Winter weather is right around the corner and you have likely already started relying on your heating system to keep you and your family warm. Have you noticed that it simply isn’t keeping up with the demand? Are you wondering if there is a problem? Here are some common reasons why your furnace isn’t working.

#1: Internal components.
Over time and regular use, the furnace system’s motors, belts, and bearings can break. There is an increased chance of these things breaking down if you don’t regularly service your system. The blower motor is one of the main parts of the system that circulates the air into your home, and it can break down easily if not tuned-up annually. If that breaks, warm air cannot be circulated into your home and you will need a furnace repair.

#2: Dirt and dust buildup.
Did you know that most of the breakdowns we see are due to significant dust and dirt buildup? Not changing your furnace filters enough can cause breakdowns and the need for furnace repairs. Dirt air filters will block air flow and cause your system to work harder than necessary. That means the system is not running efficiently and the internal parts are under greater strain. Be sure to change your filters every other month. Another way to avoid dust and dirt buildup is by scheduling annual maintenance appointments. Our trained team of technicians will clean the system internally and ensure that all parts are running efficiently. We will perform a safety inspection and make sure there are no issues that could cause potential problems or breakdowns later.

#3: Gas line.
Sometimes your gas furnace will not run properly if there is an issue getting adequate gas through the gas line. This is something that should only be diagnosed by a natural gas specialist because the potential danger and health risks that come with working with gas. You will need to ensure that the system is shut down completely and that the professional can access your system easily.

Our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving customers around the Pacific Northwest for more than three decades with furnace repair or furnace replacement. We can ensure that your system is at optimal performance so you can head into the winter knowing that you and your family will stay warm and comfortable all season long. Now is the time to make sure your system is tuned-up and ready to go. Call us today if your furnace needs an annual tune-up, repair or a full replacement.

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Sunny days and frigid nights are in the forecast this week in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Your furnace system is working hard to generate warm air to keep you comfortable, but what happens when the cold weather hits? Here are some ways to keep your heating system protected from cold weather.

#1: Keep your system serviced.
It is important to have a furnace system that is reliable and ready to keep you warm no matter what the weather is doing outside. No one wants to risk having the system break down right when you need it most. The best way to prevent breakdowns like this is to keep your system tuned up. Our experienced team of technicians will clean or replace the air filters, run an energy efficiency check, and ensure there are no parts that may need repair now or soon.  It’s always best to spot potential issues early on so there are no surprises down the road. Just like your car needs tune-ups regularly, so does your heating system!

#2: Clean your air filters.
This is a simple job but a very important one! Cleaning or changing your air filters on a regular basis will help prolong the life of your system and will help prevent breakdowns. One of the most common causes of a furnace breakdown is from accumulated dirt and dust within the filter. Check the filters every other month, especially when you are using the system a lot.

#3: Check your insulation.
The more insulation you have in your home, the more efficient it will be. Insulation and your furnace system work hand in hand with each other. The insulation helps keep the warm air inside that your furnace system is pumping in. While you’re checking your insulation, make sure you have windows and doors properly sealed so you can minimize leaks that way too.

For more than three decades, Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving customers around Oregon. Whether it’s a repair on your furnace or a full replacement, we will get the job on-time and within your budget. If you need a new furnace this year, now is the time to act. You can save thousands on a new Carrier system now through November 15th!

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Fall weather is here and brrr….it sure is chilly out there right now! Parts of Oregon have already seen snow and weather reports indicated that it was colder than usual. Many homeowners may have turned on their heaters! Chilly days and nights are going to be more frequent and now it’s time to schedule your heating maintenance appointment. Here’s why you should get your appointment on the books right away.

#1: Convenience.
When the weather gets cold, icy, and rainy, people are relying on their heaters all day and all night. The winter weather brings many heater emergencies for heating and cooling specialists in our area, simply because things break down! Fall is one of our least congested times, so we can get your maintenance appointment scheduled quickly.

#2: Reliability.
When you go to turn on your heater, you want it to work reliably and efficiently – every time. Having your furnace system maintained before cold weather hits means that you will have a more reliable machine that is less prone to breakdowns. Our maintenance technicians will run an energy efficiency check, make sure no repairs or adjustments are needed, and make sure the filters are changed or cleaned.  No one wants to be left out in the cold with no heat when you need it most! So, let us give you the confidence you need to keep your system reliable all season long.

