Furnace Articles

Why is My Furnace Filter Wet?

December 21, 2022
Person replacing furnace filter. Ben's Heating & Air Conditioning blog image.

You have just inspected your furnace filter, only to find it is sopping wet! Thoughts begin to race through your head, and you ask yourself, Is my furnace breaking down?

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How Do I Spot a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

December 7, 2022
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In your gas furnace, the heat exchanger is made of metal coils designed to absorb and transfer heat. The most common cause of a cracked heat exchanger is overheating.

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Furnace Filters 101

November 29, 2022
Image of a furnace air filter. Furnace Filters 101.

Your furnace filter is the unsung hero of your furnace. It quietly does its job without any fuss and allows the rest of the furnace to do its job.

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What’s That Sound Coming From My Furnace?

November 15, 2022
Image of someone sitting on the couch with their computer, thinking. What’s That Sound Coming From My Furnace?

It’s normal for your furnace to make some noise. For instance, a dull hum is to be expected. However, louder noises might spell trouble for your heating unit’s components.

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How Can I Make My Furnace Last Longer?

October 26, 2022
Image of what looks like a technician giving a thumbs up by a furnace. How Can I Make My Furnace Last Longer?

The average furnace lasts between 10 and 15 years. But did you know you can take steps to make it last longer?

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

September 30, 2022
How Does My Gas Furnace Work? Image shows gas igniting in furnace.

On a frosty winter’s day here in Oregon, your gas furnace is hard at work, keeping your Portland home warm and cozy. Feeling grateful? You’re not alone—it’s one of the most popular forms of heating, as American as apple pie. In 1919, New Jersey inventor Alice H. Parker filed a patent for the first gas-fueled furnace.…

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How Does a Gas Furnace Work?

January 18, 2022
A furnace is a big part of your life—whether you realize it or not.

A furnace is a big part of your life—whether you realize it or not. It keeps your Portland home warm and can help with your indoor air quality (IAQ). So it is important to gain a better understanding of furnace fundamentals. Furnace Basics Training If you are a curious new Portland homeowner or someone who…

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Schedule Your Annual Furnace Inspection Now

October 19, 2021
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Even if you have not thought about your furnace for months—it is easy to overlook if it is stationed in the basement or hidden in a closet—fall is the perfect time to make sure the most important seasonal equipment in your home is ready for action. 

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What Does AFUE Mean?

February 12, 2021
mother and daughter laughing on the bed

While an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured by its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, an electric or gas- or oil-fired furnace’s efficiency is measured by its AFUE, or average fuel utilization efficiency. This standard measurement is given in percentages, letting you know how much of your fuel is actually used to heat your Oregon home and how much fuel is wasted.

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7 Furnace Maintenance Tips

November 25, 2020
Vacuuming an air duct

It’s understandable that maintenance tasks often fall by the wayside. Many Oregon City homeowners follow the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Everyone is busy and many seemingly more important priorities tend to creep up every month to consume time and money. However, the last thing you want to worry about when…

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What Is Short Cycling?

March 12, 2020

Short cycling is a term used in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) world to explain a situation where a furnace or air conditioner turns on and off too frequently. The “short cycle” is the period of time that your HVAC equipment is actually running, and the shorter this cycle, the harder your system…

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Why Won’t My Furnace Stop Running?

February 10, 2020
Woman Looking Outside

Is your furnace blowing air without pause? If so, you’re probably feeling a bit concerned. First, your Portland house most likely feels like an oven. On top of that, your utility bill will be considerably higher with your furnace constantly running. Believe it or not, this is a fairly common problem our professionals at Ben’s…

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Is My Furnace Overheating?

January 14, 2020
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Just about any electrical appliance has the potential to overheat. Furnaces are no exception. As a homeowner, you need to take precautions to lower the risk of an overheated unit. You should also be wary of the associated symptoms, so you know when to take action. Remember, if your system gets too hot, you should…

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating My Entire Home?

November 5, 2019
Woman is cold in her home so she is wrapped in a blue blanket and is drinking a mug of tea.

If your furnace seems to be producing heating inconsistently around your Portland home to you, you’re not alone. Many homes have varied conditions from room to room causing spotty heating or cooling. On cold days, this can be a nuisance. For example, you may be confined to only a few rooms in your home. Or…

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How Can I Save Money on My Heating Bill This Winter?

October 11, 2019
Adjusting a space heater to save money on your heating bill

Is your heating bill too high in the winter? Are you looking for ways to cut costs? There are a number of simple things you can do at home to save money. Some of them are bigger projects, but most are simple things you can do in your day-to-day life to help reduce your heat…

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6 Ways Your Furnace Keeps You Safe

January 4, 2019
family mother and child daughter hugs and warm on winter evening by fireplace

Your fuel-burning furnace has a number of mechanisms allowing it to run safely and effectively. These features prevent fires and protect your indoor air quality (IAQ). They also work to prevent internal errors from damaging large portions of your furnace. From our team here at Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, here are six ways your…

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Regular Furnace Maintenance

November 1, 2018
duct cleaning

Change the Filters The first thing you should do for your gas furnace, or any of your HVAC systems, is to change the air filter. This should be done at least once a year, but as many as 3 or 4 times depending on the manufacturers specifications. The air filter traps dust and debris from…

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5 Reasons to Schedule a Fall Furnace Clean and Check

September 6, 2018
Father playing with daughter at backyard.

Once the cooler weather hits here in Portland, OR, this fall, you are going to want the inside of your home toasty and comfortable. This means turning on your furnace. Long before the first night you’ll want it, you should have your furnace cleaned and checked by a professional from Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning.…

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How Does My Furnace Work?

January 6, 2018
Warming and relaxing near fireplace. Woman feet near the cup of hot drink in front of fire.

Having knowledge about how your furnace works can help you quickly solve the problem when your unit needs repair. If your unit needs professional help, you can always call the professionals at Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning at 503-233-1779. Gas furnaces create heat by burning natural gas. This gas is usually methane combined with other…

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