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

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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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6 Signs You Need Water Heater Repairs

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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The best way to avoid getting trapped with a failed water heater is to get out ahead of problems with prompt professional water heater repair in Vancouver, WA. Most water heaters give off warning signs before they hit major problems, so if you know what to watch for, you can act fast and get our technicians to your home to inspect the system and, if necessary, fix it.

Below are six common signs a water heater needs professional repairs.

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Late Season and Your Heater: What Can Go Wrong

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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The end of the winter is a reason to celebrate. You can still enjoy some of the pleasures of cold weather while also knowing that soon you’ll be able to bask in the warmth of spring and summer.

But this is also a time when you may need urgent heating repairs in Vancouver, WA. The reason is simple: the heater in your home has already gone through months of work, and this is when the build-up of strain may finally cause it to break. Even if you remembered to have maintenance in the fall, which significantly decreases the chance of the heating system needing repairs, this is the point in the year when the chance of something going wrong is at its highest.

To help you know when to call us to fix your heating system (and we’ve got the emergency 24-hour service to take care of it!), we’ve listed some of the troubles that might strike as winter winds down:

The many, many, many problems of a clogged air filter

Answer this question honestly: Did you change the air filter for the HVAC system at least once during the season? If your answer is “no,” then the heater is in jeopardy of numerous problems because that filter is certainly clogged with dust, lint, dander, and other debris. This congestion restricts airflow through the furnace/heat pump, reduces your comfort, puts extra pressure on the blower motor, can cause a frozen coil in a heat pump, and plenty more. Go change the filter now if you haven’t!

Burnt-out motors

The wear and tear of a season of heating takes the biggest toll on the mechanical moving parts of a heating system—i.e. the motors. The motors will lose lubrication, accumulate dust, and face the danger of overheating and burning out. If you hear a screeching sound from the heater, it may be the motors on the verge of burning out. Please call for repairs ASAP before the motor fails and needs to be replaced. 

Short-cycling

Numerous different problems can cause this malfunction, which is when the heater gets trapped in the start-up cycle and keeps shutting down before it can complete a full heating cycle. If you notice the heating system is turning on and off rapidly over an hour, something it didn’t used to do, the system is short-cycling. Not only does this warn you that something has gone wrong in the heater, but it’s also bad for the heater all on its own because of the strain it puts on components and energy it wastes.

Heating capacity decline/uneven heating

Your heating system may begin to lose its heating capacity at the end of the season. You’ll notice that the house isn’t getting as warm as it used to or certain rooms have cold spots. This can point toward a heater that’s starting to fail entirely (and if old enough, ready for a replacement) or one that has a specific repair issue. Call on our technicians: we’ll find out the problem and offer solutions.

Rely on Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning for all your heating repair needs. “Connecting People to Comfort!”

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Getting a Fresh Breeze in the Winter with an ERV

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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Staying indoors during the winter (which you’ll be doing even more than normal this year) can get stuffy and unpleasant. You’d love to enjoy some nice, fresh air, but you know that opening up the windows to bring in that fresh air means bringing in the cold. The heater will then need to work extra time trying to get the house warm again. You end up with some fresh air, but also a chilly household and higher energy bills.

Well, whaddya gonna do?

Actually, there is something you can do! There are ways you can have the fresh air you crave, helping to exhaust the stuffy, stale air in your house outdoors but also avoid giving your heater and your pocketbook extra grief. The secret is in these three letters: ERV. No, not an emergency response vehicle. Not an estimated rental value. Not even an English Revised Version. It’s an energy recovery ventilator and it can work a special kind of magic for your home.

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These 6 Noises May Mean Your Heater Needs Professional Repairs

Monday, 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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Choosing a New AC When Your Old One Is Past Repair

Monday, 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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The Tankless Water Heater: Ways It Can Benefit You

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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The storage tank water heater used to be the only way for homes to enjoy central hot water. When it came time for a new water heater installation in Vancouver, WA, it was an easy choice to make. But the technology of the tankless water heater has advanced far enough that these units are now popular options for many residential buildings. You may have already considered a tankless water heater to replace your current storage tank water heater. If you still have doubts about making the switch, we would like to offer some helpful information about what makes tankless water heaters good choices.

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Finding the Right Filters and Air Purifiers for Your House

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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If you’re dipping a toe into the world of indoor air quality, then it’s likely that you’re going to start with an air filter or an air purifier for your home. Air filters and air purifiers are the best way for you to start improving your home’s indoor air quality. We know that the process of finding the right air conditioner can be a little confusing, but we’re here to walk you through the entire process.

If you need to know anything, you need to know that your HVAC services in Vancouver, WA are vital. Your HVAC system is an ecosystem, so this includes your indoor air quality system too. We’re going to make sure that you have the best services around to keep you in amazing shape. Keep reading below to find out more about air purifiers and air filtration systems.

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