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Watch for Problems with the Reversing Valve on Your Heat Pump

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Riverside, CA benefits from some of the mildest winters in the country, which means that many homes have benefited from a heat pump in place to handle both heating and cooling duties. Heat pumps work in a manner very similar to an air conditioner: circulating refrigerant through a series of valves and coils that first release hot air outside your home, then produce cool air inside your home which can be blown through your ducts with a fan. Heat pumps do the same thing, only with a twist: the flow of refrigerant can be reversed, allowing the heated air to be released in your home and the cool air released outside. Unfortunately, if the reversing valve suffers damage, it can severely interfere with the heat pump’s ability to function, which is why you should always watch for problems with the reversing valve on your heat pump.

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Why Should I Consider a Heat Pump?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Here in Riverside, CA, most homes use traditional centralized air conditioning systems. They work quite well in most cases and there’s nothing wrong with continuing to use them to fight our Inland Empire heat. But they’re not the only options out there. Heat pumps, which combine the functions of a heater and an air conditioner, make an attractive alternative to the traditional model. “Why should I consider a heat pump?” you ask. We’ve laid out how the system works and why it may benefit you below.

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Is a Heat Pump Right for Me?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

We live in Riverside, CA, one of the hottest cities in Southern California, and air conditioning is an absolute necessity when the summer months hit. If your air conditioner is ready to be replaced, now is the perfect time to do it, when temperatures still haven’t hit their summertime peak. You might want to consider a heat pump instead of a traditional air conditioner. It operates according to the same principles as a traditional AC, but uses the same principles to warm your home in the winter as well as cooling it in the summer. “Is a heat pump right for me?” you ask. We’ve provided a few key details below to help you answer that question.

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Do I Need to Replace My Heat Pump?

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Heat pumps are pretty amazing devices, but like other HVAC systems, your heat pump will someday need to be replaced. Deciding whether or not it’s time to replace a heat pump can be confusing for some, so following are some signs that it may be time to replace your system. The installation of any heating system, should always be handled by a trained specialist, so call the people you can count on: Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Heat Pump

Here are some of the more common signs that it may be time to replace your heat pump:

Costly Repairs

Are you spending a lot of money to keep your heat pump operational? At some point, making repairs can cost you more than installing a new heat pump for your home. If you are facing costly repairs, or have made several already, it may be time to review where your money is better spent.

Age of Your Heat Pump

Heat pumps have an average lifespan of 20-25 years, which is a somewhat longer lifespan than more traditional heating systems. At some point, though, the age of your heat pump will make a difference. Aging systems can have several drawbacks, including inefficiency, being more prone to needing repair and an inability to adequately heat your home. If your heat pump is at or over the age of the average lifespan, it may be time to consider a replacement.


One of the main benefits of a heat pump system is its efficiency. On average, a heat pump uses about 25% of the electricity of a whole-home AC system, and doesn’t use any fossil fuels. As such, if you are seeing your energy bills climb higher and higher, something is not right. If your heat pump is still relatively young, it may be worth repairing, but if you have an aging system, it may be time to replace.

Heat pumps can offer great benefits for your home, but only if they are working as they should. If your heat pump isn’t providing adequate heating with good energy efficiency, it may be time to consider replacement. Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air today to schedule the replacement of your heat pump in Riverside!

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When Should I Replace My Heat Pump?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Heat pumps are durable comfort systems that can operate for many years at close to maximum efficiency (provided they have received regular maintenance and prompt repair work when necessary). But no mechanical device can last forever doing the kind of steady work that a heat pump does, and eventually your home’s heat pump will reach the point where you will need to retire it and install a new one.

Our team at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air knows that this will be a big decision for you, and we want to help. Call us to talk to our specialists in heat pumps in Riverside, CA. They can help you make the choice about whether you should replace your heat pump, and they will provide you with replacement options. When it comes to the actual installation, our team is ready to perform the work fast and effectively so you won’t have to worry about replacing your heat pump again for many years.


Heat pump replacement in Riverside. Before and after pictures.

Some Ways to Tell That You Should Replace Your Heat Pump

A heat pump nearing the close of its service life will give you warnings, some more obvious than others.

The most noticeable sign of a heat pump that is no longer worth repairing is when the bills for repairs exceed $500 per year. If it costs that much to keep a system running, it’s a money drain that far outweighs the price of installing a new system that will cost you close to nothing in repair bills for the next few years.

Another place where costs will tell you that you have a failing heat pump is on the utility bills. Heat pumps are efficient appliances, so when they start to lose their efficiency, it will make a noticeable rise on your bills. If the costs do not come down after repairs and maintenance, then the heat pump has gone beyond the point where it is worth keeping.

