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Repair or Replace? How to Make the Call for Your AC

Monday, June 26th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairWe’ve enjoyed a reasonably mild spring this year, with June gloom pervading the Inland Empire over the past few weeks. But summer is officially here, and our hot weather is only just beginning. If you have an older air conditioner that suffers a breakdown or similar needs the attentions of a professional, it can be hard to determine the best way to proceed. If it’s old enough, replacing it may be a better option rather than throwing good money after bad on a repair job. If it can still provide reliable service, at least until the end of hot weather in the fall. 

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Why Ice Forms on your Air Conditioning Coils

Monday, April 17th, 2017

If you give your air conditioner a casual glance, you may notice that frost or ice has formed on the coils. Most people don’t think much of it. After all, aren’t air conditioners supposed to be cold? Unfortunately, the truth is more complicated than that, and while it might not seem like much, ice forming on your air conditioning coils signals a significant problem with your system. Now is the time to get it addressed, before the temperatures get any warmer.

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What Are UV Germicidal Lights?

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_894326_54591782-me How do they work and what are the benefits to installing one in your home? Read on for the answers.

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Preparing to Install a New HVAC System

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Installing a new heating or air conditioning system makes sense this time of year. Our mild Ontario, CA weather means that the need for such a system is reduced, and you can make preparations the right way instead of having to rush in front of a heat wave of similar crisis. A good installation service will take you through the steps one by one, and let you know exactly why each step takes place. That way, you can take confidence in the installation and rest assured it’s being conducted the right way. Specifics may vary slightly, but generally follow the same pattern.

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Be Careful What You Throw Down the Drain

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The holidays are here, and chances are you’re going to have family and friends over for dinner, or perhaps a few football games on New Year’s Day. That usually involves a lot of cooking and preparation in the kitchen, and whether it’s a turkey dinner or just some munchies for football, you need to be careful about what you throw down the drain. We get a lot of calls to fix clogged drains in the Ontario, CA area during this time of year, but we’d much rather help you stop them in the first place than correct them after the face. A good place to start is to watch the foods you throw down the drain. Here’s a quick list of what to watch out for:

  • Fats, oils and grease, known collectively as FOG in the industry. These often get poured down the drain in heated liquid form, then solidify in the drain to create a sticky mess. The best solution is to pour the hot liquid into an empty can, then wait until it cools and throw it in the trash.
  • Fibrous vegetables, including potatoes, celery, carrots and the like. They can wrap around the gears of your garbage disposal. If you peel vegetables in the sink, always over the drain and make sure the peelings are cleaned up before your open it.
  • Coffee grounds, which can grind in the gears of the garbage disposal and create a significant problem. Toss them out instead of dumping them in the sink.
  • Bones and seeds, which most people know about, should never be tossed down the drain. The garbage disposal won’t be able to grind them up, and they will eventually break it.
  • Rice and pasta, which can be surprisingly strong, especially when they get tangled up. They can also expand when wet, creating a clogged mess.

Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to unclog your drains this holiday.

 

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How to Extend the Life of Your Heating System

Monday, November 7th, 2016

We benefit from mild winters here in Ontario, CA, which means that our heaters aren’t subject to the same stress and strain as heating systems back east. But that doesn’t mean that prudent homeowners shouldn’t keep their systems running as smoothly as possible and take steps to extend the overall life of the heater for as long as they can.

Maintaining a heating system is an ongoing process, involving regular care and attention to minimize wear and tear. We’ve provided a brief list of the best ways to do that. Some of them can be done on your own and some involve the attention of a trained technician.

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3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Plumber

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Ontario, CA has its share of enterprising do-it-yourselfers, and when trouble arises in your plumbing system, you may be temped to attempt repairs yourself. In most cases, this can be a terrible mistake. Only licensed, bonded plumbers should work on your pipes or appliances like your water heater, not only for the sake of safety, but for overall cost-effectiveness and a host of other reasons. Need a few specifics? Here are three of them, all of which you should carefully consider before attempting plumbing repairs yourself. 

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Plan Now for Upgrades to Your Air Conditioner

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Temperatures have slowly begun to cool here in Ontario, CA, which means you’ll slowly be switching over from your air conditioner to your heater over the next few weeks. Now is an ideal time to give your AC a maintenance check, and also to plan for any upgrades you may want add to your system before next summer. Upgrades are additions to your existing air conditioning, which usually cost less that replacing the entire system, but which can have a huge impact on its efficiency and provide other benefits as well. Here’s a quick list of some options for you to consider:

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Watch Out for Refrigerant Leaks in Your AC

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Most people know that air conditioners use refrigerant — often collectively referred to as “Freon,” though the chemical composition can vary quite a bit — to cool the air. They often assume that air conditioners consume refrigerant like cars consume oil and gas. In fact, the opposite is true. Air conditioners need a set amount of refrigerant to do their jobs, and the bulk of their system is dedicated to circulating it through a series of valves and coils that allow it to pull heat from the surrounding air. Leaks in that system aren’t supposed to occur, but when they do, it can be disastrous for your air conditioner. And our summers in Ontario, CA are too hot to just leave the situation as it stands. If you can learn to watch for signs of refrigerant leaks in your AC, you can move on the problem before it gets too big to handle.

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Summer Is Coming: Here’s How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Southern California has a lengthy hot season, which means summer weather arrives for us long before June. The outdoor thermometer can start making precipitous climbs during the spring. A home’s air conditioning system needs to be prepared to take on the heat. How certain are you that your home’s AC is ready for the hot weather?

We have some advice on what you can do to see that you have an air conditioning system that will be able to keep your household steadily cooled all the way through summer and into those early hot months of fall. For the professional service you need to prepare your air conditioning in Ontario, CA, give the experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air a call today. We have more than six decades of experience keeping the homes in the Inland Empire cool and comfortable.

Here are ways to see that your air conditioner is ready for summer:

  • Change the air filter: An air conditioner has a filter to trap contaminating particles that might enter its cabinet and dirty the components, leading to inefficient performance and even repair needs. This filter will become clogged over time, and during the summer it usually needs to be changed (or cleaned if it’s a permanent filter) once a month. You want to make sure that the AC begins the summer with a clean filter, so have it changed/cleaned during the spring.
  • Take the AC for a “test run”: If you haven’t needed to turn your air conditioner on for a few weeks, turn it on now and let it run for about an hour. Look for any signs of trouble. These include strange noises, low airflow from the vents, warms spots in the house, a non-responsive thermostat, etc. It’s a wise idea to have any necessary repair work done now, rather than wait for when you really need the air conditioner to cool down your house.
  • Schedule routine maintenance: This is the most important step in preparing an AC. You must arrange every year for a spring maintenance visit from an HVAC professional. During this visit, the technician will thoroughly inspect the air conditioning system, looking over the coils, the electrical connections, the motors, the condensate drain, etc., and then make adjustments and tune-ups to see that the AC will work at its best. The technician will also catch any places where the cooling system needs repair work and help you schedule fixes. Maintenance will not only see that your air conditioner is in peak shape, it will give you the peace of mind that there is very little chance it will experience a breakdown during the summer heat.

Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air offers maintenance service for air conditioners (and heaters) through our Comfort Club. Call us to learn more about the benefits of joining the Comfort Club, as well as to arrange for any other services you may require for your air conditioning in Ontario, CA.

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