What Happens During an HVAC Repair?

June 10, 2019

All HVAC systems will require some kind of maintenance or repairs over time to ensure proper operation. If it’s your first time hiring a contractor to fix the appliance, you may not know what to expect with the process. Here’s what’s included with a typical HVAC repair. Checking the Thermostat Once the technician arrives at your home, you can expect him or her to check the thermostat to determine if any of the settings need to be adjusted. In many cases, this is why an HVAC system will not turn on. The professional will also check some of the wires before inspecting the appliance. All minor components will be thoroughly inspected in the first few minutes of the appointment before the technician moves on to taking a look at the HVAC system. Diagnosing the Problem If the thermostat and settings seem to be working correctly, then the professional will start examining the parts of the appliance to determine the underlying cause of why it’s malfunctioning. Expect the process to take anywhere from five minutes to an hour, depending on how complex the issue is with the parts. Once they discover the problem, he or she will provide you with a...

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Why You Need an Air Purifier

June 1, 2019

You and your family deserve to breathe the cleanest air possible while in your home. Unfortunately, dust, smoke, chemicals, and many other materials pollute the air. Luckily, an air purifier can help to clean the air. Here are some specific benefits of an air purifier. Great for Allergies When someone has allergies, his or her respiratory system is affected by a specific allergen. Some of the most common allergens in the air include: Dust mites Mold Pet dander Pollen The person with allergies comes into contact with these allergens by breathing them in. When you get an HVAC system from Black Lion Heating & Air Conditioning, you may notice a significant decrease in allergens in your house. Eliminate Mold Mold is a nightmare for any homeowner. It looks horrible, and it can be dangerous to the health of you and your family. It has to go, but getting rid of mold can be extremely expensive and time-consuming. You may even need to find other accommodations while the issue is taken care of. While it can’t clear away established mold growth, an air purifier can help to get rid of any mold in the air. This prevents it from building up...

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3 Reasons to Let a Professional Fix Your AC

May 31, 2019

At , we’ve been providing the residents of Kirkland, WA, with air conditioning repairs, installations, and maintenance for more than 20 years. We take pride in serving all of the Seattle area, so we hope you’ll let us repair your AC. While fixing your own cooling system might seem tempting, it’s usually best to hire a professional. Consider the following reasons for reaching out to an expert. 1. High-Quality Workmanship Technicians are generally well-trained and seasoned enough to provide their customers with effective repairs. Their livelihoods often hinge on having a good local reputation, so they do their best to perform well while on the job. Allowing a professional to handle your repairs instead of trying to do them yourself is the wisest course of action. 2. Expert Problem-Solving Abilities You might think you know what’s wrong with your cooling system, but that may not be the case. That simple fix can easily turn into a wide-scale problem that you can’t easily repair. A professional is equipped to contend with a large range of air conditioning problems, however. You can count on a professional to be able to evaluate your system and to give you the right solution to its...

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3 Ways to Uncover Air Leaks in Your Home

May 20, 2019

If you feel like your home is less energy efficient and your energy bills are higher than they should be, air leaks might be to blame. In the Kirkland, Washington area, where winters are cold and damp, that wintry air can seep into your home and impact your ability to stay comfortable. Not to mention, it can raise your energy bills! Air leaks can stay under the radar unless you do some careful detective work around your home. Take a look at these three techniques that our technicians at recommend for checking your home for air leaks: 1. The Candle Technique One of the easiest methods for discovering air leaks around your home is by using a candle. To make sure the test is as accurate as possible, turn off your furnace, air conditioner, and any fans before you begin. Next, light a candle and walk around your home, moving the candle near the edges of any exterior facing doors and windows. When the candle flickers or blows out, there’s a draft in that spot. 2. The De-Pressurization Technique For this test, you’ll need a stick of incense instead of a candle. As with the candle test, you’ll have to...

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Humidifiers and Healthy Homes

May 12, 2019

When the weather turns cold, dry air becomes a problem. If there’s not enough moisture in the air, you won’t look or feel your best. A humidifier can help improve your home environment. Here are some examples of what adding moisture to the air in your home could do for your overall wellness. Skin Health Dry air can really do a number on your skin. When your environment doesn’t contain enough humidity, you might struggle with cracked lips, rough hands, a scratchy throat and a flaky face. As your nasal passages dry out, you might deal with nosebleeds or stuffiness. Equipping your home in Seattle with a whole-house humidifier from can help you feel more comfortable in your skin in any weather. Illness Relief When you have a respiratory infection, getting better as soon as possible is a top priority. Dry air can aggravate illness symptoms like a sore throat and an incessant cough, but humidified air can help you feel better. Plus, a humidifier may decrease the chances that a bug will spread from one family member to another. Moist air helps your body’s natural germ-filtering systems work their best, and scientific research indicates that influenza viruses can’t survive...

