May in Oregon this year has had many days of record heat and we are well under the average amount of rainfall for this time of year. This means that most homeowners have had to turn on their air conditioner at least once or twice already this year. What if your air conditioner has already shown signs of being unreliable? Is it not cooling your home the way it should or are there weird sounds coming from it? You may be wondering if a simple repair will do the trick or if a full replacement is needed.

Do you know about the efficiency and performance of your AC system? 
Is the system functioning efficiently or do you notice a spike in your utility bill once your air conditioning turns on? If this happens, chances are, the system is not working at its peak. Do you know what the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) rating is on your AC system? The higher your system’s SEER rating is, the better it is. Most of the time a rating of 13 or higher is good.

How many times has it been repaired?
If you’re trying to keep your old air conditioning system alive by repairing it constantly, and your energy bill keeps rising, it’s more than likely that you’ll need to consider replacing your system soon. Throwing money into repairs all the time can end up being a waste of dollars if your system is decades old. Over time, a new air conditioning system will pay for itself because you won’t need to repair it all the time and your energy bill will stay consistent.

A new air conditioning system will clean and filter the air, which will improve indoor air quality and make it cleaner for you and your family. Old central air conditioning systems may not be working efficiently enough to clean the air well, which means pollutants enter the air you breathe, rather than have the system remove them. Clean air can help with reducing allergy symptoms and will allow for a healthier home environment. Not to mention, you’ll stay cool and comfortable all spring and summer long!

A new AC system will give you the peace of mind knowing you’ll be able to stay cool, no matter what the temperature outside ends up doing. Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can help figure out which system is right for your home and your budget, so contact us today!

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If your air feels stuffy, it’s likely making you feel uncomfortable and sluggish. Is the air quality in your home or office poor? Here are some helpful tips on improving air flow.

Tip #1: Ensure the outdoor HVAC unit is clean.
Spring in the Northwest is a mixed bag of weather. It can be very hot, or it can be rainy and wet. The mix of weather, in tandem with the winter months of wind and rain can leave your outdoor HVAC system with plenty of dirt and debris. To help ensure that the unit is flowing air properly, clear buildup that may have gathered on the outside area of your HVAC system. Twigs, dirt, leaves, and other debris should be away from the unit always.

Tip #2: Avoid blockages.
Are all the vents inside your space clear and able to allow for air to flow through them? Keeping air registers or vents blocked or closed can change the way your air flows through your system and over time, this could cause problems. Be sure to open air registers throughout your home or office space and move any furniture that may be blocking them.

Tip #3: Stay on top of furnace filter cleaning and replacing.
Did you know that you should clean and/or replace your furnace filters once every 1 to 2 months? Keeping on top of regular filter cleaning or replacing is key to making your HVAC system last longer. In addition, it ensures that your air stays clean as it is being circulated into your home. Dirty air filters yield dirty, stuffy air.
If you’re looking to improve air flow, these tips can be very helpful. If you want more information on how to solve specific air flow issues, or if it’s time to replace or repair your old and inefficient HVAC system, contact us today! Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can answer your questions and can help you get the system you need to stay comfortable year round.

 

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This week, the Portland metro area will see record heat. Temperatures are expected to soar into the 100s, with some places reaching upwards of 110 degrees! With these kinds of temperatures, it’s important to take care of yourself and be sure to listen to any heat-related warnings. The United States Weather Service has issued an extreme heat advisory for our area, so it’s important to take note and find places to stay cool. Here are some extra tips on how to stay cool.

Tip #1: Know what your equipment expectations are.
When it comes to your air conditioning system, there are certain equipment expectations that we have to keep in mind. We have to design our systems per code for outdoor temperatures of 95 degrees. Systems are designed to maintain a 20-degree difference from indoors to the outdoors. So, at 95 degrees, it needs to maintain a comfortable 75 degrees indoors. At 107, it should be 87 indoors. If we designed systems to maintain 75 degrees inside and it was 107 outside, the systems would be oversized all of the other days of the year. Oversized equipment will stop and start constantly and will use a lot more electricity because of all of the starting and stopping.

Note: if you own a heat pump system, they are sized for heating capacity, which is most often oversized on the cooling side. This means that the heat pump can produce more cooling when needed on hot days like we’re having this week. That said, they can struggle to maintain 75 on a 107-degree day.

