Something smells. And not just a slight, strange odor. Really, really smells.
You’ve been pulling things out of closets, cabinets, and shelves for days. Days! But you still haven’t found the source of the stench.
Then it hits you. Right when you curl up on the couch at the end of a long day and wait on your HVAC system to kick in and make things more comfortable…
That smell. There it is again, and it’s even stronger.
You sniff a little more towards your vents and it’s unmistakable. That’s where the odor is coming from.
It smells like something crawled up in your ductwork and died.
Now what do you do? How do you get it out? Who do you call?
Before panic totally sets in, let’s take a few deep breaths and learn more about this stinky problem. (more…)
Furnace short-cycling. A term you probably haven’t heard until it became a problem.
Short-cycling means that your furnace is turning on and off repeatedly, which means it’s not running a full cycle.
But you’re probably wondering:
“Why is my furnace short-cycling and how can I get it to stop?”
Both are great questions and we are going to answer them in this post.
What Does Short-Cycling Look Like Anyway?
Before we can tell you how to stop the madness, you need to understand the problem. A furnace that is in good working condition and is the appropriate size for your home will experience 3 to 8 power cycles per hour.
Yes, that means that your furnace could turn on and off up to 8 times in an hour and be totally normal.
However, if the furnace turns on and off more than 8 times an hour, it doesn’t automatically mean you have a furnace that is short-cycling. Frustrating, right?
Here’s the key difference:
The run time.
A short-cycling furnace will likely only run for a minute or 2, possibly even less, before it turns off. Whereas a normal furnace will run several minutes each time it comes on.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s look at how you can (hopefully) put a stop to the short-cycling. (more…)
The winter months’ higher-than-usual energy bill will burn a hole through your wallet, unless you’re prepared.
Certain measures need to be taken, especially now that the energy demand has gone up because of colder winter and higher fuel prices according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Many homeowners prefer gas furnaces because they’re convenient, consistent, efficient, and cheaper.
But gas furnaces can pose danger in any household if certain standards of safety are not maintained.
The biggest concern are leaks. While this can happen in any type of gas furnace, the danger of potential gas furnace leaks is higher in old furnaces.
A properly installed attic insulation aids in barring out cold in winter and heat during the summer months.
Unfortunately, even the best attic insulation will not last forever. Eventually, you will start to experience signs of insulation wear and tear, especially if the insulation in your attic has been installed for a number of years.
As the cold weather starts to kick in, you’ll not only find yourself breaking out the winter wardrobe, but you’ll also want to winterize your home. What exactly does it mean to winterize your home? Think of it like breaking out a thick cozy sweater that not only keeps you warm, but helps save you money. Below are our favorite tips for prepping your home for winter and ensuring that you aren’t left stranded when the freezing temperatures become an everyday occurrence.
Are you looking for something to do this Christmas in Modesto? Whether you’re new to the town or are just looking for a new holiday tradition, we have prepared a list of five Christmas events in Modesto that you’ll definitely want to check out. Kick this Holly Jolly season off right, and enjoy one (or all) of these holiday events with family and friends.
Are you worried about your indoor air quality and looking for ways to improve it? Winter generally means that we keep our homes shut off from the outside world, in an effort to keep cold air out and warm air in. This can, however, lead to poor indoor air quality for your home. So, what’s a homeowner to do? Search no further! Here are five of the best ways to improve indoor air quality without breaking the bank or sacrificing comfort.
When facing furnace repair, many homeowners wonder if its more cost-effective for them to simply replace their broken furnace with a brand new one. While individual circumstances are important, there are a few general guidelines that can help you make the right decision.
Even though it’s a little early to start flipping on your furnace and bumping up the thermostat (heck, we are still experiencing 80 degree weather even in October), it’s never too early to schedule your first fall furnace tune-up. Before you click back, just think about it – your furnace has been sitting dormant all summer long (possibly even since last spring), so why not make sure that when it comes to kicking out the cold, your heater is ready for the job? To avoid a day of teeth-chattering and shivering, we recommend taking action now. Here are seven reasons to schedule your furnace tune up today.
