Comfort Flow Heating Blog

A Ductless Heating Unit on the Wall Is Sagging—What’s Wrong?

January 22nd, 2018

ductless-mini-split-on-wallDuctless heating and cooling systems grow in popularity with each year. For new home construction, going with a ductless mini split heat pump is a great way to have more design freedom. There are many other benefits of using ductless heating, such as overall cost savings, improvements in indoor air quality, and the ease of repairs.

Speaking of repairs, if your home is equipped with a ductless heating and cooling system, you may need to have professionals fix problems on occasion. The best ductless mini splits should rarely run into malfunctions, but there are a few specific troubles that can affect them. One of them is when an indoor air handler—the basic units that send heated and cooled air into a room—appears to be sagging on the wall. What’s going on, and how urgent is the problem?

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Problems You Might Have with an Electric Furnace

January 8th, 2018

stripping-electric-wiresNot all homes have access to a natural gas pipeline to provide power to heating systems, stoves, ovens, and laundry machines. When it comes to providing winter warmth for these houses, there are a number of options available. The electric furnace is one of the most common. Electric furnaces are reliable, require fewer repairs than natural gas systems, and can last for many years.

But even with excellent regular maintenance, an electric furnace may run into repair issues at some time in its service life. Below we’ve listed a few of the more common. Keep a watch for inferior furnace performance so you’ll know it’s time to contact a licensed professional for furnace repair.

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A Warning About Cracked Heat Exchangers in Gas Furnace

December 25th, 2017

furnace-in-basementGas furnaces are not automatically dangerous devices. This is something we want to clear up right away so you won’t feel panic just because your home has a natural gas-powered furnace for heating. However, like most powerful appliances or any appliance that creates combustion gases, a furnace can potentially create health hazards if it isn’t maintained regularly or repaired as soon as symptoms of a malfunction appear. Treat a gas furnace well and you should have few worries about its performance.

However, we want to caution you about the most common cause for a gas furnace to become unsafe: cracked heat exchangers. This is most likely to happen in an old furnace (more than 15 years old), which is why we recommend looking into a replacement sooner rather than later. Regular maintenance helps catch this problem early so you’ll know it’s time to arrange for a heating replacement. In some situations, a targeted furnace repair may fix the problem.

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Some Important Furnace Repairs You Might Need

December 11th, 2017

gas-furnace-flamesHow do you heat your house during the winter? If we had to make a guess, we’d choose a gas furnace every time. Gas furnaces are the most common type of heater found across the country, thanks to their powerful heat output, easy availability of fuel, and energy efficient performance.

Of course, a gas furnace isn’t perfect, and the majority of them will run into one or two malfunctions during their service lives—possibly more if they don’t receive regular maintenance each year from professionals.

Below are some of the furnace repairs you may need for the best heating in Salem, OR or wherever you are in our service area. Keep a watch for the signs your furnace is experiencing trouble and don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you, any time of the day or night!

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Comparing Gas and Electric Furnaces

November 27th, 2017

furnace-gas-with-pipesWith few exceptions, all modern homes use electricity. But when it comes to home heating, electricity isn’t always the top choice. Natural gas, piped in through municipal lines, provides power to gas furnaces that are fast and effective at heating up a home during the winter. However, the option always exists to have an electric furnace instead. Furnaces are a flexible type of heating system, with different models using a range of energy sources. That’s why it’s easy for furnace installation experts to find a furnace to match almost any house.

Gas furnace and electric furnaces remain the two most common choices. Is there one that’s automatically a better option than the other? Let’s take a closer look at them to provide an answer to that question—but we’ll tell you upfront that the answer is “it depends on your home’s needs.” Trust to HVAC professionals to ensure you have the best possible heating system installation.

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Have You Had Heating Maintenance Yet?

November 13th, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianThe rainy, colder weather is here in Oregon, and we can expect it to stay through to spring. Of course, this is how it always is, and you expect the heating system in your house to work during the season keeping you and your family cozy.

But you can’t take your heater for granted! No matter if it’s a furnace, a heat pump, an in-floor radiant system, or a ductless mini split, it must have professional attention on a regular basis to ensure that it’s inspected and tuned-up. How regularly? Your heater must have maintenance ­every year.

The best time to have it scheduled is in the early fall so you beat out the cold weather. But it’s definitely not too late in the season to arrange for it! We offer Energy Savings Agreements which provide you with the routine maintenance your heater need. (The agreements also cover maintenance in the spring for your AC.)

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How to Protect Your Air Conditioner over Winter

October 30th, 2017

iced-over-acYou’ve probably run your home’s air conditioning for the last time this year. The fall Oregon weather is definitely here, and the cold weather will be sticking around until spring. Time to arrange for your annual heating maintenance with our team if you haven’t done so already.

Your AC won’t need to have its regular check-up and tune-up until spring, but it does need some special attention as it concludes its service for another year. “Winterizing” your air conditioning system isn’t complicated, and it will reward you with protecting the system from potential damage, extending its service life and making sure it has an easy time running whenever it turns on again to cool your home.

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Will Air Filters Create Trouble for My Air Conditioner?

October 16th, 2017

pleated-air-filterYou may have heard about the problems of low indoor air quality in many homes. These aren’t alarmist warnings: the EPA has determined that poor IAQ in buildings is a significant health hazard across the country. In fact, the air inside a building—and this includes your cozy, happy home—can be as much as three to four times worse than the air outside.

One of the basic solutions to poor IAQ for a home is to remove harmful particles moving through the ventilation system with a set of air filters. It takes special filters dedicated to air quality improvements for this job. But this raises a concern that the filters may end up making the air conditioner’s job harder (and eventually the heater’s job). Is there any truth to this?

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Prepare Your Business for Winter with Fall Heating Maintenance

October 2nd, 2017

covered-commercial-hvac-fansAlthough Oregon doesn’t experience winters as extreme as a number of other parts of the country, powerful heating systems are still a necessity to help us get through the cold months. This applies to businesses and homes, but with homes at least there is a bit of leeway should something disastrous happen to the heating system. The only people affected are the residents of house, who can bundle up until repair professionals arrive.

But loss of heating in a business almost certainly means loss of revenue and often a complete closure of operations. Heating for businesses sometimes isn’t only about the comfort of the people inside; maintaining proper temperature also protects equipment.

If you are a business owner in Oregon, you want to ensure your various heating systems in your building are ready to take on the stress of the coming winter. The best way to do this is to arrange for commercial heating maintenance in Eugene, OR or elsewhere in the state with our professionals. We offer special commercial HVAC maintenance plans to make the process simple for you, and to cover all your HVAC needs for the entire year, not just the winter.

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Is It Okay if I Leave AC Repairs for Next Spring?

September 18th, 2017

air-conditioner-repairsIf you’re asking this question, it’s probably because you’ve noticed something wrong with your central air conditioning system, but it isn’t affecting cooling performance. It may be an odd grinding noise, the compressor starting and stopping more often than normal, ice appearing along the evaporator coil, an odd odor from the vents, or hot spots in some of the rooms. With fall officially starting and our cool season about to set in, you want to know if it’s really worth it to schedule repairs with HVAC technicians for the last couple weeks of warm weather.

The answer is: Yes! It’s not only worth it, it can save you money and a lot of discomfort in the long and short-term. Air conditioner repairs should be handled as soon as possible after they’re noticed, no matter how outwardly minor they may seem. Call our Eugene, OR air conditioning repair professionals—anywhere you are in Oregon!—and we’ll see that your AC doesn’t end the hot season on a sour note that will lead to later trouble.

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