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Why you should schedule your furnace repair TODAY

Posted on January 20th, 2021

Why you should schedule your furnace repair TODAY

There’s nothing quite like walking into your warm and comfortable home at the end of a cold winter day, at least that is if you haven’t forgotten to schedule that essential furnace repair! Forgetting to call on your furnace repair can do more than just make your home too cold, it can sometimes cause big problems for your family. We get it, sometimes you save by using generators, space heaters, and candles for warmth instead. These are good temporary solutions but sometimes they don’t always help your family as much as you think.

The cost of delaying your furnace repair can often be more than just financial. Here are just a few reasons why you should schedule your furnace repair TODAY!

Schedule Your Furnace Repair

Fire Hazards

When your furnace goes out you’ll probably compensate by using a space heater or generator to keep your family warm. These are good for a time, but if you get in the habit of leaving these unattended it can cause problems! The NFPA has reported that 86% of deadly residential fires were caused by portable space heaters. Scary! Don’t rely on these short term fixes, repair your furnace instead!

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a scentless gas that can cause severe illness or death when overexposed. It can come from a broken furnace, or even from gas and oil burning portable heaters. Improperly vented heating sources can release this harmful gas into your home! When a technician maintains and repairs your furnace they will check for carbon monoxide leaks, keeping your family’s safety top of mind!

Illness

Living in a cold home is never comfortable, but it is harmful to your health as well! Living in a cold home leaves your family susceptible to colds, pneumonia, and even high blood pressure. While living in the cold may save a little money, it will never be worth the health risks!

Frozen Pipes

When your pipes get too cold they could be in danger of freezing. This not only means that your water won’t come when you want it, but you risk burst pipes! When water freezes in the pipes it can expand to the point of cracking. When spring comes and these pipes thaw out you’ll find leakage and water damage around your home. A properly working furnace is essential for the function of many systems in your home!

Don’t Hesitate to Call

Calling for a furnace repair can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Western Heating and Air will always take care of your family first, keeping your budget and safety at the top of our priority list!

If your furnace isn’t working properly give us a call at (385) 273-3200, or visit us online at westernheatingair.com! Technicians are available to assist you 24 hours a day. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Posted on January 6th, 2021

How Can Your HVAC Reduce Coronavirus Risk?

Since the coronavirus first made its appearance in the western world last year, scientists have been working to reduce its spread. The details of the virus may take time to unravel but we can use what we know now to reduce your family’s risk.

2020 was a year full of unexpected twists and turns throughout the world. Because of this, customers often ask us what we can do to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus at home.

HVAC systems can either improve air quality or make it worse. In many ways, the best way to reduce the spread of this virus is similar to reducing any virus in your home. Based on current research, here are three ways to reduce your risk of exposure and spread in your home through your HVAC system.

How Can Your HVAC System Reduce Coronavirus Risk?

How Can Your HVAC System Reduce Coronavirus Risk?

Boost fresh air 

Researchers tell us that how much of the virus you are exposed to impacts how sick you get. Of course, your own immune system’s function and whether you have underlying conditions will also affect this. Reducing the amount of stale air buildup in your HVAC system will both reduce your risk of exposure and help boost your immune system.

Proper ventilation, which requires both the removal of stale air and the introduction of fresh outdoor air, is a step in the right direction for keeping your exposure down and reducing your risk of infection.

Tighter humidity control

The risk of getting and spreading coronavirus goes up as winter sets in, caused in part by reduced humidity. Drier air allows smaller aerosols containing the virus to remain suspended longer. This suspension exacerbates the spread of airborne viruses like the coronavirus. Lower humidity also dries out mucus membranes, making your body more welcoming to the virus as this defense mechanism becomes weaker.

Add humidity to your home, ideally via a whole house system, and reduce your risk due to poor humidity.

Air purification 

Upgrading your home’s filter to a HEPA filter can remove particles like viruses from your home’s air. Individual room purifiers can help further reduce the virus count in specific areas like bedrooms. When you replace your furnace filter, have your technician check the fan for proper performance. HEPA filters can slow airflow so it’s always good to double check.

Give us a call

Note that there is no guarantee that you won’t get coronavirus, but you can minimize the risk. Remember, as more research is conducted, more information will come forward. If you need help assessing and upgrading your HVAC system to reduce your COVID risk, give one of our knowledgeable System Advisors a call at (385) 273-3200 or visit us at westernheatingair.com. We’ll come to give you a free system assessment!


Posted on December 31st, 2020

How to Stay Motivated to Finish

With 2020 coming to close many people are setting New Year’s resolutions for 2021. It’s a time where we reflect on the past year and set goals for tasks and habits to improve in the coming year.

If you’re one of those blessed people who finishes everything consistently, stop reading. However, if you’re like most people, you probably have a laundry list of half-finished projects and unmet resolutions haunting you.

We’re here to help! We all want to change nasty habits and improve ourselves, so here are some tips for reaching the end of the road.

How to Stay Motivated to Finish

Imagine the feeling of finishing

In the midst of hard, ugly work, it’s difficult to see the beauty of a finished project. Whether it’s a novel, artwork, or home improvement project, there’s always a discouraging middle piece that makes you want to quit. Focus on the feeling of accomplishment you get when it’s done.

Set aside daily blocks of time

Feelings aren’t reliable. It’s inevitable that some days you just won’t want to face it. Organize your days and weeks with blocks of time to work on your project regardless of how you feel. It will eventually get done as your good days make up for the slow ones.

Set up your workspace

If set up and cleanup are part of the task every single time, then you have an automatic barrier to working on your project. While you need to keep a tidy work area, have as much ready to go as possible so you can dive right in with minimal fuss.

