Troubleshooting a Failing Furnace

October 9th, 2017

furnace systemWith fall officially here, temperatures have dropped in the last couple of weeks. Soon enough, you’ll be turning on your furnace and using it on a regular basis to keep your home and family comfortable—if you haven’t done so already. When this time comes, you want to know your furnace will be there for you all season long, right?

This means not only should you schedule a tune-up for your furnace if you haven’t already, but you should address any Seattle, WA heating system repair needs now, before your heater has to work its hardest. But, what if you don’t even know your furnace needs repair? Are there certain indicators you can watch out for? Why, yes, there are! Keep reading to learn more. Continue Reading

Watch for These Furnace Troubles This Season

September 25th, 2017

man standing by thermostat looking coldAs the weather cools down for fall, we’re preparing to use our furnaces on a more regular basis. As such, it’s imperative that they be ready for the work ahead. Hopefully, you’ve already had your fall tune-up completed. Regardless of whether you did or not, it’s important to keep an eye out for any Tacoma, WA furnace repair needs that may arise.

The most serious of these, at least in a gas-powered furnace, is a cracked heat exchanger. Heat exchangers are essential to the operation of your furnace—without them, heat from the gas jets would never reach the air, and you’d feel nothing more than room temperature air coming from the room vents. But a damaged heat exchanger can do a lot more harm than simply not providing you with warm air. Continue Reading

Heed These Signs You Need Boiler Services

September 11th, 2017

Pipes of a heating systemIt’s not time to start using your boiler system on a daily basis quite yet, but that time will be here soon enough. When it is, you want to be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for any signs of distress. Premature system breakdowns can be avoided with professional installation, repair, and maintenance services from highly trained technicians.

By having professional services done and by keeping up on maintenance, you can usually avoid the costliest of Puyallup, WA boiler repairs. But, there’s always a chance that something will eventually go wrong with your heating system. Eventually, your boiler will wear down to the point that it needs to be replaced. But do you know what to look for when it comes to deciding if your boiler is in distress? Continue Reading

Is It Too Early to Think about Heating Maintenance?

August 28th, 2017

technician checking heater Okay, we get it: it’s impossible right now to even imagine using your heater. Summer isn’t even over yet! But the thing is, maintenance is about so much more than looking for repair needs—it is a preventive step that all homeowners should take to ensure the efficiency, and effectiveness, of their heating system. And no, it is never too early to schedule preventive professional heating services in Olympia, WA.

We suggest that you have heating maintenance scheduled right before your heater’s heaviest period of use, so during fall. However, so long as you have your maintenance scheduled on a yearly basis (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump), then you are taking the right step towards ensuring a fully functional heating system. Continue Reading

Is Your Thermostat Use Hurting Your Wallet?

August 14th, 2017

Stock image of hand adjusting thermostatThe last couple of weeks has resulted in one of our hottest summers on record. Since we’re so used to cooler weather almost year-round, you may be surprised when you get your next energy bill, considering how much you were probably using your air conditioning system in recent days.

That being said, we’d like to help you absorb some of this shock by offering you a bit of advice to get you through the rest of summer as comfortably and affordably as possible.

And this comes down to your thermostat use. Keep reading to learn how your thermostat use could be hurting your wallet, and if it may be time for you to consider a thermostat upgrade in Gig Harbor, WA. Continue Reading

AC Trouble: The Repair vs. Replace Debate

July 31st, 2017

ac-trouble-repair-vs-replacementFor our corner of the world, summer temperatures aren’t quite as detrimental as you’d find in other parts of the country. Still though, being stuck without a cooling system on one of the hottest days of the years is never pleasant, no matter where you live. Hopefully, you had your air conditioner professionally maintained before summer hit, to fend off any problems. But what if you haven’t yet, or your air conditioner is showing troubling symptoms despite professional maintenance?

One thing is for sure: it’s time to call for professional Seattle, WA air conditioning services. But should you pay for repairs—or replace the system altogether? If you’re like most homeowners, an air conditioning system is a major investment. And you’ll want to make sure you get the best return on that investment, especially if your existing system isn’t extremely old. Keep reading to learn about a few things you should consider when you find yourself in the middle of the “repair vs. replacement” debate. Continue Reading

Could Your Home Benefit from UV Germicidal Lights?

July 17th, 2017

home-benefit-uv-lightsTemperatures may be on the cooler side throughout the majority of the year in our parts, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our share of sweltering days during the summer. But we have to do more than simply address the heat. While your air conditioner can effectively keep your home and its occupants cool, they can’t deal with the germs, bacteria, and allergens that can infiltrate your living space during the summer months.

This is a problem for just about any home, but is particularly concerning for homes with vulnerable family members, such as infants, the elderly, or anyone suffering from conditions such as asthma or severe allergies. It’s important to realize too, that even the healthiest family members in your living space can suffer when exposed to these germs and contaminants, and the air filter within your HVAC system is not enough to combat them.

Fortunately, we do offer indoor air quality products in Tacoma, WA that can help. We’re going to cover one of these products here. Continue Reading

Should You Have a Heat Pump Installed This Summer?

July 3rd, 2017

heat-pump-installed-summerThere are a number of benefits to investing in a heat pump installation in Puyallup, WA—one of the most important being that it can be used to both cool and heat your home. No, it’s not a furnace and a central air conditioner packaged together—rather, a heat pump is a two-in-one system that uses the same component for both air conditioning and heating, for efficient, year-round comfort.

Read on to discover how this works and how you can benefit from this type of installation this summer if you are looking to replace or upgrade your cooling system. Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About Zone Control Cooling

June 19th, 2017

zone-control-cooling-everything-need-knowDo you worry about how much energy you use in your home throughout the year, and what the cost of that energy use is? This is understandable. It’s important to take a close look at energy expenditure in your home, but also that you know of ways to lower costs. This starts by working with professionals who will help you improve your home to lower those costs.

One method for lowering your home’s energy use, if you use a forced-air heating and cooling system (a furnace and standard central air conditioner, or a heat pump), is to integrate an Olympia, WA zone control system installation into your HVAC system. Continue Reading

How to Best Avoid Midsummer AC Problems

May 22nd, 2017

avoid-midsummer-ac-problemsWe may still be experiencing cooler temperatures, and in fact most of the year in the Seattle area can be considered the “heating season.” But that doesn’t mean that when summer weather does hit that we want to be stuck with a broken down air conditioner. Imagine being in the middle of a heat wave when your cooling system breaks down.

Midsummer air conditioning repairs are nothing short of a hassle. Surely, you’d rather take preventative measures to reduce the chance that this will happen at all. The main preventive measure you can take is to invest in Seattle, WA air conditioning maintenance. Continue Reading