The heat pump’s general performance will also send warnings. Constant loud operation, with grinding and groaning noises from the cabinets, usually means that the excess wear and tear on the system is too far gone for repairs to do any good. And if the heat pump simply cannot keep you as warm or cool as it once did and you find that you need to keep it running longer and longer to maintain the desired temperature, than you should replace it before it has a full and inconvenient breakdown.

Get A Professional Second Opinion… And A Professional Installation

If you have any doubts about whether your heat pump should retire or not, call up Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air, where we’ve worked on heat pumps for many decades. Schedule your heat pump replacement in Riverside, CA, and one of our team members will discuss your options with you. If you do need a new heat pump, trust to our skilled technicians to select the right unit for you and deliver a great installation.

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Reasons to Schedule Heating Repair for Your Heat Pump

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Any heating or cooling system is only as good as the maintenance and care it receives. You can have the most efficient and effective heater ever invented installed in your home, but without necessary repairs and regular maintenance, it would degrade in performance rapidly and probably not even make it to half its expected lifespan.

If you have a precision instrument like a heat pump providing your home with comfort, you need to take special care to watch for when you should schedule repairs. Here are some of the reasons you will have to call for repairs.

For fast heating repair service in Ontario, CA, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air… any time of the day or night.

  • The heat pump stops blowing cold or warm air: If your heat pump stops being able to do one of its two jobs—heating or cooling—then it most likely has a broken reversing valve. You will need to call technicians to replace the valve.
  • Grinding or screeching noises from the cabinet: Any sound aside from the hum of the fans and the compressor as it comes on is a caution that something may be wrong inside the heat pump. Mechanical grinding and shrieking noises are the clearest sign of a major failure occurring, usually a motor on the verge of burning out or a dying compressor. Call in a technician to look into the cabinet, find out what’s wrong, and discover a way to fix it.
  • Ice and frost form along the coils: If you see ice along either the indoor or outdoor coil, don’t scrape it off and forget about it. This can mean that the coil has become too dirty, or refrigerant is leaking somewhere. Technicians will need to remove the coils to clean them, or else seal the refrigerant leak and recharge the lost refrigerant.
  • Insufficient airflow: If the airflow from your heat pump drops, it could be from a clogged air filter, or trouble in the air handler. You’ll need to have it fixed before it negatively effects your comfort level.

Aside from repairs, make sure you enroll in a regular maintenance program that will tune-up and check-up your heat pump annually so it will work with as few repair needs as possible.

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air has over 60 years of experience with bringing heating repairs to Ontario, CA and throughout the Inland Empire. We’ve installed, repaired, and maintained many heat pumps, and we can help yours. Call us today.

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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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Is a Heat Pump a Good Investment in Redlands, CA?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The pleasant weather in Redlands, CA means that finding ways to effectively heat a home is often far from the minds of residents. And that’s one of the reasons we think you should consider a heat pump for your heating system. A heat pump isn’t only a heater—it’s also an air conditioner… and you know that there are long stretches of the year when an AC is essential for comfort. With a heat pump installed, you have your warmth for the occasional winter days taken care of at the same time that you plan for the long hot seasons.

Of course, heat pumps aren’t the only option for home heating available. What specifically makes them a good investment? We’ll look into that below. For more information about heat pumps, please contact the Redlands, CA heating installation technicians at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

How a heat pump returns your investment

  • The two-in-one solution: Since heat pumps work as both air conditioners and heaters, you will take care of two problems with a single unit.
  • Improved heating energy efficiency: If you currently use a furnace for heating your home, you’ll find that a heat pump offers large energy savings. Heat pumps do not create heat the way a furnace does. Instead, they shift heat from one place to another. They only need a small amount of electricity to do this. U.S. government studies show that a family of four switching from a furnace to a heat pump can save up to 30% annually off their heating bills.
  • More available space: Heat pumps are smaller than most furnaces, and because they do the work of two separate units, they take up even less space.
  • Heating isn’t impaired in our climate: The only serious drawback of heat pumps—they lose efficiency at heating when the temperature drops below freezing—is rarely a problem in Redlands, CA. You won’t need to have a back-up system for when the heat pump cannot handle cold weather.

Heat pumps need professional installation, or else you’ll risk getting none of these above benefits. Call on our heat pump specialists at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to find out the right model for your home and the skilled technicians to install it correctly. You’ll find few better options for heating installation in Redlands, CA than Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air.

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