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

What are the Benefits to Installing a New Air Conditioning System?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

New air conditioning system installation in Riverside, CA, before and after images.

The summer season in Riverside, CA can get extremely hot—and if you don’t have an effective air conditioning system in your home, it can make for an incredibly long and uncomfortable summer. If the thought has buzzed around in your brain about installing a new AC for your household, right now is a great time to schedule the work so you can relax and enjoy a cool remainder of the summer (and that hot spell in the fall as well).

Perhaps you’re on the fence: you have an older air conditioning system, but it isn’t terrible. It’s still working. What benefits are there to changing to a new air conditioner now? We’ll look at some of the reasons to opt for new air conditioning installation in Riverside, CA. Call the AC team with more than 60 years of experience in the Inland Empire—Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air—when you are ready for a fresh air conditioner to keep you cool.

Some advantages of new AC installation

  • Avoid a breakdown: Just because your current air conditioner seems to be operating adequately doesn’t mean it won’t simply break down on you at any moment if it is already over its estimated lifespan. Check on your current AC’s service length estimate; if it’s already a year above that, then you’ve gotten a great deal from it… and you should probably take the cautious route and replace it now.
  • Increase efficiency: If you’ve had your air conditioning system long enough, the advances in cooling technology that have occurred in the meantime will dwarf its efficiency. You can purchase a new system for the same price as your old one (with adjustment for inflation) that will have a much greater efficiency than your earlier system ever did. Since your current system will have lost some efficiency over the years anyway, you will start saving money immediately with an upgrade.
  • Take advantage of new technology: Newer air conditioners not only have superior efficiency compared to older models, they also have more features such as variable speed air handlers and humidity controls. They can also be installed as ductless systems, so if you are considering remodeling or adding on rooms, ductless air conditioning offers you some terrific advantages.

Make sure you hire only professionals for installation

Air conditioning installation in Riverside, CA is not a “do-it-yourself” job or one to delegate to amateurs. If you want to get the most out of the advantages of a new system, you need to call on professional installers. They will not only help you choose the right system, they will make sure that it works well and without any impending repair troubles.

For the quality work for your AC that you need, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

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Thermostat Problems That Affect Your Air Conditioning

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

A thermostat is usually situated a long distance from the actual air conditioning and heating systems that it runs. This often creates in people’s minds the illusion that the thermostat is an entirely separate system that is incapable of creating problems with heating and cooling. You press buttons and the air conditioning turns on; you press other buttons and it turns off. If the air conditioner starts to malfunction, the problem must originate within the AC, not the thermostat.

However, thermostat faults are a leading reason for air conditioners to experience operating troubles, inefficient performance, and even serious repair needs. When you call for professional work for your air conditioning system in Riverside, CA, the technicians will check the thermostat as part of their diagnostic to see if problems there are the source of the AC issues you are having.

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air has over 60 years of experience with caring for home comfort in the Inland Empire. You can reach us 24 hours a day for emergency repairs and we’ll be out to you in no time to restore your cooling.

Some Common Thermostat Faults That Will Affect Your AC

  • Miscalibrations: This is the most frequent issue that homeowners encounter with thermostats, and it’s more common in older manual units. When the thermostat starts to sense incorrect temperatures in a house, it will turn the AC’s compressor and fans on and off at the wrong time. This will result in uneven cooling, uncomfortable temperatures, and short-cycling, all of which can be mistaken for other issues. Before the air conditioner begins wasting energy, call on professionals to investigate. If a thermostat miscalibration is the cause, they will be able to fix the issue quickly.
  • Loss of wire connections: Thermostats are switches: they send signals through a group of five wires to turn on and off the various components of the air conditioner. Loss of connection along any of these wires can cause an air conditioner’s compressor to refuse to turn on or off, or prevent the fans from activating or shutting off. Any time your air conditioner refuses to respond to the thermostat, call for technicians.
  • Incorrect position: This is a problem that comes from shoddy installation work that located the thermostat in a place that makes it more likely to record false temperatures. If the thermostat sits in direct sunlight for long periods of time, it will record temperatures higher than it should. The opposite will happen if it is near drafts and outside doors. Placement to far from the center of the home will cause the thermostat to register unusual temperatures that do not match the house’s average. In all these cases, the only “repair” that will combat the problem is to relocate the unit to a better spot.

