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Basic Ways to Make Heating Cost Less This Winter

Monday, November 25th, 2019

moneyOne of the tricky parts of home heating in Chino, CA and elsewhere in the Greater Riverside area is that we don’t need to have heating systems running all through the season. Why does this make heating tricky? Because it makes it much easier to fall into money-wasting habits without realizing it. You aren’t familiar with the changes in your heating costs that occur during the winter season, not the way someone in Chicago would. You may be paying more each winter than is necessary.

Fortunately, vigilance is the best tool to help you. Paying more attention to the heating system and scheduling services for it is part of keeping heating bills under control. Below we’ve put together some of these standard steps for making heating costs lower.

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Why Your Gas Furnace Needs Fall Heating Maintenance

Monday, November 11th, 2019

heating-repair-servicesSouthern California has some of the finest winter weather in the country. The heat tapers off so we enjoy cooler days, but we never have to deal with extreme cold. A night getting down into the high 40s is about as chilly as it gets.

But those days and nights in the 40s and 50s still make it necessary to have a heating system in a house. If your house has a gas furnace, as many do, it’s vital for you to schedule maintenance for it every fall. It’s November, and it’s time to get your professional furnace maintenance inspection and tune-up out of the way.

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How to Tell You Have Hidden Leaks

Monday, August 5th, 2019

rusty-pipe-leakingHidden leaks in homes are an immense source of wasted water. Not only do these leaks raise water bills, they also lead to damage to walls and building materials and the growth of mold and mildew. These are expensive problems to fix and remediate! But if you catch the leaks early enough, you can have a plumber in Chino, CA out to locate them and have them repaired before the situation worsens.

This, of course, leads to the question, “How can I tell I have hidden leaks when they’re, well, hidden?” We have some answers to help you know when it’s time to call our plumbers.

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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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Preparing Your Heater for the Fall

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, and while residents of Chino, CA know that there are plenty of hot days ahead, prudent homeowners will be looking ahead to the winter. The next month or so is the ideal time to do this, when you can perform preparations at your leisure, instead of scrambling when temperatures are cooler and there isn’t as much time. A friendly service technician can help with some steps, but you can perform at least a few of them yourself. We’ve provided a list below for you to peruse.

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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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Move Quickly on Duct Breaches

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Summers in China, CA are as hot as they come, as recent weeks have reminded us most painfully. When the heat comes in relentless waves, you need your air conditioner to function at its peak, and that includes components like the ducts which you wouldn’t normally consider when it comes to solving problems. Since the ducts are normally hidden out of sight in your home, it can be hard to notice a problem such as a breach or a break in the ducts.

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3 Common Heating Repairs

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

There are hundreds of different ways a heating system could break down, in varying degrees of severity. However, some problems are far more likely to occur than others. The more you know about these common heating issues, the better equipped you’ll be to know when to call an HVAC professional. Let’s examine 3 of the most common heating repairs you’re likely to deal with.


Short-cycling is a behavior in which your heating system keeps rapidly turning itself on and off throughout the day. Though this may seem only a minor annoyance, short-cycling can actually dramatically limit the lifespan of your heater by locking it into the most stressful part of its cycle. This wears out the heater very fast, causing more breakdowns and damaging vital parts of the system. Short-cycling is caused by the system overheating, which activates a safety measure and shuts the heater down in order to prevent a fire. Once the system cools off, it restarts and overheats again and the cycle repeats endlessly. If you notice your heater short-cycling, you should call a professional immediately.

Ignition Failure

Ignition failure is a very common problem with heating systems, especially among older combustion systems like furnaces. Any time your heater fails to start, that’s ignition failure. Ignition failure is often caused by a failure with the pilot light, whether standing or intermittent. In a standing pilot light system, the problem is usually the thermocouple. The thermocouple is a flame sensor that opens the gas valve to keep the pilot light lit when subjected to the initial flame. A bad thermocouple will fail to open the gas valve, causing the flame to die from lack of fuel.

Electric and intermittent pilot lights often fail due to burned out parts, like the electrode or heating element. These are a bit harder to diagnose, because they’re a lot more complex. Either way, however, if your system is simply not starting you should call an HVAC technician.

Air Handler Breakdown

Every forced air system has a section called the “air handler.” The air handler is what is responsible for actually circulating air throughout the house. Occasionally, a part in the air handler can break down and render the heater unable to circulate heat. If your heater is on, but air isn’t coming out any of your vents, then it’s a safe bet that your air handler is broken.

If your heater is having issues, schedule an appointment today by calling Avis Plumbing, Heating, and Air. We provide quality heating repair in the Chino area.

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