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

When Is a Good Time to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Your air conditioner has been working throughout the season to keep you cool, so it’s likely developed a lot of wear and tear this year. To keep worn down parts from causing problems with your air conditioner later on, most technicians recommend scheduling regular maintenance. Maintenance is a service in which many of the components of your unit are cleaned and adjusted. Additionally, a thorough inspection of your system helps a professional determine whether there exist any pending repair needs with your unit. However, fall is here, and the weather may begin to cool down soon, so you may wonder whether it is the right time to schedule maintenance.

Many experts say that the best time to schedule maintenance is toward the beginning of the cooling season. This is true, for the most part. Having a technician tune up your system early in the cooling season is a great way to keep sudden repair needs from interfering with performance or efficiency for the rest of the season. But if you haven’t scheduled air conditioning maintenance yet this season, now may be the best time for your system.

When a professional performs maintenance tasks, you’ll know if there’s anything wrong with your system before an unexpected breakdown. This gives you plenty of time to schedule repairs and take the right steps to prepare your system before the next cooling season. Even seemingly small problems such as a dirty condenser coil can significantly reduce efficiency, causing your unit to run for longer periods of time to cool your home. And as it runs longer and works harder, parts may begin to fall into a state of disrepair.

If it’s been a long time since anyone has looked at your unit, scheduling maintenance as soon as possible is a good step toward ensuring a fully functioning system in the following year. However, when your unit runs into problems, maintenance is not the right service for you. Whenever you notice something wrong with your system, let a technician know so that you can schedule immediate repairs and ensure the issue does not worsen over time.

For air conditioning services in Riverside, CA, call one of our skilled technicians at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air today!

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Can I Handle Refrigerant Problems Myself?

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Refrigerant leaks in air conditioning systems are a common occurrence – so common that sometimes they can seem like an easy fix for homeowners. The truth is that refrigerant leaks are tough to find, and more importantly, you must be certified to handle refrigerant, so attending to refrigerant problems on your own isn’t a good idea. Refrigerant leaks can cause a number of problems, as we’ll discuss below, and they should be repaired as soon as possible, as they tend to become worse with time. For professional repairs to your air conditioning, call the people you can trust: Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

Problems Caused by Refrigerant Leaks

Your air conditioner requires an exact amount of refrigerant in order to work properly. When this amount is altered due to a leak, problems can develop in your system:

Warm Air

The refrigerant in your system absorbs the heat and humidity from your indoors and releases it outside. When the refrigerant is low due to a leak, the process of releasing this heat becomes unbalanced, and one result is that not all of the heat releases. This can render your air conditioner unable to cool the air effectively.

Compressor Problems

The compressor pressurizes the cool liquid refrigerant into a hot, high-pressure gas. When the refrigerant is low, the compressor has to work harder to achieve this. Overworking the compressor for a period of time can lead to overheating and potential break down.


Low refrigerant can cause certain areas of your air conditioner to stay too hot and others too cold. When hot air meets cold air, condensation develops, but quickly turns to ice over the parts that are too cold. This results in an ice build-up on the evaporator coils and poor performance for your AC.

AC Won’t Turn On

Some air conditioners have safety switches that sense when the refrigerant level is too low. If your air conditioner won’t turn on and is equipped with this type of safety switch, call your HVAC technician to inspect the problem.

As you can see, this is a comprehensive list of problems, and finding exactly where a refrigerant leak may be can be complicated work. Don’t compromise your safety and your air conditioning by trying to repair a refrigerant leak on your own – call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air and schedule AC repair service in Riverside, CA with one of our experts.

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What Are The Benefits of Replacing My Rooftop Unit?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

No one wants to think about the possibility of replacing their air conditioning system, but if you have had your home for a number of years, it is a likely scenario. There are multiple benefits to replacing an outdated and/or malfunctioning system, and if you are considering the replacement of your current rooftop unit with a new one, the cooler fall temperatures give you a great window of time to do so. Hiring professionals for any new air conditioning installation in Riverside, CA, is important, and Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air brings over 60 years of experience to every job.

Benefits of Replacing Your Current AC

No matter what type of air conditioner you may have, there are several benefits to replacing your aging AC with a new one:

  • Better energy efficiency – today’s air conditioner are very energy efficient; in fact, they are up to 60% more energy efficient than models from just 10 years ago. In addition, federal laws regarding minimum SEER number requirements for newly-manufactured air conditioners were raised from 10 to 13 in 2006. This means that if your AC is 8 years old or older, it may have a SEER number lower than the current standard. The EPA estimates that you can save up to 10% on annual energy costs for every SEER point higher you go. If your AC has a SEER under 13, you may be losing money in energy bills.
  • Better comfort – aging air conditioners can struggle to keep up with your cooling needs. This can result in a lack of cooling power, or uneven cooling resulting in hot-and-cold spots throughout your home. A new AC can meet your cooling needs, and keep you and your family comfortable.
  • Less repair work – after an air conditioner reaches a certain age, it can require frequent repair work that adds up – sometimes to the cost of a new system. A new system does not require constant repair, helping both you and your wallet.

Reasons to Install another Rooftop Unit

Here are some reasons to consider purchasing another rooftop unit:

  • Security – with a rooftop AC, you don’t have to worry about stolen parts or vandalism.
  • Easy access for repair – rooftop units have all the components – the compressor, condenser and evaporator – in a single metal cabinet. This makes it very easy for your technician to access and repair your system.
  • Keeps yard space free – if you have a small backyard, you won’t have to relinquish needed yard space to accommodate for the outdoor unit of an AC.

If it’s time to replace your rooftop air conditioning unit, call the people you can trust: Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

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