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Furnace Repair: 3 common furnace problems

Your furnace is a complex system that has a lot of internal components. Unfortunately, sometimes parts break down and the system shows signs of not running efficiently. We can help! Here are three common furnace problems and ways you can get them fixed.

Problem #1: Poor air flow.
Have you noticed that you’re not getting good air flow from the system to your vents? This is a common issue. Your first step is to check to see if there are blockages around any of the vents. Make sure the vents are all opened, even in the rooms that you don’t use regularly, and ensure that there are no curtains or furniture blocking airflow. Once you’ve done this, check to make sure there is no debris or dirt buildup that is on the outside of the HVAC unit. This can also contribute to bad air flow.

Problem #2: Unusual odors.
Any smell coming your furnace is not a good sign. You should first rule out that there are no gas leaks, then check your air filters. If your air filters are dirty and clogged with dust, dirt, or pet hair, this can contribute to the smell. In addition, if you do not clean your air filters regularly, mildew can develop and add to nasty odors.

Problem #3: Leaky ductwork.
Most homeowners don’t know if the ductwork in their home is properly sealed. Unfortunately, sometimes ducts have cracks, holes, or other tiny leaks in them which leaks air and causes you to waste significant amounts of money over the years! Wasted energy is one thing, but leaky ductwork also allows harmful particles in the air to be brought right inside your home to the air you breathe. To combat this issue, we are proud Aeroseal Duct Sealing specialists. This unique, highly effective patented process will fix leaky ducts from the inside out. It has a 98% success rate in sealing the ducts.

Your heating and cooling system needs to be reliable. So, if you’re noticing problems with it, it’s important to not put off a tune-up appointment. Our team of specialists at Specialty Heating and Cooling will take a close look at your system and provide solutions on how to get it running as it should. And, if there simply isn’t a way to get it running at peak efficiency, we will talk to you on what new system options could work. Right now, we are offering incredible incentives with Carrier Cool Cash, which can save customers up to $1650 on select systems! That means you can have a new, reliable system, just in time for the switch to autumn weather. Contact us today for details!

Ways To Finance Your Heating & Cooling Purchase

Your heating and cooling system is a large investment for your home and if you’re not expecting to replace it and it breaks down, many homeowners feel overwhelmed at the cost and what it will take to get a new one installed. With the holidays right around the corner, expenses add up quickly, but with a new heating and cooling system installation, you won’t need to worry about how to get it paid for. Specialty Heating & Cooling is committed to making this an investment as easy as possible for you and we offer a variety of financing options that make it easy. Here are some of our most popular choices.

Option #1: Deferred no interest, no payment loan*:
Defer your payments and don’t pay a thing until after the holidays or longer! We offer 3, 6, and 12 month deferred no interest, no payment loans on approved credit.

Option #2: Low monthly payment fixed rate programs*:
Looking to replace your furnace but don’t have the bulk amount in the bank to pay for it? Finance it with a fixed rate and simply pay a low monthly fee. Our APR is currently 7.49% on approved credit for 144 months. Call us for more details on this loan option!

Option #3: 0% interest*
We partner with competitive financial institutions to provide beneficial financing options, including 0% interest for 36 months, 48 months, 60 months, and 72 months. Select systems are included with each loan option and are outlined below:

36 Months*:

  • Carrier Performance equipment heating and cooling systems
  • Ductless Heating and cooling systems
  • Infinity single piece equipment
  • Equal monthly payments

48 months*:

  • Carrier Infinity with Performance equipment heating and cooling systems only
  • Equal monthly payments

60 Months*:

  • Full Carrier Infinity Systems only
  • Equal monthly payments

72 Months*:

  • Full Infinity Systems only
  • Equal monthly payments

A new heating and cooling system will add value to your home and allow you to stay comfortable all season long – especially during the holidays when things get busy and your house is full of guests! Not to mention, a new energy-efficient system will help you save energy and help reduce your utility bills because of their increased efficiency. Our experienced team of professionals at Specialty Heating & Cooling can help inform you on the different options and provide ideas on which one will work best for your home or business and its specific layout. Contact us today for more details!

*All financing is on approved credit

 

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4 things to consider when upgrading your furnace

If you are thinking about replacing your furnace, there are several important factors to consider. It’s good to be proactive in making your decision on a furnace replacement a little bit before it’s actually time to replace it, instead of buying a furnace in a panicked situation when it’s broken and you’re out of heat in the coldest days of winter. Here are some of the primary factors to consider when making the choice to upgrade your furnace.

#1: Consider how old your furnace is.
If your furnace is 16 – 20 years old, it’s likely time to replace it. This is the average lifespan of most furnaces made today, so even if your furnace is a year or two away from that mark, it’s good to start researching your options so you know what you need to plan for when the time comes.

#2: Factor in how much it will cost to maintain it.
When your furnace reaches a certain age, there will likely be parts that start failing that need repair and replacement. Once parts begin to fail, you will be paying for service calls and labor, on top of the part that needs to be repaired. This will add up over time, so you will need to factor in how much this will cost over the long haul. If it comes to a significant percentage of what the new furnace will cost, making the switch to a full furnace replacement will be a better and more financially sound decision.

