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Keep Your Home Healthy with UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, October 30th, 2017

UV-light-filterIndoor air quality is as important as heating and air conditioning here in the Inland Empire. Your HVAC system may keep your home perfectly comfortable, but germs and other contagions can enter at a moment’s notice, and use the air blown through your furnace and air conditioner to spread through throughout your home. With winter comes winter rains, and that means more bacteria, allergens, and similar unwanted houseguests slipping into your air.

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Plumbing Problems Need Professional Solutions

Monday, August 7th, 2017

plumbing-systems-repairHomeowners are accustomed to dealing with minor household problems on their own, and that can easily extend to the plumbing systems. We’ve all had to unclog our toilets with the judicious use of a plunger, or fished a hair clog out of a drain or two. That can lead many enterprising homeowners to attempt more ambitious plumbing repairs.

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Is a Whole-House Dehumidifier Right for You?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

dehumidifiers-homes-comfortableIt’s been another hot summer here in the Inland Empire, and it’s also been a surprisingly muggy one. High humidity isn’t unknown in our part of the world, but it’s gotten significantly worse in the last few years, and while a good air conditioner can address the problem in a crude fashion, that’s not the best way to get the job done. A whole-house dehumidifier makes an excellent addition to your HVAC system: helping your air conditioner as well as your home in general. Here’s a quick breakdown on how it all works.

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Furnace?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Heating-repairmanWe have the luxury of holding on with an older heating system here in Corona, CA, since our winters are reasonably mild. Back East, a faulty furnace needs to be addressed quickly before it plunges your home into a deep freeze, but here, you can limp along with an outdated heater or even go without for a few weeks in an emergency.

Nevertheless, older heating systems eventually need replacement, and this is usually the time of year when that fact becomes apparent. Most homeowners have been using their furnace for a few months, and if trouble is brewing, it will likely have made itself known. 

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Different Traditions for the Holidays

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The holidays are officially here, and regardless of how your family celebrates, we wish you the happiest and most joyful of seasons. We don’t get too much snow here in Corona, CA, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to get into the holiday spirit. Instead of discussing plumbing and HVAC issues this week, we’d like to talk about certain fun holiday traditions, and where they originated.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees pre-date Christianity, and were used in Europe to celebrate the winter solstice and other holidays. Evergreens were usually used because they stayed green throughout the winter, making them a symbol of hopefulness and a reminder that spring would return one day. Christians easily latched onto that message and incorporated it into their own celebrations over the birth of Jesus Christ. Lights were added to the trees to represent stars (lighted candles were used back in the old days), while ornaments were added in the 1800s.

Candy Canes

Candy and sweets are a tradition during the holidays, and a way of making them special. There’s no definitive word on when candy canes came to be accepted as part of the holidays, but the legend holds that a choirmaster in Germany in the late 17th century used them as a way to keep the children in the congregation quiet during the service. They were bent into a crook to resemble a shepherd’s staff.

Hanukkiah

The hanukkiah is a type of menorah, which is the Jewish word for lamp. It’s become the symbol of Hanukah, the Jewish festival of lights. The holiday celebrates a revolt against the Seleucids, who ruled Israel during the second-century BC. After defeating their occupiers, the Hebrews went to the temple and found only one day’s worth of oil there. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight full days, giving them time to make new oil under the proper (holy) traditions. A hanukkiah differs from a normal menorah in that it has night spots for the candles (one for each of the eight nights, plus one for a “helper” candle) instead of seven like most menorah do.

From all of us at Avis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., the very happiest of holidays to you and your family.

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Why Should a New Thermostat Be Part of Heating Installation in Corona?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The thermostat may not look like it, but it’s one of the most important parts of any home heating system. It’s responsible for controlling when your home actually gets heated, and for how long. For this reason, the thermostat should receive special consideration whenever you think about getting a new heating system. Let’s take a look at why you should install a new thermostat along with your new heating system.

Technological Advancement

Heating systems are not the same today as they were twenty or even ten years ago. Our society is making technological advances at a rate unheard of at any other point in human history, and that can be seen even in the way we design and construct thermostats. Digital thermostats were leaps and bounds more advanced than the old manual thermostats when they were first introduced. As hard as it may be to believe, the current thermostats are just as far ahead of the original digital thermostats in terms of ability as they were from the manual models.

