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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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Video – What Is a Heat Pump?

February 26, 2020

A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another, from inside your home to outside or from outside to inside. In the winter a heat pump works like a heater, extracting heat energy from outside and transferring it inside. In the summer the process reverses and it will remove heat…

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Why Won’t My Furnace Stop Running?

February 10, 2020

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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Video – How to Prevent the Pipes in Your Home From Freezing

January 31, 2020

Insulate the pipes in your home on exterior walls or in unheated areas such as crawl spaces, garages, basements, and attics. Turn off the inside water shut-off valve that provides water to your outside spigots or hose bibs. Drain each line by opening the spigot until it stops dripping and then turn off the spigot.…

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Is My Furnace Overheating?

January 14, 2020

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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Video – Check Your Furnace Pilot Light

December 30, 2019

Your furnace may be blowing cold air because the pilot light has gone out. Call us at 503-233-1779 or request service online to have it properly fixed. This is indicative of a bigger problem that requires professional help.  

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

December 3, 2019

Did you finally turn your furnace on this winter only to have cold air blowing out of your vents? Or did your furnace stop working just when you started to need it most? There are a few reasons your furnace may be blowing cold air, and there a few things to check before you need…

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When Do I Need to Replace the Batteries in My Smoke Detector?

November 26, 2019

Change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors when you change your clocks for daylight savings. It’s an easy reminder to replace them and is very important for your safety!  

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating My Entire Home?

November 5, 2019

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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Video – Why Does My Furnace Smell Like Gas When I Turn it ON?

October 25, 2019

You turn on your furnace, and you smell gas. What should you do? First assess what the smell most likely is, and you may not need to call anyone. Of course, if you’re still nervous because you just don’t know, turn off your furnace and give one of our highly trained technicians a call at…

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