A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for March, 2015

Problems from Too Much Refrigerant in an Air Conditioner

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

One of the common problems that air conditioners may encounter into is loss of charge, i.e. a drop in the level of refrigerant that is vital for an AC to operate. When charge is low, an air conditioner will begin to lose cooling performance and ice will develop along the evaporator coils. (Although it seems strange to people that loss of refrigerant would cause coils to freeze, this happens because the refrigerant in the coils can no longer absorb sufficient heat to warm up, and so remains too cold.)

There is an opposite version of this problem: an AC that has too much refrigerant. An overcharged air conditioner is usually the result of an amateur worker tampering with the system and putting in more refrigerant than the AC should have; it is a very easy mistake to make—and unfortunately one with serious consequences. This is one of the reasons you must always rely on professionals for your air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air are here to assist you, whatever problems you may experience with your cooling system.

The trouble with overcharged refrigerant

The main danger with too much refrigerant inside an air conditioner is that it can damage to the compressor. The excess refrigerant will collect inside the compressor and lead to subcooling, temperatures below normal. The extra refrigerant can also flood the compressor and damage its mechanical components. (This is called slugging.) Fixing damage to the compressor is one of the most expensive air conditioner repair jobs, and may require the whole system be replaced.

An overcharged air conditioner will also create higher pressure inside the system. This first effect this will have is to make the system more expensive to run, since it will not cool as effectively. If you noticed a drop in cooling combined with elevated AC bills, call an air conditioner professional right away. The symptoms of overcharging are similar to other common air conditioner repair problems, and it takes experts to determine the exact cause of a malfunction. If excess refrigerant is the source of the problem, the technician will drain the extra amount to restore the system to its regular charge, and then take care of any damage the overcharge may have caused.

Keep in mind, an overcharge of refrigerant will likely lead to wrecking the compressor, and this is something you want to avoid at all costs. If your AC isn’t running the way it should, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for professional air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. We will help protect your AC and give it a long life.

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The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Tankless water heaters are actually an old technology that’s been around since before the typical storage tank model that most people associate with heating water for a home. The first tankess water heater was invented in 1868, although it was extremely dangerous because it couldn’t properly vent exhaust.

Tankless technology has come a long way since the mid-19th century. Today’s tankless water heaters are an excellent alternative to the standard storage systems. If you are in the market for a new water heater, you should place a tankless system high on your shopping list.

If you are considering tankless water heaters in Riverside, CA as a new installation option for your home, give Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air a call today and speak to our water heater professionals.

Here are some of the major benefits of going with a tankless water heater:

  • Unlimited hot water supply: The most immediate advantage you’ll experience with a tankless water heater is that it will not run out of hot water. Instead of worrying about depleting the supply of hot water in the tank of a storage water heater and then waiting for it to heat up more, you can always depend on receiving hot water from a tankless system every time you turn on a tap. The reason is that tankless water heaters heat up water “on demand,” that is, each time a tap turns requesting hot water. Nobody will ever need to go without a hot shower in the morning again!
  • Reduced energy costs: Because tankless water heaters only heat water when necessary, they consume far less energy than storage water heaters that must constantly apply heat to a tank.
  • Long system life: Because a storage water heater is constantly working to maintain water temperature, it will wear down much faster than a tankless system. You can enjoy many years of energy savings with a tankless water heater in your home.
  • Smaller size: Instead of a large water tank taking up enormous amounts of room, a tankless water heater is small and very unobtrusive.

Are there any drawbacks to going with a tankless system? Yes, but most of them are house-specific. No water heater of any type will work for every household. You must call on professionals to help you make the choice about the ideal water heater to meet the needs of your family and work with your budget plans.

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air has more than 60 years of servicing water heaters in Riverside, CA and throughout the Inland Empire. You only need to give us a call when you are interested in installing a tankless water heater, and you will receive all the assistance you need.

