ThermAll Heating, Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Yakima’

The Benefits of an Attic Fan Installation

Monday, June 19th, 2023
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When you hear the term “attic fan,” you might immediately wonder what good it would do. You don’t spend much time in your attic, so why would you need a fan up there?

Attic fans, however, are extremely useful devices. Their purpose is to remove excess heat and moisture in the attic. During the summer, the radiant heat from the sun on a roof can superheat the attic to a sizzling 130°F. True, you won’t go up there, but that heat affects your home in other ways.

We offer attic fan installation in Yakima, WA, and we’d like to explain all the ways you can benefit from getting an attic fan.

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The Best Way to Avoid AC Repair: AC Maintenance!

Monday, June 5th, 2023
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It’s already June, the first month of summer (although technically summer doesn’t start until the third week of June), and it’s time to get ready for the coming heat. 

“I’m ready,” you might think. “I’ve got a trusty air conditioning system to handle the sweltering months.”

But what if your air conditioning system isn’t as trusty as you think it is? That AC did a lot of work last year through the summer, and now it needs to do all that work again. What happens if your air conditioning system breaks down on one of the hottest days of the year? You’ll have to call us for repairs, and although we’re happy to help, we know you’d much rather not have to go through the inconvenience or the discomfort of waiting in a boiling house for help.

The best approach to air conditioning repair in Yakima, WA is to avoid it altogether. There’s one simple step you can take that will make repairs a rarity and ensure your air conditioner functions at its best through the summer: professional preventive maintenance.

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Why We Recommend Whole-House Generator Installation

Monday, May 8th, 2023
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Nobody wants to be at the mercy of a power outage in their home. Even a brief one that lasts only a few minutes is an annoyance because you have to go check on all your electrical appliances and reactivate them, as well as reset several clocks, the thermostat, and re-log into your Wi-Fi modem from several devices.

The real threat comes from extended power outages that can last for hours or even days. These can strike in extreme weather conditions or due to massive strain on the electrical grid. A household depends on electrical power in numerous ways, and losing that power will mean a loss of heating and air conditioning, the refrigerator, ways to charge mobile devices, computer connections, Wi-Fi connections, and more. When it comes to the HVAC system and powered medical equipment, power outages can turn into genuine emergencies.

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Give Your Furnace a Grade for the End of the Season

Monday, April 10th, 2023
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The weather is warming up, although we can expect to have a few more cold days come our way through the spring. It isn’t time to shut off your heater for mid-year.

Not yet. But it is the time to consider your heater’s future based on how well it performed over this last winter.

You never want to let a major furnace breakdown sneak up on you. It’s better to replace an ailing furnace before it has a chance to trap you in an unheated home.

To help you get a better understanding of how well your furnace is currently doing, we want you to try this thought experiment: give your furnace a grade (“A” through “F”) for how well it performed over the previous winter.

Below, we’ll examine what these grades may mean for your furnace’s future and what steps you might need to take, like furnace replacement or furnace repair in Yakima, WA.

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The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Testing for Your Furnace

Monday, March 13th, 2023
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If you have a natural gas furnace providing your home with heat, you probably know that there is some potential for dangerous carbon monoxide gas exposure. This is something that’s true of any home appliance that combusts natural gas, not just gas furnaces. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a byproduct of the combustion process, a colorless, odorless, and toxic gas that creates health complications and can even cause death with extended exposure. 

Gas furnaces aren’t inherently unsafe—they would never be permitted in homes if they were—so you don’t need to panic about having a gas furnace in your house. But you must take several precautions to ensure the furnace runs safely and that you and your family have ample warning in case CO leaks into the home. One of these precautions is to have annual carbon monoxide testing.

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I See Smoke Coming From My Heat Pump! What’s Wrong?

Monday, February 13th, 2023
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First, take a deep breath. Your heat pump is almost certainly not on fire. In fact, it’s probably working just the way it’s supposed to.

If this is the first winter you’ve used a heat pump to provide comfort to your home, then we’re not surprised that you might find this sight alarming. A heat pump works similarly to an air conditioner, and if you see smoke coming off your air conditioning system’s outdoor unit, that’s a big problem, likely some kind of electrical fire. This is extremely rare, but not impossible.

However, that “smoke” you see rising from your heat pump isn’t smoke at all, as we’ll explain.

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No, It’s Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance

Monday, January 16th, 2023
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We like to say that there’s no expiration date for heating maintenance. This is a vital job for your home heating system, and it’s best to have it done before the winter weather begins. 

However, if you missed having your heater maintenance in Yakima, WA scheduled during the fall, that doesn’t mean you should just skip it entirely and wait until next fall to pick it up again. A great deal depends on annual maintenance, so even though it’s already mid-January, we strongly recommend calling us to get on the schedule. Trust us, it’s much worse to skip maintenance than to have it done late.

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What to Do If Your Heating System Stops Working

Monday, December 19th, 2022
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Brrr! The cold winter weather has definitely arrived! This is when you’ll need to depend heavily on your home heating system to keep your family safe and warm. 

What happens if your heating system suddenly stops working? This can be a scary event—understandably scary—but we’re here to help you. We have great technicians who’ll quickly solve your home heating troubles and see that your house is warm once again.

However, before you call us for heating repair in Yakima, WA, there are some steps you can take that might restore your comfort. We don’t recommend you ever attempt to repair your heater on your own, but you can go through some troubleshooting steps.

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Why Won’t My Gas Furnace Stay On?

Monday, December 5th, 2022
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A gas furnace that won’t keep running long enough to warm up your house and keep it warm isn’t of much use to you. If you start running into the problem of a furnace shutting off early, either after several minutes or less than a minute, you’ll want to know why and what you can do to fix it.

In some cases, a gas furnace shutting off early is because of a simple problem you can correct yourself. In other situations, you’ll need professional furnace repair in Yakima, WA. Below we’ll look at some of the common reasons for this furnace malfunction.

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Before It Gets Too Cold, Ask Yourself If You Need a New Heating System

Monday, November 7th, 2022
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We’re already getting cold weather and November has just started! Your home’s heating system will soon settle into running on most days. Right now, before we reach the deepest part of actual winter, is a good time to ask yourself if it’s time to replace your current heating system with a new one.

We understand that making the decision about heating installation in Yakima, WA can be stressful. We want to assure you that you have the best help you need to make the right choice for your home comfort and budget. Our technicians can inspect your heating system and give you estimates for both repairs and a replacement, as well as weigh the benefits of each. 

Before you call us, go through this list of signs of a heating system that’s coming near the end of its service life.

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