Is There Something Wrong with My Commercial Air Conditioning?

May 18th, 2015

When it comes to mechanical systems, sometimes you have to act as an interpreter to understand when your system needs attention. Your commercial air commercial air conditioner is especially important as it cools for many people: you, your employees and your customers. You aren’t expected to accurately diagnose your AC system, but being aware of certain signs can go a long way toward getting ahead of developing problems. The commercial AC experts at Comfort Flow Heating have put together a list of common signs that can indicate it’s time to call for professional commercial air conditioning help: Continue Reading

What Is a Packaged Unit?

May 11th, 2015

Commercial property owners have a few choices when it comes to installing air conditioning systems, and one such unit to consider is the packaged unit. Many commercial ACs also work as commercial heating systems, and this is one of the benefits of using a packaged unit. As you can probably imagine, packaged units can be quite large, and many times they reside on the rooftop of your business space. Because of the size and complexity of these systems, it is imperative to hire a company that specializes in the installation and service of this type of system. Comfort Flow Heating is such a company, and we bring over 50 years’ worth of experience to every commercial job we do in Eugene, OR. Wondering what a packaged unit does? Let’s take a look. Continue Reading

What Are My Choices for Electronic Air Cleaners?

May 4th, 2015

It may seem a crazy idea – cleaning your air with electricity. But that’s what happens, in a slightly indirect way, when you use an electronic air cleaner. You won’t see electricity zapping through the air with an electronic air cleaner; in fact, you won’t see much at all, which is a good thing. But when you hire experts, like the ones at Comfort Flow Heating, to install and service your electronic cleaner in Eugene, OR, you can rest assured that your air cleaner is doing its job. Continue Reading

What Happens When Refrigerant Levels Run Low in My AC?

April 27th, 2015

Eugene, OR residents know how hot and humid it can get in the summertime. And with the temperature rising higher every day, now is the time to schedule a repair or maintenance session on your air conditioning unit, to ensure that it’s functioning properly by the time warm weather hits. Most maintenance sessions include recharging the system’s refrigerant to its proper level, which helps your air conditioner run at peak efficiency. But what happens when refrigerant levels run low in your AC? How does that affect your system? Continue Reading

How Air Sealing Benefits You

April 20th, 2015

When you run your air conditioning or heating system, you most likely close all of your windows and doors in order to save some energy. While you may believe that closing up all of the entryways to the house solves this problem, there may be more issues of which you are unaware: air leaks. Air leaks, which are small holes and cracks in your home, allow air to leak out or move into the house. These leaks may be around windows and doors, or there may be minor cracks in the walls or ceilings that need caulking. Even the smallest cracks can really add up, contributing to quite a bit of energy loss for which your HVAC system has to compensate. But instead of forcing your HVAC system in Eugene, OR, to work harder, you can schedule an air sealing appointment with a Comfort Flow Heating technician. Continue Reading

Is It Time for Heater Replacement?

April 13th, 2015

Our daytime temperatures are finally starting to climb, but our nights are still cool enough to warrant the continued use of our heating systems. Spring is a great time to assess your home’s needs, and if you found that you were struggling with your heating system this winter, it may be time to consider a replacement system. Most people think of replacement as something that occurs when your heater finally kicks the bucket, but it’s always a much better scenario to replace your system before you are completely without heat. Here are some ways to help tell if it’s time to replace your aging heater in Eugene, OR: Continue Reading

Does My Heat Pump Need Spring Maintenance?

April 6th, 2015

Heat pumps are durable devices, lasting, on average, about 20 years. One thing homeowners tend to forget about their heat pumps is that these devices work twice as much as a traditional heating or cooling system because heat pumps can both heat and cool your home. As such, it’s important to schedule your heat pump system maintenance bi-annually instead of just annually. Has it been more than 6 months since your last heat pump maintenance appointment? Then it’s time to call the specialists at Comfort Flow Heating and schedule an appointment.

Why Is Maintenance Important?

When a technician performs maintenance on your heat pump, it is a full tune-up of the system. The main aspects of any maintenance appointment are:

  • Thorough inspection of the system
  • Cleaning
  • Adjusting
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • System checks
  • Performance testing

All of these tasks contribute to the overall benefits of maintenance, which include the following:

  • Better energy efficiency – your heat pump was made to operate at a certain level of energy efficiency, but will have a very hard time doing so carrying several seasons’ worth of dirt, dust and wear and tear. The process of maintenance allows the system to operate at peak efficiency so that you can achieve better overall efficiency from the system.
  • Prevents repairs – the thorough inspection the system undergoes during a maintenance appointment helps the technician detect existing or developing problems and get ahead of them before they can blossom.
  • Extends life of the system – maintenance keeps your heat pump in good working order year after year, which helps reduce the potential for premature aging.
  • Increases comfort levels – it can be difficult for a heat pump weighed down by wear and tear to achieve your set temperature; maintenance allows your heat pump to functional optimally so that it can easily achieve your desired temperature.

Spring offers a window of opportunity to get your heat pump system in great shape for the coming summer. The professionals at Comfort Flow Heating are here to help with all of your heat pump needs, so if it’s time for maintenance, call us today and schedule an appointment.

What Is Short-Cycling, and Why Should I Worry About It?