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Summer Is Coming: Here’s How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Southern California has a lengthy hot season, which means summer weather arrives for us long before June. The outdoor thermometer can start making precipitous climbs during the spring. A home’s air conditioning system needs to be prepared to take on the heat. How certain are you that your home’s AC is ready for the hot weather?

We have some advice on what you can do to see that you have an air conditioning system that will be able to keep your household steadily cooled all the way through summer and into those early hot months of fall. For the professional service you need to prepare your air conditioning in Ontario, CA, give the experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air a call today. We have more than six decades of experience keeping the homes in the Inland Empire cool and comfortable.

Here are ways to see that your air conditioner is ready for summer:

  • Change the air filter: An air conditioner has a filter to trap contaminating particles that might enter its cabinet and dirty the components, leading to inefficient performance and even repair needs. This filter will become clogged over time, and during the summer it usually needs to be changed (or cleaned if it’s a permanent filter) once a month. You want to make sure that the AC begins the summer with a clean filter, so have it changed/cleaned during the spring.
  • Take the AC for a “test run”: If you haven’t needed to turn your air conditioner on for a few weeks, turn it on now and let it run for about an hour. Look for any signs of trouble. These include strange noises, low airflow from the vents, warms spots in the house, a non-responsive thermostat, etc. It’s a wise idea to have any necessary repair work done now, rather than wait for when you really need the air conditioner to cool down your house.
  • Schedule routine maintenance: This is the most important step in preparing an AC. You must arrange every year for a spring maintenance visit from an HVAC professional. During this visit, the technician will thoroughly inspect the air conditioning system, looking over the coils, the electrical connections, the motors, the condensate drain, etc., and then make adjustments and tune-ups to see that the AC will work at its best. The technician will also catch any places where the cooling system needs repair work and help you schedule fixes. Maintenance will not only see that your air conditioner is in peak shape, it will give you the peace of mind that there is very little chance it will experience a breakdown during the summer heat.

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air offers maintenance service for air conditioners (and heaters) through our Comfort Club. Call us to learn more about the benefits of joining the Comfort Club, as well as to arrange for any other services you may require for your air conditioning in Ontario, CA.

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Air Conditioning Problems Due to a Clogged Air Filter

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Regular maintenance for your air conditioning system is something you need to have professionals handle. However, there are a few small maintenance tasks you can take care of on your own during the year, and one of them is making sure to clean or change the air filter for the AC once a month during periods when it runs on a regular basis, and every three months when it isn’t in regular use. The air filter will otherwise become clogged with debris, and this can cause some major troubles with the air conditioner.

If you need air conditioning repair in Fontana, CA due to air filter problems—or any kind of problems—simply call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We have a long history of service to the Inland Empire when it comes to keeping air conditioners in great shape, so trust to us to restore and maintain your home’s AC.

What might go wrong due to a clogged filter

  • Reduction in airflow: The main purpose of the air filter on an air conditioner is to trap particles that enter through the return air vent and keep them from entering the AC’s cabinet. If the airflow from the return vents becomes blocked due to clogging in the filter, it will choke off airflow for the entire system. You will experience sluggish flow from the vents in the room and less comfort.
  • Frozen coils: If less warm air is reaching the AC cabinet, it will lead to the refrigerant in the evaporator coils remaining too cold. The warm air current across the coils is necessary for them to absorb heat, and if the refrigerant inside the coils doesn’t warm up, it will start to freeze water vapor along the coil. This ice buildup will start to block heat exchange, causing the air conditioner to lose cooling power. You need professionals to defrost the coils to get the AC working once again.
  • Damaged interior components: If a filter becomes heavily congested, it will start to let debris get through and inside the air conditioner’s cabinet. This can lead to numerous repair issues, but the most common is that dust and dirt across the blower motor will cause it to work with greater stress and may even burn out.

Routine changing or cleaning of the filter will help you avoid these problems. But you still need professional maintenance once a year to make sure your AC remains in top working order. Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air offers maintenance as well as air conditioning repair in Fontana, CA and throughout the Inland Empire, so give us a call when you need excellent service for your home’s cooling system.

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