A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for April, 2014

Common Air Conditioning Problems in the Spring

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The air conditioning season begins early in California, so by the middle of spring the AC system in your home is probably already getting a good work out. Pay close attention to any possible malfunctions that might be occurring, since you want to have them repaired before summer arrives and the heat really starts to put pressure on your air conditioner to keep your house cool.

Here are a few of the more common troubles that can crop up for an air conditioning system during spring. Don’t delay when it comes to scheduling repairs; AC faults tend to worsen over time and affect other systems in a chain reaction. With help from the technicians at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, your air conditioning system will make it through spring and all the way through the summer.

Some AC Problems We Often Repair In Spring

  • Leaking refrigerant: The life-blood of an air conditioner is the refrigerant that runs through it. The level of refrigerant in an AC (its “charge”) remains constant as long as the system does not develop leaks. Leaking is sometimes hard detect—especially if it occurs from small patches of corrosion—but any sized leak will impair the air conditioner’s operation and can eventually lead to serious damage to the compressor, a crippling problem that can require the air conditioning be replaced. Technicians will seal the leak and recharge the refrigerant.
  • Continually tripped circuit breakers: This is often a sign that the air conditioner has developed wiring or other electrical troubles over its winter vacation. It could come from a loose wire or trouble with one of the capacitors, which are easy fixes for trained technicians. If left without repairs, these electrical problems will quickly grow worse.
  • Clogged condensate drain: This drain removes the moisture that drips down from the indoor evaporator coil and prevents it from overflowing the condensate pan. If algae grows inside the drain—a strong possibility during spring—it will block the drain and cause water to spill from the AC and cause water damage to your house. Repair technician can remove the pan and clear (or sometimes replace) the drain.

You can reach Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air 24 hours a day for the repairs you need to fix any of these problems. Even if your air conditioner isn’t currently experiencing malfunctions (that you know of), call us to arrange for your yearly maintenance session that will make certain your air conditioning system in Riverside, CA is prepared for the hot months ahead and will give you excellent cooling without draining money.

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How Lack of Maintenance Leads to Air Conditioniong Repairs

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Southern California summers are not the toughest in the nation, but they will still place a serious strain on your air conditioning system. The longer your AC needs to work, the faster it will age and develop repair needs. If your air conditioner goes into the summer season already in poor shape, then you’ll flirt with a full breakdown on the hottest day of the year.

It’s essential that you schedule annual maintenance for your air conditioner before summer arrives. Find a reputable air conditioning repair service in Riverside, CA and enroll in its maintenance program. After your annual visit from a trained HVAC technician, your AC will be prepared to weather the worst of the California summer. Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air has a maintenance program that will take care of your air conditioner for the summer.

Here’s some of what you can expect if you air conditioner doesn’t receive regular maintenance:

Leaking refrigerant

Refrigerant loss will cause an AC to lose its cooling power and will also lead to icing across the coils and damage to the compressor. Regular maintenance will prevent this from occurring. During a maintenance session, the technician will inspect the refrigerant lines, the compressor, and the coils to see if any formicary corrosion (corrosion that comes from household chemicals and some building materials) has led to leaking refrigerant. The technician will also check the refrigerant level to make sure it hasn’t lost its charge (its level).

Worn-down motors

Maintenance includes cleaning the unit and any components that may have developed a layer of dust or grime. This prevents many problems from happening, but among the most important is stopping premature wear on the motors that power the compressor and the blowers. Dirt increases the friction on the moving parts of the motor and can lead to the motor wearing down and burning out early, which will require replacement.

Electrical issues

During a maintenance session, the technician will perform a full check of the electrical systems connected to the AC, such as the electrical panel, and perform necessary tightening of connections. Without regular care, wiring can come loose or become frayed, and the electrical panel may fail. The technician will also check on the thermostat and its wiring to the main unit.

An air conditioning system that goes without maintenance will start to work 20% less efficiently after only a year, and this decline will continue at a steady rate until it receives maintenance or it fails completely. The increasing stress will create a snowball effect of malfunctions that will require repairs. If you only keep at the repairs, not the maintenance, you won’t address the core issue.