Halloween is right around the corner, and the big box stores are doing everything they can to make sure that we all know it. If you’re like most parents, you’ve likely already got your work cut out for you – stocking up on candy, designing and picking out your kids’ next Halloween costumes, and decorating your house on top of your regularly scheduled day is no easy task, but don’t let that stop you from making memories with your family, planning fun activities, and attending seasonal events with your children this Halloween season. Whether you want to take the kids to pick out a pumpkin, get lost in a corn maze, or get spooked in a haunted house, we’ve compiled a list of family-friendly Halloween events in the Modesto area for 2017. Take a look! And don’t get too scared.
Do you have a larger air conditioning unit in your home? We make it a point to stress to our customers that when it comes to air conditioners, bigger is NOT always better. Larger A/Cs are more expensive, louder, more difficult to find a space for – and the list goes on. Check out our top 5 over-sized air conditioner problems below and use this as motivation to have your current AC system inspected (and replaced if it is too large). (more…)
Are you in the middle of a passive aggressive thermostat fight that just won’t seem to end? Relax. We’ve all been there. Whether it’s fighting with a spouse, a sibling, a mother-in-law, or a roommate, we all know what it’s like to feel too hot or too cold at the expense of someone else’s comfort. Thermostat battles seem to always come to a head during the peak temperatures of summer, with one person wanting to keep the house at a cool 65 degrees and another saying it’s better to lose a little comfort and save a little cash by keeping the house closer to a… balmy 75.
Those of us in California (especially in the central valley) know that summer is here and it’s louder, prouder, and hotter than ever! With temperatures in the hundreds and above, PG&E has been issuing more and more SmartDays. Many of our customers have been asking us, “Should I run my AC on a SmartDay?” This is a totally valid question when weighing the pros and cons of staying cool while at the same time keeping your summer cooling costs low. (more…)
We know it might be hard to pry yourself away from the cool breeze of the AC on a hot summer day, but we also know that no one wants to spend their free time cooped up at home all day. So the next time you’re burning to get out of the house but want to keep cool, pack up your computer or a good book and head to a local coffee shop for a change of pace.
You may not think of your insulation too often. It’s in your walls, attic or garage, and does its job just by being there. You don’t need to turn it on and off, change it, charge it, or anything else. In fact, you may never even need to see it. But insulation is one of the most important parts of your house and having the right type of insulation for your home is key to keeping you cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and your electricity bill low. (more…)
You know that leaving the lights on in your home is bad for your wallet and bad for the environment. It’s bad for your wallet because it causes your electricity bill to go up and it’s bad for the environment because it wastes energy unnecessarily. But did you know that your lights can actually be bad for both of those things and your HVAC system? It’s true! (more…)
We’ve all heard the myth that if you shut the vents or doors in unused spaces that it can help your heating or A/C bill. On the ground level this makes sense too. By shutting doors and closing vents, you are reducing the amount of space that needs to be heated or cooled. Unfortunately, your HVAC system doesn’t see it that way – it’s designed to keep your home at a constant temperature no matter what and do so as efficiently as it can. (more…)
Summer is on its way and before you know it, you’ll need that AC working to keep you and your family comfortable. It’s always a good idea to have your local HVAC pro come out and take a look at your system before the heat comes on. Remember, it’s always better (and cheaper!) to do proper maintenance than it is to fix something after it breaks! (more…)
Buying the right size air conditioner for your home is essential to keeping you comfortable and to keeping your bills manageable. Buying an AC unit that is too small will mean it has to work overtime to keep up with the demand that the thermostat is calling for. This means higher utility bills and more wear and tear on your equipment, which means repair and replacement sooner. (more…)
You likely don’t think about it too often, but your roof and attic are critically important elements in ensuring that you stay comfortable in your home. Sure, your AC unit or heater can blast air around your house to keep you cool or toasty, but that system is only as good as the materials around it. That’s why it’s so important to have quality materials and the right hardware for your specific environment in your attic and on your roof. (more…)
Easter isn’t far off (it’s April 16, 2017, in case you forgot) so it’s time to start thinking about how you want to spend it. Whether you’re going to church, spending time outdoors, or want to do something really different, there are lots of great ways to spend Easter in Tracy.
