December 11th, 2017
Gas furnaces tend to be more common in the Riverside area than electrical ones: largely because gas costs less than electrical power and then allows you to heat your home without costing you as much in monthly bills. But electrical furnaces are common in the area too, particularly in rural areas further east where homeowners don’t have access to gas lines.
Electrical furnaces draw upon your home’s electrical grid for power, which costs more but gets around the need for gas lines. They run into trouble less frequently too, but no system is entirely problem free. If you own an electric furnace and it’s having trouble, now is the time to address it.
November 27th, 2017
Hot weather can linger well past Thanksgiving, as our recent heat wave has shown. That means you need your air conditioner to perform throughout the year. But heating shouldn’t be neglected either, and while our winters are extremely mild here in the Inland Empire, they still can get quite chilly, especially at night. That means you need both your heating and your air conditioner to perform at their peak, regardless of whether it’s summer or winter.
November 13th, 2017
We’re finally heading into fall here in the Inland Empire after many long months of hot weather. You’ve likely only begun running your heater for a few weeks at the most, and cold days (as cold as they can get in Southern California) are still to come. That makes now the ideal time to check your heating system for signs of trouble. Problems from last winter may have been compounded by months of lack of use, and running your system for any length of time could turn into a big problem if you don’t spot the signs.
October 30th, 2017
Indoor air quality is as important as heating and air conditioning here in the Inland Empire. Your HVAC system may keep your home perfectly comfortable, but germs and other contagions can enter at a moment’s notice, and use the air blown through your furnace and air conditioner to spread through throughout your home. With winter comes winter rains, and that means more bacteria, allergens, and similar unwanted houseguests slipping into your air.
October 16th, 2017
Winter comes late and leaves early in Southern California, and local residents are only now turning off their air conditioners in favor of running their heaters. While we don’t have such a dire need for heating as communities back east do, we still get plenty of cold nights, and more than our share of days whether the temperatures take a dip. The last thing you need is to turn on your heater in the middle of January and run into a sudden problem.
October 2nd, 2017
Here in the Inland Empire, air conditioning season can last well into October, as Indian summers and periodic heat waves drive the temperatures up. This is the time of the year where air conditioners start to feel the pinch. During the height of summer, your AC may run morning and night, and now, with months of daily use behind it, it might be showing signs of wear. If you’ve waited to get your system serviced or fixed because you didn’t want to be without air conditioning during the heat of summer, now is the time to do so.
September 18th, 2017
Clogged drains are a common problem in any household, and sooner or later you’re going to need to deal with a clogged tub or a stopped-up sink. The standard tactic for most households is to simply purchase a solution at the store: a cleanser, for instance, or perhaps a mechanical snake. Both are available at any supermarket or home improvement center, and both will usually resolve the problem, at least in the short term. That last part can be problematic, however, and a big part of why store-bought solutions for clogs really aren’t solutions at all.
September 4th, 2017
Our central air conditioning systems are an absolute necessity in the Inland Empire over the summer, when temperatures often climb to triple digits and beyond. When problems arise, they need to get taken care of promptly, and now is the time to keep an eye out for them.
After months of steady work, your air conditioner may be feeling the pressure, and breakdowns and other problems are not uncommon. This can extend to other parts of the system as well as the air conditioning unit itself. In particular, your ducts, which carry conditioned air from both the AC and the furnace, can suffer damage during the course of the summer. As with any other AC issue, you want to get those problems resolved as quickly as possible.
August 21st, 2017
Clogged drains rank among the most common plumbing problems we encounter in the area: when food or other materials build up in the pipes and cause the water to back up. Homeowners tend to turn to do-it-yourself solutions, and in the most mild cases — those which can resolve with a plunger and a little elbow grease — that’s usually the best option.
If you’re looking to purchase a solution in the store however, you’d likely be better off calling in a professional plumber instead. There are a number of important reasons why, but it boils down to two: value for your money and insurance that the problem is taken care of.
August 7th, 2017
Homeowners are accustomed to dealing with minor household problems on their own, and that can easily extend to the plumbing systems. We’ve all had to unclog our toilets with the judicious use of a plunger, or fished a hair clog out of a drain or two. That can lead many enterprising homeowners to attempt more ambitious plumbing repairs.