#3: Energy savings.
Did you know a system that is not properly maintained may be using more energy than is necessary? A well-maintained furnace will run efficiently and use less energy, which will save you money in the long run. Not to mention, it’s great for the environment!

If you aren’t sure the last time you had your system professionally tuned-up, contact our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning now. We will get you an appointment as soon as possible so you know your heater is ready to keep you warm all fall and winter long!

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With cooler weather already arriving, you may be wondering if your heating system is going to be able to keep up this season. If your heater is more than 10 to 15 years old, chances are, it will be prone to expensive or unexpected repairs or full breakdowns. You can avoid the hassle and expense by investing in a new furnace system. The best part? Now you can save up to $3,200 off a Carrier ducted (central) heat pump or up to $1,600 off a Carrier ductless heat pump!

Heat pump basics: Heat pumps are common for a variety of different home styles. They’re energy efficient and cost effective and provide both heating and cooling in the same system! No more hauling bulky window air conditioners in and out of your home each summer. And say goodbye to expensive electric bills in the winter with electric baseboard heat or wall heaters. Heat pumps are the wave of the future and are one of the best ways to save money all year long, because they can save up to 40% on your heating/cooling costs!

Not sure if this type of system is right for your home? Our experienced team of HVAC professionals at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning will give you the options you need on what system size could work best for you. We will work with your budget and make sure you qualify for the offers or promotional discounts that can save you money!

Our current Carrier offer ends on November 30, 2019, so don’t delay! Now is the time to contact us and learn more so you can stay warm and comfortable all fall and winter long!

 

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Local weather experts are predicting that this month temperatures will drop more than they have all winter. That means you will be relying on your heating system even more than you might have already. Did you know that insulation in your home plays a big role in the overall comfort of your home and the overall effectiveness of your heating system? Here is how insulation affects your heating system.

Poor insulation or incomplete insulation will allow heat to escape through your roof and walls. If you notice that your rain is drying more quickly on different parts of your walls or roof, this could be a sign of poor or missing insulation in that area. When you think about how much it costs to heat your home during the winter, you don’t want that to be wasted. Insulation is a practical, easy way to reduce your energy bill and conserve energy, all while still staying comfortable. It will also help in the summertime when cool air needs to be kept inside and warm air needs to stay outside. The most important places to have quality insulation are:

  • Attic: heat rises, and it will escape through your attic and roof. If you have insulation in your attic, you can save up to 30% in energy and will allow your heating system to not work as hard
  • Wall: warm air will escape through windows and gaps around your doors and cold outdoor wind could also be pushed inside through those gaps
  • Floor: Heat radiates through flooring and underfloor insulation will help reduce heat loss by trapping the warm air into the fiber
  • Crawl space: The crawl space in your home may not be used much but if it’s not insulated well, the outdoors will try to make their way indoors. This could mean pests could get in and mold or mildew could form too. Insulation will not only keep your home warmer, but it will also help in keeping moisture at bay.
  • Basement: Basements can be cold, but with insulation you can have a more comfortable, moisture-free area that saves energy.

Insulation is an affordable way to keep your home warmer this winter and cooler in the summer. The investment will pay off when you see your utility bills start decreasing. Perhaps you’ve done the insulation and you’re still seeing high energy bills. Our experienced team of professionals at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning can help! Routine preventative maintenance can help point out any issues and if you need a repair or replacement for your furnace, we can help with that too! Contact us today. There is nothing better than year-round comfort!

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Life gets busy with the hustle and bustle of work and other life activities, and sometimes staying on top of cleaning it is simply hard to do. But did you know that if you neglect regular cleaning in your home, your heating and cooling system can be affected? The motor and the various electrical components are critical to the seamless functioning of the system, but your air filters are a very important part of how the furnace or heat pump works, too. Air filters catch debris, dust and dirt and they need to be cleaned or replaced every few months. Doing this on a regular basis will help prolong the life of your system and it will also help you breathe cleaner air, too.

