A household heating system may not do much work over a winter in Southern California, and that’s how most of us like it! But there is a heating system in your house that does an immense amount of labor in winter—as well a spring, summer, and fall. It’s your water heater, and it runs almost every day of the year to keep your household supplied with the hot water necessary for so many basic tasks.
All that work means a water heater eventually runs down and reaches a point where all the best repairs won’t do much but drain money while the water heater becomes less efficient and effective. By all means, have your water heater repaired if those repairs are worth it. But be ready to accept when the better investment is to purchase a new water heater.
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You turn off a faucet somewhere in your home, and then you hear a sudden and surprising knocking sound from your plumbing. Perhaps you hear it at other times as well in your house—a sound that’s almost like a ghostly bump, or someone striking the pipes of your plumbing with a hammer. The sound can make you jump, and it should—it’s a phenomenon called water hammer, and it can mean trouble for your plumbing unless you schedule service with a Rialto, CA plumber to find our why it’s occurring and how to fix it.
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The thermostat is the most often overlooked component in an HVAC system. In fact, people usually think of it as separate from the HVAC system. However, it’s the control panel for heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system—it’s as crucial as the inner workings of the AC and furnace (or other heating system). If the thermostat isn’t working right, the house won’t have the comfort and air circulation it needs.
Problems with a thermostat can often cause heating troubles during our winters because we’re less accustomed to using the heating system. Uneven heating and cold spots in the house may be chalked up to just “how the heater works.” But the thermostat may be the source of these troubles, and below we’re going to look at how faults in a thermostat can mean your household heating taking a hit.
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Although “cold winter” is a relative term in Southern California, we’re experiencing a chillier stretch than usual this season. You may be in a situation where you realize your old furnace can no longer do the job you need from it. Time for a new furnace installation in Bloomington, CA. Call our technicians to do the best job for heating needs.
We’ll help you pick out a new furnace to replace your old one. This requires considering several factors, such as the system’s heating output and its energy efficiency. Energy efficiency can be tricky for a non-professional to grasp, since it’s easy to misunderstand the long-term effects of the rating. Many homeowners assume a higher efficiency rating means a furnace will cost less to run and save money over its service life. This isn’t necessarily true, and when it comes to electric furnaces the efficiency rating can mislead people.
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Drain clogs are an annoyance, and unfortunately, they are one of the most common types of plumbing problems that can affect a house. You can deal with clogs in the toilets, the shower, the bathroom sink, the kitchen sink, and the floor drains. Whether you’ve got a slow drain or a full clog, it can make life unpleasant. It may even bringing daily activities to a halt.
The solution is to first try some simple methods to unclog the drain: a sink or toilet plunger, a drain auger, baking soda and vinegar. If those methods are ineffectual, the next step isn’t chemical drain cleaners, which are horrible for drains. If the clog won’t go away, it takes professional drain cleaning in Rialto, CA to effectively and safely eliminate it—and keep it from coming back.
What we want to talk about in this post is what is causing those drain clogs. Although almost anything could potentially stop up a drain if it can fit down it, there are several “usual suspects” to watch for.
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One of the jobs our plumbers do is whole-house repiping. This is a major undertaking because it removes all the old pipes in a house and replaces them with new material. This is the best way to upgrade an older home with deteriorating older pipes made from cast iron or galvanized steel. Once these pipes are replaced with copper and plastic pipes, the home will enjoy a better plumbing system overall.
But there are steps you can take now that will help your home’s pipes live longer and put replacements far in the future. Some are simple habits. Others require working with a professional plumber. Count on us for whatever plumbing assistance you need.
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The warm weather of springs starts early in Southern California. March is the right time to schedule annual maintenance for your air conditioning system, even if spring doesn’t officially start until the end of the month. Last week was one of the warmest we’ve had in a while, and that was still in February.
There is no better time to invest in our Comfort Club, which is our prepaid maintenance plan for both air conditioning and heating in our customers’ homes. We designed the Comfort Club to ensure your HVAC system enjoys a long service life, runs into few repair issues, and works at high energy efficiency. Download and print this form to get started with Comfort Club membership, then schedule your air conditioning maintenance in Fontana, CA.
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In our last post, we talked about the importance of signing up for our maintenance club to receive routine spring maintenance on your air conditioner. Most AC prep steps for the coming summer need to be left to the professional HVAC experts. But not all of them. You can help get your air conditioner and your house ready for when the air conditioner comes back on strong for the season.
Because we live in a warm climate, air conditioning preparation is a bit different. You probably only used the ductwork of your home occasionally over the winter on the few coldest days. Otherwise, most of the HVAC system goes unused. This can mean a decline and increase of dust buildup during the winter and a rough start for the AC in the summer. These steps can make a big difference.
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We’re hiring for full-time HVAC and plumbing positions and have guaranteed work all year-round.
A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been serving Riverside and the Inland Empire for over 60 years, and we have no intention of slowing down! We want you to be a part of our growing team.
Who We’re Looking For:
Highly motivated individuals who know how to provide great customer service. Great communication skills and the ability to work with a team is a must. We provide a fantastic working environment and opportunities for advancement.
- Experienced HVAC Installers
- HVAC Installer Apprentices
- HVAC Services Technicians and Trainees
- Plumbing Technicians
- Mechanically-inclined individuals with a good driving record (a copy of DMV printout is required with application)
- Paid vacation
- Medical and dental
- Uniform laundry service
Applicants must be able to pass a drug and background test.
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Here at A-Avis Home Service, we are committed to the safety of both your family and our technicians. Our team has completed thorough training and is prepped and ready to ensure that your heating and air conditioning needs are taken care of. We will be taking precautionary measures when entering clients’ homes which will include using booties, hand washing before and after each different client’s home, wipe down surfaces, gloves, and will wear a mask on request.
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