Current thermostats are capable of not only having individual settings for each season, day, and time of day, but are also capable of actively learning from how you set them over time. Eventually, you won’t even have to touch the thermostat for it to respond to your needs. Their settings are not the only things that are more advanced than older models. Even the basic construction of modern thermostats is significantly better.

Traditional thermostats used to use thermos-sensitive coils or mercury-filled ampules to detect temperature. These mechanical sensors worked well enough, but they often had dead zones where it would be too cold to be comfortable but too warm to activate the heating. Digital thermostats were more accurate, but still had issues with their sensor capabilities. Modern thermostats have much more advanced and finely tuned sensors, able to keep the climate inside your home more tightly controlled to your specifications. A new thermostat can help your heating system in virtually every way. If you’d like your new heater to operate to its full potential, it’s worth considering installing one.

If you’d like to know more, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We provide professional heating installation throughout the Corona area.

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Benefits of Rooftop Air Conditioning Units

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Rooftop air conditioning unit usually appear in businesses, built for large-scale applications and providing a number of advantages over smaller residential units. Here in Corona, CA air conditioning systems are more than just a way to beat the heat. They provide a comfortable environment for your employees to work, as well as leaving a pleasant impression for any customers who visit. The benefits of rooftop air conditioning units in a desert environment like ours cannot be underestimated. A brief breakdown of some of the bigger ones follows:

  •  Space efficient. Businesses don’t normally have a lot of extra space on hand. The extra space they do have can often be better filled by additional work stations, storage and the like. Rooftop units ensure that you don’t need to give up any square footage to provide a cool and comfortable environment.
  • Versatile. Rooftop air conditioners are modular in nature, which means you can add and subtract units as needed in order to fit the particular load for your building. This can be a godsend to a growing business. As you add office space and employees, you can simply install new rooftop units to accommodate the extra demand. This wouldn’t be possible with more traditional centralized units, resulting in either an extremely inefficient system or the regular need to install an entirely new air conditioner.
  • Easy to maintain. Rooftop units are usually very easy for experts to access, allowing them to perform maintenance and repairs with a minimum of fuss. It also means that office managers and janitors can provide simple upkeep as well, such as changing the air filters and clearing the vents of debris. As long as your building has rooftop access, you’ll be able to handle such issues with speed and efficiency.

If you’d like to take advantage of the benefits of rooftop air conditioning units, then call the Corona, CA, air conditioning experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air right away. Air conditioning units are one of our specialties, and we understand the unique concerns that businesses have when it comes to HVAC systems. Contact us today to set up a consultation, and let us show you what we can do!

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What Happens When Heat Pumps Leak Refrigerant

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Refrigerant is the life blood of a heat pump. This chemical that moves through the coils and lines of a heat pump is responsible for the heat exchange that brings you cooling in the summer and heating during the winter. Refrigerant does not dissipate during normal operation: it switches easily between liquid and gas and back again, and its level (“charge”) doesn’t lower.

However, a heat pump can start to lose refrigerant because of leaks, often at connector points such as at the compressor. Lack of maintenance can contribute to this, so make sure that you have regularly scheduled visits for your system to help prevent this from happening. Contact Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for both maintenance and the necessary repairs you may need for your heat pump’s cooling and heating in Corona, CA.

A number of malfunctions in your heat pump will start once leaking occurs. The most immediate problem—and the biggest warning that you have refrigerant leak—is that icing will start over the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil is the indoor coil during cooling mode and the outdoor coil during heating mode. Icing happens because the reduced levels of refrigerant means the coil cannot absorb the same level of heat, and the temperature of the remaining refrigerant causes the moisture along the coils to freeze. As the ice develops along the coils, it halts further heat absorption, which increases the icing. Eventually, a solid block of ice will form along the coils and completely halt the heat exchange. You can’t scrape the ice off the coils to solve this problem; it requires technicians to seal the leak and then recharge the refrigerant.

Low refrigerant also puts components in your heat pump under stress, particularly the compressor, but the damage will spread throughout the unit, leading to inefficient performance. Just a 10% loss in refrigerant can mean a 20% increase in electrical costs.

