Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Portland’

Are You Going to Need a New Furnace Soon?

Monday, November 28th, 2022
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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 furnace replacement in Beaverton, 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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“Can Too Much High Heat Overwork My AC?”

Monday, August 22nd, 2022
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One of the most common questions we get during the summer, especially during a prolonged heatwave, is “Can too much high heat overwork my AC?” The answer to this question is, “Yes and no.”

Here’s the thing… if you have your air conditioner regularly maintained each year, and you set it to a reasonable temperature, it should be able to work just as it’s intended to, without much trouble.

This means you should be calling for professional AC maintenance at least once a year… if you have a heat pump system then you’ll want professional maintenance done twice a year to keep it in good shape.

Maintenance allows our technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it to keep it operating as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

Back to the question of high heat and whether or not it can “overwork” your air conditioner… it is possible. Air conditioners do have their limits, but maybe not in the way you would think. It’s all about the temperature differential. Read on to learn what this is!

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“Does My Water Heater Really Need Maintenance?”

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Have you heard the term hard water before? This can sound a little alarming, as it does have an impact on the water you drink, clean, and bathe with.

Hard water is water that has a high level of minerals in it–namely calcium, magnesium, and sometimes even iron. These are minerals that are harmless to digest, but they’re not so harmless for your plumbing system.

And this is where your water heater comes in. The water heater is a very important part of your plumbing system that you rely on every day. You see, the minerals we just mentioned leave behind deposits. Those deposits get stuck to your plumbing and stuck inside plumbing appliances.

Your water heater is no exception, and can be impacted whether you have a storage tank water heater or a tankless water heater. Read on to learn more!

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Why You Might Want to Go Ductless This Summer

Monday, July 11th, 2022
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Have you always been using a standard central air conditioner for your home cooling? There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, of course! In fact, today’s models of central air conditioners are far more efficient than those of even the last decade, and systems being developed in 2023 and beyond will be even moreso.

That said, as great as central air conditioners are, this is not your only option for cooling. You may be ready to consider the installation of a ductless air conditioner. Read on to learn about the numerous benefits of such a system.

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Can I Set My Thermostat To Its Lowest Setting?

Monday, June 27th, 2022
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When the heat starts rising outside and you’re inside your living space, what do you do? Well if you have central air conditioning, you turn it on! We may not live in as hot of a place as other parts of the country, but relatively speaking, our summers are pretty warm! Having an effective and efficient air conditioner in place is vital.

But, we have to ask… how low do you set your thermostat when you turn on your air conditioner? If your response is “As low as possible!” then you might actually be pushing your air conditioner beyond its limits.

“Wait,” you might be wondering, “If my thermostat goes that low, why can’t I set it that low?”

It’s not that you can’t, it’s that you might prefer not to, after reading this blog post. Read on!

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What Size Air Conditioner Should I Get?

Monday, June 13th, 2022
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If you’ve decided that it’s time to purchase a new air conditioner this time of the year, then chances are you’re in a bit of a rush to get one. But this is one decision you don’t want to make in haste, as doing so can leave you with an ineffective and inefficient cooling system. 

For instance, what if you get the wrong size unit? You may not realize this, but having too large or overpowered of an air conditioner can be just as detrimental as having too small, or underpowered of a system. We’ll explain why below… please give it a read, and when you’re ready to make an HVAC purchase, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for professional and reliable installation. 

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Why An Air Conditioner Might Struggle to Cool Effectively

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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We may still be in the middle of spring, but summer is just around the corner, and our air conditioners need to be ready to handle the warmer temperatures.

Hopefully, you’ve already scheduled your air conditioner maintenance appointment. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it. This keeps your air conditioner working as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible.

Whether you have scheduled it or not, one thing is for sure–if you turn on your air conditioner and it doesn’t seem to be cooling your living space as it should, or like it used to, you have a problem on your hands.

But what’s wrong? Read on to find out!

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The Top 3 Air Conditioner Myths

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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There are quite a few air conditioner misconceptions out there. You might not think this is a big deal, but the truth is, that believing these misconceptions can matter.

The reason it matters is that you could be using your air conditioning system inefficiently, paying more for your energy usage than you really need to, exacerbating system wear-and-tear, and potentially shortening the overall useful service life or your cooling system.

Read on as we dive into the 3 most common AC misconceptions out there.

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“Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Working?”

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Typically when we get this question, “Why isn’t my air conditioner working?” the asker is referring to an air conditioner that’s running, but it may not be pumping out the cooled air that they’ve come to expect and appreciate. Naturally, if there is lukewarm air coming out of your vents on a sweltering hot day, it tends to cause a little alarm.

And we get it! Your air conditioner should be able to keep you effectively and efficiently cool whenever the temperatures rise. So, read on as we uncover why your air conditioner might “not be working,” and what to do about it! Warmer weather may still be a ways off, but it’s always good to be prepared.

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Should You Invest in a Tankless Water Heater?

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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In this day and age, homeowners look for greater convenience and quicker gratification than ever before. This can be seen as a negative, but hey, it’s hard to resist convenience and ease of use, and we say there is nothing wrong with wanting this for yourself and your home!

First-time homeowners and seasoned homeowners alike would do well to consider modernizing their homes with a new kind of water heater–a tankless system. Tank water heaters have been the conventional model found in homes for decades, but tankless systems have a number of benefits that are leading them to become a much more popular option.

When it comes to water heaters, the basic question is, “should I get another storage tank system or go tankless?” Read on as we compare the two and show you the benefits of upgrading to a tankless system, should you choose to.

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