Thermostats don’t generally have a lifespan, but will usually last about 10 years, on average. If your thermostat is at least a decade old, it can start to malfunction because of the wiring or because of dust accumulation. Here are some other signs that your thermostat might not be working properly.

#1: Your thermostat isn’t showing any signs of life.
This one is obvious, but if your thermostat doesn’t have any power or is totally unresponsive when you try to turn it on or off, there is probably something wrong with it. If there is no change in the temperature of your home when you adjust the temperature on the thermostat, or if the display unit is not lighting up, check to see if batteries need to be replaced. If that isn’t the issue, it may be broken entirely and may need to be replaced.

#2: Your heater doesn’t turn on or it won’t turn off.
If your heater isn’t turning on, there could be a defect in the thermostat’s wiring that is causing an interruption in the electrical signals that are being sent to your heating system. In the same way, if your heater is running continually and won’t turn off when you want it to, this could mean there is an issue with the wiring. This should be checked out by one of our heating and cooling specialists at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. If it’s not your thermostat causing the problem, it could be a problem with the heating unit itself and that requires a professional look as well.

#3: Temperature of the room and thermostat temperature do not match.
When you designate your thermostat to be 70 degrees, the temperature of the room should be 70 degrees as well. If the temps do not match, it could be a sign that your thermostat isn’t doing its job. Fluctuating temperatures throughout the house can cause your heating system to work harder than it should and could increase your energy bill. If you’re noticing that the room temperatures are colder or hotter than what your thermostat says it is, be sure to get it checked out to make sure that it isn’t faulty.

If your thermostat is old and defective, replacing it with a new programmable thermostat can be a great option. Programmable thermostats are well made and allow you to control the temperature to be exactly how you want it, even allowing you to set a time to have the heat turn back on. For example, turn down the thermostat during the hours you’re away, then program it to turn up 20 minutes before you plan on getting home. This will allow for some time for the house to warm up before you get home, so you don’t have to walk into a cold space. These thermostats are affordably priced and in the long run, they can save you money because of the energy savings associated with them.

Call us today to talk to our professional HVAC team! We will work with you to see which thermostat is right for your home!

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Renovating a home can be an exciting and exhausting process. A home renovation can give homeowners the home they want without having to move and for most people, it allows them to make the changes they want within the budget they determine. If you are considering renovating your home, don’t forget about your HVAC system. If it’s old and out of date, replacing it as part of your home remodeling project is a great idea. Be realistic about your renovation expectations, calculate your budget, and determine what things you want to complete first. Here are some other tips on including HVAC replacement in your home remodel.

Tip #1: Do you research on HVAC companies.
There are a lot of different companies out there, so it’s important to look closely at your options and do your research. Look first for what experience the company has and how long they’ve been in business. Ask them about what kind of jobs they do the most and ask them to provide information on recent jobs they’ve completed. Next, look online for positive reviews on Angie’s List, Yelp, Google, Facebook, and most importantly Better Business Bureau. If there are a lot of negative reviews, this should be a red flag, but  read thru them to see what the negative reviews are.  In addition, look to see what services the company offers. They should be able to provide a comprehensive list of services that includes not just installation of a new heating/cooling system, but one that does replacements, repairs, and regular preventative maintenance service appointments.

Tip #2: Determine which system is right for you.
Your new HVAC system is a key component of your home and it will be something you will rely on for many years to come, which means you can count on it to stay comfortable when you need it the most. New systems are also energy efficient and can help you save money over time. Not sure which system or system size is right for your home? Our HVAC professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning will take a look at your home and its specific layout and suggest which system is right for you. Whether it’s a heat pump, ductless system, or gas furnace, we will make sure that you have options that work well with your home and most importantly, your budget.

Remodeling your home is a big job, so let us help with part of it! We will explain your choices and help you find a system that will give you the reliability you need. We know that home renovations can get expensive, so we also offer various financing options if you need it. Contact us to learn more and to get an appointment scheduled!

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Now that fall is here, the weather starts to get cooler and you may find yourself turning up the thermostat a bit to stay warm. Your HVAC system is meant to keep you comfortable all season long, but sometimes things happen and there may be an issue that needs to be fixed. How do you know if you have a problem with your HVAC system? Here are some indicators.

