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Reduce Energy Consumption with These AC Tips

October 21st, 2019

Trying to do something difficult without help can feel degrading. We’re not trying to preach kindness to you, but we’re trying to have you imagine what it’s like to be your air conditioner on a scorching hot day. It’s hard to cool a home off when it’s 90°F outside, and sometimes your AC system could use some assistance. Without the help of a thoughtful owner, an air conditioner will keep having trouble until it requires air conditioning repair in Riverside, CA.

If you’d like to help your AC, then you’re in luck! Helping to make the job easier on your air conditioner can end up saving you money as well. You can increase system efficiency, which means the AC won’t have to work as hard and consume as much electricity to get its job done. If this sounds like a good idea to you, then read below for a few handy tips that can increase the efficiency of your AC while it keeps your home just as cool as you like it.

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Repair or Replacement: Deciding What’s Best for Your AC

October 7th, 2019

Imagine you’re meeting with an HVAC technician for the first time for some air conditioning repair in Pasadena, CA. Your AC is about 12 years old, which is pretty old based on industry standards, but it still works and you figure the repair won’t be too bad. When the technician diagnoses the problem, he tells you that the repairs will be $600—way more affordable than a replacement air conditioner. Sounds good, right?

Well, let’s not be too hasty. Sure, a replacement is going to cost a lot more money, but it’s also going to last much longer than your ancient AC you’re about to repair. If all this number-crunching sounds confusing, it doesn’t have to be. We’ve got some tried and tested rules that technicians use for measuring whether or not it’s a better idea to repair or replace.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that your HVAC technician is honest with you and not just trying to make a buck. That being said, let’s talk!

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California Emissions Changes: What You Need to Know

September 30th, 2019

As of October 1st, several counties across California will now have stricter emissions requirements for any furnace installed within a home. For example, the new NOx emission limit will be 14 nanograms/joule.

According to the Appliance Standard Awareness Project, these new 2019 FER standards will provide significant savings for consumers by cutting the electricity consumption of furnace fans by around 50 percent. However, this will also decrease the variety of products that contractors like us are allowed to sell. Certain manufacturers will be excluded from the market if they don’t meet these new standards. While this will save money as more efficient systems are sold, due to the initial increased testing and restrictions, your cost as a homeowner will be increasing as well.

We’d like to mention that the counties being impacted include Los Angeles County, Orange County, and many others across California. Take a look at the rule-book for yourself if you need more information on specific furnaces.

For all other questions about the new emissions changes, make sure to contact us at Total Comfort, Inc.

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3 Important Things to Know About Short-Cycling

September 23rd, 2019

Short-cycling can be a major symptom of problems when it comes to the lifespan and longevity of your air conditioner. It’s usually a clue to a multitude of some serious things that could be wrong with your AC. Ignoring a short-cycling air conditioner is always a bad idea. That neglect will lead you to spend more money than you should be on a new AC faster than you’d like.

We’re going to be blunt: if your air conditioner is turning on and off in short bursts, it is never a good thing. You should always schedule air conditioning service in Riverside, CA if you think your system is short-cycling. An HVAC technician will be able to accurately tell you what’s going on with your system and will give you the most affordable options to solve the problem. Otherwise, you might be looking at a broken system and no defense against the summer heat.

Don’t panic. We’ll give you the lowdown on short-cycling.

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What a Garbage Disposal Can Do for Your Drains

September 9th, 2019

When used correctly, a garbage disposal can keep your drains from clogging and having expensive problems. Even though they’re found in many home sinks, homeowners who don’t have them sometimes don’t know how important they can be for the lifespan of their drains. Without a garbage disposal, it’s vital to throw solid waste into the trash instead of letting it go into the drains and start a clog.

This can be a hassle and ultimately an annoyance for homeowners. Luckily, garbage disposal installations aren’t too expensive and can save you a ton of money in the long run when it comes to the quality and care of your drains. Installation is a service a good plumber in Burbank, CA can handle for you.