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5 HVAC System Sounds You Don’t Want to Hear

May 2, 2019

Both packaged units and heat pumps can make unusual noises when something is wrong. That’s why owners should keep their ears on alert. Here are some of the worst sounds your system might make and what they could indicate. 1. Rattling and Clanking Loose parts in the system, especially in the compressor and blower unit, will rattle. Sometimes, even the compressor can become loose. If the blower fan blades are out of balance, they may give rise to a clanking noise, and if the blades hit against something that’s stuck in them, they may create a “thwapping” sound. 2. Banging The motor mounts may become loose and start banging. More often, though, the noise results from broken or disconnected parts. That’s why this is a more serious sign than rattling. 3. Hissing and Humming Humming usually denotes an electrical issue, such as loose wiring. Hissing, though, may signify a leak in the air vents. Owners may come to realize this if they see a sharp rise in their electricity bills. This is because leaks can force the unit to work harder and longer to do its job. 4. Clicking While clicking is normal when an HVAC system turns on and...

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3 Ways an AC Tune-up will Improve Your Life

April 30, 2019

Many homeowners tend to take maintenance issues for granted due to the cost or just too many other things on their minds. However, getting a regular AC tune-up could provide many benefits to your Kirkland home. Here are just three ways an AC Tune-up will improve your life. 1. Maintaining a Comfortable Environment When it’s hot outside, it’s not the time to discover that your AC unit is not working properly. By having regular AC tune-ups, you can be assured that the system is working properly when it’s needed. By having regular maintenance, you can also avoid costly repairs if the system breaks down during peak season. 2. Know What To Expect The last thing you want is unexpected expenses when you can least afford them. If you have our technicians at perform regular AC tune-ups on your system, you won’t have to worry about sudden costly breakdowns. We will be able to tell you if your system needs additional repairs before an emergency happens. This will help save you money and keep the system running efficiently. With a regular AC tune-up schedule, our technicians will also be familiar with your system. In the event of an emergency, you will...

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Reduce Your Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

April 20, 2019

Many people spend the majority of their lives inside their homes. Our homes should be sanctuaries, but the unfortunate truth is that residential indoor air often has much higher levels of pollution than outdoor air. So, what can you do about it? Dust and Vacuum Daily Dust is the biggest offender because it actually traps pollutants and then rereleases them over time. in Kirkland recommends dusting every day and vacuuming as often as possible. Our team also recommends a more extensive cleaning each week. Consider using microfiber cloths for dusting and HEPA vacuum bags. Change Your Filters Regularly Your AC and furnace filters need to be replaced every three months and perhaps more often depending on your pets and the general dustiness of your home. If you also use air purifiers and similar technologies, then ensure those are refreshed according to manufacturer recommendations. Ensure Optimal Ventilation If the weather allows and you want to open windows and doors, that can be a great way to reduce indoor pollution. But it is also necessary to ensure proper ventilation for the system itself. Modern homes are sealed tight, which can cause pollution problems if the ventilation is subpar. Schedule Air Duct Cleaning...

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Save More Money on Energy Every Season

April 10, 2019

Whether you are heating or cooling your home in Seattle, there are a number of steps that you can take to leave more money in your pocket. How to Lower Your Summer Energy Bills At the start of the warm months, have a professional technician from give your cooling system a tune-up. We will make sure all the electrical and mechanical components of your air conditioning system are functioning properly. A well-tuned system runs more efficiently and saves you money. Steps to take to save on cooling costs: Have AC maintenance in the spring Raise the temperature on your home thermostat Block the sun coming into your home with shades and curtains Shade your house with trees How to Lower Your Winter Energy Bills In the autumn, it is important to have your heater, furnace or boiler in your Seattle-area home thoroughly checked out. can give you peace of mind that your heating system is operating safely and saving you money. Here is how you can take action to save on heating costs: Have your furnace tuned every fall Lower the temperature on your home thermostat Turn the temperature down at night Use natural sunlight to warm your home How...

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How to Stop Painful Static Shocks

April 1, 2019

When you receive a static electricity shock every time you touch a doorknob or kiss a loved one, it can feel as though your own house is out to get you. Instead of resigning yourself to a winter full of static shocks, learn what adjustments you can make to reduce this annoyance. When Static Electricity Becomes a Problem Have you ever noticed that you don’t struggle with static electricity nearly as much in the summer? There’s a sound reason for that. In the summer, there’s usually a good deal of humidity in the air, both inside your home and outside. When the air is humid, free electrons in the environment typically slide over your body instead of resting on your skin. The situation is quite the opposite when the air is dry, such as it is in the winter months. At those times, free electrons tend to accumulate on your clothes and your skin. Consequently, when you touch something that’s a good conductor like a metal light switch plate, the electrons transfer to it. In the process, you get zapped! How to Adjust the Humidity Level in Your Home You don’t have to settle for whatever humidity level the weather...

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