Tip #2: Stay hydrated.
It’s very important to drink plenty of water when the weather is hot. Even if you drink a lot of water on a regular basis, on hot days, increase your intake even more. Keeping plenty of fluids going means that your body can help keep itself cool and you’ll reduce your risk for developing heat stroke or another heat related illness/sickness. In addition, dress lightly – the lighter the clothing, the less sweat and loss of fluid there will be.

Tip #3: Keep your system serviced.
Your HVAC system is one of those things that you might forget about servicing regularly, but it’s in fact one of the most important things to keep maintained. The beginning of the spring or summer is a good time to get your system maintenance appointment set. That way, you’ll be sure that all of the inside components of the machine are working well and problem spots will be pointed out in plenty of time.

Is your air conditioning not reliable? Or maybe it’s time to install a brand new air conditioning system so you can avoid breakdowns when you need your system the most! Contact us today for options on the right equipment for your home or office and we’ll also let you know what rebates or other incentives are currently happening!

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Summertime is almost here and that means the kids are out of school and you’ll probably be doing a lot of fun things together. This can also be an expensive few months because of vacations, day trips, and other outings that cost money. Looking to save money in as many ways as possible? The warm weather will be here to stay for a while, and that means your air conditioner will be put to the test. Here are some helpful air conditioner tips that can help save you money this summer.

#1: Energy.
If you service your air conditioner before summer officially starts, it will be ready to tackle the hottest summer days with ease. We will make sure that your cooling system is working well by checking to make sure the parts are functioning as they should and that there are no repairs or other updates needed. We’ll also clean and/or replace the filters if necessary, which can not only reduce energy use, but also prolong the life of the system.

#2: Vents.
Did you know that blocking vents in your home not only causes inefficient cooling, but it can also cause your system to work harder and increase your energy bill? Move around your furniture and make sure that all vents in your home are free and clear and are able to do their job.

#3: Temperature.
Keep your thermostat at one temperature. Adjusting it up or down all the time will cause your system to work harder but it will also mess with your utility bill. Keeping your thermostat adjusted at one temperature at all times means your home will be kept cool and comfortable all the time and your energy bill won’t come as a huge shock.

#4: Fans.
Your air conditioner is probably your best friend in the summer months, but small fans can also help keep you cool. One way to reduce energy use is to use fans at night to keep cool air circulating.

Not sure if your cooling system is efficient? Let us help you find a system that cools well while keeping your energy bill as low as possible. Call us at 503-357-5663 to set up a convenient appointment.

Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning: Quality service & installation is our only business.

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Springtime is here and the days are getting longer and warmer. Before you know it, summer will be here and you’ll be outside enjoying the heat of the day. Summer in the Pacific Northwest is amazing, but hot weather also brings its own health-related troubles if you don’t take care of yourself. On hot spring and summer days, the National Weather Service will oftentimes issue a variety of heat-related warnings. If you hear any of these issued, take note and make a point to stay cool. Here’s how to stay cool in the spring and summer heat.

Tip #1: Get your air conditioning serviced.
When the hot weather returns and you go to turn on your air conditioning and it doesn’t work, imagine how frustrated you will be! To avoid breakdowns when you need your air conditioning the most, get your cooling system serviced now, before you need it. That way, you’ll ensure that it is ready to go when you do go to turn it on to stay cool. We’ll come out and make sure all of the inside components are working well, we’ll check the filter and change it if needed, and we’ll also point out any problem spots that may cause you an issue later down the road and offer a solution to get it fixed quickly.

Tip #2: Drink a lot of water.
Even if you drink a lot of water on a regular basis, on hot days, increase your water intake even more. Staying hydrated allows your body the ability to cool off and keep all of your internal organs working the way they should. In addition, be sure that your pets are taken care of too, and leave them plenty of cool water out at all times with a cool place to rest.

Tip #3: Open your windows early in the morning.
Each morning before the weather gets hot, open the windows and doors in your home to allow for the cool morning breeze to sweep through your home. Keep it open for as long as possible to get the cool air in, then button up your home and windows and keep the shades closed for the remainder of the day. This can help keep the home cooler throughout the day.

