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How to Handle a Breakdown from a Ductless Mini-Split System

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Ductless mini split systems serve as a viable alternative to conventional centralized air conditioning and heating systems, and have enjoyed a rise in popularity here in the Rancho Cucamonga, CA area. They utilize a series of smaller heating and cooling units spaced throughout your home. Instead of one unit heating or cooling the whole space, each individual units heats or cools a single room or section. That provides a number of benefits, including the ability to shut off the air in parts of the home that no one is occupying. It also gives you some real options when breakdowns occur, since problems usually crop up in one unit at a time. So how do you respond when breakdowns occur? Here’s a quick guide.

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What are UV Germicidal Lights?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The term sounds like something out of a science fiction movie: UV germicidal lights. In fact, they’re quite real and serve as an invaluable tool in the fight to keep your household air clean of germs an contamination. Homes in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and throughout the Inland Empire deal with germs, cold bugs and similar unwelcome visitors, which a UV germicidal light can make short work of. So what is it and how can it help your home? Here’s a quick guide.

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Cut Down on Dust with an Electronic Air Purifier

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Indoor air quality is always a concern here in the Inland Empire, and with summer finally winding down, now is a good time to address the issue with a timely installation or upgrade. Most air conditioners come with filters to trap dust and dirt, something that is absolutely essential for homeowners here in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. But they need to be changed regularly, and even the best can’t filter out every particle. That’s why we recommend installing a whole-house electronic air filter to provide comprehensive protection against dust and dirt. Installing one now makes a lot of sense, allowing you to take full advantage both next summer and during the upcoming winter.

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How to Spot a Leak in Your Plumbing

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Leaks in plumbing can be tricky things. It’s easy enough to shut off the water and call in a plumber when you wake up to water spreading across the kitchen in your Rancho Cucamonga, CA home. But so much of your plumbing lies out of sight, in the crawlspaces of your walls or even underground in some cases. A plumbing leak that’s out of sight could go on for weeks or even months, causing a great deal of damage in the process. A good plumber can take care of the problem, but you need to know that a problem exists before you can contact someone. Here’s a brief list of symptoms to look for in order to do that.

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Are Ductless Mini-Split Systems Right for You?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Most homes in Rancho Cucamonga, CA use centralized air, since ours is a very young community and the majority of our homes were built with the extensive system of ducts required by such a system. It works extremely well, but it’s not the only system out there, and if you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you might want to explore the alternatives. In particular, you should study ductless mini-split systems, which get rid of the ducts in favor of multiple units space throughout your home, each of which cool just a single room or section. It provides a number of benefits, though as always, mileage may vary based on the specifics of your house. 

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The Benefits of Indoor Air Quality Products

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Indoor air quality is as important to the comfort of your Rancho Cucamonga, CA home as temperature control. We get a lot of dust in the Inland Empire, and high humidity is always a problem, to say nothing of germs and bacteria fostered by stale air. Indoor air quality products range from air scrubbers, UV air purifiers and dehumidifiers, but all of them serve to help make your home more comfortable and healthier. Beyond that, there are a number of specific benefits provides by indoor air quality products that you should seriously consider.

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What Causes Low Air Flow in an Air Conditioner?

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Spring has come to the Inland Empire, and while we haven’t seen many truly hot days this year so far, any resident of Rancho Cucamonga, CA can tell you they’re not far behind. When they hit, you want your air conditioning system to function as intended every time you turn on the air. Now is the ideal time to look for potential problems with your air conditioner, since you can get them fixed more or less at leisure before the dog days of summer arrive. Among the most common issues facing air conditioning systems is low air flow, where the cool air doesn’t move through the system as quickly as you need it to. What causes low air flow in an air conditioner? The answers are numerous, but can include the following:

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Problems from Too Much Refrigerant in an Air Conditioner

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

One of the common problems that air conditioners may encounter into is loss of charge, i.e. a drop in the level of refrigerant that is vital for an AC to operate. When charge is low, an air conditioner will begin to lose cooling performance and ice will develop along the evaporator coils. (Although it seems strange to people that loss of refrigerant would cause coils to freeze, this happens because the refrigerant in the coils can no longer absorb sufficient heat to warm up, and so remains too cold.)

There is an opposite version of this problem: an AC that has too much refrigerant. An overcharged air conditioner is usually the result of an amateur worker tampering with the system and putting in more refrigerant than the AC should have; it is a very easy mistake to make—and unfortunately one with serious consequences. This is one of the reasons you must always rely on professionals for your air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The experts at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air are here to assist you, whatever problems you may experience with your cooling system.

The trouble with overcharged refrigerant

The main danger with too much refrigerant inside an air conditioner is that it can damage to the compressor. The excess refrigerant will collect inside the compressor and lead to subcooling, temperatures below normal. The extra refrigerant can also flood the compressor and damage its mechanical components. (This is called slugging.) Fixing damage to the compressor is one of the most expensive air conditioner repair jobs, and may require the whole system be replaced.

An overcharged air conditioner will also create higher pressure inside the system. This first effect this will have is to make the system more expensive to run, since it will not cool as effectively. If you noticed a drop in cooling combined with elevated AC bills, call an air conditioner professional right away. The symptoms of overcharging are similar to other common air conditioner repair problems, and it takes experts to determine the exact cause of a malfunction. If excess refrigerant is the source of the problem, the technician will drain the extra amount to restore the system to its regular charge, and then take care of any damage the overcharge may have caused.

Keep in mind, an overcharge of refrigerant will likely lead to wrecking the compressor, and this is something you want to avoid at all costs. If your AC isn’t running the way it should, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for professional air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. We will help protect your AC and give it a long life.

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Why You Should Never Scrape Ice Off of Your Air Conditioning Coils

Monday, June 9th, 2014

It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to ignore ice appearing on their air conditioners, figuring that it is a natural product of the cooling process. However, there are few more obvious signals from an AC that it is experiencing a serious malfunction than the development of frost and ice along the indoor evaporator coil. When you spot this, it’s time to take action.

And that action is not to get a paint scraper or some other devices and try to scrape the ice off of the coils. We’ll explain why you shouldn’t go this route and instead reach for the phone and contact a dependable HVAC company. For air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, look to the many decades of experience at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for effective service.

The Problem with Scraping Ice off the AC’s Coils

There are two reasons that you shouldn’t attempt to remove the ice from your air conditioner’s evaporator coil yourself. The first is that you might damage the air conditioner. The second is that it won’t do any good anyway.

An air conditioner is a precision instrument, and the two coils are among its most important components. The evaporator coil is where the AC absorbs heat to cool down a space, and if it receives damage it can ruin the heat exchange cycle. Scraping a metal device over it, or even worse, trying to hammer away the thick ice, can seriously impair the coil. Don’t do it.

The ice will only come back anyway: the reason that the frost is forming is because there is something wrong with the AC that is restricting the coil from absorbing sufficient amounts of heat. If the coil doesn’t receive enough heat to warm up the cold refrigerant inside it, the refrigerant will freeze the moisture along the coil, creating ice. This can happen because of a drop in refrigerant level, grimy coils, or a clogged air filter that doesn’t allow enough warm air in.

Whatever the reason for the ice to start developing, the ice will continue to grow as it further blocks heat absorption. Scraping it off may slow down this process (if it doesn’t damage the coil) but it doesn’t address what the core issue is. Only a repair technician can find what is actually wrong and repair it. The technician will then safely defrost the coil and restore your system’s full functionality.

Please take ice on your AC seriously and call for professional air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga, CA right away. You can reach the team at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air any time of the day or night for emergency service that will assure your AC will receive no further damage and that your cooling power doesn’t plunge.

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