Problems You May Encounter with a Ductless Heat Pump

May 22nd, 2017

ductless-mini-split-air-handler-blowing-out-airWe’re big proponents of using ductless mini split heat pumps. Although this type of comfort system isn’t a perfect match for all homes, they’re flexible units that are excellent for new home construction, older houses without space for a conventional central AC and heating system, and for homes with people who suffer from asthma and allergies. If a ductless heat pump is properly installed by professionals it offers advantages of energy savings and zone control. If you are interested in having installation of a ductless mini split in Scio, OR, or elsewhere in the Willamette Valley, schedule an appointment with our technicians today.

If you already use a ductless heating and air conditioning system in your home, you may occasionally run into issues with it that require professional repairs. We’re going to take a look at a few repair issues you may encounter with your ductless heat pump. Continue Reading

Why You’re Only Getting Warm Air from Your AC

May 8th, 2017

woman-with-fanIn our last blog post, we looked into an issue that sometimes occurs with heat pumps: a system that won’t switch out of heating mode when warm weather arrives and only sends out heated air. This week, we’re going to look at the air conditioner’s equivalent of this problem, i.e. when a cooling system isn’t cooling. If you have an AC that’s only sending out room temperature air through the vents, that’s a problem.

There are different reasons why an air conditioner might fail to do its basic job and instead act like a large fan. Below are some of the common causes for this problem. A few are minor complications or errors that anybody can fix without having to call for repairs. Others are major complications that require technicians to remedy them. And others can put the whole air conditioner in danger of breaking down unless they’re repaired as soon as possible. Continue Reading

Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch to Cooling Mode?

April 24th, 2017

tools-on-ac-unitAs the weather starts to warm up here in the Willamette Valley, heat pumps will switch over from their heating modes to their cooling modes. One of the main reasons people here like using heat pumps so much is because of this dual function: it only takes a simple adjustment on the thermostat and, voila, a heat pump changes from an effective home heater to a powerful air conditioner.

But a heat pump can’t be guaranteed to work accurately every time, especially if the system is getting up in years or it hasn’t received its twice-annual maintenance. When you go to switch your heat pump over to its cooing mode this spring, you may find that warm or room temperature air is still coming from the vents. What’s wrong? And should you call repair professionals to fix it? Continue Reading

Spring Also Means AC Maintenance

April 10th, 2017

service-reminder-badgeThe start of spring is the start of allergy season here in the Willamette Valley, which is why we recommend our customers in the area look into installing indoor air quality products like filters and electronic air purifiers—or even make the upgrade to a new ductless mini split heat pump.

However, what spring is ­best known for is the return of warm weather (eventually). That means now is the season to plan to start using your home’s air conditioning system once more. We’re still dealing with steady rain and temperatures in the 40s and 50s, but it won’t be long before the thermometer rises into the red and air conditioners across the Valley come back to life. Ask yourself if your air conditioner is ready for it. Continue Reading

How a Ductless Heat Pump Helps Allergies and Offers Other Benefits

March 27th, 2017

ductless-mini-split-air-handlerLast week we took a look at allergy season—which is here already—and the ways you can alleviate problems with allergies in your home thanks to the installation of air filters and air purifiers. There are other ways to improve your home’s air quality that are larger scale, such as putting in a different type of air conditioning system that’s less likely to blow around allergens and other airborne pollutants. The most effective alternative to conventional air conditioning is a ductless mini split system, which not only helps reduce allergies but offers numerous other benefits. Continue Reading

(Sniffle) It’s That Time of the Year Again: Allergy Season

March 13th, 2017

Dandelion-In-FieldThe term “allergy season” is an elastic one, since it differs depending on climate and how soon the warm conditions of summer arrive. For most parts of the country—including here in the Willamette Valley—allergy season begins in late February as the weather turns warmer and lasts until early summer when the heat starts to climb. For people who suffer from allergies to pollens, this can be a miserable period of sneezing, congestion, coughing, eye irritation, and other health problems. Even people without allergies can find the pollen count in the air an annoyance. To add to the trouble, this is also a time of year when the mold count rises, placing yet another allergy trigger into the air. Continue Reading

Steps for Ending the Heating Season with Your Furnace

February 24th, 2017

girl-welcomes-spring-weatherThe rain is still coming down here in the Willamette Valley, and temperatures are hovering around the 40s. The forecast ahead shows plenty more rain and chilly days—but we are definitely looking ahead now to the end of the heating season. You may not be turning on your AC yet, but it won’t be long before you turn off your home’s furnace for a long stretch.

However, it’s not enough simply to stop using the furnace and let it go at that. There are some steps you can take with your gas furnaces and in a few other places in your home that will help with the transition at the end of the heating season. These steps will help take care of the furnace, prevent unnecessary energy drain, and increase home safety. Below we’ll go through what you can do during this transition period in March and early April. If you need to schedule furnace repairs in Lebanon, OR or elsewhere in the Willamette Valley, simply contact us. Continue Reading

What May Go Wrong with Your Heater This February

February 13th, 2017

furnace-repair-technicianWe’ve been dealing with some heavy cold wind and rains this winter in the Willamette Valley, with recent warnings about floods along the Marys River. We still have a stretch to go before we start to see warmer and calmer weather! To make sure that your home is ready in case there’s another intense cold spell, keep our number handy for fast repair work in case your heater shows signs of trouble.

Being ready for cold weather also requires that you keep a sharp watch for potential issues with your heating system. After all, we can’t come out to help your heating system if you don’t know there’s a problem with it in the first place! Let’s take a look at some of the problems a heater can run into as the later winter season arrives. Continue Reading

Heat Pumps: How They Work, And Why We Like Them

January 30th, 2017

cooling_house_heating_houseThe heat pump is a type of heating and cooling technology that has been gaining in popularity over the past few decades. Although the concept of heat pumps has been around for a long time (essentially, as long as there has been air conditioning, which itself is type of “heat pump”), it wasn’t until recently that heat pumps became an effective way to offer both cooling and heating to a home. The cooling part was great, but the heating part needed some work until it reached its current level.

We’ll look into the details of a heat pump below. If you’re interested in having a heat pump installation in Albany, OR or the surrounding areas, we’re the HVAC people to turn to! Continue Reading

A Word about Your Furnace Filter: It Isn’t for Filtering Your Home’s Air!

January 16th, 2017

Last week we looked into one of the more common troubles that can afflict a furnace—either natural gas or electric—during the winter: a clogged filter. Specifically, we looked at how the clogged filter can end up tripping a circuit breaker because of the additional stress it places on the blower. The air filter for your furnace must be changed regularly to prevent these problems.

You might then think, “That will also help make sure I have clean air in my house.” However, this is a misunderstanding we run across all too frequently. Continue Reading