A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for October, 2013

Common Plumbing Repairs in Riverside, CA

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

In Riverside, CA, plumbing issues benefit from a dry climate. We don’t get many floods here, which means there aren’t a whole lot of plumbing problems beyond our control. When issues arise with your plumbing, it usually has a very specific cause, which means a trained professional can hunt it down and enact repairs without too much trouble. There are plenty of qualified plumbers in the area, and we’ve seen our share of tricky issues. Here is a list of some common plumbing repairs in Riverside, CA.

  • Stopped up drain. Drains can become clogged with any number of items, ranging from greasy food droppings to toothpaste in your bathroom sink. They gather in S-bends or other tight corners, or just stick to the sides of the pipes. The more they build up, the harder it is for water to drain until you have no choice but to clear it. Many people turn to store-bought drain cleaners to correct the problem, but cleaners can struggle to do the job, while improperly deployed snakes can damage your pipe. A trained professional knows how to handle clogged drains quickly and efficiently.
  • Low pressure. Low water pressure in your pipes means water coming out extremely slowly, if at all. It can stem from a leak in the pipes (likely from somewhere underground or in your walls, where the water can’t readily be seen). It could also stem from a blocked aerator, which filters the flow of water to keep waste to a minimum. A plumber can clear the aerator and/or repair the leak to restore pressure.
  • Running toilet. A running or overflowing toilet can stem from any number of malfunctioning components, from a flapper to a fill valve. Regardless of the cause, it wastes water and can be very distracting to your household. A trained plumber can replace the faulty component with a new one.

For these and other common plumbing repairs in Riverside, CA contact Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for help. We’re based in Riverside, CA, plumbing issues are one of our principal focuses, and we’re dedicated to fixing your problems the first time every time. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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3 Things You Should Do Before Shutting Down Your Air Conditioner for the Winter

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

In Riverside CA, air conditioning services are far more in demand in the summer than in the winter. The weather gets hot in our town, but not that hot, and as October gives way to November, homeowners will start switching over to heating systems to keep their homes comfortable. But there’s more to it than just raising the thermostat. Proper maintenance is key to keeping your HVAC system running cleanly and efficiently, and the transition from fall to winter is a great time to pay attention to those little details. Here are 3 things you should do before shutting down your air conditioner for the winter.

  • Schedule a regular maintenance session. This isn’t strictly a repair; it’s more like a tune-up. A service professional will examine your unit for any pending problems, then recharge the refrigerant, clean the dirt off the coils and tighten any fittings or screws that might have come loose. Your air conditioner is going to sit unused for several months; a tune-up like this gives you plenty of time to jump on any larger repairs, as well as making sure your air conditioner is ready to go next spring.
  • Do some home maintenance. Your air conditioner – and your heater for that matter – work best when your home is sealed as tightly as possible. Check your doors and windows for cracks, and get them sealed before you shut the air conditioner off for the season. You’ll see a difference in your monthly bills.
  • Consider duct cleaning. Riverside is essentially a desert community and we get a lot of dust in the air. That can build up in your ducts as well as your air conditioner itself. A duct cleaning service from a qualified professional will get the dust out of your system, raising the quality of your indoor air and reducing irritation in your nose and throat.

If you need a hand with these 3 things you should do before shutting down your air conditioner for the winter, call on Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for help. Air conditioning service in Riverside, CA are our specialty, and we can ensure that yours is properly prepared for the winter.

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3 Ways to Save Energy this Heating Season

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

In Riverside, CA, heating is almost entirely a winter concern, since our summers are so hot and dry. But our arid climate means that winter nights can get chilly, and while we’re hardly New England, you may notice your heating bills going up during the winter months. It doesn’t have to be that way. By maximizing your heater’s efficiency, you can cut down on those monthly bills without losing the heat you need to stay cozy when the nights are cold. Here are 3 ways to save energy this heating season.

  • Schedule a maintenance session in the fall. After air conditioning season ends but before the temperatures drop too far, contact a service technician to give your heater a tune-up. He’ll clean off the dust that’s built up from months of non-use, tighten any loose bolts or fittings, and identify potential trouble spots for later repair. Doing so helps you air conditioner perform more efficiently, saving you money once you start using the heater in earnest.
  • Seal up your home. Look into adding more insulation in your attic and make sure you seal up any cracks or openings around doors and windows. That helps keep warm air in your home longer, reducing the load on your heater and cutting your bills accordingly.
  • Look into upgrades. You don’t necessarily need to install a new heater in order to make you existing one more efficient. For example, think about installing a programmable thermostat that automatically turns the heat off when you leave the home, then on again when you come back. Or look into the possibility of zone controls, which allow you to heat only the portion of the house you’re using and keep the rest of the home cool. Both options will cut down on your monthly heating expenses while giving you more versatility in handling your comfort levels.

If you’re looking for more ways to save energy this heating season, call upon Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for help. We handle Riverside, CA heating issues of all varieties, and our trained staff can discuss options with you before setting up a maintenance schedule to look in on your heater. Contact us to make an appointment today.

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Why Professional Heating Maintenance is Important

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Here in Riverside, CA, heating maintenance sounds like an afterthought. We live on the edge of the desert, and our mild winters pale in comparison to our hot, dry summers. Ironically, that may be part of why professional heating maintenance is important, and why you should treat a friendly tune-up of your heater with the same care and consideration that you treat air conditioning repairs. We’re not exactly New England, but we have our share of chilly nights, and the last thing you want it your heater breaking down on you just when you need it the most. Here’s why professional heating maintenance is important.

The issue basically boils down to an ounce of prevention beating a pound of cure. In this case, it means addressing little problems before they have a chance to become big ones. Individual heater parts suffer from wear and tear like all appliances do. Fittings become loose, lines become frayed and the unit in general suffers from the slings and arrows of time. A maintenance session can tighten those fittings and replace small components that are worn out. This reduces the overall stress on the unit, which in turn helps it do its job without running a larger risk of a breakdown in the near future. You can replace a small part of a nominal fee, or wait until it fails and creates more damage to surrounding parts that will cost a lot more to replace.

This is doubly true in the case of cleaning components. We live in a dusty climate, which means that dirt and grime will build up in your heater (especially if it’s been sitting idle for six or seven months). Cleaning it off during a regular maintenance session will prevent the added stress and friction that the dust causes. Leaving it be increases the strain, as well as the chance of a breakdown.

If you know why professional heating maintenance is important, then call upon a heating company in Riverside, CA to perform the service with quality and professionalism. Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air serves customers all over Riverside, CA, heating maintenance is one of our specialties, and we are completely dedicated to customer satisfaction. Contact us to set up an appointment today.

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