Owning, or even sometimes renting, a home in Portland, OR, requires general maintenance to keep your investment in working order. It’s really all about being prepared. Per Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Maintaining your home’s systems and appliances wards off emergency situations and costly repairs while extending your equipment’s life. Take the time and money to perform general maintenance on a regular basis. Many of the maintenance services require the knowledge, skills, and tools of a professional. During the maintenance or service call, our technician will make any necessary repairs and/or alert you of a possible situation. Call Ben's Heating & Air Conditioning to assist you in maintaining any of the following or to answer any questions you may have:
An annual furnace tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed in the fall. The purpose is to keep your system running at top efficiency throughout the season, i.e., to keep you having heat when you need it. Our technician will check and clean all the connections, controls, sensors, drains, ignitor, ducts, pipes, burners, valves, motors, thermostat(s), and smoke/carbon-monoxide detectors, and instruct you on anything you could do between our service visits. As a rule of thumb, furnace filters need to be changed every three months or as needed, which is something you can do yourself with the correct filters.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
For air conditioners, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed in the spring. Our professional technician will check and clean the connections, coils, blower components, lines, refrigerant, drain, fuses, and thermostat(s), as well as lubricate all working parts. Maintenance you can do yourself between service visits is to remove any yard debris or vegetation from the top and sides of your outdoor air conditioner unit, as well as to keep it covered with an air conditioner cover or tarp in the winter.
Heat Pump Maintenance
For heat pumps, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed in the fall, same as furnaces and boilers. Our professional technician will check and clean ducts, filters, blower, indoor coil, ducts, refrigerant, electric terminals, connections, motors, and belts, as well as lubricate all working parts. Be sure to change or clean the filter every three months or as needed. You can also clean the outdoor coils whenever they seem dirty, and keep yard debris and vegetation away from the unit.
Whole-House Humidifier Maintenance
For whole-house humidifiers, an annual service tune-up and cleaning is recommended, usually performed at the same time as your furnace tune-up and cleaning. Our professionals include this maintenance along with the furnace appointment. Typically there isn’t much in the way of maintenance; however, our technician will change your humidifier pad and clean any mineral buildup you may have (in the case of hard water). Ask our technician to show you how to dissolve the buildup on your own every few months to keep your humidifier working at top efficiency.
Air-Filtration System Maintenance
For air-filtration systems, regular maintenance is something your can perform on your own. Maintenance on an air-filtration system usually just means changing or cleaning the filter every three to nine months. But you should check with the manufacturer’s specific recommendations. Changing or cleaning your filter on a regular basis will ensure the best filtration for your home as well as extend the life of the system. If you need any assistance or would like to install an air-filtration system, feel free to talk with one of our professionals at Ben's Heating & Air Conditioning.
Gas Furnace Maintenance in Portland, OR 97230
“Justin and Zane were very professional and courteous. They were very thorough with every aspect of the inspection. I would highly recommend Ben's H&C. If any future issues come up, I'll be contacting them!”
– Raymond L.
Heat Pump Maintenance in Forest Grove, OR 97116
“Zach worked very diligently to assist us with our heat pump issue. He made every effort in order to locate the problem and spent a long day of hard work. I’m taking a few minutes to let everybody know how much I really appreciate businesses like Ben’s and equally appreciate workers like Zach. Our house uses 3 heat pumps so we rely on Ben’s and with service 7 days a week- they have never let me down! 100%”
– James C.
Heat Pump Maintenance in Woodburn, OR 97071-2735
“Zach, was very clean, very polite, very knowledgeable, he has very good skills set in customer service. Thank you for sending Zach to my home.
Mr. Critser 2/10/2019″
– Mark A C.
Gas Furnace Maintenance in Tualatin, OR 97062
“We have used Ben's services twice now – once to service our air conditioning unit and recently to service our gas furnace. Each time they were nice and prompt on the phone, arrived during the scheduled time (see note below) and did the necessary maintenance needed, nothing more. Never once did they try to upsell us or say we needed something we didn't. The service technicians are top notch! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
The only negative thing I can mention (and it's not really that bad) is that they initially tell you over the phone a 4 hr window, but then they follow that up with an email which states a specific one hour window. So I thought our service would be during the one hr window in the email, but they actually came much earlier than that. So just a side note that it would be great if they could get their emails to more accurately reflect the estimated time of arrival.”
– Susan M.
Gas Furnace Maintenance in Milwaukie, OR 97222-4730
“Justin arrived on time with a big smile on his face so I knew we had a winner right from the start! He got right in and did an annual check on our gas furnace with such skill and efficiency that he was done and handing me the paper to sign before I could hardly turn around! I double checked with him by asking if he had checked everything and he assured me he had and all was well and running properly! I am used to service people spending more time sorting tools and poking around to accomplish the same thing Justin did in a few minutes. This guy is a gem! Don't let him get away from you because he is saving you time and money with his efficient and quick service. Way to go, Justin!”
– Patricia L.
Air Conditioner Maintenance in Woodburn, OR 97071
“My father, James a Larson, is 90 years old and very hard of hearing. He had asked me to be there while the service was performed. Justin called ahead of time to let us know he was on his way. Got a big star for that. Upon arrival, he introduced himself to both of us. Star two. Asked us what the problem was and then excused himself and went about his work. Explained that even though the air conditioning unit was an older model all systems were working properly. Justin did mention that by 2020 service on models with freeon (spelling) would become more complex. Appreciated Justin's work ethics. His friendliness. His job well done. Stars three, four and five. Thank you Justin”
– Justin B.
Air Conditioner Maintenance in Portland, OR 97202
– Ruth R.
Air Conditioner Maintenance in Lake Oswego, OR 97034
“I am very grateful to have found Ben's Heating & Air to fulfill my HVAC needs. I have had three maintenance appointments with them over the past few years, and I plan to be a dedicated customer. They are efficient, on-time, and thorough. Aaron is my regular service person, and he always explains to me what he is doing and how things work. They are a quality operation, and I would recommend their services to anyone, anytime.”
– Yvonne C.
Ductless Mini-Split Maintenance in Lake Oswego, OR 97034
“On time, polite, very nice guy. Completed service in a very professional manner. Would recommend Ben's and Zach with all thumbs up.
Thank you Zach for a job well done
– Dale N.
“I’ve been using Ben’s H&AC for YEARS on both my furnace and my (old) air conditioner. Both have been kept in tiptop working order and never let me down.
I really appreciate the little notices of seasonal “deals” where Ben’s help me cut the cost of the critical tuneups before high performance is necessary.
Why go elsewhere? Ben’s is the best, reliable, competent, timely.”
– Jo S.
Ben's Heating & Air Conditioning services Portland, Oregon City, Gresham, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, Woodburn, and the surrounding Oregon communities with their heating and cooling needs. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 503-233-1779, or request service online today.