April 3rd, 2015

Have you ever noticed your furnace behaving strangely? Shutting itself on and off every couple of minutes, for example? If you have, you’ve got a pretty serious problem. That behavior is one of the most damaging things that can happen to heating systems, known as “short-cycling.” So what is short-cycling, really? What does it do, and why should you care? Read on to find out.

Causes of Short-Cycling

There is one major cause of short cycling when it comes to furnaces: clogged air filters. The air filter is a fiber mesh that is inserted into the air return duct of the furnace. It is designed to protect the furnace against any particles that may blow in from the ducts, such as dust and dirt. The air filter captures these particles, while allowing the air to flow through it and into the furnace. While this works fairly well under normal circumstances, the air filter has no way to actually get rid of the particles that it captures. That means that sooner or later it will need to be cleaned or replaced. If this is not done, the air filter will become so clogged with particles that it will restrict the air flow into the furnace.

When the air flow into the furnace is obstructed, its internal temperature will begin to rise. Eventually, it will rise high enough to activate the limit switch, which is designed to shut down the furnace if it is in danger of overheating. This is only a temporary fix, however, as the air filter is still restricting the air flow into the furnace. Once the furnace starts back up, it will overheat again and be shut down again. This process will continue as long as the air filter remains clogged.

The Results of Short-Cycling

If not fixed immediately, short-cycling will start to inflict severe damage on the furnace. The startup sequence of the heating cycle is the most stressful, and also happens to be the part that the furnace becomes trapped repeating. This constant repetition of the most stressful part of the heating process puts the system under much more strain than it was designed to handle. A furnace often has its lifecycle severely shortened if left to short-cycle for a long period of time, and will have an increased chance of breaking down.

If you suspect that your furnace may be short-cycling, call Comfort Flow Heating for our comprehensive heating services in the Florence, OR area.

How Duct Sealing Can Save You Money

March 25th, 2015

Ductwork is one of the most important, and most neglected, parts of you HVAC system. You home’s ducts are responsible for making centralized forced air heating and cooling possible in the first place. Despite their importance, however, ducts are often completely ignored when it comes to required maintenance. This is unfortunate, as keeping your ducts in good condition can actually save you quite a bit of money on your heating and electric bills. Want to know how? Read on to find out.

Common Duct Issues

Ducts have a couple of different issues with which they’re commonly afflicted. Dust, debris, moisture, and rust are all issues that affect the quality of your ducts. The biggest issue by far, however, is duct leaks. Ducts are actually quite vulnerable to leaks, despite their relatively passive role in heating and air conditioning. Improper installation often leaves gaps between the different sections of ductwork. Moisture or animal activity can create small holes through which air can escape. Even expanding and contracting from regular use can result in sections of the ductwork working themselves loose.

So, what’s the big deal? A few small leaks here and there hardly constitute an emergency, right? Actually, the US Department of Energy has estimated that the average forced air system loses as much as 30% of its output to duct leaks. That’s almost a third of your heating and air conditioning output that you’re still paying for, but which is lost before it ever reaches its destination. That loss forces your systems to stay on longer to accomplish the same temperatures, which contributes to a significant rise in your heating and electric bills.

How Duct Sealing can Help

Duct sealing is the process of finding and closing any leaks that may be present in your ductwork. By having an experienced professional seal your ducts for you, you’re drastically improving the efficiency of your heater and air conditioner. This is how you can substantially lower your heating and electric bills. If you haven’t had your ducts sealed in the past year or two, call Comfort Flow Heating. We provide duct sealing services throughout Salem, OR.

Common Causes of Water Heater Repair

March 20th, 2015

Water heaters are pretty robust systems, and not prone to frequent breakdowns. However, that does not mean that they are immune from all problems and repair needs. Water heaters are vulnerable to a number of different problems, each capable of inflicting various levels of damage. Let’s take a look at some of the common causes of water heater repair, and how you can prevent them.

Rust

Any system that regularly deals with water is going to risk oxidization. That is especially true for water heaters, which are often exposed to water 24/7. Rust can cause various parts of the water heater to fail, and can even cause the tank to rupture. Tankless water heaters do not store water, so their risk of rust is slightly lessened. For tank water heaters, however, slightly stronger countermeasures are required.

Tank water heaters are equipped with devices called “sacrificial anode rods.” These are long, metal rods that are inserted into the tank, and protect the lining of the tank by rusting away themselves. Once the anode rods are completely degraded, however, the tank lining will once again be vulnerable to rust. The best way to stop this from happening is by checking your anode rod at least once a year, and replacing it if necessary. If you don’t know how to check your anode rod, call a professional to help you.

Uneven Heat

If you have a lot of people using hot water at once in your house, it is very possible to simply exhaust the supply of hot water on hand. When that happens, you just have to wait for more. However, there is a difference between that and a water heater that is seemingly unable to provide consistently hot water regardless of the situation. If that is happening, you could have a number of different problems. An issue with the heater’s circulator pump could be preventing the hot water from reaching you. However, it is also possible that the heater itself is having trouble heating the water. That’s a more serious issue, and one that you’ll need a professional technician to diagnose. The best way to prevent these kinds of problems is simply to have your water heater inspected at least once a year by a professional.

If you water heater is giving you problems, call Comfort Flow Heating. We provide water heater repair service throughout Eugene, OR.