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Why Is Water Pressure So Low Around My Home?

Monday, September 30th, 2019

faucet-drippingIf you discover a single faucet or shower head in your home has lost its normal water pressure, the reason is probably a buildup of silt in the aerator. There might be other reasons, but they’ll be connected to that specific tap.

But what’s going on if taps all around the house have experienced a drop in water pressure? That’s not a minor problem. Something bigger is occurring, and you’ll want to get to the bottom of it soon. In some situations, you’ll need to call a professional plumber in Corona, CA to investigate and fix the issue.

Below are a few of the possibilities for a house-wide water pressure drop.

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You Don’t Have to See Poor Air Quality to Know It’s There

Monday, February 4th, 2019

moldy-cornerPoor indoor air quality isn’t something we can see. There are millions of particles floating in your air space right now, but the most you’ll be able to see with your naked eye are just a few motes of dust. And while no one is denying the existence of microscopic particles, it’s a fact of human psychology that not being able to see something makes us skeptical of its existence. That’s one potential reason why some homeowners don’t take air quality issues as seriously as they should.

However, there are several direct and indirect symptoms of poor indoor air quality that you can feel and see if you know to recognize them. We’ll go over what those signs and symptoms are below.

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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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