Take a break

Lack of motivation is one thing but burnout is quite another. Take breaks to rejuvenate and make sure you have a set time to return to the project so you’re not more tempted to abandon it.

Family first

This may not seem critical to staying focused on a project but it’s more important than you think. Taking time to nourish relationships closest to you will keep you going longer with less stress and guilt (especially if you have small children).

Count progress

Life gets busy and with ups and downs, tasks can take longer than we plan. Try not to be discouraged if you haven’t reached your deadline. Instead, review your progress from the beginning. As long as you’re consistent, you’ll see the growth from the beginning and will want to keep going.

Focus on actions, not outcomes

This is a biggie. We tend to get lost in the desire for an outcome, whether it’s weight loss or completion of a fantastic project. This leads to feeling overwhelmed and frustrated when we’re working and progress is slow. Focus on putting in the time and doing the work.

Here’s hoping that you stay motivated and finish your projects!

If one of your projects is improving your home comfort, let Western Heating and Air help you! Call us at (385) 273-3200 to schedule an appointment with an expert technician today!


Posted on December 10th, 2020

5 Ways to Warm Up Your Home This Winter

Keep your home warm this winter

Winters in Utah are long and cold, but that doesn’t mean your home can’t be a haven of warmth and comfort for you and your family. Taking some steps to warm up your home, both literally and aesthetically, can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. So, without further ado, here are Western Heating and Air’s five essential ways to warm up your home this winter!

Get a thermostat that allows setback

How about ensuring that your heating is on when you’re home, but saving energy when you’re gone? Setback allows you to vary the temperature setting according to your daily schedule. So for the days at work (when you’re using the boss’s heat), you can leave your home a little cooler. In the evening, you can enter a warm house without having to wait for it to heat up while sitting in your parka.

You have two main options for this: a programmable thermostat that lets you input the temperature settings you’d like throughout the week and a smart thermostat that learns your schedule and connects to your phone so you can remotely increase the temperature before entering the door. Discuss with a professional so you can choose the right one for you.

Warm-up your window treatments

Thin curtains can let a lot of cold air in at night, especially if you have older windows in your home. Consider swapping your sheer linen curtains for a heavier material that contains a thermal lining. This can insulate your home as well as help the room look warm and cozy.

Add warmth underfoot

Do you ever have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because your bathroom floor is so cold in the winter? Adding a rug to hard floor surfaces can make a world of difference for your home comfort. In the winter you’ll want a rug with a little pile and place these in strategic areas around the house where the cold floor is most likely to annoy. Avoid sisal and flat-weave rugs during the cold seasons, save those for the summer when heat retention isn’t as necessary.

Use warmer lighting

Ever heard of ambiance? Lighting is a huge factor in creating the ambiance you want in a room. White lighting is often used in workplaces and schools to foster productivity, but yellow light is calming, relaxing, and can encourage a cozy environment. Warm lighting can make all the difference in the warmth of your home, even though it doesn’t change the actual temperature.

Create comforting smells

Smell influences a lot about our lives. Good and comforting smells can change the way a home feels. Flowers can make a home smell fresh, and cooking can make a home smell pleasant and comfortable. Find candles or flowers that create familiar and comforting scents, or spend time cooking or baking your favorite dishes.

Give us a call

If your home isn’t feeling warm and comfortable then try these tips. If these don’t help you then give one of our comfort advisors a call at 385-273-3200 or visit westernheatingair.com for a system assessment. Stay comfortable with Western Heating and Air this winter!


Posted on November 24th, 2020

Preventing a Furnace Breakdown

When winter rolls around, keeping that furnace running is going to be a top priority as the outdoor temperature falls. No one wants to live without heat in the chilly Utah winter! Keeping your family safe and comfortable is one of your priorities, so here are some tips from Western Heating and Air for making sure you’re not faced with a furnace breakdown this winter:

 Clean or replace filters 
Dirty filters will cause your fan to work harder to push air throughout your house. Replacing filters regularly will help prevent a fan from overworking and breaking down.

 Blower motors 
Dirty blowers also have to work harder to push the same airflow. Motors can burn out if not maintained. Start with a visual inspection to make sure there’s no sign of rust or debris. Check the fan belt to make sure it’s not too loose. If the blower makes noise when it’s on, call a professional to do a more thorough inspection.

Preventing Furnace Breakdown

 Burners 
Clean your burners to make sure they work at maximum efficiency. Observe the flame color, which should be blue. A yellow flame indicates poor combustion producing toxic gases like carbon monoxide. Verify that all burners are working and have faulty burners replaced.

 Heat Exchangers 
When a furnace burns gas, the heat is transferred to the air blowing throughout your house using a heat exchanger. Over time, this component can corrode, placing you at risk for flue gases entering your home. Do a visual inspection for signs of corrosion and if you see evidence of holes or cracks, call in a professional to replace it immediately.

 Controls 
Make sure your furnace comes on and responds when you turn your thermostat up or down. It should come on when you increase the setpoint above the room temperature and should turn off when the temperature reaches the desired set point. A furnace that fails to come on and off when needed can also have a faulty onboard control system. Have a technician look at both your thermostat and the furnace itself.

 When to upgrade 
There will come a time when maintenance and repair won’t be enough to keep from a furnace breakdown for the entire winter season. Consider upgrading if gas usage climbing despite milder weather or efforts to use less heat or if you find yourself spending more and more time and money on repairs.

Give us a call at 385-273-3200 to keep your furnace in shape so you don’t have to face a freezing night this winter! Utah’s Most Wanted Techs at Western Heating & Air Conditioning are ready and anxious to help. Visit us online at westernheatingair.com to learn more.