Dust and pet hair:
Dust and pet hair builds up quick! If you don’t stay on top of regular dusting, or if you have pets that are known to shed a lot, there’s a good chance that your air filter is going to fill up quickly with pet dander, hair, and dust. Make dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming a top priority so you can reduce the amount of debris that flows into the machine and air filter.

Preventative maintenance:
Your air filter should be cleaned or replaced every other month. If you have noticed that your filter is getting full every couple of weeks rather than every few months, there are some ways to help this. The first step is to stay on top of regular preventative maintenance for the machine. Appointments with heating and cooling specialists will allow you to have the peace of mind that all is well with your system. Our team of technicians will take a close look at the system and make sure there are no repairs or adjustments that need to be made. We will also check for energy efficiency and we’re glad to answer any questions you have.

If your system is over a decade old, there’s a good chance that it is on its way out and that a new replacement is something you should be planning ahead of time for. We’re happy to offer some options for you based off of your budget as well as your home or commercial building’s unique layout.

It’s a new year and it’s the perfect time to talk to us about getting your preventative maintenance appointment scheduled. Or, if a new system is something you need to start thinking about, let us provide options for you. We look forward to serving you!

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Winter is here & that means winter storms, rain, and freezing weather will be common. Is your home ready to handle the next few months of below freezing temperatures? Here are some helpful tips on how to get your home winterized and ready.

Get your furnace maintenance appointment on the books.
Winter is the perfect time to get your annual preventative maintenance appointment set up. Winter temperatures mean that you will be relying on your heating system to do a lot of work for you to keep you warm, so it’s critical to make sure it’s tuned up every year. Just like you would take care of your car’s oil change, so should you make sure your system is checked out on a regular basis. We will clean or change the air filters, run an efficiency check on the system, and make sure there are no parts that need to be adjusted, repaired or replaced.

Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are one of the most convenient ways to help keep you and your family comfortable this winter. They allow you to program the thermostat to be exactly what you want, when you want it, and that also means you get to save money throughout the year! Program the system to turn down when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping at night, then set it to turn up when you return home so it’s warm enough. Programmable thermostats work with most heating and cooling systems and are affordable. Call us today for information on which thermostat would be a good option for you.

Seal leaky windows and doors.
If your windows and doors are old or are leaking cold air in and warm air outside, your heating system will have to work extra hard. Not to mention, it will waste precious energy and cause your utility bills to rise. Be sure to seal your windows and doors around the edges and perimeters, and if the doors and windows are so old that even sealing won’t help, it may be time to replace them altogether for new energy efficient materials. New Energy Star rated doors and windows can work in tandem with your heating system to keep you comfortable and they can be a great home investment.

You don’t need to be cold this winter! In fact, you can stay warm all season long by following these tips. Call us to schedule your preventative maintenance appointment or talk to us about getting a new system installed this winter. And if you experience an unexpected breakdown and need a repair, our service team is there ready to help get things up and running again quickly. Our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning is standing by, so call us today.

 

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Springtime weather in the Northwest is gorgeous. More sunshine, blooming flowers, and warmth will be coming soon, but for people living with asthma and allergies, it also brings misery with sneezing, coughing, watering eyes, and much more. But did you know that indoor air pollutants can cause allergies as much as outside pollutants and allergens?  Your HVAC system plays a big role in the allergy season. Here’s how.

There are a variety of common indoor air pollutants, which usually include pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. When these particles circulate through the air in your home, you’ll breathe them in and likely see an increase in your allergies.  Your HVAC system has an air filter inside of it that catches dust, dirt, and pet dander fragments. Over time, those build up and they need to be washed, cleaned, and/or replaced. If this isn’t completed on a regular basis, the buildup will be recirculated back through the air. When you’re using your HVAC system regularly, set a reminder to clean your filters every other month.

Your next step to reducing allergy symptoms is to keep up on regular maintenance appointments for your HVAC system. Just like you take your vehicle in for tune-ups, your HVAC system needs regular tune-ups too! Spring is the perfect time to set up a maintenance appointment with our experienced team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will clean your filters, complete an efficiency check to make sure the system is working at peak efficiency, and we’ll inspect it closely. If there are any noticeable issues or parts that need to be repaired or replaced, we’ll discuss with you about what our recommendations are, so you can get everything up and running in time to handle the shift in weather for spring and summer.

