A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Steps for Getting the AC Ready for the Heat

Monday, March 16th, 2020

HVAC-system-maintenanceIn our last post, we talked about the importance of signing up for our maintenance club to receive routine spring maintenance on your air conditioner. Most AC prep steps for the coming summer need to be left to the professional HVAC experts. But not all of them. You can help get your air conditioner and your house ready for when the air conditioner comes back on strong for the season.

Because we live in a warm climate, air conditioning preparation is a bit different. You probably only used the ductwork of your home occasionally over the winter on the few coldest days. Otherwise, most of the HVAC system goes unused. This can mean a decline and increase of dust buildup during the winter and a rough start for the AC in the summer. These steps can make a big difference.

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Invest in the Comfort Club for Your Spring AC Prep!

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

air-conditioner-evaporator-coilThe warm weather of springs starts early in Southern California. March is the right time to schedule annual maintenance for your air conditioning system, even if spring doesn’t officially start until the end of the month. Last week was one of the warmest we’ve had in a while, and that was still in February.

There is no better time to invest in our Comfort Club, which is our prepaid maintenance plan for both air conditioning and heating in our customers’ homes. We designed the Comfort Club to ensure your HVAC system enjoys a long service life, runs into few repair issues, and works at high energy efficiency. Download and print this form to get started with Comfort Club membership, then schedule your air conditioning maintenance in Fontana, CA

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Best Temperature to Set the Thermostat When on Vacation

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

thermostat-settingPlanning any more vacation time before summer ends? People often want to know what to do with their home’s central air conditioning system when they’re gone for an extended period of time—and unfortunately there’s conflicting accounts you’ll hear about the best strategies.

Shut down the AC completely so it won’t come on at all? Program it to come on only right before you arrive home? Or have it come on periodically during the time the house is empty?

We’ll take a look at the ideal strategies for what to do with your residential air conditioning in Riverside, CA during your vacation.

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Your AC Shuts Off—It May Be an “Energy Event”

Monday, August 19th, 2019

air-conditioner-on-leavesThis is a subject we want to discuss because it has triggered confusion among some of our customers regarding their air conditioning in Bloomington, CA or elsewhere in our wide service area. You may experience a sudden loss of your central AC system when its compressor shuts down. The electricity is running in the rest of your house, so there must be a problem with the air conditioner itself that will require calling us for repairs.

But not all the time. Your AC may have been shut down remotely by Southern California Edison as part of an “energy event” in Edison’s Summer Savings Program. You don’t need to call a technician, because the temporary loss of use of your air conditioner is pre-planned and the unit will soon turn on again.

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Why Won’t My AC Cool Down the House Like It Once Did?

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

air-conditioning-junkyardThis is a serious frustration during a Southern California summer—setting the thermostat for a pleasantly cool temperature, only to end up with a house that’s warm no matter how long the air conditioner runs.

If this is a new occurrence for you, and you’re accustomed to the AC doing a dependable job each summer, then you probably need the assistance of our expert technicians to restore the air conditioner to peak shape. If your air conditioner has never worked well, then you may have an incorrectly sized system and you should schedule a replacement with us.

For the rest of this blog, we’re going to assume that your air conditioner has only recently started to fall behind on its cooling duties. Here are reasons your AC may be having a hard time keeping up with your cooling

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Keep Your AC Filter Clean

Monday, July 8th, 2019

air-filterFor the most part, air conditioning maintenance in Colton, CA, is not a job that you can handle on your own. The process is much more complex than many homeowners seem to realize. During maintenance, electrical components and connections are tested, moving parts are inspected and lubricated as needed, and much more. However, there is one maintenance task that you can and should handle on your own, and it is a vitally important one—though too frequently overlooked.

We are talking about changing your air filter. Sorry if that is not as exciting a prospect as you were thinking, but everything we said above is true. A dirty air filter in your air conditioning system will have much more serious consequences for your home cooling system than you may realize. If you’re serious about getting the most from your AC, then you need a fresh filter in place.  It’s a simple and affordable way to optimize cooling performance.

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Why Is Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 24th, 2019

water-dropletsWhen your air conditioning system is running, you’ll occasionally hear the sound of dripping water coming from the indoor cabinet. This is normal. You’re hearing condensate from the evaporator coil falling from the coil down into a pan.

The reason water develops in an air conditioner is because of the evaporation of cold refrigerant along the indoor evaporator coil. The process of evaporation removes heat from the air to cool it. But as a side-effect, the evaporation also causes moisture in the air to condense in droplets along the coil’s surface. Below the coil is a shallow pan—the condensate pan—which catches the water. A motorized pump then removes the water out a condensate drain and outdoors where it’s deposited on the ground.

But this drainage system doesn’t always work the way it should—and you may end up seeing water dripping from the indoor compartment.

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Why Leaking Refrigerant Is a Big Problem for an AC

Monday, June 10th, 2019

air-conditioner-and-toolsAir conditioning systems are complex, but as long as they’re regularly maintained, they have the durability to last for many years with only occasional troubles.

But there are a few common air conditioning problems to watch out for—and few can create as much trouble as a leak that allows the system’s chemical refrigerant to escape. Leaking refrigerant will be catastrophic for an AC if it’s not fixed, and the only people who can fix it are licensed HVAC technicians.

If you notice your AC is losing cooling power, is making a hissing sound, or is developing ice along its indoor coil, it may have leaking refrigerant. Don’t delay having the system professionally repaired!

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There’s No Reason to Keep an Old Air Conditioner!

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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Is your air conditioner over 15 years and still chugging along just fine? On one hand, we want to congratulate you for having owned and cared for such a fine piece of equipment. On the other, we can’t help but be skeptical—is that air conditioner really operating as efficiently as it should be?

When we drive a car that has long outlasted its expected lifespan, we get a sense of pride for how well we’ve taken care of it, and we’re happy to hang onto it as long as possible (or at least to sell it off for a good price).

But with an air conditioner, that idea doesn’t really translate. An old air conditioner typically costs more to operate than a newer one, even after receiving regular maintenance and repairs (and unlike vintage cars, there’s nothing very exciting about keeping a vintage air conditioner).

Instead of feeling prideful about that old air conditioner, we’d invite you to take a closer look at its performance. It just might be costing you more than you realize. Here’s why:

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What to Do About These Common AC Issues

Monday, April 29th, 2019

ac-unitIf you’ve been lurking the internet hoping for a solution to your air conditioner problems, we have just the thing for you. Not only did we compile a list of some very common AC problems, but we even provided a bit of “next action” steps on what you can do to fix it.

But here’s a fair warning: most of these problems can’t be fixed without a professional. If you were hoping for a way to get by without needing one, we urge you to change that mindset. Serious air conditioning problems require serious attention, and only from those certified to handle it.

With that in mind, here they are:

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