Does the system make weird sounds or put off weird odors?
Out of the ordinary smells or sounds are usually a sign that something is going wrong with your HVAC unit. Sometimes, these could also be dangerous, so it is important to not ignore the sound or smell for long. If you hear something banging in the system, it could mean that there is something loose or broken inside the machine. If you hear a loud screeching noise, it could indicate that a belt is loose or worn. If you smell something like rotten eggs, that could indicate a gas leak and you should get out of the house immediately and call the professionals for help. Even if the sound or smell only happens occasionally, it’s a good idea to get it looked at in case there is something wrong with it. If you put it off for a long time, it could end up damaging the system even worse.

Is your energy efficiency dropping?
If you notice your utility bill spiking, there is a good chance that your energy efficiency is dropping and there could be a problem with your HVAC system. Without regular maintenance, your HVAC system will not be as energy efficient as it could be. In addition, if there is something happening on the inside of the unit and a repair needs to be made, it could be causing a drop in efficiency. If you notice a big change in your utility bill from month to month or even when compared to last fall to this fall, it’s time to call our experienced team of licensed HVAC technicians to help determine what the issue is.

The sooner you catch HVAC problems, the better it is for you and your family’s comfort, as well as the system as a whole. Contact us for a preventative maintenance appointment today or to have your system looked at for a potential repair. We’re standing by to help.

 

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Fall weather in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect mix of rain, sun, warm days, and chilly mornings. The rainy season will really start picking up in the autumn too. But, will the rain impact your heating and cooling system?  Here’s how to make sure your HVAC system stays working at optimal efficiency, even during the rainy season.

Oregon and Washington get record amounts of rain each year and autumn is when it starts kicking in. How do you keep your HVAC system protected during the rainy season?

#1 Understand your system.
Outdoor HVAC units are designed to be durable so running your system during the rain should not be a problem. If the inside electrical components like wires and connections are properly shielded, your system is safe to run. However, if there are issues with extreme weather like lightening, high winds, or hail, there could be problems with how it is performing.

#2: Turn it off in the event of a flood.
If flooding were to occur and there is over 15 inches of rain, it’s important that you turn off your entire heating and cooling system immediately. This amount of water could damage the outdoor unit and the inside electrical components. Once the water starts to recede, contact our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning for advice on when you can safely turn it back on.

If there are issues with its performance after the water hits it, don’t panic. We offer 24-7 emergency service because we know that you and your family don’t want to be left in a lurch with no warm air this fall. Our team will help get the system’s issue properly diagnosed and repaired with efficiency.

In addition, make sure you schedule a preventative maintenance appointment every year and keep your air filters cleaned or replaced every 1-2 months. By following these steps, you can ensure that your system will work well, no matter how much rain we end up getting. Not sure if your heating and cooling system can make it through another fall? Contact us today for a quote on a new system!

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We love living in the Pacific Northwest. Its rugged beauty, mountains, access to the coastal waters, and generally moderate climate makes it the perfect place for many people to put down roots. The seasons that we have in the Northwest are unique in that we get a little bit of everything. There are several weather and environmental factors that can impact your heating and cooling system once autumn begins. Here’s how to take care of it, no matter what type of weather we get.

Rain, rain, and more rain:
Oregon and Washington are no stranger to inches upon inches of rain each year. Rain becomes a part of our day to day life once the fall and winter season hits, so it’s important to know how to keep your heating and cooling system protected during those months of incessant rain. Sometimes we get flooding in our areas, so if there is over 15 inches of rain, it’s important that you turn off your entire HVAC system right away. This amount of water can damage the outdoor unit as well as electrical parts inside. Once the rain has receded, call our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning and we can offer advice on when you should turn it back on and if you have an issue with it because of water damage, our emergency service can help with that as well.

Windy days:
The Pacific Northwest oftentimes has storms roll in and with that brings plenty of wind. Heavier debris from tree branches can fall and damage the outside of your unit, but so can leaves, dirt and other debris. This smaller debris can build up around the inside components and cause a breakdown to occur. To help combat this issue, be sure to trim surrounding trees or branches and remove leaf piles or grass clippings right away.

Be sure to stay on top of preventative maintenance appointments for your HVAC system and clean or replace your air filters every other month. This will help keep your system running at its peak, all fall long!

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Being a homeowner means you need money to help maintain things around your house. Are you looking for ways to save money? Look first at your home and how you can cut costs. Here are some ways to save money around your home.

