A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for August, 2016

How to Spot a Leak in Your Plumbing

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Leaks in plumbing can be tricky things. It’s easy enough to shut off the water and call in a plumber when you wake up to water spreading across the kitchen in your Rancho Cucamonga, CA home. But so much of your plumbing lies out of sight, in the crawlspaces of your walls or even underground in some cases. A plumbing leak¬†that’s out of sight could go on for weeks or even months, causing a great deal of damage in the process. A good plumber can take care of the problem, but you need to know that a problem exists before you can contact someone. Here’s a brief list of symptoms to look for in order to do that.

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Now Is the Time for an Air Filtration System

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

August in Eastvale, CA is brutal, and with the huge wildfire raging just north of us, local air quality has taken a catastrophic dip. If you live in the Inland Empire, indoor air quality has become an immediate issue, and while you’re likely aware that you need to stay indoors and out of the air as much as possible, you still need to make sure your home’s air is clean and breathable.

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Are Ductless Mini-Split Systems Right for You?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Most homes in Rancho Cucamonga, CA use centralized air, since ours is a very young community and the majority of our homes were built with the extensive system of ducts required by such a system. It works extremely well, but it’s not the only system out there, and if you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you might want to explore the alternatives. In particular, you should study ductless mini-split systems, which get rid of the ducts in favor of multiple units space throughout your home, each of which cool just a single room or section. It provides a number of benefits, though as always, mileage may vary based on the specifics of your house.¬†

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Watch Out for Refrigerant Leaks in Your AC

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Most people know that air conditioners use refrigerant — often collectively referred to as “Freon,” though the chemical composition can vary quite a bit — to cool the air. They often assume that air conditioners consume refrigerant like cars consume oil and gas. In fact, the opposite is true. Air conditioners need a set amount of refrigerant to do their jobs, and the bulk of their system is dedicated to circulating it through a series of valves and coils that allow it to pull heat from the surrounding air. Leaks in that system aren’t supposed to occur, but when they do, it can be disastrous for your air conditioner. And our summers in Ontario, CA are too hot to just leave the situation as it stands. If you can learn to watch for signs of refrigerant leaks in your AC, you can move on the problem before it gets too big to handle.

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Now or Later? When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 1st, 2016

It’s another blazing summer here in Chino, CA, and if your air conditioner is on its last legs, you may be feeling the heat in more ways than one. Unreliable air conditioning systems can leave you stranded in an overheated house with no recourse, and even older systems that still work will end up costing you an arm and a leg in monthly bills. Ideally, you should replace your air conditioner in the fall or winter, when there’s time to plan and you can move at leisure. But if your existing system is failing, you may need to consider a replacement operation sooner. So how do you make that call? Every case is different, but there are a few guidelines to help you along.

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