Finding an HVAC provider for your business isn’t fun. If you’re like most building owners or office managers, you’ve probably put it off for longer than you should. But what if we told you that we could make finding the right commercial HVAC company easy? Or, at least, a whole lot easier. After reading this, you’ll be equipped with the tools to help you ask the right questions, find the best deals, locate the best service providers, and ultimately choose the right commercial HVAC company for your business. (more…)
It’s a frustrating experience to turn on your furnace only to have it blast cold air – especially when it’s dipping to 30 degrees or below at night. You’ve checked to make sure the temperature is set where you want it, but still, all you feel is cold, uncomfortable air. So what does it mean if your furnace is blowing cold air? Here are a few common causes we come across during our repair visits. (more…)
First and most importantly: if you notice water pooling at the bottom of the furnace, you should not under any circumstances think it is normal. If you see water near or coming out of your furnace, then you definitely have a problem. How big of a problem? That depends on the root cause, which can be easy to fix or a costly, difficult repair. (more…)
Are you looking for something spooky to do for Halloween 2016 in Tracy? Halloween is the one holiday where you’re expected to have a bit of fun and get up to no good (safely, of course). While you might be in the mood for some late night shenanigans, it can be difficult to decide exactly what to do in the weeks leading up to Halloween, and of course on the witchy night itself.
Last year, Tracy was home to the amazing Disney Villains musical Halloween light show – so what is the city going to do this year to top it? Whether you’re into haunted houses, loads of candy, or fun for the whole family, we’ve got a list of our favorite events for Halloween 2016 in Tracy and nearby cities. (more…)
Did your HVAC system just call it quits? It’s true that the cost of buying a new furnace or AC can seem overwhelming when you first see your bill. While it is tempting to just ask for the bare minimum, we actually often recommend that our customers think about replacing both their furnace and air conditioner at the same time. Why? There are a handful of benefits that, over time, really pay off. (more…)
Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? Or is it already on the market? Selling a home is a big task for any homeowner. You might be wondering if you should invest in new carpets, a new paint job, a new roof, and more. If there’s one thing we know about at Irish Heating and Air, it’s HVAC equipment. If you are wondering whether you should replace your air conditioner before you sell your house, then we’ve got some answers for you. (more…)
Are you sitting at home plugging your nose and wondering what the heck is making your home’s air conditioner smell like a wet dog? Wonder no more. We’ve got a lot of experience with smelly air conditioners, whether it’s from a leak, mold, or a dead rodent in your ductwork. There are many reasons that your AC might smell like a wet pooch – but we’ve seen a few happen more often than others. Luckily, there’s usually a quick fix for a stinky air conditioner once you’ve determined the cause. (more…)
Can an air conditioner or furnace catch on fire?
This might seem like a ridiculous question to some. Your AC is going full throttle and your house is cool as a cucumber, but somewhere inside your air conditioner, a fire sparks. Or, on the other hand, it’s 30 degrees outside, your furnace is blasting, and the thought of a fire is probably the last thing on your mind in the middle of winter. (more…)
Between 2000 and 2010, Tracy’s population shot up nearly 50%, from 56,929 to 82,922. Longtime residents will tell you the town has changed: Tracy has been flooded by Bay Area residents looking for more affordable housing, businesses looking for new transportation hubs, and new infrastructure that is struggling to keep up with the astronomical growth.
But what many Tracy residents don’t realize is that this is still just the beginning. Depending on who you ask, by 2030 Tracy could be California’s newest tech hub, home to the biggest theme park in California, or something else entirely.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest forces shaping Tracy’s future and try to answer the question: what will Tracy look like in 2030? (more…)
It’s the middle of the hottest summer you can remember, you’ve had your AC running at full blast all week long, when all of a sudden you realize that there’s a puddle of water below your air conditioner and you can’t hear the fan. Believe it or not, but the culprit of this AC meltdown could actually be a central air conditioner freeze up. Pop open your AC housing and you’ll likely be greeted with a block of ice covering your AC equipment, which, oddly, isn’t something you want to see in the dead heat of summer.
Air conditioning repair scams in Tracy are more common than you may expect. Here are some of the most common scams and how to avoid them. (more…)
As spring comes into full swing, those of you with seasonal allergies have already started popping Claritin on the regular. And according to The Weather Channel’s Allergy Tracker, it’s only going to get worse. While allergies outdoors are generally a given, allergies indoors can be easily remedied with the proper equipment. Don’t let spring get you down. Instead, fight back with a high performance ac filter just for allergy sufferers. (more…)
You’ve probably never given a second thought to your air ducts – but we have. Air ducts come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. Why are there so many different kinds of ducts? Because each type of air duct serves a different purpose and has different strengths and limitations. To the everyday consumer, this might come as a surprise – and it is probably slightly overwhelming. But your local HVAC professionals have all the answers to help you outfit your building with the appropriate ductwork.
