How Long Should I Expect My Furnace To Last?

How Long Should I Expect My Furnace To Last?

Furnaces are expensive, so you naturally want yours to last as long as possible. The average furnace can be expected to last for 15 to 30 years. There are ways to help your furnace last as long as possible.

Preventative Maintenance

You should have a professional technician service your furnace once a year. They’ll perform tasks that reduce wear and tear and keep it operating well for a long time. Furnaces that are neglected tend to have relatively short lifespans. At Metal Masters of Medford, OR, we offer annual planned maintenance agreements for furnaces. Our preventative maintenance is designed to keep your furnace operating efficiently and reliably.

Clean Filters

When the filter in your heating system gets dirty, it restricts the flow of air. This causes your furnace to work much harder than it needs to and that shortens its lifespan. Reduced airflow causes the furnace to overheat and components like the heat exchanger are damaged.

When you’re regularly using your furnace, inspect the air filter every month. It needs to be changed every few months and possibly every month. You should change it monthly if you have pets or a lot of dust in your home. If it looks dirty or clogged, change it.

Improper Placement

You should hire a skilled company to install your furnace. Where the system is placed and how it has been installed will dramatically affect its lifespan. Furnaces need proper ventilation and clearance to last a long time.

Size of Furnace

Make sure you get the right size furnace for your home. One that is too large will constantly cycle on and off, which shortens its lifespan. One that is too small will run constantly as it’s unable to adequately heat your home.

Metal Masters installs, repairs, and maintains heating and cooling systems. This includes furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioners. We also install duct systems, attic insulation, and provide indoor air quality solutions. To find out more or to schedule service, please call our office today.

Should I Get an End-of-Season AC Tune-Up?

Should I Get an End-of-Season AC Tune-Up?

Though you might not think about your air conditioning system very often, you probably don’t want to live without it. Just like anything else, AC units need to be maintained. If you wait until your equipment shuts off, it’s too late. At that point, you’re likely due for an expensive repair or a complete system replacement. Even after the hottest part of the year has come and gone, getting an AC tune-up is still a good idea.

Maintain Your Air Conditioner’s Warranty

Whether your air conditioning comes from a ductless mini-split or a central HVAC system, replacing an AC unit isn’t cheap. To encourage sales, every domestic air conditioner manufacturer backs up their products with warranties. Unless you’re working with an ancient model, your AC unit is probably covered by such an assurance. However, HVAC warranties normally require routine maintenance. Paying for a tune-up might make the difference between a manufacturer being willing to replace your air conditioner at no cost and you being fresh out of luck.

Prevent Inconvenient and Unexpected Major Expenses

Sudden air conditioning failures can make life miserable. During the peak of summer, HVAC technicians are swamped with service requests. Getting to the front of the line by requesting emergency services could cost a small fortune. Rather than dealing with the stress, inconvenience and discomfort that may result from an unexpected air conditioning outage next year, you should consider investing in an AC tune-up before hot weather.

Smooth Transition Into Winter

Like most people, if your heating comes from a ductless or central HVAC system, arranging for an air conditioning tune-up will also improve your system’s heating. It can enhance your entire system’s energy efficiency, potentially lowering your monthly utility bill.

Considering the benefits of an end-of-season AC tune-up, scheduling one is a smart idea. If you’re anywhere in the Medford or Klamath Falls areas, trust the team from Metal Masters, Inc., to get your HVAC system in great shape. We also install, repair and maintain both commercial and residential HVAC systems, inspect and repair ductwork, install attic insulation, stabilize indoor humidity levels and more. Contact us today to schedule a convenient AC tune-up or any other service.

How To Effectively Set Your Thermostat For A Multi-Story Home

How To Effectively Set Your Thermostat For A Multi-Story Home

Most homes, including multi-story houses, have just one thermostat that controls the temperature throughout. If you own a multi-story home, you should have a thermostat on each floor to effectively control the temperature and save money. Here are some ways to correctly use thermostats in a house with multiple levels.

Remember That Heat Rises

As everyone learns in high school, heat rises. More correctly, warm air rises. This means the warm air on the first story of your house will rise to the floors above it, making them warmer. For this reason, you need a thermostat on each floor of your residence.

At Metal Masters Heat & Air, we install programmable and smart thermostats in our customers’ homes in Medford and Klamath Falls. We also explain how to use these systems correctly.

Thermostat Settings in the Summer

In the summer, you want to set the thermostat on the highest floor in your house to your desired temperature. You will then set the thermostats two degrees cooler as you make your way to the lowest floor in your residence.

If you have a three-story townhouse, for instance, set the top floor’s temperature to 74 degrees, the second floor to 72 degrees, and the first floor to 70 degrees. This is called a “temperature cascade,” and it will make your whole home more comfortable.

Winter Thermostat Settings

You will want to take the opposite approach in the winter. Set the first floor’s thermostat to your desired temperature, and then decrease the temperature setting on your thermostats by two degrees as you go up. Warm air on the first floor will rise and make the upper floors more comfortable.