Posted on November 10th, 2020

Four Dangers of Waiting to Call for Your Furnace Repair

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite like coming into a home that is warm and comfortable on the inside.  Even if a winter storm is raging, you can relax! You’ll know that you’re protected from the elements as long as your furnace works properly. However, when your furnace stops working, your home may no longer be the haven you need it to be. At Western Heating & Air Conditioning, we know how vital your furnace repair is for avoiding severe dangers that can put you, your home, and your family at risk.

Fire Hazards

You’ll be forced to use alternative heat sources if you delay getting your furnace repaired.  Candles, generators, and stovetops can be fire hazards if used to heat a home and are not appropriately handled.  If used as the only heat source, even space heaters can be dangerous.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Portable generators and other heating sources can also carry the threat of causing carbon monoxide poisoning. Besides, furnaces that haven’t had routine maintenance and aren’t adequately ventilated can cause dangerous carbon monoxide levels to accumulate. Equipment older than ten years is especially prone to cracked heat exchangers, which can leak hazardous gases into the house.

Frozen Plumbing

Don’t leave your home without heat for too long during the winter months. If you do, you run the risk of your plumbing freezing. Furthermore, pipes that freeze can break, causing even more extensive problems due to water damage.

High Utility Bills

When furnaces are not running at their peak efficiency, you can waste hundreds of dollars each month. A certified technician from Western Heating & Air can evaluate your system’s performance. They will thoroughly inspect, adjust, and clean the components that keep your system running clean and efficient. 

Avoid these four serious dangers by contacting Western Heating & Air Conditioning professionals for your furnace repair at the first signs of trouble. At Western Heating & Air, we are available 24 hours a day so that you never have to wait to call for the service you need. Give us a call at 385-273-3200 or visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com to schedule your service today. 


Posted on November 5th, 2020

The Magic Box Keeping Your House Warm

Sharee Landers

By Sharee Landers

As we enter into the cold season, it’s again that time of year to turn on your furnace, which is the first time switching to heat on the thermostat. You know, that magic box on the wall that gives us comfort all through the year?

Yes, we all know there is something behind that magic box, but we often neglect our furnace and air conditioner when we rely on that magic box alone.

Turn on your furnace

When you first turn on your furnace, you may notice a slight burning scent. This smell is very common and usually nothing to be worried about. You see, over time, furnaces collect dust as the fan runs throughout the season. When kicking on the system, it heats all of that collected dust and creates that burning smell.

While that burning, dusty smell may not mean that there is a problem; this is a great time to have your HVAC professional thoroughly check out your furnace. It’s common to wonder if it’s even necessary. My answer is YES! As a comfort advisor, one of the most common questions I get asked is what will we do when checking out a furnace or doing a furnace tuneup. That’s a great question!

Safety

Our number one concern is your safety. We want to make sure that you remain healthy and safe during the heating season in your home. Furnaces provide heat transfer, and over time this creates stress on the heat exchanger. Our primary concern is to ensure that the heating chamber on your furnace is sealed, and there is no possibility of carbon monoxide leaking out.

Once we have confirmed that everything is safe, we check all of the furnace’s electrical components. We clean everything correctly and check that nothing is preventing good heat transfer during the winter months. Demonstrating and explaining this process to you, the homeowner, along the way, if you like. We want to help you better understand your system and give you the opportunity to ask questions. Ensuring and providing you with peak efficiency, no matter your equipment’s age, is our goal.

Turn on Your Furnace

Efficiency

As our highly trained technicians ensure your furnace is running efficiently, we might need to repair some components to get the maximum life out of your furnace. Many times if the equipment is registered, the parts are under warranty for up to 10 years.

If we need to make significant repairs to keep your furnace running well, then you might want to think about replacing it. Often, replacing a furnace instead of putting money toward repairs can save you money. How, you ask? Over time your furnace starts running less efficient, and if it wasn’t appropriately sized or wasn’t efficient in the first place, then we can install the right size of equipment for your home. Also, furnaces now go up to 98% efficient. This means you are only losing 2% of your money due to a lack of efficiency.

If you need assistance with your furnace this season, please give Western Heating and Air a call at 385-273-3200 or visit www.WesternHeatingAir.com, and we will send someone out right away.

We are here to help you make the best decision for your family and have peace of mind while enjoying your warm home this winter!


Posted on October 13th, 2020

How To Replace A Furnace Filter: A Simple Guide

Performing DIY repairs on any large appliance, especially a furnace, can be intimidating. Thankfully, one of the most common furnace maintenance projects can be done with no specialized knowledge. Learning how to replace a furnace filter should be part of every homeowner’s skill set. If you aren’t sure where to start, read on to find out how to know it’s time for a replacement and how to install a filter.

How Do You Know It’s Time to Change a Furnace Filter?

Clean filter vs an extremely dirty filter

Many people leave the same filter in their furnace for months (or years) at a time. It’s an easy thing to forget, but filters should be changed out every 30-60 days to keep your heating system working at its best. The exact amount of time will change depending on your home’s existing air quality, whether you have pets, and if anyone in your family has breathing issues.

Single-use paper and fiberglass filters should be white and free of buildup or debris. If you notice that the filter is gray and dirty, don’t just shake off the dust and put it back. It’s time to replace it altogether.

If you have a permanent or reusable filter, you can still follow the steps below. The only difference is that instead of replacing it with a new one, you’ll clean it out with a water sprayer and let it dry off before putting it back in.

How to Replace a Furnace Filter

How long has it been since your filter was replaced? If it has been more than a few months (or you aren’t sure if it has ever been replaced), it’s time to open up your furnace and take a look at what’s inside.

1. Turn off the Furnace

Before opening up any appliance for maintenance, the first step is always to turn it off. Even though the danger of electrocution is small, you could burn yourself if the furnace has been running. There’s also a chance that the system could kick on while the filter is out and send debris circulating through the rest of your HVAC system.