#1: Upgrade your thermostat.
Your thermostat plays a significant role in the overall comfort of your home, but a lot of times it’s easy to forget about this little gadget. However, programmable thermostats have the potential to save homeowners hundreds of dollars every year. Why heat or cool an empty home? These thermostats give people the ability to customize the temperature inside the house and save energy while they’re away at work or on vacation. For example, on a warm summer day, simply program the temperature to turn up a few degrees while you’re gone and then set it to back on at a lower temperature, so you can come home to a cool and comfortable home.

#2: Buy the right air filters.
Staying on top of filter cleaning and replacement in your home is key to extending the life of your system and allowing for clean air to be circulated into your home. If you need to replace the filters in your HVAC system, be sure you buy the right one. Sometimes homeowners purchase the wrong size of air filter and that could increase your energy bill and cause problems for your furnace. Over time, you’ll save money on your utility costs and you will give your HVAC system the chance to do its job!

#3: Don’t forget about your vents.
Are you noticing that the air in your home feels unevenly heated or cooled? Sometimes vents in specific rooms will be closed and you may forget to open them. This could cause uneven airflow to occur and contribute to increased utility bills. Be sure all of your vents are opened, and that air flow is directed for even distribution. This helps with energy bills and can save you money over time!

Need a new system replacement in time for fall? We can help with that! Perhaps your system just needs some preventative maintenance performed. Our experienced team can help with that too! Contact us today for appointment options!

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Oregon is seeing record temperatures this summer with days on end of days that are over 90 degrees. That means that your air conditioner has a big job to do and you will need to do what you can to take good care of it so it continues to work well. Here are some tips on how to take care of your AC system.

#1: Don’t neglect your air filters.
A lot of homeowners forget about the HVAC air filters in their homes, but they play a key role in how your air conditioning functions during the peak of the season. Check the filters every one to two months to make sure they are cleaned and free of dirt, debris, and dust buildup. If you see a lot of this, change it or clean it entirely. Clogged, dirty filters make your HVAC system work harder than it must, and you will likely see an increase in your energy bill, too. Dirty filters also spread harmful air pollutants, bacteria, and other allergens by putting them back into the air you breathe.

#2: Don’t forget about the outdoor unit.
It’s tempting to sit right in front of the air conditioner vents to stay cool on these scorching days but remember to venture outside and check the outdoor unit regularly. Make sure there are no tree branches, leaves, grass clippings, or other plant debris or buildup around the outdoor unit. In addition, rinse off the top of the unit to make sure there is no additional debris there. Check to make sure the outdoor unit is level if it’s sitting on a cement pad and clear a couple of feet of space around the unit to make sure optimal air flow is achieved.

#3: Stay on top of preventative maintenance.
Be sure to have your HVAC system checked by our team of professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning at least one time per year. We will be able to look first hand at your machine to make sure there are no hidden issues that could cause an unexpected breakdown. These breakdowns can be expensive and incredibly inconvenient, so making sure your maintenance appointments are scheduled means that you will reduce the risk of having any problems creep up. We will also clean the filters, make sure the machine is working with maximum energy efficiency, and answer any other questions you may have.

Our team of HVAC professionals bring years of hands-on expertise helping residential and commercial customers alike getting their air conditioning systems working at their peak! Contact us today to help you maintain, install, or repair a variety of HVAC equipment.

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Summer is a busy time for many people in the Pacific Northwest. It is a great time to be outside, enjoying the beauty and greenery of the area. For many families and individuals, it’s also a great time to use those built up vacation days from work and head out on an extended trip. Before you head out on your next adventure, don’t forget about preparing your home and your cooling system while you’re gone.  Here are some tips on how to get your house ready to go before you leave.

Tip #1: Get your programmable thermostat ready to go.
Programmable thermostats are convenient all year long, but when you’re out of town, they can be even more helpful! A quality programmable thermostat is a great investment for your house, as it will help keep accurate temperatures both day and night, which could help save you money on your utility bill, too, even when you’re away on vacation this summer.

Simply program the thermostat to your desired temperature and then let the thermostat do what it was intended to do – provide comfort! When you’re gone, no need to use your air conditioner. So, program your cooling system to turn off completely while you’re gone, then set it to turn on for the day that you return so you can come home to a cool and comfortable home. Programmable thermostats work with your lifestyle and work in tandem with your heating system as well as your air conditioning system. Not sure which programmable thermostat is best for you? Contact us for options!

