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

Dangers Posed by Short Cycling Air Conditioners

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Here in Riverside, CA, our air conditioners are running constantly, and any problems need to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Our 100-plus degree days can turn your home into a hot box without a good air conditioner, and if you spot something wrong with your system, you need to move on it as quickly as possible. Short cycling is definitely a serious problem, though it may not seem like much when you first notice it. It’s the habit of an air conditioner to turn on and off very quickly multiple times throughout the day. The dangers posed by short-cycling air conditioners should not be underestimated, and you should contact an air conditioning repair service as soon as you spot the trouble.

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Is a Heat Pump Right for Me?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

We live in Riverside, CA, one of the hottest cities in Southern California, and air conditioning is an absolute necessity when the summer months hit. If your air conditioner is ready to be replaced, now is the perfect time to do it, when temperatures still haven’t hit their summertime peak. You might want to consider a heat pump instead of a traditional air conditioner. It operates according to the same principles as a traditional AC, but uses the same principles to warm your home in the winter as well as cooling it in the summer. “Is a heat pump right for me?” you ask. We’ve provided a few key details below to help you answer that question.

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How Does the Drain Pan Affect My Air Conditioner?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Riverside, CA has some of the hottest summers in California, with temperatures routinely climbing well over 100 degrees and poor air quality to boot. A good air conditioner is not just a comfort in these situations, but an absolute necessity, and when problems occur, you need to address them quickly before the summer temperatures turn your house into an oven. One of the most common problems air conditioners experience involves the drain pan, and if you find you can’t turn your system on, the root of the problem may lie there. “How does the drain pan affect my air conditioner?” you ask. We’ve provided a brief explanation below.

Condensate Must Go

In the course of cooling the air, AC units generate condensate: similar to the way dew forms in the early morning. Since most air conditioners rely on electricity, the last thing you want to introduce is water into the system. That’s why the condensate pan is there: to collect the liquid as it drips down and store it safely. A drain line at the bottom of the pan takes the water out of the system for safe disposal

What Happens When Trouble Arises

Problems usually occur from one of two specific sources. Either the drain pan becomes misaligned or the drain line gets clogged with detritus. Either way, it results in an overflow of condensate, which can spill out over the drain pan and short circuit more vital parts of the system. The good news is that most air conditioners come equipped with safety sensors that shut off the entire system before anything more important is damaged by the overflow. The bad news is that the system will stay off until the problem is corrected, and with our weather, that can be absolutely unbearable.

If your air conditioner won’t turn on, whether because of the drain pan or some other issue, then don’t hesitate to call the experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating & Air.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Frozen?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Your air conditioning system contains two large parts: the outdoor compressor and the indoor air handler. Either portion of your air conditioning system may encounter trouble, but in our climate only one area is prone to freezing: the inside evaporator coil. Even if it’s 100 degrees outside, this coil can freeze if something goes wrong during the refrigeration process. A frozen coil may seem like a good thing; you want the air handler to be cold, right? But this can cause many problems for your AC, and it is indicative of a much larger problem.

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