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.
Your home’s heating and cooling system is a critical part to your home. A good system is a big investment, so it’s natural to wonder how long it will last. There are two main factors that will affect your system’s lifespan.
#1: How well you maintain it.
Just like any machine – the better you take care of it, the longer it will last. Professional maintenance is key to ensuring the system lasts a long time. This will also help you know that unnecessary, unexpected breakdowns won’t happen. Scheduling annual maintenance is easy and as we look toward the start of autumn, this is a great time to get your appointment set! Our team of professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning will take a close look at your machine, run an energy efficiency check, clean and/or replace air filters, and make sure that the internal components are working at their peak. More questions about what our preventative maintenance work includes? Call us today and we are glad to go over the details.
#2: How well it’s installed.
Having your system installed from an experienced, professional team of heating and cooling technicians is important. While it might be tempting to try to figure it out yourself, don’t give in. Our team of technicians has been trained to ensure each part is installed correctly, including the duct work, venting, sealing, and more. Each detail matters. With the right installation, your system can work for you for a long time.
On average, furnaces, ductless heat pumps, and air conditioners will last between 10 and 20 years. However, there are parts inside each of these systems that may need to be replaced before that. That’s why preventative maintenance is such an important part to keeping the system working. Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning professionals will make sure we spot any prospective problem areas before they turn into big, expensive problems!
Call us today to get your preventative maintenance appointment scheduled! Or, if you know your system is at the end of its lifespan, we can help. Fall is the perfect time to get a new system installed so you have a reliable system to take you through the upcoming season changes. Contact us today!
Earth Day is next week! This day helps people remember the importance of our Earth and provides ways to help take care of it. We think that taking care of the Earth we live in is important and that being a good steward of the environment means many things – including thinking about your heating and cooling system! Make Earth Day every day in your home with some of these helpful tips.
#1: Replace your thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are an easy way to reduce your energy usage and save money! Not to mention, they will help you with evenly heating and cooling your home all year long. These thermostats allow you to program the temperature to be what you want, when you want it. For example, if you know you will be gone at work all day, don’t keep the thermostat cranked up. Program it to turn down a bit while you’re away, then have it turn back up shortly before you get home. Programmable thermostats can be used in tandem with almost any existing heating and cooling system. Contact us today for options.
#2: Stay ahead of the game with preventative maintenance.
Heating and cooling preventative maintenance appointments may not be on the top of your priority list, but they should be. These will help you extend the life of your system and they will help prevent unexpected breakdowns. Spring is one of the best times to get your system tuned up. We will make sure to run an energy efficiency check to ensure the system is working at peak condition. We will also clean the filters or replace them, then talk to you about any repairs or other issues we see that could cause a problem. Preventative maintenance gives you the peace of mind you need as you head into the spring and summer seasons.
Heating and cooling systems account for the highest energy use in most households nationwide. That means when it comes to helping the Earth, that you should look no further than your HVAC system! We can help get your preventative maintenance appointment on the books! Or, if you are ready to get a new heating and cooling system installed for the spring and summer weather, we can help find a replacement system that is the highest quality for the best price. Contact us today for information!
Renovating a home can be an exciting and exhausting process. A home renovation can give homeowners the home they want without having to move and for most people, it allows them to make the changes they want within the budget they determine. If you are considering renovating your home, don’t forget about your HVAC system. If it’s old and out of date, replacing it as part of your home remodeling project is a great idea. Be realistic about your renovation expectations, calculate your budget, and determine what things you want to complete first. Here are some other tips on including HVAC replacement in your home remodel.
Tip #1: Do you research on HVAC companies.
There are a lot of different companies out there, so it’s important to look closely at your options and do your research. Look first for what experience the company has and how long they’ve been in business. Ask them about what kind of jobs they do the most and ask them to provide information on recent jobs they’ve completed. Next, look online for positive reviews on Angie’s List, Yelp, Google, Facebook, and most importantly Better Business Bureau. If there are a lot of negative reviews, this should be a red flag, but read thru them to see what the negative reviews are. In addition, look to see what services the company offers. They should be able to provide a comprehensive list of services that includes not just installation of a new heating/cooling system, but one that does replacements, repairs, and regular preventative maintenance service appointments.
Tip #2: Determine which system is right for you.