You might have heard your HVAC professionals discuss round vs rectangular ductwork – but what is the difference? And which one is right for your needs? (more…)
If you’re looking for a smart way to save on AC installation, Irish Heating and Air has got answers for you. Whether you have an old home. a new one, or are renting a place, installing a new AC unit can get expensive – fast. However, many homeowners don’t realize that you can save on a new ac installation by adapting your old stand and duct work. (more…)
A furnace exhaust pipe, otherwise known as the furnace flue pipe, is used to help vent harmful gases such as carbon monoxide outside of your home. The furnace exhaust pipe, typically made of galvanized metal, tends to run from the furnace’s combustion chamber and up to the attic where it is vented outdoors.
Have you noticed that your furnace exhaust pipe is leaking?
Then you’ve come to the right place. One common yet serious concern is a flue pipe that is leaking water or condensation, or even gas. Both of these flue pipe leaks are cause for concern, since they can indicate an even bigger problem – a carbon monoxide leak.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss
- What to do if your furnace exhaust pipe is leaking water
- What to do if your furnace exhaust pipe is leaking gas
- The possible causes of these different leaks
- How to fix or avoid them in the future
A wireless thermostat is a great option for people who want full control over their energy usage (and savings) whether they’re at work, at home, or on vacation. At Irish Heating and Air, we prefer the Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat by Emerson over popular competitors such as Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat.
Affordability, reliability, and ease of use are among our top reasons. If you’ve narrowed your options down to Sensi vs Nest, take a minute to learn more about Sensi’s advantages. (more…)
Every winter, we hear our customers complain that the air inside of their homes feels cold and dry. Before you blame your heater, read our other blog post about whether or not your furnace causes low humidity in winter. Then, if you are still suffering from low home humidity, continue reading to discover our tips on how to improve your home’s humidity this winter season. (more…)
It has been a commonly discussed topic over the years – does running a furnace cause low indoor humidity in the winter? We’re here to explore this topic with you and hopefully dispel some common misconceptions about dry air, humidity levels, and your furnace this winter. We’ll also offer some alternative causes for low indoor humidity and what you might do to increase your home’s humidity and keep it at a comfortable level. (more…)
If your furnace smells like diesel, then it might be a cause for concern. This depends, however, on the type of furnace you are using in your home or business. The majority of United States residents use gas or electric furnaces to heat their homes. If one of these furnaces lets off an odor, it will typically be either rotten eggs, gas, hot electrical, or smoke. However, there is a small percentage of homes in the United States that use oil furnaces. These provide efficient heat with a clean-burning fuel. Occasionally we have customers saying that their oil furnace smells like diesel or burning oil. We’re here to discuss a few reasons why that might be, and what to do if your furnace smells like diesel. (more…)
As winter is fast approaching, many of our clients come to us with questions about their heater and the cost of running a heater in Tracy. Our technicians have a great deal of experience working with furnaces of various makes and models – and we also have access to the facts required to calculate the cost to use either an electric or gas furnace in San Joaquin County. Below is a breakdown of our calculations and the final cost estimates so that you can help make the right decision when it comes to upgrading to a new furnace in Tracy. (more…)
The best time to schedule a furnace repair in Tracy is before you need it. With weather that could soon dip into the 50s and below during the day, now’s the time to make sure your furnace is ready to be put to work.
Regardless of whether you have a brand new heater or one that is a decade old, the type of air filter you purchase matters. But once you get to the store, you realize there are several filters to choose from. So which one is right for you? (more…)
During the hotter days of summer, you are probably wondering whether or not there’s a more efficient way to cool your home. While traditional air conditioners do a good job, you might have heard of an alternative: evaporative coolers, aka swamp coolers. But what exactly are the pros and cons of traditional and evaporative coolers? And which one is right for you? We’re here to give you a quick breakdown and weigh in on the matter. (more…)
If you’re like most people in the central valley, you’re probably running your A/C system nonstop. If you’re not careful, it could quickly add up to a serious chunk of change. The good news is that there are a few easy ways to take the strain off your A/C system and lower your electric bill which don’t require big installations and long payback periods. Here are a few of our favorites: (more…)