Shut down your heating system by setting your thermostat to “off” and disconnecting power from the furnace. If it’s hot, wait for it to cool down before opening it up.

2. Open the Filter Compartment

Your furnace should have a marked service panel on one side. If you aren’t sure where to look, check the manual or look up your furnace model online. For old furnaces that don’t have manuals, look around the ductwork and blower compartment for a small door panel.

3. Remove and Inspect the Old Filter

Now that the service panel is open, you should be able to peek inside and see your old filter in place. Before you take it out for the first time, make a note or take a photo of how it’s installed so you can put the new one in the right way.

Pay special attention to airflow direction—you may want to mark it with an arrow on your furnace or ductwork for future reference. The arrow should point toward the fan. If you reinstall the new filter backward, its efficiency will decrease.

Take the old filter out and immediately seal it in a trash bag to keep the dust from becoming airborne. It should slide out of the furnace with little effort.

With the filter slot empty, take a moment to brush out any visible debris from inside your furnace. A large buildup of debris is a sign that it’s time to schedule a heating tune-up.

4. Purchase a Matching Replacement Filter

Check your furnace’s manual and the existing filter to make sure you buy the correct replacement. You can find furnace filters at most stores with a hardware section. Ordering them online is also simple and can give you a wider selection to choose from.

When buying a replacement, make sure you choose the correct size, material, and MERV rating for your furnace.

5. Install the New Filter

Now that you’re ready to put the new filter in, use the directions you left for yourself earlier to insert it in the right direction. Match up the airflow direction on the filter with your filter’s fan unit and slide it into place. Then, close up the service panel, and you’re ready to go.

6. Record the Date of Installation

To make sure you don’t forget to check your filter before it’s too late, write the date down for later reference. Place a sticker or magnetic notepad on or near your furnace to record the dates of your filter changes and any other furnace maintenance and repairs.

7. Restart the Furnace

Now that everything is back in place, you can reconnect the power to your furnace and turn your HVAC system back on with the thermostat. If your old filter was caked with dust before you replaced it, there might be a noticeable improvement in your home’s air quality.

Why You Should Never Ignore a Dirty or Damaged Filter

Not only can keeping your filter clean and updated extend the life of your furnace, but it will also make a huge difference in your home’s air quality.

The EPA recommends using a variety of methods to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ). Using clean filters in your furnace and HVAC unit is one of the easiest ways to trap pollutants before they enter your lungs. If your filter is damaged or caked with dust, your furnace will recirculate harmful particles back into your home’s air.

This is especially important to consider if anyone in your home has asthma or allergies or if you have dander-producing pets. Even if everyone has healthy lungs, a dusty furnace can fill your entire house with an unpleasant burning odor.

Looking for Help with Furnace Repairs?

Even though you now know how to replace a furnace filter yourself, sometimes you need a professional to help you out with repairs.

When that happens, call us at Western Heating & Air Conditioning. We can help you tune-up, fix, and replace your furnace when it’s no longer working at its best. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with a 24/7 service technician.


Posted on September 1st, 2020

Angie’s Advice On Studio 5

August had multiple days with triple-digit highs, which is very unusual for Utah. The first week of September has brought some slight relief, but it’s supposed to heat right back up for Labor Day Weekend. Is your air conditioner continually running, but it can’t keep your home cool, no matter how low you set your thermostat? Recently featured on Studio 5, our very own Angie Snow shares some reasons why your air conditioner may not be keeping up. View the segment now!

Why Isn't My Air Conditioning Keeping Up

At Western Heating and Air Conditioning, our goal is to make you and your home as comfortable as possible. If you find yourself asking “Why isn’t my air conditioning keeping up?” Or if you’ve got further questions or would like to schedule an appointment for general maintenance or repair, don’t hesitate to call us at 375-273-3200 or visit www.Westernheatingair.com. Our dedicated team is here to help you with all your home comfort needs.


Posted on July 15th, 2020

6 Ways to Lower Your Hot Water Energy Consumption

If you are looking for ways to reduce your hot water energy use, the first thing you might consider is lowering your heater’s set point, especially for a tanked water heater. After all, your tank stores hot water that stays unused for most of the day, right? Unfortunately, you cannot lower this temperature too much, or you increase the risk of legionella and other nasty germs growing in your heater. Here are 6 ways to lower your hot water energy consumption.

Shorter showers

The most basic way to use less energy for hot water is to use less water overall. Most people have longer showers than necessary, and even a small reduction in running water time will save you money in the long run.

Turn off water

Speaking of reducing the amount of time for running water, the old water-saving advice of turning off the faucet while soaping your hands and brushing your teeth apply here. You will save on two bills: water consumption and energy.

Lower temperature of water at faucets

You might not be able to set your tank temperature too low, but you can certainly control the temperature of the water coming out of your shower and faucets. You don’t have to have cold showers to save. A slightly cooler temperature is enough to reduce your hot water energy consumption.

Use your dishwasher

Reap the benefits of germ-killing and grease removing heat without the consumption. Dishwashers use less water per full load than continuous running water to do the same amount by hand. Just be sure to fill up the dishwasher to reap the benefits. If you don’t have a dishwasher, fill your sink with soapy water and get those dishes done without excessive amounts of hot water pouring down the drain.

Wash clothes in cold water

With the right detergents, you can get clean clothes while using little to no hot water. Some items need to be washed in hot water, but for everything else, use cold water and see your energy bill go down.

Install a high-efficiency water heater

Most of the ways mentioned here are related to your everyday habits. However, switching to a high-efficiency water heater will help you even more. Maintain your water heater to ensure maximum efficiency or consider a full upgrade altogether.

