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

Our Customer’s say it best!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Want to hear first hand from our customers their opinions on Avis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning? Just click on the links below and listen.  We love our customers as much as they love us!

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A happy 15-year loyal customer.

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Larry is sleeping better with his new Heppa filter system.

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Kathy loving her new air conditioning system.

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Air Conditioner Repair: 3 Signs of Problems with Your Air Conditioner

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The warm temperatures are here already, and with a new air conditioning season upon us, you may be encountering some signs of problems with your system. To help you decipher signs of potential issues, our Avis Plumbing, Heat and Air experts have put together a small list of common indications that may mean trouble is brewing with your AC.

3 Signs of Problems with Your Air Conditioner

When you test your air conditioner this spring, here are 3 signs to stay aware of when your system comes on:

Abnormal Noises
The normal click and whirr of your system are part of the start-up of the system, but noises like banging, clunking, hissing, rattling, screeching and whistling aren’t. If you hear sounds from the latter group, it’s time to call an Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air Specialist.

Decrease in Air Flow
Is the air not flowing the way it should? This could indicate a few things, such as air flow blockage, a malfunctioning fan or obstruction in the ducts. A decrease in your system’s air flow can create a great deal of stress on your air conditioner that can lead to repair needs. If you are experiencing low air flow, call in an expert.

Air is Warm
Warm air is definitely not what you want for summer heat. Many times warm air coming from your air conditioner can signal that there is a refrigerant leak somewhere in the system. The refrigerant in your system is self-sustaining; therefore, low refrigerant is not a normal occurrence. Refrigerant should not be handled by anyone who hasn’t been trained, so if you suspect a refrigerant leak, schedule an appointment with your specialist.

Best Way to Manage Potential Problems? Regular Maintenance

Many of these issues can be managed when conducting regular maintenance on your AC system; they may also be prevented through regular maintenance. During an Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air maintenance service, the following will be executed:

  1. Check points on 240v main contactor
  2. Check refrigerant charge in system
  3. Check all electrical connections
  4. Visually inspect fins on condenser coil
  5. Check temperature drop across indoor evaporator coil
  6. Check condenser fuse disconnect box
  7. Inspect ductwork for air leaks, poor insulation and dirt around insulation
  8. Confirm proper return air size
  9. Check for proper airflow in system
  10. Check overall condition of system
  11. Inspect condenser & indoor evaporator coil for Freon leaks and oil traces
  12. Use Inspector camera
  13. Check points on 240v main contactor
  14. Check refrigerant charge in system
  15. Check all electrical connections
  16. Visually inspect fins on condenser coil
  17. Check temperature drop across indoor evaporator coil
  18. Check condenser fuse disconnect box
  19. Inspect ductwork for air leaks, poor insulation and dirt around insulation
  20. Confirm proper return air size
  21. Check for proper airflow in system
  22. Check overall condition of system
  23. Inspect condenser & indoor evaporator coil for Freon leaks and oil traces
  24. Use Inspector camera

Don’t ignore potential problems with your air conditioning. Schedule an appointment with Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air today to take care of all your Riverside, CA air conditioner repairs.

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What Ice on Your Air Conditioning Means

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

If you notice ice developing along the indoor coil of your air conditioner, you might at first think, “Well, that’s probably normal. The AC needs to get cold in order to send out chilled air.” However, air conditioners don’t actually work that way (they don’t generate cold; they remove heat). Ice appearing along the coil is a sign of a serious problem with the system that has caused it to lose its ability to absorb heat from the indoors. Unless you call for professional repairs as soon as possible, your air conditioner will start losing its ability to cool your house—and it might even break down.

A professional technician must handle the repair worked needed to stop ice developing on an AC. You can’t simply scrape the ice off or try to defrost it with hot water or a hairdryer: the ice will return. Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for professional air conditioner repair service in Riverside, CA and stop your air conditioner from freezing over. We have more than six decades of experience handling all types of air conditioning malfunctions.

Why Ice Forms On an Air Conditioner

There are three main reasons for the formation of ice along an AC: a clogged air filter, dirt across the evaporator coils, or a loss of refrigerant.

If the air filter of an AC becomes clogged, it will cut down on airflow into the system. Insufficient warm air brought into the indoor cabinet means the evaporator coil will not be able to absorb enough heat, and this will cause moisture along the coil to freeze. You should change the air filter once a month to prevent this from happening. Once it starts, you need to call in a repair technician.

Dirt and grime build-up along the coil (which can also occur because of a clogged filter) will block heat absorption and lead to the coil freezing. A technician must remove the dirty coil in order to clean it.

Loss of refrigerant in the AC is the most serious problem that can cause air conditioner freeze. Although it seems contradictory that losing refrigerant would create ice, the problem is that a reduction in refrigerant means the coil will not be able to absorb sufficient heat to cool down the remaining refrigerant. This is similar to the other problems, but with the added trouble of the refrigerant loss causing damage to other parts of the system, particularly the compressor, which might overheat and fail. A technician must locate and seal the leak and then recharge the refrigerant to its proper level, as well as check for any other damage the loss may have caused.

Please take ice appearing on your air conditioning system seriously: call for air conditioner repair service in Riverside, CA from the expert team at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

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