Most Common Furnace Problems 

You probably don’t give your furnace much thought – until it matters most and fails. There are many reasons why a furnace stops working and sometimes it’s an easy fix. You just need to know what to look for and how to fix it. However, as a HVAC contractor we recommend hiring a HVAC professional who is skilled and trained. But if you feel like discovering why your furnace isn’t working properly, here are the five most common furnace problems to look for. 

Dirty Flame Sensor 

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The most common furnace problem is a dirty flame sensor. You will know if your flame sensor is dirty when you turn on your furnace and the igniter lites a flame, but within a few seconds the flame goes out. Furnaces typically try 3-5 times to lite before it goes into a lockout. A lockout is when a furnace does nothing for about 3 hours before trying to lite again. 

Why does a flame sensor become dirty in a furnace? Naturally a flame sensor becomes dirty and build up occurs. Too much build up prevents it from sensing the flame. If it can’t sense the flame then it turns the gas valve off. 

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When To Replace Your Heat Pump

Replacing a heat pump isn’t an easy decision. As homeowners, we tend to want to get the most out of our heating and cooling equipment before it breaks down. But does that outweigh the benefits of your home comfort and home efficiency? 

Heat pumps provide air conditioning during the summer and reduces the cost of heating during the winter. For those in Central Oregon who do not have natural gas, heat pumps are the next best choice and for good reason. 

Heat pump systems are 30% more efficient than a dozen years ago. With today’s technology and advancements, we have equipment systems that can reduce electricity bills as much as 75% or more when compared to electric furnaces. This is a huge accomplishment in the HVAC industry when it comes to energy efficiency and why many residents replace their heat pumps. 

What Is The Average Lifespan?

An average lifespan of a heat pump in Central Oregon is 15 years. The theory “don’t fix it until it’s broken” has been throughout the industry for as long as we can remember. However, do homeowners benefit from fixing a heat pump after the age of 15 years? We believe not with occasional success stories. 

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How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Adverse Outside Air Quality Conditions?

Improving your indoor air quality in Central Oregon during fire season seems more important now than ever before. Bend Heating has received an influx of inquiries revolving around indoor air quality and how your heating and cooling system can be a part of the solution. Below you’ll find steps to take as a homeowner to better optimize your heating and cooling systems to improve your home’s air quality.

Indoor Air Quality Tips For Homes With AC

Homes that have air conditioners should take the following steps to improve air flow and air quality: 

  • Run your air conditioner as needed throughout the day. Your air is circulating and getting filtered. 
  • Keep your windows and doors closed 
  • Seal any gaps where outside air can enter
  • Whether you run your ac or not, you have the option of running your fan continuous by setting your thermostat fan setting to “on”. This will help ‘scrub’ your indoor air even more.

Indoor Air Quality Tips For Homes With No AC

Homeowner’s with no ac should take the following steps to improve air quality not only during fire season, but year round.

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How to Tell If It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

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Predicting your water heater’s future is risky — although it’s most likely to last 10 to 15 years, waiting until it breaks can be costly: The average insurance claim for water damage due to a failed water heater is $4,000. And to make things worse, you may be stuck without hot water or end up with a flooded home.

So if you don’t know the age of your current unit, it’s worth checking to see if you’re nearing that time to replace your water heater. It pays to prepare before your water heater gives up or fails, which can be inconvenient (at best) or catastrophic (at worst).

Since finding the date of installation isn’t always straightforward, we came up with the handy guide below to help you find the age of your water heater.

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Hybrid Water Heaters Outperform the Rest While Costing Less

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Hybrid water heaters, also known as heat pump water heaters, are among the best-kept secret in home appliances. Though their heat pump technology makes them ultra-efficient, hybrid water heaters are also notable for performing as well or better than standard electric tanks, with a long lifespan and unmatched savings, to boot.

Sound too good to be true? Here’s how it’s possible.

The heat pump in a hybrid water heater works by capturing heat from the surrounding air and transferring it to the tank. This is much more efficient than standard electric water heaters, which work hard to generate their own heat. In fact, hybrid water heaters use just 40% of the electricity consumed by conventional models — a difference you’ll notice on your electric bill.