#3: Understand its energy efficiency.
Older furnace models simply are not as energy efficient as newer ones. That means that you will be wasting energy and paying more on your utility bill, the longer you have the furnace. High efficiency furnaces can pay off significantly when it comes to energy savings over time.

#4: Recognize furnace safety.
If your furnace is decades old, it can be more prone to breakdown which could result in sparks, flames, or carbon monoxide leakage. Don’t risk your family’s safety by continuing to use a furnace that is old and prone to potential danger.

Not sure where to start when it comes to furnace replacement? Unsure of which system is right for your home? We carry a variety of gas furnaces, ductless heat pumps, and more! Our team of experienced HVAC professionals will come out and look at the area and offer suggestions on which one will work with your home’s layout as well as your budget. Call us today for an appointment!

Benefits of a Heat Pump

Fall weather has arrived and that calls for some chilly mornings and more and more people in Oregon are using their heating system to stay warm now! Is your heating system up to the task? Or maybe it’s time to think about getting a new system in place for the upcoming fall and winter months of bitterly cold days. A heat pump is a great solution. Here’s how a heat pump can help you stay warm this season.

What’s a heat pump?
A ducted heat pump uses an outdoor unit that pulls heat from outside air and moves it inside. Even thought it might seem unlikely, when the temperature is cold, there is still heat in the air! The fans deliver warm air through your ducts and your home will stay warm and comfortable. If the weather is warm outside, it unit will also provide air conditioning – pulling the cool air inside during the hot summer days. One unit can provide year-round comfort with the use of your existing duct work!   A heat pump works in conjunction with your gas or electric furnace as back up heat.

What are the benefits of a heat pump?
There are many benefits to installing a heat pump in your home.

  • Continual comfort: no matter what the weather is doing outside, a heat pump will provide year-round heating or cooling
  • Noise reduction: heat pumps are very quiet, and you can hardly tell they’re running
  • Better indoor air quality: heat pumps will filter the air, making it cleaner and better to breathe
  • Energy savings: heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient and can save users significantly on heating and cooling bills when compared to standard electric furnaces
  • Environmentally friendly: heat pumps use less fossil fuels and they will lower carbon dioxide emissions

A ducted heat pump offers comfort with a simple touch of a button. Not sure if a heat pump system is right for you? We can help! Our knowledgeable team at Specialty Heating & Cooling can provide options on which heat pump is right for your budget and your home. Contact us today for more information so we can share your options and let you know about what financing and incentives are available.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Furnace?

Fall weather is here and that means the temperatures are dropping a bit and you may be turning on your furnace more often. But, if your system is older or having problems in any way, you may be wondering if it needs a simple repair or if a full replacement is in order.

When is repair best?
In most cases, furnace problems can be diagnosed quickly and repaired by our team of experienced, licensed HVAC technicians. If your furnace is less than 10 years old, chances are, things can be fixed through repair. When it comes to repairs, if the cost of the repair is less than a third of what it would cost to replace the furnace and if it’s in its first half or less of its lifetime, repair is usually a good option.

How many repairs has it had?
Trying to keep your old heating system alive with continual repairs? Repairs can be expensive and if it’s still unreliable and your energy bills are steadily increasing, it’s likely that you should consider doing a full furnace system replacement sooner rather than later. Repairs could end up being a waste of your hard-earned money, especially if your furnace is more than 15 years old. A new furnace can pay for itself because you won’t need to repair it all the time and your energy bill will remain low and that means for the next 15 to 20 years, you can rely on it.

Benefits of a replacement furnace:
New furnace systems are very energy efficient and can save you hundreds of dollars each cold fall and winter season. In addition, it will clean and effectively filter the air, which will improve the indoor air quality inside your home, making the air healthier and cleaner to breathe. Old furnaces simply don’t have the option to filter the air well, which means that pollutants are making their way inside your home and into the air you and your family breathes. Filtered air can also help reduce asthma and allergy symptoms!

Our experienced HVAC professionals at Specialty Heating & Cooling understand the importance of having a reliable working furnace set up for the fall and winter. We are happy to work with you to find the right system for your budget and we can even help you save money with current rebates and other promotions. Contact us today for options!

 

How a zone control system will save you money?

Our team at Specialty Heating & Cooling does a lot of work on 2-story homes. Oftentimes, it can be difficult to get comfortable, matching temperatures from room to room – the upstairs is warmer than the downstairs or vice versa. To combat inconsistent temperatures, we do a lot of zoning work for homes that have more than one level.

What is zoning?

Zoned temperature control can be a great way to heat and cool your home with incredible efficiency. This type of temperature control means that there are several thermostats placed throughout the home that are wired to one control panel that works within your home’s ductwork via the forced-air system. We use Carrier Infinity Zoning and Honeywell Red Link. The thermostats will read what the specific zone temperature is, then open and close dampers within the ductwork to adjust the temperature for that specific area.

What are the benefits of a zoning system?

