Spring has officially arrived in the Pacific Northwest! With the change of season, many homeowners are starting to tackle their home maintenance to-do list that piled up over winter. Don’t forget to put your heating and cooling system is on your list of things to check, so you can avoid potentially costly expenses that could happen if it breaks down. Here are some simple ways to avoid expensive HVAC repairs this spring.
#1: Don’t ignore noises or smells.
Stay vigilant about noticing smells or noises that seem out of the ordinary. These can often indicate an issue and if it’s left unattended, this could mean that you’re in for a costly repair or even worse, a total breakdown of the machine. Burning smells should never be ignored, which could indicate an electrical problem, and if you hear any banging, rattling, or squeaking or squealing, this could mean that something has come loose or one of the parts is worn and needs replacement.
#2: Don’t forget to schedule an annual maintenance appointment.
Spring is the best time to schedule a routine maintenance appointment for your heating and cooling system. This will ensure that any minor repairs are taken care of before they turn into something bigger. In addition, we will run an energy efficiency check to ensure everything is working at optimal efficiency, and we will clean the filters and inside parts to make sure airflow is ideal.
#3: Always change air filters.
Did you know that dirty air filters will reduce the flow of air into your home and cause your heating and cooling system to work harder than it must? That means you’re putting more wear and tear on the internal components and this could cause an expensive repair. A clogged filter will also mean that the air being circulated back into your home will not be as clean as it could be. Dust, pet dander, dirt, and other particles that your filter catches will build up and blow right back into the air you breathe if it isn’t cleaned or replaced every other month.
If you end up needing a repair, our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning offers 24-hour emergency service. If your system is over 10 to 15 years old, there is a good chance that you have already invested enough in repairs and you may need to have it replaced completely. Call us today to get your preventative maintenance appointment set up or to talk to us about options for a full replacement!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Thinking about upgrading your heating and cooling system before the changeover to spring weather? Spring is the perfect time to get a new system installed and ductless heating and cooling systems are an awesome option for your home comfort needs.
The best part: ductless heating and cooling systems will keep you warm during the winter and cool in the summer, with just one system! Here are some reasons why we love these systems and why you should consider upgrading to one.
Reason #1: They’ll keep you comfortable.
Year round, ductless systems will provide consistent temperatures and clean air to your home. Simply press the button and you’re in control of what temperature keeps you most comfortable during the various seasons in the year.
Reason #2: They’re easily installed.
A ductless system is easy to install for our team of experienced HVAC team. We will do all of the hard work for you, all you have to do is sit back and wait to see how it works. Generally speaking, we can install a new system in your home in one or two days, depending on the job’s scope. If you have questions about what it takes to install a new system in your home and how it will look, we’re happy to answer questions and explain how it’s done.
Reason #3: They’re energy efficient.
If you’re tired of wasting money on high-priced electricity bills every month, a ductless system is a great way to save money. They don’t use extra electricity like baseboard heaters or wall heaters. This energy savings translates to a reduction in your monthly utility bill. Over time, this can save you a lot!
Reason #4: They’re easy to take care of.
If you don’t want a system that requires a lot of maintenance and attention to detail, ductless systems are a good option. All you need to do is change the filters regularly and call us to schedule annual tune-ups for it. During your tune-up, we’ll clean air vents and humidifiers, make sure all the electrical connections are secured and tightened, and we’ll be sure that all of the parts are working great so you don’t have anything unexpectedly break down.
Call us today and we can talk to you about the variety of ductless systems that we have to offer! We’ll go over which one will work well with the layout of your home and most importantly, we’ll find something that fits within your budget. Stay comfortable this spring with a new ductless system!
Keeping your furnace up and running well on the coldest days of winter is very important! Do you know if your furnace is running at its maximum efficiency? Do you know the signs of it not running well? You should have your furnace tuned up once a year, but what if you need a tune-up right now? Here’s how to tell if your furnace needs a tune-up.
Sign #1: Heat is spotty.
This might seem obvious, but if the heat from your furnace isn’t working or if it only works some of the time, you’ll need to get it looked at right away. If you let it go for too long, the system could break down completely, which could mean it could cost a lot to repair or possibly replace. If your furnace is not serving you reliably, call us today to service it for you.
Sign #2: Steep increase in utility bills.
During the winter, it’s common to see a bit of an increase in your utility costs because your furnace is running more often. However, if you see a really unusual spike in the costs, especially when compared to other winters in the home and when the utility rates have not risen significantly, you should get your furnace looked at professionally. It may need to be repaired.
Sign #3: You hear strange noises coming from the unit.
Your furnace should be quiet for the most part when it’s running, but if you’re noticing loud banging sounds, clicks, or other unusual noises coming from it when it’s running or when you turn it on, you should call our team of professionals to come make sure that there isn’t a broken blower or other part that needs to be adjusted or repaired.
With a properly maintained furnace, your home will be kept comfortable all winter long! Contact us today for a tune-up appointment and we’ll be out there in no time to make sure you’re good to go when the next stretch of frozen weather hits.
Your heating system is put to the test every year when the cold weather hits. If your furnace is about to hit its breaking point, now is the time to act! The freezing winter days are likely long past for now, and spring is on its way. But, don’t wait to replace your system until next winter when you need it most. Replace it now and get it in place so you have an efficient heater that is ready for next season and the following years. The best time to replace your old furnace system is now!