Sunset Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

“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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Have You Had Your Furnace Maintained Yet?

Monday, November 4th, 2019

technician-servicing-furnaceTemperatures have begun to cool down, and while we may not be one of the coldest states in the country this time of the year, we still need fully functional heaters to make it through the fall and winter comfortably. In order to ensure this is the case, it’s important that you have your furnace maintained, in order to prevent problems and boost efficiency.

Maintenance will help you prevent problems that can crop up, and help prevent situations where you’ll be stuck without a working heater when you need it the most. Keep reading to learn more about the numerous benefits of scheduling your furnace maintenance ASAP.

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Don’t Neglect These End-of-Season Heater Needs

Monday, March 25th, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceSpring is officially here! It’s time to turn off our heaters for the season and turn our attention to our air conditioners without giving it a second thought.

Well… not quite.

In these final days of cooler weather, neglecting your heater is actually the last thing you want to do. If you had maintenance done this past fall, you likely don’t have much to worry about. But even with maintenance, good old-fashioned wear and tear can wreak havoc on an aging heater, and just ignoring problems ‘til next year can leave you with a completely malfunctioning heater in the fall! So, what should you do?

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“Help! My Furnace Is Blowing Cold Air”

Monday, March 11th, 2019

vent-near-floor-in-roomWouldn’t it be nice if your home’s furnace could work without fail year after year and never need any kind of professional service done on it? We wish this were the case for you, but really the only way of accomplishing this would be to buy a new heater every time your existing one had a problem—and well, that just doesn’t make much sense!

Honestly, even if you are diligent in caring for your furnace, you’ll eventually encounter some problem, even if it’s minor. And the best thing you can do for your furnace is learn to recognize the signs of a problem, so you can contact our team and get repairs on your schedule right away. One of the most common furnace repair calls we get is in regards to a furnace that’s blowing out cold air.

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What Can Go Wrong With a Shoddy Ductless Installation?

Monday, February 25th, 2019

technicians-hands-working-on-ductworkOne of the most common alternatives to ducted forced-air heating and cooling systems in modern homes is the ductless mini split system. Rather than operating through a network of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems basically break up the indoor unit and blower fans—air handlers—and distribute conditioned air into the individual rooms of your home, independently of one another.

If you’ve ever been in a friend’s home and seen something up on the wall that sort of resembles a window AC, but doesn’t go back through the wall, what you’re looking at is part of a ductless system. Those wall hanging units are hooked up to a single outdoor cabinet, creating a central heat pump system, but without ducts.

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This New Year, Resolve to Get to the Bottom of Those Furnace Noises

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Shocked and surprisedBy now, you’ve already been using your furnace on a regular basis for weeks. As we progress into wintertime, now is just about the worse time to have your heater develop problems. It’s also the time of year when heating problems are most likely to occur, thanks to the added stress they’re put under. If you can detect issues with your furnace early enough though, you can call for professional furnace repair in Puyallup, WA before it’s too late.

Of course, this requires you to be especially vigilant in order to catch these problems early on. One of the first signs most homeowners notice that something is amiss with their furnace is the presence of strange and/or unfamiliar noises while the system is running. If you have in fact noticed this, then your first priority in this New Year should be to get to the bottom of it by calling in a professional for inspection and potential repairs. In the meantime, keep reading to learn what the causes of these noises may be.

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“I Want Zone Controlled Heating, What Are My Options?”

Monday, December 17th, 2018

ductless system air handlerZone control heating, or air conditioning for that matter, is one of the most efficient ways to condition a home. The reason we say this is because with zoning, each room can have its own temperature, meaning each family member in your household can heat or cool their space to their specific preference.

If you’re purchasing a central furnace for the first time, then a great option is to have dampers installed in the ductwork upon its installation to achieve this zone control heating. But what if you already have a furnace in place? Can you still have zone controlled heating? Your ducts can be retrofitted, but it is a complicated process and is better performed during installation. That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck! You may just want to consider a different type of heating system that can also serve as an air conditioner—the ductless system.

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How to Get Your Home Ready for Heating Season

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Snow-HomeHeating season is here, which means it’s time to start getting your home ready for the next few months of cold weather if you haven’t already. There are a lot of different things that you could do to ensure your home is properly prepared for the heating season, but we’re going to cover a couple of the most important steps to take below. Follow these tips, and you should be well-prepared for anything the winter cold can throw at you this year.

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