We know these 6 ways to lower your hot water energy consumption will come in handy and save you money. If you need to discuss your options for saving water heater energy, give us a call at 385-273-3200, and we can help you. Learn more about saving energy on our website at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.


Posted on April 14th, 2020

There’s nothing quite like waking up on a cold morning to find your house is almost as cold inside as outside. Or to turn up the heat to get things a little warmer only to find there’s no heat coming out. 

Furnace problems are no fun, in fact, they’re downright worrisome. How will we stay warm? How much will the repair cost? 

Don’t assume because you don’t have heat the worst has happened. Sometimes when a furnace is not working it can be something small and easy to fix. 

Read on for 9 common furnace problems to consider if you are not getting heat from your furnace. 

1. Filter

When a furnace isn’t producing heat, one of the most common problems is related to the furnace filter. 

From just doing their job day in and day out the furnace picks up dust and dirt from your home and inside the ductwork. That’s the whole job of the filter, to catch that before it gets to the mechanical parts of the furnace. 

When the furnace filter is dirty, it can move the warm air from the furnace and you won’t feel it in your house. 

Replacing your furnace filters should be part of your regular furnace maintenance. 

2. Thermostat

The thermostat tells you what temperature it wants the furnace to heat your house. It tells it to turn on if it’s cold and likewise to click off if it’s at the desired temperature. 

Your furnace could be in perfect working order and the problem is with the thermostat. 

First, make sure the thermostat is actually turned on. It can’t tell the furnace to work unless it is powered on. Be sure to check the batteries on your thermostat. Changing thermostat batteries should also be part of your regular maintenance routine.

3. Electric Ignition or Pilot Light

If your furnace won’t turn on, once thing to consider is the pilot light

If you have an older furnace that runs with a constantly lit pilot light and this blows out, your furnace won’t click on to make heat. The pilot needs to be relit. 

If you have a more modern furnace, an electric ignition lights your pilot light as heat is needed. If your ignition system runs with a thermocouple, it might be time to call the furnace repair service

4. Airflow

Airflow issues can arise in a few ways. The first was already addressed, through your air filter if it’s clogged. 

If air is not coming through your vents, check to make sure the vents are opened up. 

Another issue related to airflow is leaking in your ductwork. The furnace might be making the heat but before it can be delivered to the rooms in your house it’s escaping. 

Finally, be sure to look around your furnace. So many people pile things in their basements and the furnace area gets more and more congested and even dirty. This prevents the furnace from working at its peak. 

5. Heat Exchanger

Your furnace has something called a heat exchanger. Over time, with no regular maintenance, the heat exchanger can start to crack. 

If the heat exchanger starts to crack, carbon monoxide can be released back into your home. If you have a carbon monoxide detector (and you should) and it is giving you warnings, it’s time to have your furnace checked out. 

Regular furnace maintenance helps to avoid this issue. 

6. Cycling

When a furnace is cycling it means it is turning on and off over and over again. 

This doesn’t make for good energy efficiency and indicates there is some problem going on with the furnace. 

Often a cycling furnace means the filter is clogged and air can’t get through causing the furnace to turn on and off. 

If the furnace filter is good and there appears to be good airflow around the furnace, you want to contact a furnace specialist as there may be something more serious going on.

7. Not Enough Heat

Again, check the filter as this often the cause when the furnace is producing heat but just not enough.

If the filter is clean and you are still not getting enough heat, make sure the vents in the cold room are open. 

Check the airflow around the furnace air. 

Is there a big temperature differential between rooms? Start to look at visible ductwork. Feel the ducts for warmth or warm air escaping. 

If none of these are the answer, it’s time to bring in the furnace specialist. 

8. No Heat

If your furnace is producing no heat, don’t panic and assume the worst. 

First, check the thermostat is on, clicked to heat and has good working batteries. Once those things are checked, try turning the thermostat up to see if it will kick on and get you heat. 

It might also mean the circuit breaker blew. Flip the circuit breaker switch on your electrical panel and then click it back on. 

If those things don’t work, it’s time to call the professionals. 

9. Noisy Sounds

You get to know the sounds of your furnace. You hear it click on. You hear the blower sending warm air into your ducts. You know what it sounds like when it clicks off too. 

If suddenly, you are hearing out of the ordinary sounds from your furnace, pay attention. Your furnace should not squeak, rattle or rumble. 

Again, it could be a sign of something minor like a clogged furnace filter. 

It could also be a sign there is a belt loose or some pending mechanical issue. If you go through this checklist and are still hearing out of the ordinary noises from your furnace, call in a professional for an inspection.

Avoid Furnace Problems and Stay Warm

Your furnace is one of those things in your house you just rely on to do its job and keep you warm. Yet, your furnace needs a little love on occasion to keep everyone warm. 

Be a smart homeowner and practice regular furnace maintenance to avoid unwanted furnace problems.

If you find something a little out of your expertise level, contact us. We can help get your furnace in good working order in no time. We even offer 24-hour emergency service if you need it. 


Posted on January 15th, 2020

Performing DIY repairs on any large appliance, especially a furnace, can be intimidating. Thankfully, one of the most common furnace maintenance projects can be done with no specialized knowledge.

Learning how to replace a furnace filter should be part of every homeowner’s skill set. If you aren’t sure where to start, read on to find out how to know it’s time for a replacement and how to install a filter.

Professional repair service man or diy home owner removing a dirty air filter on a house air conditioner so he can replace it with a new clean one.

A professional repair service man or DIY homeowner removes a dirty air filter on a house air conditioner to replace it with a new clean one.

How Do You Know It’s Time to Change a Furnace Filter?

Many people leave the same filter in their furnace for months (or years) at a time. It’s an easy thing to forget, but filters should be changed out every 30-60 days to keep your heating system working at its best. The exact amount of time will change depending on your home’s existing air quality, whether you have pets, and if anyone in your family has breathing issues.

