, 2021
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If you polled all professional HVAC companies and asked them what is the one piece of advice they would give homeowners about their heating and cooling systems, almost all would give the same answer:

Please regularly change the HVAC system’s air filter! Every one to three months.

It’s a simple job, taking only a few minutes, and it makes an enormous difference in how the AC and heater run. Perhaps because it’s so simple, people often forget about it and leave the filter in place. When the filter becomes clogged, it creates serious problems that can lead to needing heating or air conditioning repair in Portland, OR.

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It’s Getting Time for Your Annual Furnace Tune-Up!

August 23rd, 2021
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Yes, it’s still summer, and we can expect more hot weather in the future. That doesn’t mean you can’t start planning ahead, especially when it comes to something as vital for the coming fall and winter as the furnace that keeps your family warm and safe. We have almost reached the time of the year to schedule regular furnace maintenance. 

We always recommend our customers have their furnace tune-ups and inspections done in September or October. This prepares furnaces in plenty of time for the arrival of the serious cold weather, and it takes advantage of a slower time of the year for our HVAC pros. When our schedules aren’t packed with emergency AC repairs, we have an easier time finding convenient slots for maintenance appointments.

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How Long Can I Expect My Water Heater to Last?

August 9th, 2021
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Your water heater does one of the most important jobs in your house. It’s so important that you probably don’t think about it much. When you turn on the shower in the morning to get a fresh start to the day, hot water flows from the showerhead. After dinner is over, you have hot water from the kitchen sink tap to make cleaning utensils and dishes easy. Hot water when you need it is part of your daily routine, as expected as getting electricity when you flip a switch. 

But you will notice your water heater when it fails to deliver hot water. These occasional hiccups in operation are reminders that no water heater lasts forever. Eventually, you’ll need to schedule a water heater replacement in Vancouver, WA

How many more years can you expect your water heater to keep doing its job? A good question! We can give you an idea of its service life expectations below.

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Ductless vs. Central Air Conditioning—Some Facts to Know

July 26th, 2021
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Are you currently considering replacing your air conditioning system? Then you may already have considered having a ductless air conditioner installed rather than sticking with the standard central air conditioning of most homes. We encourage you to take a look at ductless mini split heat pumps (yes, most are heat pumps, so they heat as well as cool) as a possible choice. 

There are several facts to know that will help you decide between ductless cooling and central cooling.

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The Dangers of Running Your AC Too Cold

July 12th, 2021
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When the heat rises to its peak during the summer, it may be hard to think of getting your house “too cold.” You’ll want as much cooling as you can get from your AC so you have a retreat from the heat outside. 

Air conditioning systems, however, aren’t designed to provide a home with freezer-like temperatures—and you wouldn’t want your home as cold as a freezer anyway. It just sounds nice on a hot day. Even though you can lower the temperature on the thermostat down to 60°F doesn’t mean you should, no matter how hot you feel. Running an AC too cold can lead to problems for your air conditioner. Plus, you don’t need it that cold and can help keep out the heat if you raise it. We know this sounds backwards, but we’ll get into why this works.

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