Hot weather can lead to dangerous heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and more. Make sure you call us today to get your air conditioning serviced so you can avoid any inconvenient breakdowns when the weather is at the hottest! If you do not have a cooling system in place and you’ve decided that this is the year that you want to stay comfortable inside, contact us today for information on what cooling systems are out there and what rebates and incentives are available. Our experienced team of HVAC professionals are ready to help you beat the heat this year!

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Why is there water inside of your air conditioner in the first place?
Your air conditioner unit contains an evaporator coil that will cool any warm air that is blown over it. This will cause condensation (moisture) to develop on the coil, just like water droplets on a cold water glass on a hot day. The moisture on the coil drips into a drain pan and down a white PVC line (condensate drain line) that leads it away from your home. If the water is leaking inside your home rather than away from it, there may be a problem.

Cause #1: Clogged condensate drain line.
A drain line that’s clogged is a very common problem that causes water leakage. It can get clogged easily with dirt, mold, sludge, dust, or other debris, and this means water could enter your home. If you suspect this is the problem, contact us right away so we can help get it unclogged and back to great working order.

Cause #2: Damaged or rusted drain pan.
If your air conditioner is over 10 years old, the drain pan may be worn out. If it’s damaged or rusted, water will fall through it and it will become ineffective. Contact us for a replacement drain pan.

Cause #3: Damaged/broken condensate pump.
A condensate pump will lead the water drainage outside. But if the pump isn’t working, it won’t be pumped outside and water could begin leaking indoors instead. If the pump is broken, you’ll need to get it replaced right away. Call us to help diagnose the problem and get it replaced.

Cause #4: Blocked/dirty air filter.
If you don’t replace your air filter on a regular basis it won’t only be dirty, but it could cause the machine to work harder and in the end, break down faster. In addition, dirty air filters will block airflow to the evaporator coil and if that happens, the coil could get cold and freeze over. It will then melt and drip to the pan, which may be too much for the pan to handle. Be sure to clean or replace your filters on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Need a professional?
Contact Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning today to repair your air conditioner and get it working to its peak capacity.

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We’re officially into the summer months! That means that residents of the Pacific Northwest will be seeing some hot days in the next several weeks. And what’s more frustrating that turning on your air conditioning unit and not getting the kind of cooling relief that you expect? If your air conditioning isn’t keeping you cool enough, there may be something going wrong with it. Here are some potential reasons.

Reason #1: The outdoor unit is dirty.
Outdoor HVAC systems need to be cleaned regularly. If they don’t, debris and dirt will collect on the surface as well as the internal components and this could cause issues with efficiency. The coil will not be able to cool the refrigerant if there is excess dirt.

Reason #2: You need a new air filter.
Did you know that you need to change the air filter in your HVAC system every one or two months? If you aren’t changing it on a regular basis, the filter will have buildup of dirt, dander, and debris and this means the airflow could be slowed down. In addition, dirty air filters cause debris and dust to get into your home easily and if it collects for too long it can even cause damage to the overall machine.

Reason #3: Your unit is the wrong size.
Your HVAC unit will only be efficient if it’s the right size for your home. If you have a small unit, you can’t expect it to cool the entire house. We’ll be happy to take a look at your current system to see if it is the right size to keep you cool and comfortable everywhere. If not, we’re happy to provide some quotes for a new system that will fit your house size and most importantly, your budget.

With summer in full swing, it’s time to get your air conditioner replaced so you can stay comfortable for the remainder of the summer months.  Call us today to have our team of experts look at your HVAC system and see what’s going on with it. If you need repairs, we can do that for you at a fair price. If you need a completely new system, we can provide you some options that won’t stretch your pocketbook too much.  Get prepared for summer and get an appointment scheduled today!

 

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article-2362459-1AC8E024000005DC-284_634x426Summer is back and it’s hot! This time of year is warm and beautiful in Oregon, but if you don’t have a great cooling system in place, warm summer days can be uncomfortable. Cooling off at home after a long day in the sun is a wonderful feeling. Don’t have a reliable air conditioner in place yet? Now is the time to get one. Here are a few helpful tips that will help you choose an air conditioner that’s right for you.

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