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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Home is where you can relax and be yourself. It’s your oasis, so keeping temperatures as comfortable as possible is key. What about your commercial building at work? This is somewhere that you likely spend a lot of time. Our Pacific Northwest fall and winter seasons can bring a mixed bag of weather, and the last thing you need is a heating/cooling system that is not reliable. Wondering when you need to replace it and how you’ll pay for it? Here are some helpful tips on planning ahead for a full system replacement.

Tip #1: Determine what you need.
There are several different options when it comes to your heating and cooling system. Maybe a gas furnace is the best option. Or perhaps a ductless heating and cooling system would work well for your home and its unique layout. Whatever it is, do some research on what your options are and talk to us about what could work. Our experienced team of heating and cooling professionals will help you determine the type of system you need and what size is best. And most importantly, we will work to find something within your budget.

Tip #2: Know when it’s time to replace it.
Is your heating and cooling system at least 15 to 20 years old? If it’s been around for this long, chances are, it’s not running at peak efficiency. That means you are using more energy than is necessary and your utility bill will be higher. Not to mention, older systems are more prone to unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. Continual repairs will cost money that you could be putting toward a new, reliable system.

Tip #3: Know what it costs.
Our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning recognizes that your home or commercial building’s heating and cooling system is a big investment. We happily work within your specified budget to provide different system options. We want to see you comfortable for years to come with a reliable system. We offer different financing options to help ease the cost of a new system. And right now, you can save up to $1650 on qualified Carrier systems with our current promotion!  We will work with you to get you a new system that will keep you comfortable for many years!

Getting a new heating and cooling system is exciting!  For over three decades, we have been helping local homes and businesses get the systems they need at the prices they can afford.  We have won the Carrier President’s Award multiple times and we’re standing by to help! Contact our award-winning team for more details on systems and financing options!

 

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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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Spring official starts in just a couple of weeks, and that means we’ll have more sunshine, green grass, and blooming flowers. For people that live with seasonal allergies and asthma, this time of year could mean some miserable symptoms like coughing, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and more. But did you know that your indoor heating and cooling system can bring in those outside pollutants to your home? Here’s how your heating and cooling system affects your allergies.

Your HVAC system has an air filter that helps catch dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, mold, and other pollutants that cause issues with asthma and allergies. Over time, these build up in the filter and they need to be replaced or cleaned. If filter cleaning or replacement is not done regularly, the buildup will be recirculated through the air in your home and that means you will likely notice some allergy symptoms. Set a remind to check your filters and clean them every other month at the minimum.

Another way to avoid poor indoor air quality is to stay on top of preventative maintenance appointments for your heating and cooling system. Just like you would take your car in for regular oil changes, so should you remember to maintain one of the most important systems in your home. Spring is the perfect time to schedule your tune-up with Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will clean and/or replace filters, run an efficiency check on your machine to ensure that it’s working at its peak, then check to make sure there are no outstanding issues with the inside components that may cause an issue later down the road. If there is anything that we notice, we will let you know what needs to be repaired or replaced and talk about what our recommendations are. With the upcoming shift in season, you will want to be ready to handle whatever mother nature throws your way!

One more way to bolster indoor air quality and reduce seasonal allergy symptoms is to install an air purification system. These work alongside your heating and cooling system to clean your air and reduce pathogens, allergens, and other particles that try to make their way inside. Customers that use air purification systems notice a difference right away in their quality of life. We have a variety of different air purification systems available as options, so contact us today to see which one is right for you!

Need a system replacement, a preventative maintenance appointment, repair, or information on an air purification system? Contact us today for more information, so you can get everything ready just in time for springtime.

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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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The holiday season has officially begun and for many people that means looking for ways to cut costs and save money on day to day things, so they can splurge on gifts for friends and family.  Did you know that your heating system can save you money? A system that functions at peak efficiency will not only work better for a longer amount of time, but it will also help keep your utility bills lower. Here are some helpful ways to have a more efficient heating system this winter.

Tip #1: Set your thermostat.
If you are running your heating system while you’re away all day, you’re wasting money and energy. Install a programmable thermostat and program it to turn down when you’re gone and back up right before you return. These thermostats allow you to control the temperature to be exactly what you want. The result: a comfortable, evenly-heated home and a more affordable utility bill! We can provide options on programmable thermostats, so contact us today for information!

Tip #2: Clean and replace air filters regularly.
If you plan on using your heating system throughout the winter, it’s important to stay on top of air filter cleaning and replacement. Dirty filters will greatly reduce the overall efficiency of the heater’s blower motor and it makes your system work harder. This translates to a higher energy bill and it is hard on your system. Make sure to clean or replace your filters every other month.

Tip #3: Make sure your insulation is up to par and sealing is good.
Do you know if you have quality insulation in your home? If you don’t, you could be losing heat. In addition, if your windows and doors in your home are old or not sealed correctly, you could be unknowingly leaking in cold air and warm air out. This causes your furnace system to work harder than necessary and you’ll see rising utility bills.

Winter is a cold time of year and in order to stay warm, it’s critical to keep your heating system running at its peak efficiency. Not only will you be more comfortable, but your wallet will be more comfortable, too! If your heating system is not ready to tackle the upcoming winter weather, call our experienced team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help you with a preventative maintenance tune-up or can get you set up with a full system replacement as well!

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