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How To Plan Your Summers HVAC Service

Planning your HVAC service this summer will be different than any other summer. As a matter of fact with COVID-19 uncertainty, everything this summer will change for the better good of keeping our communities healthy and safe. 

If you’re a homeowner needing your heating and cooling system serviced, repaired or replaced, Bend Heating & Sheet Metal can help. Over the past month, we’ve made internal changes such as limiting employee contact, wearing protective gear, working remotely for those who can, sanitizing our office and shop, and offering curb side pickup for sheet metal projects. 

By making the necessary changes early, we assure that we are here to help, providing full service and availability with healthy employees.  

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COVID-19 Update

In compliance with an executive order from the office of Governor Brown regarding COVID-19 measures, we are implementing social distancing policies in our office in order to remain open to best serve our customers. 

All of our service employees are required to stay in their work vans when receiving their service orders from service manager. When servicing our customers they are required to respect the social distancing order and follow strict protocol when following customers wishes on social distancing. 

We are still open for estimates for new equipment and installation. 

We will continue to serve our customers as safely as possible until further notice. 

Stay well,

From all of us at Bend Heating.

Single Zone vs Multi Zone Difference | Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump

Mini split heat pumps are one of the most energy efficient heating systems in the world. Also known as ductless heat pumps, mini splits come in single zone and multi zone units. Single zone mini split systems are great when focusing on one common area such as a single room or garage. Multi zone mini split systems are more commonly used when focusing on your entire residence. But which ductless option is best for you? Lets find out.

Two Options

Ductless heat pumps are the most trending heating systems in the Northwest and for good reason. They are highly energy efficient, quiet, require no ductwork and cost much less than traditional heating systems. In addition to heating, ductless mini splits provide air conditioning for individual rooms or zones also known as single zone vs multi zone:

  • Single Zone – Most ideal for individual rooms such as garages, new additions to homes and work spaces. A few smaller houses with limited rooms can get by with a single zone unit. Along with heating, you’ll receive cooling with your single zone mini split heat pump.
  • Multi Zone – Works similarly compared to single zone mini splits, but have more flexibility and more indoor units. Most ideal for a larger homes with multiple rooms needing heating and air conditioning.
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Example: 1 unit inside home is single zone vs 2+ units inside home is multi zone
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Ductless Heat Pump Promotion Recap

We wanted to provide an update on our ductless heat pump promotion for manufactured homes that launched in March 2019. Bend Heating was the exclusive heating and cooling contractor in Bend, OR to have been chosen by The Energy Trust of Oregon to professionally install ducted or ductless heat pumps for manufactured homes. And now that is was proven a success, the offer has been extended through December, 31 2019!

2 Year Heat Pump Study

In 2017, Bend Heating began a study with Energy Trust of Oregon that installed heat pumps or ductless heat pumps for 60 manufactured homes. Energy Trust of Oregon audited the differences in energy draw between newly installed heat pumps and electric furnaces. The difference was incredible. Homeowners saw a reduction in energy bills of over 50%. For this reason and many others, Bend Heating was selected as the only heating and cooling company in Central Oregon to be a part of this of this program.

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“I love my new ductless heat pump. It’s working great and I couldn’t be happier.”

Dan Peterson
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Central Air Conditioner How it Works

Central air conditioners work as a system in which air is cooled at a central location, usually an air handler, then distributed throughout the home via ductwork.

Types of Central Air Conditioners

There are two types of central air conditioners: a packaged unit and a split system. Most importantly, in a residential Central Oregon home the split system is by far the most used. It’s composed of two units, a condensing coil that goes outside and the evaporator coil/ air handler that goes inside. In addition these units are connected by copper tubing which transfers heat from inside your home to the outside through the refrigeration cycle process. When the system is running, if you put your hand over the outdoor condenser unit, you will feel very warm air coming off it. This is the transfer of heat from your home to the outside.

Benefits of a Central Air Conditioner Installation

Benefits of a central air conditioner installation:

  • Indoor comfort – Humidity levels with drop in your home. Above all your home will cool.
  • Cleaner air – while the system is on you get the benefit of filtered air throughout your home. We recommend you have a higher efficiency filter setup with your system. In addition, you get better filtration and cleaner air to breathe indoors.
  • Quiet operation – this is in comparison to window units or portable units in your home.
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