Your new HVAC system is a key component of your home and it will be something you will rely on for many years to come, which means you can count on it to stay comfortable when you need it the most. New systems are also energy efficient and can help you save money over time. Not sure which system or system size is right for your home? Our HVAC professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning will take a look at your home and its specific layout and suggest which system is right for you. Whether it’s a heat pump, ductless system, or gas furnace, we will make sure that you have options that work well with your home and most importantly, your budget.
Remodeling your home is a big job, so let us help with part of it! We will explain your choices and help you find a system that will give you the reliability you need. We know that home renovations can get expensive, so we also offer various financing options if you need it. Contact us to learn more and to get an appointment scheduled!
Oregon is seeing record temperatures this summer with days on end of days that are over 90 degrees. That means that your air conditioner has a big job to do and you will need to do what you can to take good care of it so it continues to work well. Here are some tips on how to take care of your AC system.
#1: Don’t neglect your air filters.
A lot of homeowners forget about the HVAC air filters in their homes, but they play a key role in how your air conditioning functions during the peak of the season. Check the filters every one to two months to make sure they are cleaned and free of dirt, debris, and dust buildup. If you see a lot of this, change it or clean it entirely. Clogged, dirty filters make your HVAC system work harder than it must, and you will likely see an increase in your energy bill, too. Dirty filters also spread harmful air pollutants, bacteria, and other allergens by putting them back into the air you breathe.
#2: Don’t forget about the outdoor unit.
It’s tempting to sit right in front of the air conditioner vents to stay cool on these scorching days but remember to venture outside and check the outdoor unit regularly. Make sure there are no tree branches, leaves, grass clippings, or other plant debris or buildup around the outdoor unit. In addition, rinse off the top of the unit to make sure there is no additional debris there. Check to make sure the outdoor unit is level if it’s sitting on a cement pad and clear a couple of feet of space around the unit to make sure optimal air flow is achieved.
#3: Stay on top of preventative maintenance. Be sure to have your HVAC system checked by our team of professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning at least one time per year. We will be able to look first hand at your machine to make sure there are no hidden issues that could cause an unexpected breakdown. These breakdowns can be expensive and incredibly inconvenient, so making sure your maintenance appointments are scheduled means that you will reduce the risk of having any problems creep up. We will also clean the filters, make sure the machine is working with maximum energy efficiency, and answer any other questions you may have.
Our team of HVAC professionals bring years of hands-on expertise helping residential and commercial customers alike getting their air conditioning systems working at their peak! Contact us today to help you maintain, install, or repair a variety of HVAC equipment.
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.
There are a lot of different heating and cooling companies out there, and if you’ve begun the process of researching which one is right for you, it’s likely that you’re feeling overwhelmed with the decision. Here are some important things to look for when choosing an HVAC company to help with a furnace or air conditioning repair or replacement.
As with any job out there, the more experience you have, the better. This factor is imperative when it comes to hiring an HVAC professional. First and foremost, figure out how much experience they have in the local area, especially when it comes to your specific kind of job, whether it’s commercial or residential. Talk to them about how long they have been working with local area businesses or customers and ask them to provide information on recent jobs they have completed so you can follow up if you choose.
#2: Positive reviews.
A positive review goes a long way. Research what the company’s reviews are online, including Facebook, Angie’s List, and Yelp reviews. If there are negative reviews, look closely at them and see if there are any recurring themes. Weigh the positive and negative reviews carefully to see if there are any red flags. Online reviews can tell a lot about the company’s customer service priorities as well as their quality of workmanship on completed jobs.
#3: Comprehensive services.
Does the company you’re looking at just provide HVAC installs? If so, it’s a good idea to keep looking for a different company. You want to find a company that does everything – repair, replacement, and preventative maintenance. A quality heating and cooling system is a large investment for a home or business and it’s better to find a trusted team of technicians at a company that can handle everything, so you can call them for whatever HVAC needs that you have that may come up in the future.
We are proud of our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning and our positive reputation in the community for more than 30 years. We recently won the nationally recognized President’s Award for the 4th time, which means our quality of work and customer service is unmatched! So, whether you’re looking for a full furnace or air conditioner replacement this spring, or you need repairs or preventative maintenance completed correctly the first time, call us today for an appointment. You can trust our experience at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning!
Replacing your furnace filter is incredibly important. It not only helps maintain the life of your system, but it also helps prolong the life of your furnace or HVAC unit. Regular cleaning helps prevent buildup of dust, debris and dirt and if you’ve ever wondered why the filter gets dirty so quickly, we can help answer that question! Here are some reasons why a filter can get clogged up quickly.
