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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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Save Energy on Cooling With These HVAC Upgrades

June 17th, 2019

AC-moneyThe heat of summer is not something you can ignore in this part of the country.  You are going to run your air conditioner regularly, and you are going to run it hard. Much as we’d love to tell you otherwise, there is no way to run that AC for free. What you can do,  however,  is save some money by cutting back on the amount of energy that you use when cooling your home with your air conditioning system in Rancho Cucamonga.

Take a look at these AC upgrades, and let us know what you’re interested in. We are happy to work with you to ensure that your air conditioner functions precisely as you need it to, and with the efficiency that you deserve. Don’t take too long, though. The longer that you go without these types of upgrades, the more money you’ll be spending to cool your home. Get more from your AC and keep more in your wallet!

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Deciding Between Tank and Tankless Water Heaters

June 3rd, 2019

water-heaterStill having trouble deciding what your next water heater should be? There’s the classic tank water heater, and the trendy tankless water heater. Both of them have been used in homes for decades, so there’s no doubt that either one of them can provide hot water to your home without fail.

The real concern, of course, is which set of features is going to be more convenient for your home. Keep reading to get some more clarification between the two.

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Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

May 23rd, 2019

Total Comfort Inc. will be closed this Memorial Day Weekend.

In honor for those who have fallen in honor for our country, our office will be closed from Saturday 5/27/19 through Monday 5/27/19.

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday 5/28/19.

For any non-urgent concerns, questions, or to request an appointment, please send us a message.

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Plumbing Issues That Can and Can’t Wait

May 20th, 2019


An immediate disclaimer: The definition for “emergency” is much looser in plumbing than it is for accidents and things you’d call into 911 for. In other words, if a plumbing problem has put you in a situation that is going to hinder your plans or make life difficult, we’re happy to consider that an emergency for your sake.

But if you’re willing to wait until normal business hours, then you can use our checklist here to see if your problem can wait or if it should be considered an emergency.

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Let AC Maintenance Catch These Big Issues Before Summer

May 6th, 2019

ac-maintenanceImagine that you’re going on a road trip during the summer. You’ve got everything figured out: which highways to take (and which to avoid); the right summer tunes loaded up in a playlist; the estimated time of arrival.

The only thing you forgot was to have your car looked over. And not long after the trip begins, you get a flat tire. Now you’re stuck in unfamiliar territory waiting for it to get fixed.

That situation is to be avoided at all costs. Yet, many homeowners who neglect maintenance for their air conditioners are subjecting themselves to a similar fate. It’s typically during the middle of the summer, when the AC is working the hardest, that it “pops a tire” and needs repairs. And often, these repairs are things that could have been prevented in the first place with a maintenance check.

Some of them include:

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When Is It Time for Trenchless Plumbing Repairs?

April 22nd, 2019

connecting-underground-pipeSewer lines and main water lines are buried underneath the ground. So when something goes wrong with these lines, the natural course of action is to dig it out of the ground, right?

That kind of work is just as tedious, difficult, and destructive as it sounds (can you imagine the devastation it would bring to your yard?). Fortunately, for both plumbers and homeowners, there’s a much better way:

Trenchless technology.

Of course, when you replace hard work with convenience, it typically means you’ll be dealing with complex machinery. That’s exactly why you’ll need a plumber in Huntington Beach, CA to do the job for you. But first, we’ll explain what this technology is and when it can help.

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