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

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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3 Behaviors That Will Kill Your AC’s Efficiency

Monday, April 15th, 2019

ac-techInstalling your air conditioner is the first step. Enjoying the comfort of your air conditioner is the next. And after that? It’s all about getting the most out of your air conditioner in Riverside while spending the least amount of money!

The higher your AC’s efficiency is, the less you’ll have to pay on your monthly cooling bill. It seems straightforward enough, but as it turns out, many homeowners make some mistakes that seriously drag down their efficiency.

In order to help prevent you from making the same mistakes, here are three behaviors you might be doing that are killing your AC’s efficiency:

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How to Keep Your AC Going Strong this Season

Monday, April 1st, 2019

air-conditioner-unitsWhen preparing for a marathon, you need to be in tip-top shape—eating right, staying hydrated, and putting in the practice.

It’s kind of the same for your air conditioner during summer. If it’s not tuned-up and ready to run before the worst of summer arrives, then it might not be able to finish the race. At that point, you’ll need to call in an air conditioning expert in Riverside to have them come rescue you from the heat.

So, what’s the AC-equivalent of preparing for a marathon? We’ll explain.

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Pre-Spring Cleaning AC Services

Monday, March 18th, 2019

cleaning-vent-grateSpring has just begun! Are you ready to get your hands dirty with spring cleaning?

Before you do, we think you and your home can benefit from a few air conditioning services. Not only will some of them actually help your house feel cleaner, but they’re just good to include for the start of a new season. Stick with us and we’ll explain what we mean:

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