5 Signs That Your Furnace Needs Pre-Winter Maintenance

October 11, 2019

HVAC experts recommend getting your furnace serviced and inspected annually to maintain its efficiency and increase its lifespan–but did you know there are tangible clues that show your furnace needs maintenance? If you notice these warning signs, it’s time to schedule an appointment for your heating system. 1. Your furnace is making strange noises. Your furnace’s usual operating sounds tend to be like white noise in the background. Once your furnace starts to make some unusual noises, it’s time to call a technician. Keep an ear out for rattling or squealing sounds, as

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Will the Freon (R-22) Phaseout Affect My Air Conditioner?

September 12, 2019

If you own an air conditioner that uses R-22 (also known as Freon), you’ve probably heard about a “ban” on this refrigerant that’s taking place in 2020. You’ve also probably accumulated a lot of questions in the meantime, such as what this ban actually restricts and how it might affect you. To clear up some of the confusion, we’ve compiled answers to some frequently asked questions about the R-22 phaseout and the upcoming restrictions we can all expect in 2020. Is there going to be a ban on R-22 in 2020? ANSWER: The

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Ice Is Forming on My AC: What Should I Do?

August 9, 2019

It doesn’t have to be winter for ice to form an air conditioner. If you find ice encrusting part of your air conditioner on a hot day, the problem is not weather-related: it’s most likely a problem having to do with airflow or refrigerant. Below, we’ll go into more detail about why ice forms on air conditioners and what you should do if this happens to you. Why Ice Forms on Air Conditioners Refrigerant Issues Your air conditioner needs a certain amount of refrigerant to properly maintain the cooling process.

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The Best Types of Window Treatments for Blocking Out Heat

July 12, 2019

We know at Woodward Heating Inc., that windows may offer a home natural light and beautiful views of the outdoors, but without effective treatments, windows can greatly reduce a home’s energy efficiency. Windows that receive direct sunlight, in particular, can undermine the effectiveness of your home’s cooling system during the warmer months of the year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 76% of the sunlight that enters through a standard double-pane window will become heat inside your home. The solution is to add window treatments to your home that reduce your windows’ solar heat gain–but

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How to Make Your Air Conditioner Last as Long as Possible

July 5, 2019

While people love having air conditioning, few homeowners jump for joy at the price of an air conditioner replacement. When you buy an air conditioner, you’re buying an investment in your home’s comfort, an investment that you want to last as long as mechanically possible. That’s why it’s important for AC owners to know what they can do to give their AC system (AKA. their investment) a long, healthy lifespan. Here is how to keep your air conditioner running efficiently for the long-term. 1. Provide shade for your outdoor unit. Providing your AC’s

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Your Guide to Air Conditioner Noises

June 6, 2019

Summer is here and your air conditioner is about to be the hero of your home. Unfortunately, before the warm weather arrives, many people encounter significant problems with their air conditioner unit, including some strange and loud noises. While many don’t look at this as a big problem, it’s important to act quickly should you encounter any of these noises. As a homeowner, you should know what these mean and how to rectify the problem. Here are some of the more common noises you may hear coming from your air conditioner and what may cause them to

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Frequent Cycling – Good For Exercise, Bad for Your HVAC System

May 3, 2019

Does your HVAC system turn on, cycle for a few minutes, and then shut off… only to start up again a few minutes later? If this describes your HVAC system’s behavior, then most likely your system is doing what HVAC technicians call “short cycling.” This frequent cycling at short intervals is an issue that puts excessive stress on your HVAC system’s components. Ultimately it’s a problem that can shorten your system’s lifespan and cost you a lot of money in repairs. Continue reading to learn more about what causes short cycling and what can

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5 HVAC Tips That All Pet Parents Need to Know

April 11, 2019

Being a pet parent is one of life’s greatest pleasures–but it also means a little extra care when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system and keeping up your indoor air quality. If you have a furry family member or two living under your roof, follow these tips to help extend the life of your HVAC equipment and reduce the amount of pet-related pollutants in your indoor air. 1. Groom Your Pet on a Regular Basis How does this help? By grooming and bathing your pet regularly, you’ll reduce the amount of hair/fur and dander that

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Are You Ignoring These 3 Gas Furnace Hazards?

March 1, 2019

If properly maintained, most gas furnaces will last 15 to 20 years and provide your family with comforting warmth in relative safety. That being said, it’s important to know about certain gas furnace problems that can become dangerous if ignored. In this blog post, we’ll cover these 4 topics: How a blocked or damaged exhaust flue can expose your home to exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide How a malfunctioning thermocoupler can allow a buildup of combustible gas How a corroded or cracked heat exchanger can leak

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What to Look for In An Air Conditioning Company

February 7, 2017

For most of us, a house represents the largest financial investment we’ll ever make. That means finding a company to handle your AC needs is of utmost importance, as well. The company you pick will be your partner in choosing and maintaining your home’s HVAC unit, which has consequences you might not have thought about. Since cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs, making the right decision can have an impact on your financial well-being, in addition to the comfort of you and your family. For years, people in Oregon have trusted Woodward Heating

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