Our licensed team at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air is ready to help you whatever trouble you have with your air conditioning in Riverside, CA. From troubles in the thermostat to the compressor, we can handle any repair need.

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3 Myths about Air Conditioning

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Air conditioners have been with us for more than a century, and they first entered homes in the 1920s. During this long period of service keeping us cool, ACs have developed many myths about their operation. Some of these are harmless misunderstandings, while others lead to energy waste and discomfort. In this post we’ll look at three of the more common myths that we encounter regularly in our work.

Our skilled employees at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air know everything about air conditioning in Riverside, CA to make sure that your AC always runs its best. Call us—any time of the day or night—when you need repairs to restore your cooling.

1. Air conditioners create cool air

This is the most basic misunderstanding that non-specialists have about air conditioning. Since cool air comes from the vents connected to an AC, it stands to reason that the air conditioning is creating the cool air. However, this is not the case: air conditioners are removing heat from the air, which makes the air feel cooler to us. This heat must go somewhere, so the air conditioner moves it to the outside. This is the reason that air conditioners must have indoor and outdoor components: an AC that sits entirely inside a home with no way to ventilate would just put the heat it removed from the air and put it right back in it.

2. Air conditioners contribute to ozone-depletion

This used to be true, unfortunately. For many years, the most common type of refrigerant found inside air conditioners was R-22, a hydrochlorofluorocarbon that contributed to ozone layer loss. However, the U.S. initiated a phase-out program to eliminate R-22 entirely by 2020. At this point, all new air conditioners use a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant, of which the most common is R-410A. (This is likely the refrigerant that is currently circulating through your home’s air conditioner.)

3. Turning an AC’s thermostat to its lowest setting will cool your home faster

Here is a myth that leads to tremendous energy waste. If you crank your thermostat all the way down to the lowest setting, which is often 50°F on many models, you are not going to cool down your home any faster. That’s not how the thermostat or the air conditioner works. What will happen is that the AC will stay on longer until it has cooled the house down to the set temperature. This drains excess energy, puts extra strain on the system, and will end up delivering you an uncomfortably low temperature. It is far more efficient and comfortable to keep the thermostat set at 72°F or thereabouts.

For over 60 years, Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air has kept air conditioning in Riverside, CA running effectively. We handle installation, maintenance, and repairs, and have technicians ready 24 hours a day to service your needs.

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How AC Repairs Can Lower Your Monthly Energy Costs

Monday, June 16th, 2014

It can be easy to ignore an “off” sound or slow start-up in your air conditioner, particularly if it appears to work ok. Sometimes things can work themselves out, but more often than not, they don’t, and you can wind up with a total breakdown. Contrary to popular belief, air conditioning repair in Redlands doesn’t have to mean a big dent in your wallet. In fact, it can help save you money by tackling those repairs before they have the chance to get bigger and potentially more costly.

Types of Repair Needs That Can Blossom

Not all repair needs have the potential to get worse, but there are some you can count on to do so. Here are some of the more common ones we’ve seen over our 60 years of service in the Redlands:

Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant leaks are one of those repairs that, if not addressed, can quickly lead to other problems with your air conditioner. Why? Every air conditioner needs an exact amount of refrigerant in order to work; this amount is in the manufacturer’s manual that comes with your system. When a leak develops, the level of the refrigerant lowers and no longer matches the exact amount needed. Low refrigerant can cause multiple problems with your air conditioner: warm air blowing, issues with the compressor, icing and a possible breakdown. Because the refrigerant level is so important to your system’s overall health, it is checked every time during regular maintenance. But leaks can still happen, so if you are seeing signs that you may have a refrigerant leak, have it repaired right away by an Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air specialist immediately.

Electrical Issues

Your air conditioner has multiple wires that connect it to the main power in your property as well as connections within the system itself, including in motors and the thermostat. Electrical problems can develop when wires become frayed, corroded, develop loose connections or disconnect entirely. Leaving wires frayed or a connection loose can cause the incorrect amount of electricity to flow into a component or connection, affecting its ability to work. If left unrepaired, this can lead to stress in other parts of your air conditioner’s system.

Problems with the Fans

The fans in your system are very important to air flow. Multiple malfunctions can happen with the fans in your system, including worn belts, issues with the motor, bent or loose fan blades and loose screws on the components. It is important to address these issues sooner rather than later as these items only get worse with wear and can lead to a total shut down of the fan.

