November 18th, 2019
The number one way to prevent any type of problem with your heater, but particularly an emergency situation, is with maintenance. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect your entire heater, inside and out. During this inspection, we’ll clean the system to help it perform more efficiently, and make any adjustments necessary.
Another thing we do during maintenance is we keep an eye out for repair needs, as small as they may be. This allows you to get heating repairs on your schedule sooner than later, so you don’t have to worry about your heater suddenly breaking down in the middle of winter.
Of course, even with maintenance, there’s always a chance you could run into heating repair needs between tune-ups. They’re a lot less likely, but it’s still important to know the signs in order to give us a call. Calling in the pros when needed and staying on top of maintenance are the best ways to prevent heating emergencies. So, what are these signs?
November 4th, 2019
It’s not quite the time of year where we need our furnaces on a daily basis, but that means it is the time of year to look for any signs of problems, so you can mitigate them ASAP, before you need your heating system the most.
Hopefully, you already had maintenance done for your furnace—our technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your system to ensure it works as efficiently and effectively as possible. Maintenance also helps you avoid potential safety hazards, like a cracked heat exchanger. If you haven’t scheduled this service yet, now is the perfect time!
Of course, even with these tune-up appointments, you may still run into some furnace repair needs. Keep reading to learn more.
October 21st, 2019
Halloween is approaching, and if you haven’t already it’s time to start planning your kids’ costumes and trick-or-treat route. Or hey, even your own costumes! If you’re decorating your home you’ll want to makes sure everything is safe for the kiddos who will be knocking on your door. Oh, and one more thing you’ll want to do this season—schedule heating maintenance!
This is one of the best things you can do for your heater. Keep reading to find out why it’s so important for the health of your system, and why it’s important that you do it in the fall to get the most benefit from it.
October 7th, 2019
If your air conditioner has completely broken down—the compressor is shot and it has no hopes of repair—then it’s of course time for an air conditioner replacement. But other than that scenario, it’s never too late to schedule an air conditioning tune-up in Los Banos, CA, and in fact, this is an important part of end-of-season cooling system care if you skipped maintenance in the spring. Yes, we recommend this service be done at the beginning of spring—before you need your system the most.
But with our summer temps often stretching into October and sometimes beyond that, it’s more important that you have it maintained on an annual basis than it is the time of the year you have it maintained. But why does this matter?
September 23rd, 2019
The short answer to this is “yes,” but we promise to elaborate more below.
When you think about the quality of the air you breathe, chances are you’re thinking about the air outside, and contaminants that can be in it such as allergens, mold, and more. But the fact of the matter is, without the right indoor air quality solutions, the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of outdoors.
And since the average American spends 90% of their time indoors, that’s a problem. It’s especially problematic if anyone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma, or any other type of respiratory condition. The reason most homes suffer from this poor indoor air quality is because they’re built with efficiency in mind—airtight. This is great news for your HVAC systems, but not so much for your overall health.
September 9th, 2019
Did you know you can achieve both your heating and cooling needs all in once system? For many homeowners throughout Atwater, a ductless system—also referred to as a ductless mini-split—is becoming a great option for both these needs.
Ductless systems are exceptional and keeping homes in our area warm in the winter, and efficiently cool in the summertime. So if you are in the market for a new AC this year, a new heater, or both, then you’d do well to consider going ductless!
August 26th, 2019
In short, you could end up with a much bigger emergency repair need later on, if not a totally broken down air conditioner.
The fact is, we use our air conditioners for days on end here during the summer, and usually well into fall as well. The last thing you need is a sudden breakdown when temperatures are at their peak. Yet if you neglect repair needs, that’s exactly what can happen.
“But wait,” you might be asking, “how do I spot these repair needs to begin with?”
Fortunately, there are some telltale signs that you need air conditioner repair, so long as you know what to look for. Read on!
August 12th, 2019
As summer temperatures stand steady, you’re likely focused on a number of things… running your business or managing your commercial space, ensuring your customers, employees, and/or tenants are happy, and of course, making sure your building is comfortable.
Wait, what’s that? You haven’t been thinking about the comfort of your business? It’s not something that’s typically at the top of mind for business owners or manager, so we get it—but it is important. An uncomfortable commercial environment can lead to a variety of problems, not the least of which is a severe business interruption. To achieve a comfortable environment in your commercial space, you need the right mix of indoor air and HVAC products and services—and this can start with a rooftop unit HVAC system.
July 29th, 2019
Actually, there is one scenario where it is too late for maintenance—your air conditioner has completely broken down and the compressor is shot. In this case, you’ll likely need to replace the compressor—which at this point we’d recommend an entire system replacement.
This is a lot less likely to happen in a newer system, or a system that has had maintenance done on it once a year. That’s the key, that your AC maintenance be done on a regular basis, no matter what time of the year it is. Sure, it’s ideal to have it done in the spring before temperatures get too high, but this is definitely a case where frequency matters more than timing.
July 15th, 2019
One of the most common questions that HVAC contractors get about refrigerant is, “how often does it need to be refilled?”
The answer might surprise you, though—it’s “hopefully, never!”
No, AC refrigerant shouldn’t need to be refilled on a regular basis. This is actually a common myth among homeowners, that refrigerant is something that depletes over time, sort of like gasoline does from a car or an oil-powered appliance in your home. This just isn’t the case with refrigerant, however, which continuously cycles through your cooling system or heat pump, transferring heat rather than generating it like other types of heating systems do.
Read on to learn more about this heat transfer fluid!