Why Going Ductless Might Be Right for You

July 26th, 2021

modern-ductless-air-handler-in-white-living-roomSummer seems to be extra warm this year, and we’re probably all looking forward to fall and cooler temperatures. But it’s definitely not time to turn off our air conditioners in favor of that cooler weather just yet, right? That said, how’s your cooling system operating this season?

If it hasn’t been operating at what you feel is its best, you shouldn’t have to settle for this. It could be time to consider an upgrade! And if you’ve been using a traditional central air conditioner all this time, you should know that there are other options out there, such as ductless air conditioning (and heating). Curious to know more and find out if going ductless is right for you? Read on!

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What You Should Know about Refrigerant Leaks

July 12th, 2021

Is Your Air Conditioner Struggling to Keep Up

There are a lot of air conditioning problems that the average homeowner might chalk up as “minor,” especially if it’s not really impacting their AC performance that much at the moment. A refrigerant leak is one of those problems. Unfortunately, this is more of a problem than people realize, and we’ll touch on why, below.

The thing is, refrigerant is the component in your air conditioner that makes the cooling process possible.

If you have any reason to believe that your air conditioner is experiencing a refrigerant leak, then you should call us for repairs right away. The longer you wait to have this fixed, the bigger risk there is of serious damage happening to the AC system. The component that will be most affected is the compressor, which is the heart of your cooling system.

But, how do you know if you have a refrigerant leak, and is it really that big of a deal? Read on for your answers.

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Why You need to Change Your Air Conditioner’s Filter

June 28th, 2021

hand-changing-air-filterThere’s a fairly common misconception when it comes to air filters—at least, air filters that come standard with air conditioners and forced-air heaters. Homeowners often assume they’re in place to protect their indoor air quality. In reality, they’re there to protect the interior components of the HVAC system from dirt, dust, and other debris that can get inside and damage the components.

In other words, your air conditioner’s air filter is there to keep the actual air conditioner clean, not to keep the air clean. Read on to learn more!  Continue Reading

Tips to Boost AC Efficiency and Lower Your Energy Bills

June 1st, 2021

money-symbols-coming-out-of-white-chimneyThe official start of summer is not very far off. And even though it doesn’t get as stifling hot here as it does in other parts of the country, we do have some intense weeks of warmth to contend with. This means you want to be able to rely on your air conditioner to get you through the season as comfortably, and affordably, as possible. This means ensuring that your system is as efficient as it can be.

This starts with maintenance! Professional air conditioning maintenance, conducted once a year, enables our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it. This all helps to extend your system’s lifespan and help it perform better—that is, more efficiently. We know you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on your cooling needs this year.

So give us a call to schedule your spring maintenance appointment with us, and in the meantime read on for some further tips to boost your AC efficiency and lower your energy bills as a result. Continue Reading

Check Out These Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

May 17th, 2021

hand-turning-on-remote-air-handlerIf you’ve lived in the Olympia area for even just a year, then you know that it stays pretty consistently cold in our area. Summers tend to be brief, and air conditioning systems don’t get a lot of airtime (pun intended). But when you need your air conditioner, you need one that functions well and isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg to run, right?

This is the reason that many homeowners in our area choose to go ductless for their air conditioning needs. If you’re looking to upgrade your air conditioner this summer, and/or you discovered over winter that you need a new heating system, then a ductless mini-split can be a great option for you. This is because they’re not just air conditioners, they make great heating systems too! Continue Reading

Signs of a Tankless Water Heater in Disrepair

May 3rd, 2021

tankless-systemIn our last blog post, we talked about the benefits of tankless systems, also known as on-demand water heaters. If you already have one in your home, then you likely know of all these benefits! But do you know how to detect when it needs repair?

A faulty water heater is never something you want to encounter. After all, the longer your tankless water heater is in disrepair, the longer you have to go without hot water or the longer you have pay for high energy bills because something is amiss with the heat exchangers of the system. We don’t want this to be the case for you! So read on as we uncover some of the leading signs that something is amiss with your tankless water heater, then give us a call if you discover any of these indicators. Continue Reading

“What Is an On Demand Water Heater and Do I Need One?”

April 26th, 2021

white question mark on a blue backgroundIf you’ve heard the term “on demand water heater” for the first time, you might be wondering what it is. After all, aren’t water heaters those huge systems you see in garages or maybe in storage closets in homes? Well yes, those are tank water heaters and they’re the more traditional water heater type. The other type, growing in popularity, is the on-demand, tankless water heater.

On demand water heaters provide homeowners with reliable hot water without the use of a bulky storage tank in the garage or hall closet. Tankless systems are a great choice for most homeowners, but is one right for you? Continue Reading

Don’t Ignore These 4 Heater Sounds

April 5th, 2021

women-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenYou turn your heater on, after a long season of hard work. You wait for that familiar whir sound of the fans… but then you hear something else. Maybe it’s a rattling sound or banging.

The fact is, if you hear anything outside of the normal noises of heater operation, it’s time to give us a call. Of course, strange heater symptoms are a lot less likely if you had your system properly maintained in the fall. During maintenance, our technicians thoroughly inspect, adjust, and clean the components that need it to make sure that the system works as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Let’s say you do hear some unusual noises from your system, what should you do? Well, call us! But what unusual noises are we talking about? Here are 4 in particular. Continue Reading

Are You in Need of Furnace Repair?

March 29th, 2021

technician-working-on-furnaceFurnace systems are very complex. When dealing with an important appliance like this, you’ll need to be one of two things—a trained and licensed HVAC professional or a vigilant homeowner with the phone number of a trained and licensed HVAC professional!

This because without the right training and expertise, your efforts to service your furnace could lead to property damage, further repair needs, and even injury. Fortunately, we are here to help! Remember, the best way to prevent furnace repair needs is with maintenance. Maintenance allows our technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, ensuring that your furnace operates as well as it should for as long as it should.

But even with maintenance, you still might need a surprise repair here or there. How do you know when it’s time? Continue Reading

Heed These Signs Your Boiler Needs Repair

March 8th, 2021

boiler-pressure-gauge A heating system of any kind can only be as effective and efficient as it is meant to be if it is taken care of as it should be. Your boiler is no exception! Boilers should be professionally installed, repaired, and maintained by experienced and professional technicians in order for them to operate as they should.

It’s also important to remember that even with high-quality installation, maintenance, etc, there is still the chance that something will eventually go wrong that will require repairs. Eventually your boiler will wear down to the point that it even needs to be replaced. But do you know how to spot the signs that your boiler is struggling? Continue Reading