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April 17th, 2017

serviving-three-rooftop-unitsDuring spring is the time when we emphasize to our customers how vital regular HVAC maintenance is. Preparing for the approaching hot weather with an inspection and tune-up for the air conditioning system is the essential way to prevent repair troubles, energy waste, and shortened equipment life.

This maintenance isn’t only for homeowners. It’s doubly important for a commercial space, no matter its size or function. Proper air conditioning not only handles comfort for employees, customers, clientele, tenants, etc. but is key to protecting equipment from overheating and helping with process. Where a home only needs worry about the comfort of a few people, a business must concern itself with the comfort of many—and that includes many of the machines inside.

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Time to Test Your AC (And See if It Needs Fixing)

April 3rd, 2017

wall-clockIn our last two blog posts, we looked over the benefits of spring maintenance for an air conditioner and why it’s important to schedule it this time of year. As important as professional maintenance is, however, you still need to do testing of your own before the summer heat arrives. You don’t want to be surprised when you turn on your air conditioner for the first time during the year and find that it’s failed. Yes, even with regular maintenance, this can happen. We recommend you take your air conditioner for a test run during the spring to catch any lingering troubles early on.

Pick a day with cool or warm outdoor temperatures when you won’t mind having the air conditioner running for an hour or so, but when you don’t actually need it for comfort. Turn it on, and then take some time to watch for faults, small and large, that indicate you should contact our HVAC technicians for air conditioning repair in Eugene, OR or elsewhere in the state. Below are some behaviors to watch for that are warnings about malfunctions or a system that’s aging rapidly.

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The Many Benefits of Air Conditioning Maintenance

March 20th, 2017

AC-fan-bladesMarch and April mark the shift in the weather as we enter spring and start to move toward the heat of summer. This is the ideal time to arrange for your air conditioning system’s annual maintenance. Although there are a few basic jobs you can do on your own when it comes to maintaining an AC (such as regularly changing the air filter), full maintenance that makes an actual difference must be left to professionals. Only a trained technician can handle the numerous tasks, such as inspecting motors and electrical connection and cleaning coils and moving parts, that go into a complete maintenance check and tune-up. You can depend on our technicians to provide your AC with top quality maintenance each year.

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March Is the Time to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

March 6th, 2017

schedule-service-reminderThere’s an old saying, dating back to at least the 17th century: “March enters like a lamb, leaves like a lion.” Or it might be “enters like a lion, leaves like a lamb.” You see both. But the message is the same: March is arguably the most unpredictable month for weather. Most of March is still officially winter, but the movement toward warmer weather has started. Your HVAC systems have to be ready for any shift in temperature extremes.

Regardless of the swings in March weather, for HVAC technicians this is the month to start working on air conditioning maintenance. Steady warm weather followed by hot weather isn’t far away. Homeowners who have their cooling systems inspected and tuned-up this time of year will be well-situated for the first heat wave.

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Why Is My Furnace Causing a Tripped Circuit Breaker?

February 20th, 2017

3-natural-gas-burnersWe’re still experiencing cold and rainy weather here in Oregon, and we can expect to have these conditions for a few weeks. (After all, that’s what we’ve come to expect in a state that gets this much rain.) We aren’t out of the woods yet when it comes to winter weather, so make sure that you are keeping a close watch on potential problems with your furnace or other heating system.

One problem that can occur with a furnace during this time of the year is that it starts to trip the circuit breaker when it turns on. This is something that you can’t ignore! If this happens, don’t simply keep resetting the circuit breaker and trying to carry on for as long as you can until the breaker trips once more. A circuit breaker trips for a reason—to protect the circuit from a large voltage surge—and whenever one trips, it’s a warning that something is wrong.

But… what’s wrong? We’ll take a look below.

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How Ductless Heating (and Cooling) Works

February 6th, 2017

ductless-mini-split-unitWe have previously recommended that homeowners look into having a ductless mini split installed for both heating and cooling. These systems are ideal for certain types of homes and applications, such as building a new house, providing comfort to add on rooms, or for older houses that lack the space to put in ductwork.

But how do these ductless systems actually work? When people think of heating that doesn’t use ducts, their thoughts will usually go to boilers. But ductless mini splits are forced-air heating systems that blow around heated air (or cooled air when required). How is this possible without ducts to distribute the air?

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Watch for Heating Emergencies During the Cold Snap!

January 23rd, 2017

weather-seasons-non-urbanOregon is currently experiencing a winter snowpack that is much higher than normal—and there’s even more snow and cold weather heading our way. The Eugene Public Works night crews have been laboring hard to de-ice, sand, and plow as required. There’s some good news in this: snowmelt this year will help replenish our fresh water reservoirs that are currently storing less water than average.

(Oh, and if you’re a skier, the Timberline Lodge and Ski Area has more than 130% of its historical snow average—with little wind! A great time to hit the slopes.)

But spring melt feels like it’s a long ways off at this point. You’re probably concerned with staying warm in your house, and that means extra stress on the heating system. Make sure that you pay special attention to the heater now, since the strain can lead to many different types of malfunctions—and possibly a completely broken-down heater. The faster you call our team for heating repairs in Eugene, OR, the sooner we can reach you and have the problem resolved.

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Air Filters vs. Air Cleaners: Which Should You Get?

January 16th, 2017

There are different ways to remove unwanted particles from circulating around your home, creating discomfort and health troubles. The two broadest categories are mechanical air filters and electronic air cleaners. If you want better air for your household, you might wonder which of the two is the best to have installed.

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How a Geothermal System Makes Winter Heating Easier

January 9th, 2017

Heat pumps are becoming more popular as methods for providing heat to homes. However, a heat pump is a two-in-one appliance that works as both a cooling and heating system. Essentially, it’s an air conditioner that can reverse the direction it moves heat. A standard AC draws heat from inside a house and exhausts it outside. A heat pump can cause the opposite to happen: heat drawn from outside and exhausted inside.

If you’re immediately thinking, “How can the heat pump draw heat from the cold air of the winter,” then you’re already on the path toward finding out the advantages of using a geothermal system for your winter warmth. A geothermal system has an easier time delivering winter heat.

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Is Your Radiant Heating System Leaking?

January 2nd, 2017

There are some great reasons why radiant floor-heating systems are becoming more and more popular: they are incredibly energy efficient, last for many years, and provide a sensation of warmth (from right beneath people’s icy toes) that’s more comfortable and cozy than using conventional forced-air systems, i.e. furnaces and heat pumps.

If you have a radiant floor heating system, it was probably built into the house when it was constructed. You’re used to the system simply working whenever you want it, and haven’t had to give it much more thought. But this type of heater can suffer from malfunctions, just like any other type, and it’s important to detect the signs early so you can call for repairs.

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