Kids are heading back to school and the hot summer will be over soon. Before you know it, autumn will be here. So now is the time to plan and get your system ready for the change of season. Here are some ways to do that.

#1: Clean and/or change your filter.
During the summer, your system is working hard to filter the air and capture the dust, pollen, and dust that is prevalent. Over time, this kind of debris will build up and could clog the air filter. That means your system needs to work harder to get your home to the temperature that you designate. Be sure to clean and/or change your filter every 1 to 2 months.

#2: Install a programmable thermostat.
When the temperatures start dropping this fall, it’s a great time to set your thermostat to a different temperature. The weather tends to change a lot during our Pacific Northwest autumns, so that means the range of temperatures can vary. A programmable thermostat is a great way to make sure that you stay comfortable all season long. You can program the thermostat to turn on at a certain time at a certain temperature. Then simply turn down, up, or off as necessary. You can program this at home or even when you’re away. They are incredibly convenient and affordable.

#3: Get your fall maintenance appointment set up.
If you want your system to last longer and run with peak efficiency, you will need to schedule regular maintenance on it. Fall is the perfect time to check your heating and cooling system. This will ensure you won’t have any surprise breakdowns that could be expensive. Our experienced team of technicians at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning will check your system’s internal components, run an energy efficiency check, clean the filters, and make sure we discuss any potential problem spots.

This autumn don’t fall behind in your HVAC prep work! Staying ahead of the game on this simple maintenance means your system will work well all fall long!  Call us today for your fall maintenance appointment.

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It’s not wintertime yet, but the weather is cooling down significantly and more homeowners around the Northwest are reaching to turn the heater on and keep them comfortable. Now is the time that your heater is being put to the test. But what if your heating system is already showing signs of weakening? It may need some attention. Here are some signs that your heater needs repair.

#1: It’s not reliable.
Is your heater not turning on when you want it to? Maybe you have designated it to a certain temperature, but it isn’t adjusting as it should. Or, if it’s stopping in the middle of runtime, there could be a problem internally.  Ignoring signs like this could cause the system to completely break down and that could mean you’re in for some costly repairs or even a full furnace replacement at some point down the road. Your home deserves a reliable heating system, so be sure to call us to schedule a repair or tune up right away. We can determine what issues are happening and recommend what the next steps are.

#2: You’re paying a lot in utility bills.
Once the cold weather hits and you’re running your furnace more often, it’s normal to see an increase in the price of your energy bill because you’re using more gas and electricity. However, if you notice a huge spike that seems out of the ordinary when compared to other winter months, get your furnace checked to make sure something isn’t going wrong. Utility bill spikes can indicate an issue with the machine itself.

#3: You’re hearing unusual sounds.
Clanging, banging, clicks, or other sounds that don’t sound like the regular mechanics of your heating system should be checked out right away. Loud and unusual noises can be a sign that there are internal components or parts that need to be readjusted or should be looked at, such as a broken blower.

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here in a matter of weeks and that means you will need to have a reliable heating system to keep you and your family or guests comfortable. We can help with getting your furnace tuned up and maintained well so it can keep you warm for the rest of the season, and beyond!

 

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When your HVAC system is in jeopardy, you’re left in a lurch, rushing to get repairs made at the last minute. These repairs can often be expensive and an unexpected hit to your budget. This is why preventative maintenance is such a valuable service for any homeowner with a ductless heat pump, gas furnace, or other HVAC system that heats or cools your home throughout the year.

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The summer has been incredibly hot this year in the Pacific Northwest and that means your HVAC system has likely been put to good use.  Has it been repaired a lot this year or is it old and you know that it needs to be completely replaced? If you’re wondering when the right time to replace your furnace is, here are some simple tips that can help.

Tip #1: Is the system inefficient?
When you use your heater or air conditioner, do you notice that your energy bill gets higher and higher? When you get your utility bill every month, look at how the energy is being allotted and see if there is a spike in price when your air conditioner or heater is in use a lot. This could be an indicator that it’s inefficient. Unfortunately, if your system is older, it will likely slow down and become more inefficient over time. This could require a full replacement of your system.

Tip #2: How much have you spent on repairs?
If you’re spending significant money in repairs every year to your HVAC unit, you may need to evaluate if you’re spending more than you need to and if it would be more cost effective to just replace the system altogether. There are a lot of options out there that can fit your budget. The average monthly payment of a new system is often equal to one repair appointment. In addition, you will also save money on your energy bill with a new and efficient system.

Tip #3: How old is the system?
Unfortunately, your HVAC system is not built to last forever. Over time and years of usage, the mechanics of it will start to wear out. Find out how old the system is and how reliable it will be in the coming years and if it’s already had a lot of issues, you will need to weight the cost of repair versus replacement. If your unit is more than 15 years old, contact us today for a quote on a new system before the chilly nights and days of fall and winter are here.
Our sales team is well-versed in a variety of quality systems that will keep your home or office comfortable for years to come! We’re happy to come out and advise if a new system is needed or if simple repairs and maintenance will be adequate. We focus on one-on-one customer service and exemplary installation practices, no matter how big or small the job is.

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We had a beautiful summer! Lots of sun, warm temperatures, and plenty of opportunity to get out there and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest! Summer in Oregon is unbeatable, but when autumn begins, it is perhaps one of the loveliest times of year in this part of the world. The days are getting shorter and chillier. Is your furnace ready for the cool weather?

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