And last but not least, consider installing an air purification system to your home. These work with your HVAC system to clean your air and reduce your intake of indoor air pathogens, allergens and other harmful particles. You will notice a difference right away! We offer a variety of air purification systems, so contact us today for options on which one is right for your home.

At this time of year, there are lots of changes to the air – there is a lot of extra pollen floating around in the air and that causes allergy sufferers to start feeling the effects right away. Thankfully, there are ways to help reduce your symptoms and breathe easier! Contact us today for more information on getting new air filters, a new HVAC system, or air purification system installed in your home before allergy season gets even more intense!

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Winter in the Pacific Northwest has been mild compared to other winters in the years past, but it’s still never fun to have cold air coming in from the outside and messing with the warm temperature inside. If you’re wondering how to keep the cold out and the warm in, here are some helpful tips.

Tip #1: Add more insulation.
Check for obviothat are lacking quality insulation. Your first place to check should be your attic. Make sure to seal your attic well creating pouches of fiberglass insulation to keep any caps or cavities sealed. Next, check your crawlspace or basement and make sure that the insulation there is thick and protective enough.us gaps and cracks in your insulation and make sure you don’t have big areas in your attic or basement

Tip #2: Look for air leaks.
Basement walls and ceilings are common places where air leaks occur. In addition, the ductwork in your home can also have cracks or spots where air leaks out and that can cause a significant amount of energy to be lost each day and will translate to hundreds, even thousands of dollars of wasted money.

Tip #3: Upgrade your windows and doors.
Old windows and doors are notorious for their inefficiency. In fact, if they’re very old, you can usually stand by them and feel the cold air coming through. If this is the case in your home, it may be time to consider upgrading your home’s windows and doors to new, energy efficient ones. This is not only a great investment because of the money you’ll save in not wasting energy, but it will also provide a nice sound barrier and will add value to your home when it comes time to resell it.

Tip #4: Check your furnace system.
Maybe your issue isn’t as much leaking windows, doors, or poor insulation, but it’s a furnace system that is old and inefficient. Furnace systems that are out of date are working hard to keep you comfortable during the colder winter months. In fact, these systems may be costing you more money on your utility bill and it may not be reliable, meaning it could break down at any moment.

Avoid having unnecessary breakdowns by scheduling routine maintenance appointments with our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will check to make sure your system is working well and if there are repairs that need to be made to keep it running well, we will do that. If your system is old and needs to be replaced, we will recommend a system that fits your budget and your home’s specific layout and space needs.  Contact us today for more details!

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Brrrr! Winter is here and that means the weather is very cold! Your furnace is being put to the test for the next couple of months and keeping it running efficiently throughout the cold days is important. If you’ve noticed that your heater is not keeping your home warm enough, it may be a sign that it needs some attention. You should have your furnace tuned up once yearly, but what if you need a tune-up now? A professional look may be required. Here are some signs that your heater needs repair.

Sign #1: Your heater is unreliable.
This seems obvious, but if you turn on your heater and it simply won’t turn on sometimes or it stops in the middle of the runtime, you should get it looked at right away. Ignoring this could cause the system to totally break down and that could mean a costly replacement or an even more expensive repair. Winter weather means you need a heater that is reliable. Call us today to schedule a tune-up or repair. We’ll determine what the cause is and get things up and running as soon as possible.

Sign #2: Your utility bills are rising quickly.
It is normal to see an increase in the price of your utility bills during the winter, simply because your furnace is usually running for longer and you’re using more electricity and gas. However, if you see a huge spike that seems uncharacteristic of increases in years past and there is no utility rate increase, you should get your furnace looked at immediately. This could indicate that something is not functioning properly, and the furnace is not operating as efficiently as it’s supposed to.

Sign #3: Noises.
A furnace that works well should be quiet. If it’s making loud clanging or banging sounds, clicks, or other sounds that sound unnatural when it’s turned on and running, call us to come out and look. There could be a broken blower or another part that needs some adjustment or replacement.

When you’re making your goals and to-do lists for 2018, don’t forget to add regular furnace tune-ups to it! A well-maintained furnace will serve your home for many years to come and keep you and your family comfortable throughout the cold winter.

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