Something Seem Off? Call Us

As you can see, letting repairs go can take a serious toll on your air conditioning system. For over 60 years, Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air has been doing air conditioning repairs in Redlands for every type of problem. Don’t let that ping or rattle go on – schedule an appointment with us today.

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Why You Should Never Scrape Ice Off of Your Air Conditioning Coils

Monday, June 9th, 2014

It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to ignore ice appearing on their air conditioners, figuring that it is a natural product of the cooling process. However, there are few more obvious signals from an AC that it is experiencing a serious malfunction than the development of frost and ice along the indoor evaporator coil. When you spot this, it’s time to take action.

And that action is not to get a paint scraper or some other devices and try to scrape the ice off of the coils. We’ll explain why you shouldn’t go this route and instead reach for the phone and contact a dependable HVAC company. For air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, look to the many decades of experience at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for effective service.

The Problem with Scraping Ice off the AC’s Coils

There are two reasons that you shouldn’t attempt to remove the ice from your air conditioner’s evaporator coil yourself. The first is that you might damage the air conditioner. The second is that it won’t do any good anyway.

An air conditioner is a precision instrument, and the two coils are among its most important components. The evaporator coil is where the AC absorbs heat to cool down a space, and if it receives damage it can ruin the heat exchange cycle. Scraping a metal device over it, or even worse, trying to hammer away the thick ice, can seriously impair the coil. Don’t do it.

The ice will only come back anyway: the reason that the frost is forming is because there is something wrong with the AC that is restricting the coil from absorbing sufficient amounts of heat. If the coil doesn’t receive enough heat to warm up the cold refrigerant inside it, the refrigerant will freeze the moisture along the coil, creating ice. This can happen because of a drop in refrigerant level, grimy coils, or a clogged air filter that doesn’t allow enough warm air in.

Whatever the reason for the ice to start developing, the ice will continue to grow as it further blocks heat absorption. Scraping it off may slow down this process (if it doesn’t damage the coil) but it doesn’t address what the core issue is. Only a repair technician can find what is actually wrong and repair it. The technician will then safely defrost the coil and restore your system’s full functionality.

Please take ice on your AC seriously and call for professional air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga, CA right away. You can reach the team at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air any time of the day or night for emergency service that will assure your AC will receive no further damage and that your cooling power doesn’t plunge.

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Repair or Replace? Trouble with Fan Motors

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

At Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, we have spent 60 years bringing quality service to the Inland Empire. During that time, our technicians have seen just about every possible sort of malfunction that can affect an air conditioner. One of the common troubles that they see occurs in motor fans, and that’s not surprising. The fans undergo a great deal of stress in an AC since they often run even when the air conditioner isn’t in cooling mode. Like an electro-mechanical system, motors can fail or malfunction in different ways; sometimes we can repair the trouble and get the motors spinning again, while other times the only solution is to replace the motor. We’ll look a bit at fan motor troubles in this post, and whether they lead to repairing or replacing.

For your air conditioning services in Hemet, CA, you can rely on Avis for your repairs or replacements. We’re available 24 hours day for emergency service.

Repair the motor

Some basic electrical problems with motors require simple fixes to get them working again. Relays that become stuck open or closed will cause a motor to either stop running or run continuously. A fuse might go bad and need to be replaced. If wiring comes loose, a technician can usually rewire and reconnect the loose parts in order to restore the motor’s operation.

A component connected to the motor that’s essential for its operation is the capacitor. Should a capacitor weaken or fail, it cannot transmit voltage to the motor. Replacing capacitors is a standard task that will save having to replace the motor.

Replace the motor

If a motor undergoes significant stress—often because of dirt or lack of lubrication—it will overheat and fuse its internal wiring. When this happens, there is no option but to replace the burnt-out motor. Any shorting of the wiring in a motor will require replacement.

A motor that freezes because of mechanical wear and stress is also beyond repair, and technicians will need to replace it.

Professionals only, please!

The level of complexity in the fan motors of an air conditioner is too high for amateurs to diagnose the problem. Incorrect handling of the electrical components in an air conditioner can also lead to a high voltage shock. Don’t take the risk: call professionals as soon as you notice problems with the motors (usually loud groaning or grinding noises, or if the fans stop working). These trained technicians will determine what is wrong with the motor—if the problem is indeed the fan motor—and whether it needs repairs or a replacement.

Look to the many decades of experience at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for all the repairs you need for your air conditioning in Hemet, CA.

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