Metal Masters Heat & Air is an expert home comfort company that can handle installations, repairs, and tune-ups for air conditioners and heating systems. We also provide indoor air quality solutions, thermostats, zoning controls, and attic insulation. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly qualified technicians.

Signs Your Thermostat Should Be Repaired

Signs Your Thermostat Should Be Repaired

Your thermostat is a lifesaver during the heat of summer or the chill of winter. However, these devices don’t last forever. Let us take a close look at some signs that your thermostat should be repaired.

Temperature Won’t Change

While this may sound obvious, you clearly need to fix your thermostat if it doesn’t control the temperature. Give it about an hour to change, but nothing more than that. If the climate of your home doesn’t cool off in a timely manner, something is wrong with the internal system. Similarly, if it won’t warm things up on demand, there is a very real cause for concern. You’ll need to seek out a professional repair.

Wrong Reading

Wrong readings also require a repair. If your home is cool but the thermostat lists a warm number, the system isn’t calibrated properly. Fortunately, this is a lighter repair as you only need to take a look at the communication between the thermostat and HVAC equipment. To conduct these sorts of tests, bring out a handheld thermometer or two for a second opinion. If the true temperature is off by more than a few degrees, you have some sort of issue with calibration.

Slow Interface

Finally, if the interface is slow, that’s something that should be fixed right away. When you tell the thermostat to lower the temperature by five degrees, you shouldn’t have to wait a few seconds for it to register. When the thermostat isn’t behaving accurately, don’t give it a pass. A repair can make it just as responsive as ever and ready to help keep your indoor climate comfortable.

Contact Professional Services

In conclusion, these are some signs that your thermostat should be repaired. At Metal Masters, Inc., we can take care of all your thermostat needs. We’re experts in the most common downfalls of thermostats and how to repair them. We’re also capable of dealing with duct systems, humidity control, and heat pumps. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today for any of the above. We serve clients throughout Klamath Falls and Medford.

Should I Leave the AC on During the Day When I’m Out?

Should I Leave the AC on During the Day When I’m Out?

Should You Keep Your AC Running While You’re Not at Home?

When warmer temperatures roll into Medford, you want your home to be as cool as possible. Few things feel better than coming home to a nice, cool home. There is some debate over what you should do with your AC unit while you’re out of the house.

You Want to Be Comfortable in Your Home

At Metal Masters Heat & Air, we understand that everyone likes conditioned air during the warm months. However, there are several factors that you need to keep in mind when deciding if you should leave the AC on while you’re out. The first thing to consider is the cost.

Running an AC unit all day can quickly run up your electricity bill. While some may think it is cheaper to keep the home at a constant temperature, this is actually not the case. Your best bet is to only run the AC unit when you are home.

Consider a Programmable Thermostat

Another alternative for those who want to stay cool is a programmable thermostat. If you have a regular schedule or you are willing to activate the unit from your smartphone, this is a great option. Running your AC on a programmable timer gives you complete control of your system and the ability to start your system for a few minutes before you arrive home.

The crew at Metal Masters Heating and Air can install a programmable thermostat for customers throughout Medford and Klamath Falls. Our NATE-certified technicians have the experience and know-how to tackle this job for you. Our techs can also perform maintenance and repairs on your AC system to keep you cool during the summer heat.

Rely on the Pros

In addition to cooling, Metal Masters Heating and Air can also keep you warm during the winter with our heating repair service. With over 50 years of experience, we can handle installations as well as routine maintenance. Call us today for help with all of your HVAC needs.

A Guide to Fixing Hot Spots in Your Home

A Guide to Fixing Hot Spots in Your Home

Having hot spots in a home is a common occurrence. You may have an upstairs room that is consistently a lot warmer than the rest of the house, for instance. These are the reasons hot spots occur and how you can fix them.

Check Your Ducts

Leaky or improperly installed ducts can cause hot spots. Too much hot air is blown into one room while not enough is reaching the rest of your home. You should inspect your air ducts, or have a technician do it for you, to make sure there aren’t holes or misalignments in your ducts.

Metal Masters, Inc. in Medford, OR, has technicians who can inspect and repair your ducts. This will result in the entirety of your house having a consistent temperature.

Exterior Air Leaks

A room that isn’t properly sealed may have an excess of outdoor heat entering it in the summer months. If one of your rooms is a hot spot, make sure windows, exterior doors, and walls in the room are properly sealed. Poor insulation and air leaks can easily cause inconsistent temperatures in your house.

Your Furnace Isn’t the Right Size

An improperly sized furnace will cause hot spots, too. A furnace that’s too large will send too much heat into your home, which often concentrates in the rooms closest to it. The only real solution is to have a new furnace installed that’s properly sized for your residence.

Afternoon Sun

Rooms that have southern exposure will get hotter than other spaces as the sun beats down on them. You should get new, thicker curtains that do a better job of blocking or even reflecting light away from the room. This will help to reduce the heat in the space.

The team at Metal Masters Inc., in Medford can replace, repair, and maintain furnaces, heat pumps, and air conditioners. We also offer indoor air quality solutions like ventilation, air purification, and humidity control systems. We even install attic insulation. Call us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.