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Why Won’t My AC Cool Down the House Like It Once Did?

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

air-conditioning-junkyardThis is a serious frustration during a Southern California summer—setting the thermostat for a pleasantly cool temperature, only to end up with a house that’s warm no matter how long the air conditioner runs.

If this is a new occurrence for you, and you’re accustomed to the AC doing a dependable job each summer, then you probably need the assistance of our expert technicians to restore the air conditioner to peak shape. If your air conditioner has never worked well, then you may have an incorrectly sized system and you should schedule a replacement with us.

For the rest of this blog, we’re going to assume that your air conditioner has only recently started to fall behind on its cooling duties. Here are reasons your AC may be having a hard time keeping up with your cooling

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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 It could be outdated and in need of replacement.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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Don’t Rely on Store-Bought Solutions for Clogged Drains

Monday, September 18th, 2017

clogged-drain-repairClogged drains are a common problem in any household, and sooner or later you’re going to need to deal with a clogged tub or a stopped-up sink. The standard tactic for most households is to simply purchase a solution at the store: a cleanser, for instance, or perhaps a mechanical snake. Both are available at any supermarket or home improvement center, and both will usually resolve the problem, at least in the short term. That last part can be problematic, however, and a big part of why store-bought solutions for clogs really aren’t solutions at all.

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The Benefits of UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Fontana, CA and other cities in the Inland Empire often have to deal with more than just high temperatures. Germs, bacteria, and contaminants are sadly common in our neck of the woods, and with rainy season here, those contaminants are going to get bad in the next couple of months. The filter in your HVAC system can help somewhat, but it can’t always deal with biological infiltration, and its protection is limited at best.

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How Do Filters Help My Furnace?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Most homes in the Fontana, CA area rely on forced-air furnaces to keep warm. They create heat through a series of burners — filtered through a heat exchanger — then blow the warm air into the four corners of your house. Every furnace comes equipped with a filter, designed to strain dust and dirt out of the air as your furnace blows. Filters serve an invaluable purpose in your HVAC system, and need to be changed periodically in order to help your furnace function at its best.

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Stop the Plumbing Leaks Before They Start

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Leaks rank among the most common plumbing calls we make in the Fontana, CA area. The problem with leaks isn’t that they’re hard to fix — a trained plumber can pinpoint it, patch it up and/or replace the damaged pipe reasonably quickly — but spotting the leaks in the first place. If the leak is obvious, it doesn’t take long to spot it, but many leaks take place behind the walls, in the basement and other places where it can be weeks or months before it’s noticed. In the interim, it can cause a great deal of damage to surrounding materials, such as drywall, furnishings and even electrical wiring. 

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The Best Solutions to a Slab Leak

Monday, July 25th, 2016

We have few needs for basements here in Fontana, CA, and like the rest of Southern California, ours is a fairly recent community in terms of the age of out houses. Most of them were built directly onto concrete foundations and some of them have water pipes running beneath those foundations (or in some cases actually embedded in the foundation itself). A slab leak is simply a leak in one of these kinds of pipe. The leak itself could be easily repaired by any plumber worth his or her salt. The trouble is getting to the leak beforehand… and indeed because the pipe isn’t readily visible, spotting the problem can be difficult. (You can help your cause on that front by looking for any unusual activity: high water bills, puddles around the foundation, and warm spots on the concrete of your porch or foundation.)

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Avoid Tossing These Foods Down the Drain

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Almost every home in Fontana, CA has a garbage disposal, and they can easily take care of a large amount of foodstuffs. But not every type food can be dealt with in such a manner and if you throw the wrong kind into the system it can damage your garbage disposal severely. Others might not damage it, but will cause serious clogs in your pipes, requiring a plumbing service to correct. We can provide such services, and we are skilled at fixing garbage disposals, but we’d rather help you prevent having to make the call in the first place. You simply need to watch what goes into the sink carefully, and avoid throwing down any of the following foods.

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Does Your Home Need a Dehumidifier?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

We live in the desert here in Fontana, CA, which means we don’t usually think about excess humidity. But the Inland Empire has its share of muggy days, which can make your home feel like a sauna, and while your air conditioner can handle some of that, it’s not set up for such duties and can often struggle when there’s an excessive amount of moisture in the air. A whole-house dehumidifier can be the perfect solution, not only for restoring your home’s comfort levels, but for helping your air conditioner handle the load a little easier and lowering your monthly bills in the bargain. But how can you tell if your home needs a dehumidifier? Every household in the area is different, but you can usually spot a few signs that can clue you in.

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