Single-use paper and fiberglass filters should be white and free of buildup or debris. If you notice that the filter is gray and dirty, don’t just shake off the dust and put it back. It’s time to replace it altogether.

If you have a permanent or reusable filter, you can still follow the steps below. The only difference is that instead of replacing it with a new one, you’ll clean it out with a water sprayer and let it dry off before putting it back in.

How to Replace a Furnace Filter

How long has it been since your filter was replaced? If it has been more than a few months (or you aren’t sure if it has ever been replaced), it’s time to open up your furnace and take a look at what’s inside.

1. Turn off the Furnace

Before opening up any appliance for maintenance, the first step is always to turn it off. Even though the danger of electrocution is small, you could burn yourself if the furnace has been running. There’s also a chance that the system could kick on while the filter is out and send debris circulating through the rest of your HVAC system.

Shut down your heating system by setting your thermostat to “off” and disconnecting power from the furnace. If it’s hot, wait for it to cool down before opening it up.

2. Open the Filter Compartment

Your furnace should have a marked service panel on one side. If you aren’t sure where to look, check the manual or look up your furnace model online. For old furnaces that don’t have manuals, look around the ductwork and blower compartment for a small door panel.

3. Remove and Inspect the Old Filter

Now that the service panel is open, you should be able to peek inside and see your old filter in place. Before you take it out for the first time, make a note or take a photo of how it’s installed so you can put the new one in the right way.

Pay special attention to airflow direction—you may want to mark it with an arrow on your furnace or ductwork for future reference. The arrow should point toward the fan. If you reinstall the new filter backward, its efficiency will decrease.

Take the old filter out and immediately seal it in a trash bag to keep the dust from becoming airborne. It should slide out of the furnace with little effort.

With the filter slot empty, take a moment to brush out any visible debris from inside your furnace. A large buildup of debris is a sign that it’s time to schedule a heating tune-up.

4. Purchase a Matching Replacement Filter

Check your furnace’s manual and the existing filter to make sure you buy the correct replacement. You can find furnace filters at most stores with a hardware section. Ordering them online is also simple and can give you a wider selection to choose from.

When buying a replacement, make sure you choose the correct size, material, and MERV rating for your furnace.

5. Install the New Filter

Now that you’re ready to put the new filter in, use the directions you left for yourself earlier to insert it in the right direction. Match up the airflow direction on the filter with your filter’s fan unit and slide it into place. Then, close up the service panel, and you’re ready to go.

6. Record the Date of Installation

To make sure you don’t forget to check your filter before it’s too late, write the date down for later reference. Place a sticker or magnetic notepad on or near your furnace to record the dates of your filter changes and any other furnace maintenance and repairs.

7. Restart the Furnace

Now that everything is back in place, you can reconnect the power to your furnace and turn your HVAC system back on with the thermostat. If your old filter was caked with dust before you replaced it, there might be a noticeable improvement in your home’s air quality.

Why You Should Never Ignore a Dirty or Damaged Filter

Not only can keeping your filter clean and updated extend the life of your furnace, but it will also make a huge difference in your home’s air quality.

The EPA recommends using a variety of methods to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ). Using clean filters in your furnace and HVAC unit is one of the easiest ways to trap pollutants before they enter your lungs. If your filter is damaged or caked with dust, your furnace will recirculate harmful particles back into your home’s air.

This is especially important to consider if anyone in your home has asthma or allergies or if you have dander-producing pets. Even if everyone has healthy lungs, a dusty furnace can fill your entire house with an unpleasant burning odor.

Looking for Help with Furnace Repairs?

Even though you now know how to replace a furnace filter yourself, sometimes you need a professional to help you out with repairs.

When that happens, call us at Western Heating & Air Conditioning. We can help you tune-up, fix, and replace your furnace when it’s no longer working at its best. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with a 24/7 service technician.


Posted on October 28th, 2019

 

 

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Posted on September 19th, 2019

Why Ventilation Matters During Cold Weather

Ever since we’ve discovered the impact of our energy consumption on the environment, we’ve taken more and more steps to reduce use. By limiting the heating and cooling loads of our HVAC systems, we help both the environment and our pockets.

But as we strive to reduce the energy we use, it’s important to remember that some loads are worth keeping, like ventilation. Bringing in fresh air might use more gas and electricity but if we limit outside air, the effects can be detrimental.

Here are the reasons why ventilation is vital to your family, especially as winter starts creeping in.

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Exhaust removes moist air
Ventilation consists of introducing fresh air as well as getting rid of stale air. Exhausting air from moisture-prone areas like your kitchen and bathroom is important for preventing issues like mold and bacterial growth.

A simple exhaust fan can do wonders as long as you use it when required and it works to its full capacity. Ensure that your exhaust fans are well-maintained to keep these areas well ventilated.

Ventilation reduces the buildup of unwanted gases
Too much carbon dioxide and exposure to gases like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can make you sick. Carbon dioxide builds up in your home if it isn’t replaced with fresh outdoor air. This can lead to fatigue and restlessness as well as headaches. VOC exposure causes eye, throat and lung irritation in the short term but can lead to problems with the liver and central nervous system with ongoing exposure.

For many years we dealt with outdoor air pollution but studies show that poor ventilation leads to higher levels of indoor air pollutants. Adequate ventilation is the only way to ensure acceptable indoor air quality.

Fewer germs
In addition to unwanted gases, ventilation reduces the buildup of germs during flu season. Since you’re more likely to spend time indoors during winter, getting rid of viruses and bacteria will keep your family healthier and reduce the spread of winter misery from colds and the flu.