If you don’t believe us now, you will soon!

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It’s Time for an AC without Ducts

August 26th, 2019

Ductwork can be expensive and almost impossible to install in smaller or older homes. Does that mean you can’t have quality air conditioning if this applies to you? Of course you can!

Ductless air conditioners have been around for years. They’re a tried and tested solution to the problems encountered with a standard central air conditioner. Aside from not needing an air duct system throughout your house, there are a plethora of incentives to switch over to a ductless AC. Believe it or not, many homeowners have trouble with air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga because their central air system is not right for their house. So, if you’re completely content with your brand new central AC, this post might not be for you—but for everyone else on the fence about switching, you won’t want to miss this.

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Why AC Size Matters

August 12th, 2019

air-conditioning-unitsAn air conditioner should fit your house like a good pair of jeans. Too small and they’re basically worthless. Too large and you’ve got a new set of problems as you buy a belt and cuff the bottoms. That’s why fitting rooms exist!

Is there a fitting room for your air conditioner? Unfortunately not, but thanks to some dedicated technicians on our team, there doesn’t have to be. It’s going to be hot next week, and if you suspect your AC might be the wrong size, maybe it’s time to nip this in the bud and contact us for air conditioning service in Pasadena, CA. Getting correct air conditioning maintenance is of primary concern when you’re dealing with an investment this large, because as the title of this post implies, a wrongly sized AC can have some huge problems for homeowners.

Still unconvinced? Well, let’s discuss the different problems that come with having an incorrectly sized air conditioner installed. If any of these apply to you, it’s a great idea to contact a technician to avoid the ensuing disaster.

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How Refrigerant Leaks Affect Air Conditioning Systems

July 29th, 2019

service-timeWe are of the mind that any air conditioning problem is a problem to take very seriously. Your comfort is always on the line if your air conditioner is not functioning properly, even if the system is still up and running at a reduced capacity. But while we prioritize any and all air conditioning repairs, some issues are more time-sensitive than others. When it comes to AC repairs that really demand immediate attention, the refrigerant leak is right there at the top.

If you don’t totally understand the role that refrigerant plays in your home cooling system, then it is impossible to fully grasp just how detrimental a refrigerant leak can be to your air conditioner. It also means that this is the post you need to read! Whatever air conditioning service in Pasadena, CA you may need, our professionals are here to do the job right. Read on, and be sure to reach out with any concerns that you may have. 

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AC Pro Tip: Keep That Filter Clean and Fresh!

July 15th, 2019

changing-filterLiving in California means you run your air conditioning system a lot. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone reading this post. What might come as a surprise, however, is our guess that many of you aren’t doing everything that you can to keep your air conditioning system working as well as possible. For a lot of homeowners, that simply means scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance with a member of our team.

But, in addition to that annual maintenance, you should also be changing your air filter regularly yourself. No, this isn’t something that we forget to do during routine maintenance. But annual maintenance happens just once a year, right? And that air filter in your AC will need to be changed anywhere from every 1–3 months. Starting to see the problem? If you’re wondering what’s the worst that can happen, well—failure to keep the filter fresh could lead to the need for AC repair in Riverside, CA.

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The Signs of a Heat Pump in Need of Replacement

July 1st, 2019

AC-unit-toolsIf you use a heat pump to heat and cool your home then you definitely don’t need us to explain their merits to you. The versatility and efficiency of the heat pump have made them one of the most popular home comfort system options on the market today, and our relatively mild winter climate makes them ideal for this geographic region. Yes, there is a whole lot to recommend heat pumps, but there is one claim that even heat pumps cannot make.

They’re not going to last forever.

It’d be bad for our business if HVAC systems did last forever, of course, but we’d still be the first to tell you if that were the case. For now, however, like any other HVAC system, the heat pump has a finite lifespan. Routine maintenance and prompt heat pump or air conditioning repair in Pasadena will ensure that your system lasts as long as possible, but you can count on needing a replacement at some point.

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