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What’s That Weird Smell From My Furnace?

February 18th, 2019

furnace-repairWhen we fire up our furnaces in the winter after returning from the cold, we think of the nice and cozy feeling of getting to relax without the need for a blanket or sweatshirts. The last thing you usually think about is the smell. That’s why it would be incredibly strange if your furnace started emitting odors all the sudden!

Some odors are completely harmless and will go away, and others might be very dangerous. To help you tell the difference between the two, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common odors that your furnace might emit.

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Two Big Reasons People Switch to Ductless

February 4th, 2019

ductless-heat-pumpAfter hearing about the benefits of a ductless heat pump, many are convinced that they’ve installed the wrong heater and air conditioner. “Why didn’t I know about these heat pumps before?”

While we’re happy to talk about the benefits of a ductless heat pump, we want to assure you at the same time that a heat pump isn’t ideal for every single home owner. Your current heating and cooling system may have been installed in accordance with what makes the most sense for your home. Or, it could be the case that a normal heat pump in Phoenix (the kind with ducts) is perfect for your home.

That being said, if you’ve lived with something other than a ductless heat pump for several years and still aren’t satisfied, you might have a good reason to make the switch. In fact, we usually find there are two big reasons that people finally switch to ductless heat pumps:

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Low Air Flow Problems in Heaters Explained

January 21st, 2019

inside-furnaceNothing is more irritating than a heater that just isn’t blowing hot air. The heater could be blowing room temperature air, or maybe it doesn’t seem to be blowing air at all. We understand the frustration. After all, blowing hot air is the one thing it’s supposed to do right!

Along with your airflow woes, the heater may not be displaying any particular symptoms that could help you pinpoint the source of the problem. That just makes it harder to understand why it’s happening at all.

We can’t tell you what the problem is for sure without being there, so the least we can do is tell you about some of the most common issues.

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4 Reasons Your Thermostat is Malfunctioning

January 7th, 2019

cold-man-inspecting-thermostatIf you’re experiencing problems with your furnace this winter, the natural reaction is to call for an expert in Phoenix, AZ heating services and have them inspect your furnace. But what if they don’t find anything wrong with your furnace? In that case, it could be a problem with the thermostat.

The thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, but it’s often taken for granted. It’s not uncommon that many people overlook it when troubleshooting issues with their system.

Knowing the difference between an HVAC problem and a thermostat problem might save you from having to make a service call! We’ll explain 5 common issues down below so you can know what to look out for.

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The Best Time to Schedule Heating Services

December 24th, 2018

One question we get every now and then is:

“When’s the best time to get HVAC repairs?”

The answer to that question is simply, “When you need it!”

Sorry, we know that’s not the actual answer you’re looking for—but it’s true. You typically won’t need to schedule a heating service unless the need arises. The only other time would be when it’s time for maintenance (and we do have some advice for when that time comes).

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What to Do About a Short Cycling Furnace

December 7th, 2018

technician-inspecting-furnaceIn the past, HVAC equipment was made with one simple objective in mind: heat or cool your home as fast as possible. Often, that meant installing powerful equipment. It was certainly effective—but at the cost of an extravagant energy bill.

Advances in HVAC technology made it possible to introduce a balance between efficiency and power. This was achieved with cycles. But even so, this balance of efficiency and power must be maintained in accordance with the size of your home. If there’s a problem in the furnace—or even a problem with the furnace’s installation—it can cause short cycling.

We’ll explain what short cycling is and what you can do about it.

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Which to Install: Ductless Heat Pump or Furnace?

November 26th, 2018

question-markAlthough they’re both considered forced-air heaters, ductless heat pumps and furnaces couldn’t be more different. They both have a range of benefits but understanding their differences can make all the difference when it comes time to install a new heater. Keep reading to see how they compare in three different factors.

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3 Problems That a Maintenance Plan Solves

November 12th, 2018

service-timeHere’s how most homeowners handle maintenance:

They install a new HVAC system. If it’s installed by a pro, it runs without issue for a few years. This instills the belief that maintenance is not necessary. They opt to let the system get away with running as long as it possibly can—which is to say, until it falls into disrepair. They pay a repair fee, have the system fixed, and the cycle repeats.

As you can see, maintenance never appears in that equation! And here’s why that’s a problem:

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Common Heat Pump and Furnace Issues

October 29th, 2018

gas-burnerHeat pumps and furnaces are categorized as forced-air heating systems. They heat air and then, using a fan, blow that air through your home.

These heaters have many similarities on the surface, and they even share some of the same heating issues. But when you start looking at their internal components, you’ll quickly learn that these two systems are very different.

In this post, we’ll go over common heating repair issues between forced-air systems while explaining how they’re not quite the same.

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Clearing the Air: How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

October 15th, 2018

vent-cleaning-before-after

The worst of the summer is over, but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be running our air conditioning in Phoenix, AZ for at least another month. Through all the time that your air conditioner was running, however, it was inhaling dust and dirt. While some of this gets captured by the air filter, a lot more of it ends up inside your home. Here’s what you can do about it:

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