Reason #1: Pet hair.
Pets shed a lot and if you have a dog or a cat that sheds often, it can cause your furnace filter to clog prematurely. Vacuuming or sweeping regularly can help tremendously in reducing the amount of hair that your filter picks up.
Reason #2: Dust.
Do you dust in your home regularly? If not, dust can build up and accumulate not only on the surfaces of your home, but on the filter of your system. Anything that isn’t vacuumed or swept up could end up in the filter, so be sure to stay on top of regular dusting and vacuuming.
Reason #3: Temperature fluctuations.
Even if you set your furnace fan to “auto”, extreme temperature fluctuations can cause your system to run almost continuously to keep up.
Filter replacement and cleaning is very important. If you’re noticing that your filter seems to be filling up in just a couple of weeks rather than 1 to 2 months, remove the filter and vacuum it off directly. Keep your home as clean as possible and be sure to keep your system tuned up on an annual basis to make sure there is nothing bigger going on with the unit. Contact us today to get an annual maintenance appointment scheduled or to talk to us about current offers on some great systems. Before you know it, the cold weather will be here and you’ll be relying on your system to keep you comfortable!
Home improvement tasks can oftentimes seem never ending and many times you can do them yourself by simply looking online for some simple “how-to” articles. But, even the handiest of people shouldn’t attempt HVAC repairs. Trying to tackle it yourself could not only be a waste of your time, but it could also lead to costly damage if things aren’t repaired properly. Here are some important reasons why you should leave HVAC repair to the professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning.
Reason #1: We’ll diagnose the problem accurately.
Not sure what the problem is with your HVAC system? Don’t try to search Google for information. There could be many difference reasons why your HVAC system is acting up the way it is. Maybe it’s a leak, a broken part, or something else. We’ll come out and take a close look at the system and diagnose the issue quickly and accurately. Our team of professionals have years of experience working on all sorts of varieties of HVAC systems. Once the problem is diagnosed, we can provide the best solution to getting things back in great working order.
Reason #2: We have professional-grade tools to get the job done.
Most HVAC repairs require professional-grade tools that require training and experience to use. Trying to attempt a repair without one of these tools could cause damage to your machine.
Reason #3: Your warranty will stay active.
If you attempt to repair your own HVAC system, it could cause it to breakdown or need more repairs later down the road. In addition, self-made repairs can make the warranty on your system void, which could mean you’ll be left to pay for costly repairs or replacement on your own, with no warranty coverage.
Save yourself the time, money, and hassle by hiring our team of professionals at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning! You’ll have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done quickly and with quality. Once your system is repaired, you’ll be able to stay comfortable throughout the year! For service, contact us today.
We all love to save money and lowering your summer utility bill will put more money in your pocket for fun summer adventures. The landscaping in your home can help keep your home cool in the summer, especially when you combine it with an efficient air conditioning system.
Tip #1: Shade around the outdoor air conditioning unit.
Your outside air conditioning unit is meant to withstand a variety of weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on taking care of it for the long haul is important. One way you can do that is by shading the outside area around it. If it’s left out in the sun, the system needs to work harder to keep you cool, and that could mean higher utility bills for you. Consider planting a tree or several tall shrubs several feet away that can grow tall enough to offer shade.
Tip #2: Don’t fence around the outdoor unit.
Sure, your HVAC system, ductless heat pump, or air conditioning unit isn’t meant to be a thing of beauty, but if you try to fence around it to keep hide it, it could negatively affect how the unit performs. If you insist on putting something around it, provide three feet around the unit and five feet above it. This will allow for maximum airflow.
Tip #3: Keep debris away from the machine.
Spring is a great time to get outdoors and clean up your yard after a long, cold winter. While you are pruning, mowing, and planting, be sure to remove any debris, branches, or other shrubbery that could interfere with the outside air conditioning unit or heat pump. If it’s left for a long period of time, debris, leaves, and dirt can get inside the system and clog it, causing unnecessary system breakdowns.
In addition to keeping your filters cleaned and replaced, and keeping your system regularly maintained by our team of professionals, your system will be ready to keep your home cool throughout the heat of summer. If your system is inefficient and leaves you feeling less than comfortable every summer, it’s time to consider a replacement. Act now and save thousands on rebates and incentives that are happening! Contact us today for all of the details.