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

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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4 AC Efficiency Mistakes (That Are Easy to Avoid)

Monday, October 29th, 2018

woman-using-fanWe all make mistakes! And usually, those mistakes are made with only the best intentions. The same is true for air conditioning efficiency. Over the years, we’ve received many service calls from homeowners who thought they were simply staying proactive about their air conditioner. To help you avoid making any unnecessary service calls, here is a list of some easy-to-avoid mistakes related to AC efficiency.

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Why Isn’t My AC Blowing Cool Air? 

Monday, October 15th, 2018

family-cooling-off-with-electric-fansSummer has officially ended… as of last month. Even if the weather outside here in Riverside doesn’t seem to act like it.

It’s no secret that we still need to use our air conditioners until November, at least. But what if your AC doesn’t think so, and it decides to take a vacation? Namely, that it stops blowing cool air (or stops blowing air at all).

While there are a couple things you can do to fix this issue, you might have no choice but to call in for repairs. We’ll go over a few reasons why your AC might be acting this way and what you should do about it.

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How to Control the HVAC Temperature for Each Room Individually

Monday, September 17th, 2018

remote-control-thermostatWhether you already own a central air conditioner or are looking at your cooling and heating options, you may have come to ask yourself this question:

“How can I control each room’s temperature on its own?”

Whether your goal is to fix imbalances in the heating and cooling, or if it’s to save energy costs over-all, there are many benefits to being able to control the temperature of each room in the house.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Your AC To Break Down

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

blue-question-markMost homeowners want to skip air conditioning maintenance in Riverside, CA simply because “Why call when there’s no problem?” After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

We can understand the reasoning behind this sentiment. There’s no reason to spend money on something that’s working perfectly fine, right? But the fact is, there are many problems that can happen in your AC long before it breaks down. The result is an AC that has to work harder, spends more in energy every month, and starts to wear down on the internal components.

We’ll go over a couple examples of problems that can be stopped early with a maintenance call.

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