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

A New Thermostat Can Make All the Difference

Monday, January 7th, 2019

smart-thermostatDo you know how old your thermostat is? It could be outdated and in need of replacement.

Smart and wireless thermostats are in an entirely different league than your old thermostat (especially if your thermostat still uses a slider to adjust the temperature). A new thermostat can help you make some substantial savings on your monthly heating and cooling bills.

However, just having an upgraded thermostat is not enough. You need to make sure you’re operating it properly.

Keep reading and we’ll explain everything you need to know about old and new thermostats.

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Why Is My Furnace Rapidly Turning On and Off?

Monday, December 24th, 2018

furnace-repair-technicianNothing feels better than your furnace smoothly and consistently dispensing heat through your home. So if your furnace is doing the opposite of that then, well, we won’t keep rubbing it in… But you should also get your furnace checked as soon as you can.

A furnace that’s turning on and off rapidly, also known as “short-cycling,” can be due to a few reasons. Some of them you might be able to fix immediately, and some will require the help of an expert.

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Possible Reasons for Low Heat from Your Furnace

Monday, December 10th, 2018

cold-man-inspects-thermostatYou fully expect your furnace to provide you with warmth during the chilly season, so a lack of heat from your furnace is certainly a cause for concern. You should expect a consistent, efficient performance from your furnace. A decline in heat can be caused by a multitude of factors, so it is recommended to contact an HVAC professional to diagnose the cause of low heat.

 Doing so will prevent further damage and a costly repair bill. Below, we have provided a list of potential issues that can cause low heat.

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Heat Pumps: Ducts or Ductless?

Monday, November 26th, 2018

ductless-heat-pumpWhat can we say about heat pumps? They’re energy efficient, they can serve as both air conditioners and heaters, and they can fit in almost any size home. If you’ve already decided that you want your next heater or AC to be a heat pump, then the big question you have to ask is:

“Do I want ducts, or a ductless system?”

There are a few key differences between the two, so we’ll help explain down below.

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It’s Time for Furnace Maintenance

Monday, November 12th, 2018

heating-maintenance-servicesHere in Riverside, it’s still not quite cold enough to be blasting our heaters throughout the day. But that doesn’t mean you haven’t been using your heater during these chilly winter nights. Despite what the rest of the nation thinks about California weather, we do have our cold nights! During this time, you’ll want to be keeping a close eye on your furnace. It’s been a while since you’ve fired it up last, after all.

If you haven’t had any issues yet, we’re glad. But we don’t want to promise that it will stay issue-free. Now’s the perfect time to get your system checked out with a maintenance call. We’ll give you a couple of reasons why down below:

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Gas Furnace Repair Requires a Professional

Monday, January 8th, 2018

heating-repair-servicesHere in the Inland Empire, most of our heating systems are forced-air furnaces, which run on natural gas. The burners use a heat exchanger to warm the air in the furnace, then that air is blown through the ducts into your home with a powerful fan. The system is effective and inexpensive to operate, and considering how mild our winters are in this part of the world, they provide more than enough heat to keep our homes warm.

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Ductless Heating Repair Provides Benefits to You

Monday, December 25th, 2017

ductless-mini-splitMost of us in the Inland Empire rely on forced-air furnaces to stay warm during the winter: generating heat in a single location and distributing it through the home with a series of ducts. They work well and don’t cost much to run, which makes them excellent ways of keeping our homes warm in a desert environment.

But they’re not the only types of heating system out there. Ductless systems, in particular, make an excellent choice for homes that can’t support the ducts necessary for more centralized systems, or which otherwise stand to benefit from a more customizable approach.

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Common Electrical Furnace Repair Issues

Monday, December 11th, 2017

family-comfortable-electric-furnaceGas furnaces tend to be more common in the Riverside area than electrical ones: largely because gas costs less than electrical power and then allows you to heat your home without costing you as much in monthly bills. But electrical furnaces are common in the area too, particularly in rural areas further east where homeowners don’t have access to gas lines.

Electrical furnaces draw upon your home’s electrical grid for power, which costs more but gets around the need for gas lines. They run into trouble less frequently too, but no system is entirely problem free. If you own an electric furnace and it’s having trouble, now is the time to address it. 

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Common Signs You Need Heating Repair

Monday, November 13th, 2017

heating-repair-serviceWe’re finally heading into fall here in the Inland Empire after many long months of hot weather. You’ve likely only begun running your heater for a few weeks at the most, and cold days (as cold as they can get in Southern California) are still to come. That makes now the ideal time to check your heating system for signs of trouble. Problems from last winter may have been compounded by months of lack of use, and running your system for any length of time could turn into a big problem if you don’t spot the signs.

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Time for Heating Maintenance

Monday, October 16th, 2017

heating-maintenance-servicesWinter comes late and leaves early in Southern California, and local residents are only now turning off their air conditioners in favor of running their heaters. While we don’t have such a dire need for heating as communities back east do, we still get plenty of cold nights, and more than our share of days whether the temperatures take a dip. The last thing you need is to turn on your heater in the middle of January and run into a sudden problem.

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