Sunset Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Here’s Why You Should Schedule Your Heating Tune-Up Today!

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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The official start of fall is upon us. Temperatures have already begun to cool down. And while Mother Nature might still have a couple of heatwaves up her sleeve, there’s no denying that it’s almost time for you to start using your heating system on a regular basis, but is it ready for that?

Maybe you aren’t worried about your heater’s ability to keep you warm this fall and winter. Perhaps you have no concerns about efficiency or whether your heater has repair needs that could lead to premature system breakdown. However, unless your heater is brand new, maintenance is vital.

And fall is a great time for you to arrange for a professional tune-up! We’ll thoroughly inspect your system, clean it inside and out, make adjustments as needed, and alert you to small repair needs before they grow into much bigger ones. Read on as we uncover the benefits of timely maintenance!

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch to Cooling Mode?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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It’s that time of year again—the time where we rely on our heat pumps to do the other half of their job—provide your home with steady cooling throughout the summer. With the simple switch on the thermostat from heating mode to cooling mode, the heat pump that kept you warm for so long during our cooler months should change over to become a powerful cooling system for summer.

What’s that? You switched your thermostat to cooling mode, but the air from your vents isn’t cool? It’s still rather lukewarm or even warm? Well, you certainly have a problem on your hands, but not an insurmountable one! We are here to help.

Below, we’ll cover a few reasons that your heat pump may not be able to switch over to cooling mode. Whatever the cause of this problem is at the end of the day though, remember that you need a professional to manage it.

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Does Your Heater Need Any of These End-of-Season Repairs?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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Around our area, it never gets super warm, not even at the peak of summer, in comparison to other parts of the country and even our state. However, it is almost time that we can shut off our heaters for a bit in favor of warmer temperatures.

Before you do this though, we encourage you to address any repair needs the system might have. Perhaps you think it’s silly to worry about heater repairs right now—after all you’re not going to need the system again on a regular basis until next fall.

But what happens if there’s a cold spell in the coming months, which is not uncommon? Or what happens if next fall rolls around, and your heater doesn’t work at all? These are scenarios we’d like to help you avoid. So read on for some signs that it’s time to give us a call for end-of-season heater repairs.

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Tips for Staying Warm When Your Heater Fails

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Hopefully, you’ll never run into this problem at all! Ideally, you’ll have kept up on your annual maintenance appointments for your furnace to ensure that it works efficiently, effectively, and—perhaps most importantly—reliably. When well maintained, a furnace can last about 10-15 years. Beyond that point, it’s time to consider replacement, especially if the system is showing excessive signs of wear and tear or just not working like it used to.

But no matter the age of your furnace, if it fails on you in the middle of a fall or winter day, you’re going to be pretty miserable, right? Well, what if that doesn’t have to be the case? When you’re heater fails, the first thing you should do is call our team for repairs. Then, while you wait for our techs to arrive, you can work to keep yourself and your household warm by:

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How to Spend Less on Heating This Year

Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Winter will be here before we know it, and we would like to help you prepare! Sure, it might not get as chilly here as other parts of the country, but our winters pack quite the punch. And that requires a fully functioning heater that works powerfully and effectively.

Having a great heater in place means many things—it means having a system you can rely on and a system that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to use. That’s right, you want that heater that works as efficiently as possible. After all, it is too cold for too long for homeowners to be overpaying for winter comfort.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take towards bettering heating efficiency that will leave you spending less to heat your home this year. Read on to learn more!

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3 Signs That Your Furnace Needs Help

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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If you are like many homeowners in the Tacoma area, you are likely using a furnace to heat your home and keep it comfortable during the cooler months. Furnaces are the most popular type of residential heating systems out there after all. Boilers and heat pumps certainly have their upsides, but furnaces are what we typically get the most calls about.

If you are one of these furnace owners—which we’re guessing you are since you came across this blog post—then you know they can provide powerful heating and reliable operation. But you might also know that just like any other important appliance or home comfort system, it can experience problems.

Fortunately, you don’t have to look very far to get repair services. Of course, spotting repair issues can be hard for the average homeowner. We are here to help you detect problems early on, so you know when to call us! It’s best to dial our number before you get stuck with a completely broken down or horribly malfunctioning heating system. Read on for some of the most common signs of disrepair in a furnace.

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It’s That Time of Year: Heating Maintenance!

Monday, September 21st, 2020

With temperatures just barely mellowing out in the last week, it may be hard to believe that it’s already time to start thinking about shutting down our air conditioners for the season and turning our attention toward our heaters. Still though, when you need that heater on a daily basis, you’ll be glad you chose to take good care of it.

And just how do you take good care of a heating system? Well, by scheduling routine maintenance for the unit! Each year, or every 6 months if you have a heat pump system, you should have a full inspection and cleaning done for your heater. Read on to learn just why this is so important!

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“What Does It Mean if My Furnace Booms?”

Monday, January 27th, 2020
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Hearing this noise can be alarming, and it should be. You do expect, of course, to hear a distinct sound when the gas jets of the burner assembly ignite as your furnace cycles on. However, when the noise becomes something that makes you jump, that’s cause for concern.

Why does this happen, though? And does it mean you have a serious problem with your gas-powered furnace? Read on to find out!

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Troubling Furnace Symptoms: Beware!

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way for you to completely avoid the need for furnace repair throughout the lifespan of your heating system? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Eventually, you’ll encounter some kind of problem with your system and you’ll need a trusted technician to come make repairs. The best thing you can do to mitigate how bad these repair needs get is learning to recognize the signs that your system needs repair (and get them on your schedule right away), which we’ll get to below.

Severe furnace problems can also be prevented with routine maintenance. Every fall, before you need your furnace the most, you should be scheduling a tune-up. During these maintenance sessions, our technicians thoroughly inspect your system, clean it, adjust components that need it, and—you guessed it—alert you to small repair needs before they grow bigger. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance yet this year, please give us a call to schedule that service right now. In the meantime, read on to learn several signs of furnace troubles.

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Signs of Furnace Problems You Should Be Aware Of

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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You probably at least have a general idea of when your furnace is showing signs of wear and tear—it may not be able to keep you warm enough, your bill may be spiking, or your airflow may not seem powerful enough. But, do you know which problems are actually putting your safety at risk?

Furnaces, particularly gas-powered furnaces, can be hazardous if not properly cared for. No, they’re not inherently dangerous, but natural gas is nothing to mess around with. If you don’t get your furnace the tune-ups it needs each year to stay in good shape, you could find yourself facing health hazards and operational problems. So, what are the signs that something is terribly wrong?

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