When you suspect a refrigerant leak—or any kind of problem with your heat pump—you need to have professional repair technicians look over the system and identify the leak, then seal it. Recharging the refrigerant to its normal level is an important step, since using the wrong refrigerant blend or either undercharging or overcharging the amount in the heat pump will make the problem worse. Make sure you call on experienced technicians for this task.

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air can help you with your cooling and heating system in Corona, CA any time of the day or night. Call our NATE-certified technicians when you need the skilled help necessary to restore your heat pump.

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Skills Required by Heating Technicians

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The easiest way to tell the difference between an amateur and a professional heating technician is licensing. A professional heating technician must be licensed and insured. However, this alone doesn’t guarantee quality service. A heating technician worth hiring will have a range of skills that mark him or her as a true professional.

We’ll go over the required skills a heating technician needs to do the job you require when you call for repairs, installation, or maintenance. At Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, we are proud of the talent of all our Corona, CA heating technicians, and believe you’ll find complete satisfaction with their work.

Heating technicians—The requisite skills

  • Mechanical systems knowledge: The most basic skill that heating technicians must have is an excellent handling of the many mechanical systems that make up heaters. They must do jobs such as change motors, replace fan belts, clean gas burners, and repair ductwork.
  • Electrical skills: Although heating technicians are not (necessarily) also electricians by trade, the electronics involved in many modern heaters require that they have extensive knowledge in this field. A heating technician should know how to wire equipment and check for electrical damage. It is especially important for a technician to know the electrical workings of thermostats, which affect all heating systems.
  • Analytical diagnostic skills: If repairing, installing, and maintaining heating systems always went by the book, then anyone with “the book” could follow the instructions and do it as well. But almost nothing goes that smoothly, and a heating technician must know how to analyze the many variables that appear in any repair or installation job and learn to quickly adapt and find the best solution to any problems. Although some of this can be taught, the best way for technicians to develop this skill is through years of hands-on work experience.
  • Good communication with customers: A heating technician needs to communicate and work well with customers so that the customer knows what the technician is doing, how much the work will cost, and what other options are available. Technicians can explain in basic terms the operation of heaters so customers understand what work needs to be done and so the customer will know that the technician is qualified and dependable.

It’s easy to find skilled technicians…

…all you have to do is call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We have served the Inland Empire for more than six decades, and you can depend on the skill of our staff of heating technicians in Corona, CA to provide you with the service you need.

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3 Upgrades to Your Current Heating System

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

You’re happy with the heating system in your home, and have no immediate plans to replace it. It’s also working well, and you have no reason to suspect that it will require repairs in the near future. That’s all good news. But you can make it even better news: take advantage of this time to add upgrades to your heating system.

We’ve listed three upgrades for your heater that you can implement right now. For more information about these upgrades, as well as others, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. We provide quality heating services in Corona, CA… and have for over 40 years.

  1. A digital programmable thermostat: If you still have a manual thermostat, you should give serious consideration to updating to a digital model with programmable features. Although we know some people enjoy the simplicity of manual models, the truth is that you can save money using a digital model. Digital thermostats have more precise and accurate control over temperature levels, while the programmable features allow control over the heating system when no one is home. You will have better comfort and lower bills.
  2. A zone control system: A zone heating system divides a house into different regions (“zones”) that have separate thermostat controls. Dampers inside the ductwork are connected to these thermostats to allow individuals to control the temperature wherever they are. All these local thermostats hook to a central system, allowing you to shut off heating to rooms that are not being used. This means lower heating bills and temperatures adjusted for room use and the personal tastes of each person in your home.
  3. A regular maintenance program: There’s no better way to upgrade your home’s heating system then to enroll it in a maintenance program that will make sure it works at its best each winter season. An annual check-up and tune-up will catch potential repairs, adjust important components, and keep the heater running without unnecessary energy drain.

Call us for all these upgrades

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air can retro-fit your current heating system for zone control, provide you with a top-of-the-line thermostat, and set you up in our Comfort Club, which delivers not only regular maintenance on your heater, but also for your air conditioner and plumbing. Call us to talk about what we can do to improve your comfort with our Corona, CA heating services.

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