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What Does AFUE Mean?

February 28, 2021
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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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Why Won’t My Furnace Stop Running?

January 31, 2021
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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 Robben & Sons see frequently, so you don’t need to worry.

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Is My Furnace Overheating?

January 15, 2021
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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 keep a cool head and get your furnace taken care of right away.

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6 Ways Your Furnace Keeps You Safe

December 16, 2020
6 ways your furnace keeps you safe, happy family of four baking together

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.

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

November 30, 2020
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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 to worry too much.

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What Is Short Cycling?

November 23, 2020
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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 needs to work.

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Schedule Your Annual Furnace Inspection Now

October 22, 2020
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Prepping your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for winter in Oregon not only enhances your safety and your furnace’s efficiency, it can help keep your repair budget in line during cold weather. Tackling this important chore is easier than raking leaves or cleaning gutters when you call the heating and cooling experts at Robben and Sons.

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How Can I Make My Furnace Last Longer?

February 14, 2020
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The average furnace lasts between 10 and 15 years. But did you know you can take steps to make it last longer? There is no shortcut or hack to increase your furnace’s longevity. In reality, the key is treating your Clackamas system with care and respect. With just a small amount of time and energy, you…

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What Are the Different Types of Furnaces?

January 15, 2020
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If you happen to be in the market for a new furnace, you may be overwhelmed by the number of options available. Our professional team at Robben and Sons would like to make it a bit easier by providing some basics on the different types of furnaces on the market today. We hope this information can…

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What’s That Sound Coming From My Furnace?

November 11, 2019
Man trying to sleep after realizing the loud sound coming from his furnace system.

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. Remember to turn off your furnace if it makes any alarming sounds and leave the repair job to a professional. To help you, our Robben and…

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When Do I Know It’s Time for a New Furnace?

October 28, 2019
Cold family trying to stay warm and determining that it's time for a new furnace.

It’s easy to moan when you decide that a major appliance or home system needs replacing. After all, these are expensive investments and probably not your favorite way to spend your hard-earned money. Unfortunately, there’s often not a clear-cut message, short of an appliance completely breaking down, that definitively indicates it’s time to buy a…

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5 Reasons to Schedule a Fall Furnace Clean and Check

October 14, 2019
Cozy fall home after homeowner scheduled fall furnace clean and check

Once the cooler weather hits here in Portland 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 to use it, you should have your furnace cleaned and checked by a professional from Robben and Sons Heating,…

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Fall HVAC Maintenance

September 30, 2019
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As the saying goes, “Time and tide wait for no one.” Whether you’re prepared or not, the summer months and warmer weather are gone, moving aside for fall and cooler temps. That means here in Portland, you need to think about preparing your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for fall maintenance. Maintaining your…

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Why Does My Furnace Smell?

February 15, 2019
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If your furnace is producing a strange smell, you should always treat it with caution. While the cause for the odor may be benign, it could just as easily be harmful to inhale.

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Why Is My Furnace Not Heating My Entire Home?

January 25, 2019
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If your furnace seems to be producing heating inconsistently around your home, you’re not alone. Many homes have varied conditions from room to room causing inconsistent heating or cooling.

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The Importance of Furnace Maintenance

December 18, 2018
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Before starting any kind of routine maintenance or cleaning make sure you have taken the proper safety precautions, such as turning your appliance off. If at any point you question what you are doing or think you might damage your furnace or hurt yourself, do not proceed. Call us and we will be happy to…

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

October 12, 2018
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The Ignitor The process starts with the ignitor. The ignition source for older furnaces is a pilot light, newer furnaces use an electronic starter. With a pilot light, the regulator supplies a very small bit of gas to keep the flame going, so that it can light the gas when the furnace turns on. An…

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Bryant® Furnaces from Robben & Sons Heating Your Factory Authorized Dealer

March 8, 2018
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Purchasing a furnace for your Portland metropolitan area home is an important investment, and when done right can help save you money on your heating bill and also provide better comfort in your home. Whether it’s a replacement furnace or new unit for a remodel project, Robben & Sons Heating, Inc. a Factory Authorized Dealer…

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