Take Your Furnace for a Test Run before Winter

October 17th, 2016

Cooler weather has arrived here in Eugene, and the actual cold weather won’t be far behind. There are still a few more weeks to go before the winter sets in, and it’s a good idea to take advantage of this period to find out if your furnace has any malfunctions that need to be repaired. You don’t want to find out later, during one of the coldest days of the year, that your furnace is in serious trouble! We recommend that you give your furnace a short test run before you have to regularly depend on it. Continue Reading

Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch Over to Heating Mode?

October 10th, 2016

As we start to move into the cooler time of the year, our heat pumps will beging switching over to their heating modes. Eventually, they’ll be set in heating mode for good—or at least until spring comes around!

But what if you turn on your heat pump for the first time, or the second or third time, and it won’t change over and start blowing our warm air? Obviously, this is a problem. There are a couple of possible explanations for this behavior, which we’ll examine below. Continue Reading

Reminder: Your Heat Pump Needs a Tune-Up in Fall As Well!

October 3rd, 2016

With fall now fully underway, it’s definitely time to stop thinking about scheduling maintenance for your heating system and actually schedule it. You want to be on the calendar for maintenance as soon as possible so you can avoid the rush as the winter closes in.

“But wait,” you may say, “I use a heat pump for comfort. It already had its annual tune-up back in spring. Does it need another one?”

The answer to that is simple, “Yes it does.” However, we’ll explain in more detail. Continue Reading

Are There Other Options Than a Furnace for Winter Heating?

September 26th, 2016

Furnaces are so common in homes that it’s often easy to talk about “home heating” and only refer to a furnace. However, it isn’t a safe assumption to make that a household uses a furnace for comfort during the winter. There are other options available. If you’re in the market for a new heating system this fall, you might be interested in an alternative to the natural gas furnace. Let’s take a look some of them. Continue Reading

How to Know It Is Time to Install a New Furnace

September 19th, 2016

You probably have a furnace providing heat to your home for the winters. We can state this with some confidence, since furnaces are the most common kind of residential heating systems. Although other heaters are gaining popularity, such as heat pumps and radiant heating systems, furnaces are still dominant. Continue Reading

Questions People Often Ask about Heating Maintenance

September 12th, 2016

Last week we started our September reminders for customers to arrange for a visit from one of our friendly technicians to inspect and tune-up their heating systems. Have you called yet to get on the schedule for fall maintenance? September is definitely the time to do it, before the colder weather arrives and our technicians get busier.

You might still be hesitating about heating maintenance because you have questions about it. We’ll answer some of the more common questions that people have below. If you have any further concerns, simply contact our office and we’ll answer all your questions. Continue Reading

Welcome to September: Time to Think about Heating Maintenance

September 5th, 2016

September has arrived, and even though the official end of summer isn’t for two more weeks, the temperatures are already starting to cool down. Before you know it, most of fall will be past and winter will be looking over the edge of the calendar.

In the HVAC world, September means it’s time to start preparing for heating season. You may not need to turn your heating system on for another month, or perhaps longer, but it’s time to get to ready to go to work so you won’t have to worry about its performance when the first major cold spell strikes. Continue Reading

End-of-Summer: Here Are Some AC Repairs You Might Need

August 29th, 2016

The last month of summer is the time when air conditioning systems face their most stern challenge: wearing down. Your home’s air conditioner has probably already put in a few solid months of work to provide the household with comfort, and now the work strain might start to catch up with it. The end of summer is usually not noticeably cooler than the middle of the season, so your air conditioner won’t receive much of a break—making it more likely to suffer a malfunction because of the strain. Even with maintenance done in the spring, an AC can still hit a snag during the home stretch. Continue Reading

You Have Leaky Air Ducts! Here’s How You Can Tell…

August 22nd, 2016

Ventilation ducts with air leaks are a major source of air conditioning and heating inefficiency in homes. In fact, the ductwork can lose up to 30% of the air moving through it due to small gaps and holes. If your ducts are suffering from air leaks, you’ll want to have professionals seal them up and restore the HVAC system to full efficiency. (Yes, you must have professionals handle this job; store-bought duct tape will not take care of it!) Continue Reading

What Exactly Makes a Packaged AC Different from Other Air Conditioners?

August 15th, 2016

Along with residential heating and air conditioning services, our technicians work extensively with commercial HVAC. Among commercial cooling systems, packaged air conditioning units are by far the most common. Homes are usually outfitted with what are called split systems, or in some cases mini split systems that don’t use ductwork. If you’re curious what makes a packaged air conditioning unit different from the split systems found in in homes, we’ve provided a short explanation below. Continue Reading