The best part is that you don’t need to accept a massive increase in your heating load to get enough ventilation. Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) help with energy while allowing you the benefit of fresh air. If you want fresher, healthier air in your home, especially as it gets colder, give the professionals at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can help keep your family healthy. Call us at 385-273-3200 or visit us at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.


Posted on September 11th, 2019

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Commercial HVAC systems seem to get all the love with engineers devoting months to designing them to be just right. Many homeowners don’t have this luxury and their systems are often sized based on square footage. And while these rules of thumb are quick and easy, the long-term effect of poorly sized equipment can be costly and stressful.

Heating
It may seem obvious that if your furnace is undersized, you just won’t get the heating you need. You’ll shiver winter after winter while you wait for the temperature to go up. But that’s not the only indicator. You may find some parts of your home get warm while others are cold. One typical reason is that the airflow isn’t properly balanced. Another possibility is an undersized furnace that simply can’t heat your entire house.

More often than not, though, the problem is that your unit might be oversized. Unfortunately, this means a higher initial cost and potentially higher energy consumption to power a larger fan. If you have a single stage furnace, you might find it cycling on and off more frequently. Your home’s temperature will fluctuate and your furnace will experience more wear. Modulating furnaces aren’t prone to this problem but they will run at a less than optimum efficiency, consuming more fuel than if properly sized.

Poorly designed cooling
In northern climates, air conditioners are sometimes considered less important. While heating is more critical for severe winters, cooling systems are vital for both temperature and humidity control in the summer. An undersized air conditioner will struggle to cool your home and run longer, drawing more power. It will also take a long time to bring the temperature and humidity down, leaving you at risk for all the issues associated with high humidity.

Similar to furnaces, some air conditioners may be oversized, especially in hotter climates where air conditioning is critical for extreme temperatures in the summer. The problem is that oversizing your air conditioner can increase wear as the compressor cycles on and off for single stage cooling systems. It can also lower humidity too much, leaving your home dry and uncomfortable. Added to that is the higher initial cost and energy use for a unit that is bigger than it needs to be.

There’s no question that much thought needs to go into choosing the right equipment for your home. If your HVAC system isn’t performing despite proper repair and replacement, give the experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can assess the design to help you deal with those issues. For a limited time, we are offering a free home analysis ($79 value). Call 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.


Posted on September 3rd, 2019

Signs Your Water Heater Needs to be Replaced

Your water heater is a very important appliance in your home. Many people may not even think about their water heater until the hot water is gone. The last thing we would want is for you to wake up to a cold shower, or a flooded home from a broken water heater. Here are a few signs that may indicate your water heater needs to be replaced.

Is your water heater showing these signs

Recovery Time

Is your water heater keeping up with the needs of your family? I have four children, and when we all want to shower or bath around the same time, we often run out of hot water. The recovery time is measured by how long it takes to heat the water up after all the water is used from the water heater. If it takes a while or if it is running out of hot water frequently, then that may indicate a problem.

Strange Noises

Have you ever heard strange noises from your water heater? You may not unless you are close to your water heater when it turns on. Listen closely and if you hear crackling, bubbling or popping noises, that could indicate that your tank is getting full of sediment. This can be harmful to a water heater, causing it to not heat the water properly. When this happens, the water heater over works and it causes unnecessary, extra stress on your water heater.

Life Expectancy

Water heaters typically last 8-10 years. If your water heater is getting in this age range, you may notice some of the symptoms above. At this age it’s best to consider replacing it if these symptoms are occurring.

To keep your water heater running safely and efficiently, we suggest an annual water heater safety check. Our friendly, certified technicians are trained to effectively test and maintain your water heaters for optimal performance. They recommend installing a water sensor by your water heater to alert you of any flooding.

Western Heating & Air Conditioning’s owner, Ryan Snow, shares additional insights and information on water heaters here.

Special Offer!

Schedule your annual furnace tune-up now, and get a complimentary water heater check for the month of September 2019 only. Or if it’s time to upgrade that water heater, we have our BLOWOUT water heater pricing for this month only. Our certified technicians are Utah’s most wanted and most trusted technicians. They treat you like family and leave your home nicer than they found it. Visit Western Heating & Air Conditioning online at www.TimeForComfort.com or call 801-515-2448 to schedule today!


Posted on August 21st, 2019

Finding the Right Summer Indoor Temperature

The ideal temperature setting is something we rarely think about when fiddling with the thermostat in summer. Though the perfect temperature may seem purely based on opinion, there are some factors we must all consider before setting the dial.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the ideal indoor temperature for comfort is between 75°F (24°C) and 80.5°F (27°C) in the summer. This temperature range is based on factors like clothing, humidity levels, individual metabolic rate and airflow speed. Your personal comfort levels may deviate from this range, based on your body’s metabolism, but not by very much.

Health
We must consider our health when setting our home temperature. The ideal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C) so try to maintain that when possible. When you set your thermostat, the humidity of your home is also affected. Air conditioning lowers humidity, which can then dry out mucus membranes. This leaves you susceptible to colds other respiratory issues.

Temperature also affects sleep quality, which impacts your immune system and overall health. For most people, a temperature range of 65°F to 72°F (18°C to 22°C) works best. In the summer, this might mean running your air conditioner on hot nights. As with daytime temperatures, ideal sleep temperatures will vary depending on your body and how bundled up you are.

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Energy savings
You can save energy on cooling by finding other ways to cool down in summer. Keeping your thermostat set to slightly higher temperatures will cut your energy bills by 6-8% per degree. You can use a fan with your air conditioner set to a higher temperature to keep cool while consuming less electricity.
Equipment performance and life cycle
Depending on how your equipment is sized, setting the temperature wrong may cause it to cycle on and off or cause it to run excessively. This has the undesired effect of reducing your equipment life cycle as it works harder and experiences more wear and tear.