Tip #2: Shhh…don’t talk about your trip on the Internet.
It is very common to see people you know posting about their extravagant vacations on Facebook or Instagram, but, it could pose a safety threat to your home, as it can provide a clear signal that your home is vacant. Take plenty of pictures to share about your fun vacation but wait to post them until you get home.

Tip #3: Talk to your neighbors.
If you’re leaving for a long period of time, talk to your neighbors to let them know to keep an eye out on your home. It is important to safeguard your possessions and keep them out of sight, and be sure to keep some lights on in the house to make it look lived in.

Your adventure awaits, but don’t forget to prepare your home ahead of time. We are happy to provide information on getting a new heating or cooling system or programmable thermostat installed before your trip, so you can cross off that big to-do before you leave. Our team of heating and cooling experts is waiting to hear from you. Contact us today and we will help answer your questions!

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The summer weather is starting to heat up and if you’re not careful, your body can be negatively impacted. There are some important things to know about the risks of exposing yourself to high heat and take steps to protect your health. Here are some ways you can stay healthy during the hot summer days.

#1: Know your body temps.
Your body regulates itself to around 98.6 degrees, and even changes as little as a degree could start changing the overall biochemistry of your body that you might be able to feel right away. If you’re continually walking around with a higher than normal body temperature, you could be risking heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

#2: Stay hydrated.
Warm weather means you will likely be sweating and if you’re sweating out water but not drinking water to replace it, your body won’t be getting enough electrolytes. This can cause muscle cramping and dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, so you can replenish what you’re losing in the heat.

#3: Know the signs of heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion happens when you’ve lost enough body fluid that your body cannot operate properly. You’ll feel excessively thirsty, dizzy, and very tired. In some cases, nausea will set in and you may lose more fluid that way. If that is the case, you need to seek medical attention right away and move into a cooler location, while applying cool, wet towels and ice. If you ignore these signs, you could lose consciousness and heat stroke could happen. This is very serious and could be fatal if not treated immediately.

#4: Get a good air conditioning system in place.
Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a beautiful time, but it does get hot. It’s important to have a place to stay cool and comfortable. If your air conditioning system at home does not keep you reliably cool, get it looked at by our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. It may need a simple repair. Perhaps your system is old and inefficient and now is the time to get a full replacement. We have a variety of options available in your budget and can work with you on getting financing in place, so you can stay comfortable throughout the summer months. Contact us today for information!

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Summer officially started last week and that means the warm weather will be here to stay for a little while. Your air conditioner will be put to work for the next few months.  Is your air conditioner reliable enough? If not, scheduling an AC maintenance appointment is critical. Here are some important reasons why you should have your air conditioner serviced right away.

#1: Increases the lifespan.
Regular maintenance appointments will help your system last longer. If you don’t get it checked out regularly, you could be risking an unexpected breakdown when you need the air conditioner the most. Repairs can be costly, and it could translate to a shortened machine lifespan.

#2: Increases machine efficiency.
Over the years, your air conditioner is put to good use, especially during the heat of summer. Because of this, your air conditioner will undergo regular wear and tear. The blower motor will be used a lot and if it’s not maintained well, it must work harder to do its job. This could increase your energy bills and it could also be strained to the point of breaking.  Regular AC maintenance will help keep your system working at peak efficiency, which means your utility bills will stay the same and your machine won’t need to work as hard.

#3: Increases the overall reliability.
You want to be able to rely on your air conditioner during those hot days of 80-degree or 90-degree temperatures. Your cooling system will be less likely to suffer operational issues with regular maintenance, so when you turn on your system, you won’t need to stress about it not running right. AC maintenance appointments give you the peace of mind you need.

During your appointment, our team of specialists will look at the inside of the machine and make sure things are working efficiently. We will clean the air filters and look at all components to ensure there are no issues that could cause a problem down the road. If there is anything that needs to be changed or repaired, we will work to make the adjustments and talk to you about any additional steps that may be necessary.

July is almost here and it’s the perfect time to make your AC maintenance appointment.  We service a variety of brands and can help with whatever questions you may have. If you don’t have an air conditioner installed yet and you have determined that this is the year you want to make a change to stay cool and comfortable, we will work with you to find the right air conditioning system or ductless heat pump that works with your home and most importantly, your budget.

Contact us today for more information!

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