When used properly, zoning can save homeowners money on utility costs. Why? Because it allows them to adjust temperatures according to usage. You’re not overheating or overcooling various parts of your home and wasting energy. For example, if you enjoy keeping your bedroom cool at night, but you want the rest of the home warm when you wake up, zoning can help make this happen easily! At the end of the year, this can translate to big savings!  Each zone will heat independently from other areas of the home – what an incredible concept that works!

In addition, zoning will reduce wear and tear on your system. It doesn’t need to work as hard to heat or cool your entire home, but instead, it will only provide heat or air conditioning to the spaces that you designate. That can help your system last longer while functioning at peak efficiency.

Almost any home can benefit from a zoning system, especially homes with multiple levels or homes that have additions like a garage apartment or sunroom. Installing a Carrier system that utilizes zoning gives you the technology you need to stay comfortable in every room of your home at any given time of the year. Learn more about zoning in this video. We’re happy to talk to you about how many zones your home would need according to it’s unique layout, and what type of system would work with your budget guidelines.  Contact us today for more information.

Specialty Heating & Cooling is located in Tigard, OR and services Portland, OR; Beaverton, OR; Aloha, OR; Hillsboro, OR; Tualatin, OR; Lake Oswego, OR; Milwaukie, OR; Oregon City, OR; West Linn, OR; Newberg, OR; Sherwood, OR

How To Make Your Furnace More Efficient This Winter

Winter is here and that means you’ll be running your furnace more often. If you’re looking for ways to stay comfortable with your furnace but also not waste energy or money on excessive utility bills, we can help. Here’s how to make your furnace more efficient this winter.

Tip #1: Get rid of leaky ductwork.
Your furnace is working hard, but it will work even harder if you have leaky ductwork throughout your home. Your basement and attic are two of the primary places where air will leak in and out, especially if there is not adequate insulation or sealed windows and doors. Leaking ductwork not only costs homeowners hundreds and even thousands of dollars every year in wasted energy through lost heat, but it can also leak harmful particles into the air you breathe. We’re proud to provide Aeroseal Duct Sealing, which is a patented solution that fixes leaks from the inside out. With a 98% rate, this process ensures that leaks are gone and the air you breathe is clean! The process involves injecting a sealant into the ducts and as the air makes its way through the leaks, the aerosol particles collide and stick to the leak edges, sealing them well.

Tip #2: Stay on top of regular furnace tune-ups.
Scheduling regular maintenance appointments for your furnace is very important.   These appointments are one of the main ways that you can maintain the life of your system. In addition, these appointments will ensure that all parts are working properly and that the system is working at peak efficiency. No one wants an inefficient furnace that could break down at a moment’s notice – especially during the cold winter days!  Contact us today for an appointment for a routine service appointment.

Tip #3: Clean and replace furnace filters.
This is a to-do item that many homeowners forget about, but in fact, it should not be neglected! Dirty filters translate to dirty air and they also make your system work harder than it must. Clean filters will also reduce the flow of dust, mold, allergens, and other germs that can transfer into the air you’re breathing inside. Cleaning your filters every couple of months depending on the type of filter you have will make a big difference in furnace efficiency as well as indoor air quality!

Your furnace efficiency is important to us at Specialty Heating and Cooling. Start 2018 the right way and let us help you get your system repaired or tuned up so you can stay comfortable and get the most out of your furnace this winter.

Should you repair or replace your heating & cooling system?

Your heating and cooling system is put to the test every year when the cold weather hits. Then when the summer starts in, it works hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. If your heating and cooling system is older and you’re wondering if you should repair or fully replace it, here are some tips.

Tip #1: Don’t wait for your heating and cooling system to break down.
Whether it happens in the next few weeks or when the hot days of summer are upon us, your outdated HVAC system isn’t built to last forever. Once it breaks down, you’ll be left in a lurch, trying to find help to get it repaired or replaced and this can be stressful. A broken down system could also be a safety hazard. Furthermore, when your system is broken and you are forced to replace it, you may not have time to research your options and find the best system within your budget. This can add another level of frustration or stress to the process.

Tip #2: Add up the cost of repairs.
Have you had your system repaired often in the last few months or years? It’s likely that the cost of those repairs is adding up quickly and over time, you’ll need to weigh if it’s worth the cost of continual repairs versus biting the bullet and just replacing the whole system.

Tip #3: Start researching.
If your system is 15 years old or more, it’s likely that a full replacement is needed. If you replace your unit before it breaks down, you’ll have time to do your research and read up on the various heating systems that are available right now. We are proud to carry a variety of affordable systems that will keep you comfortable in the upcoming months and years.

Not sure which one is right for your home? We’re happy to come take a look at your home or office and assess what system would work best for the space and most importantly, your budget guidelines. Our experienced team is well-versed in a variety of heating and cooling systems. This year, there are a variety of tax credits, utility incentives and manufactured rebates that can help offset the cost.  In addition, we have a wide range of financing options available if you need it. With the right unit in place, you’ll be ready for a more comfortable, more enjoyable seasons in the years ahead.