Make sure that whatever your preferred indoor temperature, your air conditioner is correctly sized so it doesn’t experience too much run time or too much cycling. Have a professional from Western Heating & Air Conditioning review your system to make sure it’s the right size for your home.

Keep your cooling equipment ready to go

With more hot days ahead, you will want your cooling equipment running at its best. Give Western Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 385-273-3200 for any maintenance issues or simply to review your air conditioning so you’re never stuck without cooling. Learn more at www.WesternHeatingandAir.com.

 


Posted on July 26th, 2019

Your HVAC Independence Plan

Nearly two hundred and fifty years ago, the United States gained independence from the British Empire. It took dedication, hard work and tenacity.

But how independent are we in our own lives? Figuring it out requires close self-examination. Even the small aspects of our daily existence affect our independence. One aspect is our home environment, figuratively and literally.

In the literal sense, our home’s systems affect the freedom we experience. Here are some tweaks you can do to ensure your HVAC system helps boost your independence.

Independence from high utility bills 
You’re unlikely to gain full independence from utility bills but you can be independent from the ones that keep you up at night. HVAC systems use a substantial percentage of energy so lowering consumption with the right upgrades will bring those bills down.

High efficiency furnaces, air conditioners, boilers and water heaters are designed to reduce energy use and bring you closer to independence. Using solar collectors for hot water can lower your bills even more.

Independence from indoor air pollution 
Indoor air pollution is an invisible enemy that can make you sick and you won’t even know why. You can’t gain true independence with health problems, especially ones you can avoid.

Keep indoor air pollution at bay with properly maintained exhaust fans, filters upgraded to high efficiency or an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) that boosts air quality with minimal impact to your heating and cooling bills.
Independence from allergies
Speaking of health, allergy symptoms can rob you of true independence by leaving you too miserable and sick to function.

Minimize your exposure to allergens in your home with proper furnace maintenance: replace filters (or upgrade them to HEPA filters), clean the fan and ductwork and install an air purifier. Proper ventilation combined with the right filtration and purification will bring you closer to allergy independence at home.

Independence from humidity issues 
Achieving comfort at home is about more than just getting the temperature right. Your home must be at the right humidity as well, and not just for comfort. Humidity that is too high or low can cause problems with your home (damage to walls and structure) and your health (triggering allergies, making you more susceptible to colds, drying skin and mucus membranes).

When evaluating the health issues that your family has, and because of the dryness in Utah Valley, you may want to consider installing a humidifier, or air conditioner to control the moisture levels and keep you independent of humidity problems. If you need help achieving more independence in your HVAC life, give the Certified Comfort Experts at Western Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 385-273-3200 or visit us online at www.WesternHeatingAir.com.

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Posted on February 15th, 2019

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Have you noticed a change in water pressure lately?

How about scum build up in your showers? Dishes not getting clean? All of these are probably due to, you guessed it, HARD WATER. Utah is known for having very hard water. The damage to your home over time can be pretty drastic if left untreated.

Water softeners can help, but remembering to purchase salt or chemicals for them can be a hassle and costly. Plus, most water softeners are not good for the environment. That’s why we recommend the Flow-Tech Home anti-scale water system. 

Here are 10 reasons why we think you’ll love the Flow-Tech Home System:

  1. Comes with our “Perfect Installation” checklist
  2. Treats all of your water whether it’s flowing or not
  3. Works with most types of plumbing
  4. Water feels soft but not slimy
  5. Most advanced chemical-free water treatment system available today
  6. Keeps new limescale from growing
  7. Removes old limescale
  8. Cost efficient and uses less energy than water softeners
  9. Eco-friendly
  10. Maintenance-free

The Flow-Tech MAX Anti-Scale System is revolutionizing water treatment.

The Flow-Tech MAX Anti-Scale System is a maintenance-free, eco-friendly, and cost-efficient water treatment device that controls limescale build-up and removes pre-existing limescale. Using technology derived from years of research and development from a team of chemical engineers and scientists.

When you order from Western Heating and Air, we guarantee you are getting a high-quality product, with our “Perfect Installation” process. Our technicians will walk you through every step of the process and show you how to operate your new equipment before leaving your home. You can learn more about the Flow-Tech HERE.

On sale for a limited time. Special financing is available. Call us today 801-375-COOL or visit us online at TimeForComfort.com!


Posted on February 8th, 2019

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We all know February is the month of LOVE, but I bet you didn’t know that could involve your heating system too… It’s true! Your furnace needs just as much care and special treatment as your significant other, ok maybe not quite as much. But, if you want your “relationship” with your furnace to last, you have to treat it extra special once in a while. Do you show your furnace the love that it needs and deserves?

Five Signs Your Furnace Needs Some Love:

  1. You’re seeing higher gas bills despite normal usage patterns.
  2. You hear a vibration or rattling from the furnace.
  3. You need to set the thermostat higher in order to keep rooms comfortable.
  4. There is rust around the furnace or feeder pipes.
  5. You can’t remember when it last had a full tune-up.

If your heating system is showing any of these signs of distress, don’t wait any longer! Apologize fast and give your furnace a Tune-Up from Western Heating & Air this February! A Tune-Up performed by our Certified Comfort Experts will have your furnace feeling factory fresh in no time!

Does your furnace need more than a Tune-Up? Our Certified Comfort Experts can perform a health inspection on your equipment and let you know the best options for repairs or even replacement. If replacement is the best option, take advantage of our February Installation special with a free duct cleaning!

That’s right! When you invest in a new furnace or AC in February you will get a FREE Duct Cleaning ($550 value)!

Let your friends and family know you love them by sharing this important information with them! We look forward to serving you! Give us a call at 801-375-COOL or visit us at TimeForComfort.com today to find out more. 


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