Enroll in the Comfort Club from Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to stop your AC’s decay and keep it healthy and cooling you for many years to come. Our air conditioning repair service in Riverside, CA can fix your system, but you need to let us provide it with regular care as well.

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Benefits of Rooftop Air Conditioning Units

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Rooftop air conditioning unit usually appear in businesses, built for large-scale applications and providing a number of advantages over smaller residential units. Here in Corona, CA air conditioning systems are more than just a way to beat the heat. They provide a comfortable environment for your employees to work, as well as leaving a pleasant impression for any customers who visit. The benefits of rooftop air conditioning units in a desert environment like ours cannot be underestimated. A brief breakdown of some of the bigger ones follows:

  •  Space efficient. Businesses don’t normally have a lot of extra space on hand. The extra space they do have can often be better filled by additional work stations, storage and the like. Rooftop units ensure that you don’t need to give up any square footage to provide a cool and comfortable environment.
  • Versatile. Rooftop air conditioners are modular in nature, which means you can add and subtract units as needed in order to fit the particular load for your building. This can be a godsend to a growing business. As you add office space and employees, you can simply install new rooftop units to accommodate the extra demand. This wouldn’t be possible with more traditional centralized units, resulting in either an extremely inefficient system or the regular need to install an entirely new air conditioner.
  • Easy to maintain. Rooftop units are usually very easy for experts to access, allowing them to perform maintenance and repairs with a minimum of fuss. It also means that office managers and janitors can provide simple upkeep as well, such as changing the air filters and clearing the vents of debris. As long as your building has rooftop access, you’ll be able to handle such issues with speed and efficiency.

If you’d like to take advantage of the benefits of rooftop air conditioning units, then call the Corona, CA, air conditioning experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air right away. Air conditioning units are one of our specialties, and we understand the unique concerns that businesses have when it comes to HVAC systems. Contact us today to set up a consultation, and let us show you what we can do!

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Why Should I Size My Air Conditioner Properly?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

“Sizing” an air conditioner (or a heater) means finding the model that is the right size and power to effectively and efficiently cool down your home to your desired comfort level. It’s often a misunderstood concept to people who do not work in AC installation, mostly because it’s difficult to grasp the idea of an air conditioner’s efficiency as something separate from cooling power. People tend to think that the larger an air conditioner, the better. If a home has an extra large AC, why should that pose a problem? Just lower its setting if the house feels too cold.

But this is false and at the core of the confusion: although it makes sense that you can have an air conditioner too small for your home, having one that is too large is just as significant an error. Sizing an air conditioner is about finding the perfect unit size between “too big” and “too small.”

To properly size an AC you’ll need qualified experts in air conditioning installation in Riverside, CA to help you. Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, where we’ve sized heating and cooling systems for homes in the Inland Empire for decades. We we’ll have no problem finding the right unit for you.

The air conditioner is too small…

The principle problem you will encounter from an undersized AC is lack of comfort. The air conditioner will have difficulty reaching all of the rooms along its ductwork system, and the rooms that do receive cooled air will not receive enough cooled air. In addition to the uneven heating, an undersized AC will have to run almost continuously to reach its target temperature, wasting energy in the process.

The air conditioner is too large…

The trouble that plagues an overlarge AC is short cycling: cutting short the cooling cycle prematurely. Because an air conditioning system that’s too powerful for the space it’s supposed to cool down will rapidly hit its target temperature, it will shut down early, only to restart a short time later, shut down again, and so on. This will cause a large drain on power since an air conditioner draws the most energy when it starts up. You will probably find some rooms won’t receive proper cooling because the AC will not remain on long enough for the conditioned air to reach them.

How an air conditioner is sized

Professionals size an air conditioner using a heat load calculation that checks how your home traps and repels heat. The calculation factors in such criteria as insulation, house size, window placement, heat from appliances and lights, and the number of people who live in your home to determine how much cooling an AC must supply to keep you comfortable.

You should have no problems if you rely on professionals in air conditioning installation in Riverside, CA. At Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, we’ll provide you with the AC service necessary to cool your house down ideally for many years.

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