Western Heating & Cooling Blog

The Difference between Gas Furnace Repair and Electric Furnace Repair

January 15th, 2018

gas-electric-furnaceFurnaces are a common means of keeping homes warm in our part of the world: they’re inexpensive to operate and very effective, which leaves few downsides. Furnaces are divided into two basic categories: gas furnaces which use burners fueled by natural gas pipes into the home, and electric furnaces which use warmers powered by your home’s electrical grid.

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3 Things to Look for in an HVAC Contractor

January 1st, 2018

commercial-hvac-systemBuilding projects usually wait until spring to begin, when milder weather presents fewer problems, and the construction can take place without delays. But now is the time when new projects are being assembled, and if you are engaging in new construction, you want an experienced HVAC contractor on your side.

Heating and air conditioning are essential parts of any building and an experienced contractor on your side means that a new HVAC system can be installed with minimal fuss and difficulty.  But what should you look for in a quality HVAC contractor? Beyond a reliable track record and affiliations from quality companies like Mitsubishi, here are three specific qualities that merit mention.

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Heating Repair Services Can Help Replace Your Heater as Well

December 18th, 2017

heating-repair-servicesCold weather has arrived, and with temperatures dropping by the day, you need your heating system to perform reliably when the snow starts to fall. As your heating system gets older, it’s going to require more and more attention to do its job. We recommend regular maintenance sessions for your system, which can help it last long after the warranty has expired. But sooner or later, you’re going to need to replace an older system. And that situation often comes when your older system suffers a breakdown.

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Don’t Hesitate When It Comes to Heating Repair

December 4th, 2017

heating-system-repairsOur heating systems usually kick into gear sometime in the fall, and heater use steadily increases as temperatures drop and we move towards winter. Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be easy to overlook potential problems with our heating system. We all have pressing concerns with work and family, and problems with your heating system rarely result in a shutdown immediately (though that happens too). But just because the heater seems to be running doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem, and if there is, you need to get it treated as quickly as possible.

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Do You Need Furnace Repair?

November 20th, 2017

heating-repair-serviceCool weather has arrived, and it’s going to get a lot colder before it gets warmer. Your household furnace should already be seeing plenty of use, and if you run into trouble with a breakdown or repair issue, it’s apt to catch you just when you need your system to reason the most. If you need furnace repair, now is the time to spot the issue and get it corrected. 

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Commercial HVAC Services Differ from Residential Services

November 6th, 2017

HVAC-air-conditioningIf you own a business or manage an office space in the area, you’ll need to make sure your HVAC system is always working as intended. We get hot muggy summers every year here, and while the weather is finally cooling for the winter, it’s going to get very cold before the year is up. That can impact your commercial HVAC system just like it can a residential system, and the implications can be much more serious. When you need services performed on your commercial system — whether it’s a repair job, a maintenance session or a full-bore replacement — you want to make sure the company you hire offers specific commercial HVAC services. How do such services differ from residential services? Here’s a quick checklist:

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Quality Upgrades for HVAC Systems

October 23rd, 2017

HVAC-upgradesThe autumn months tend to be a good time for assessing the state of your HVAC system and making any necessary changes. Our long summer is finally over, but the weather is not yet as cold as it will be in just a few weeks. That provides you with a window not only to get your HVAC system checked for any problems that it may be experiencing, but a chance to improve it with the addition of timely upgrades.

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When Do You Need Emergency Air Conditioning Repair Services?

October 9th, 2017

air-c opnditioning-emergency-repairWe’re at the end of cooling season here in Oregon, though we’re not done with the occasional hot spell, and while your air conditioner may be seeing lowered use, it may still have some work to do this year. Now is the time when systems break down: after months of regular use followed by days or weeks of sitting unused. And air conditioners don’t always choose the most convenient times to break down either. The system can suffer a problem in the middle of the night or over the weekend when most repair services are closed.

So what do you do in such circumstances? Luckily, emergency repair services are available and a good technician can be dispatched to your home anytime, day or night, to treat a given issue. That invariably costs a little more, for obvious reasons, but sometimes that’s preferable to trying to wait it out. The question becomes, when do you need an emergency air conditioning repair service and when can you let the issue wait until regular hours? Only you can make that determination. But here are a few guidelines to help.

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Common Signs You Need AC Repair

September 25th, 2017

AC-repair-servicesYou’ve likely been running your air conditioner all summer, and if problems have developed, you might not have been able to treat them the right way. But with summer officially over and fall here, now is the time to get your air conditioner checked for problems and repaired if issues have arisen. It gives you the maximum amount of time to treat the issue and ensures that your air conditioner will be ready to go as soon as you need it in the spring.

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Do You Need a New AC System?

September 11th, 2017

air-conditioning-replacementWith the coming of fall comes a reduced need for your air conditioner, which has likely been running on a daily basis for months on end. If your system is older or has been experiencing problems this summer, it’s time to make a serious assessment of your system and determine if you need to replace it with a new one.

Fall makes the perfect time to determine whether your air conditioner has run its course, because you have all winter to plan for a replacement session. You can conduct the operation at a time that is convenient to you without having to worry about going without an air conditioner, and without having to shift around any other events in your life to accommodate it.

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