Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Archive for December, 2015

There’s Ice on My Heat Pump—Is This a Bad Sign?

Monday, December 28th, 2015

If you know even a little bit about the operation of the heat pump that keeps your household cool in summer and warm in winter, you’ll understand that the outside unit needs to absorb heat from the ambient air and carry it indoors in order for it to work in heating mode.

Should you notice that there is ice developing along the outdoor cabinet of the heat pump, it may worry you. Is this normal during the winter?

The answer is, confusingly, both yes and no. But we will quickly unconfuse you below:

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Why You Should Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Monday, December 21st, 2015

What kind of thermostat do you have in your house to control the HVAC system? If it’s a manual one that uses sliders or dials, or a no-frill digital model that can only raise or lower the temperature, then we need to talk. It’s time to upgrade to a digital programmable model—especially if you have updated your HVAC system at some point during the past few years. There are many benefits that come with replacing an old thermostat with an advanced model. Here are a few:

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Some Signs That You Need Water Heater Repairs

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Your home must have a working water heater throughout the year, but it’s especially inconvenient to have your water heater fail on you during the winter. Cold days without hot showers? That can feel pretty miserable.

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What the Color of Your Furnace’s Pilot Light Means

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Now, during the early part of heating season, is when you should pay special attention to the operation of your gas furnace. You want to detect any early indications of malfunctions so you can have them repaired before the serious cold weather strikes. After all, you know that when a furnace breaks down, it will probably happen on the coldest day of the year!

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Why Your Furnace May Be Short-Cycling

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Short-cycling refers to a problem that may occur in both heating and air conditioning systems: the unit starts to heat/cool, but shuts off too soon and doesn’t complete its cycle. A short time later, the unit starts up again, only to shut off once more… and the process repeats and repeats.

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