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Signs That it’s Time for AC Repairs

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Preventative maintenance is the single most important step to take if you want to save money on air conditioning. The longer you wait between professional checkups, the greater the chance of your air conditioning system breaking. Once that happens, there is little you can do to avoid spending hundreds or thousands of dollars repairing or replacing the system. With that in mind, here are a few signs that indicate when you should call a professional.

Air Isn’t Cooling

Perhaps the most obvious sign of your AC needing repair is that it isn’t blowing cool air. If you notice a significant rise in the temperature of your AC-produced air, despite your thermostat adjustments, it’s a good sign that the unit isn’t operating at peak efficiency. This also happens to be one of the most serious indicators. While there are a number of possible causes for the loss of cool air, none of the parts involved are cheap to replace. If this happens, call a professional right away.

Weak Air Flow

Occasionally the temperature of the air will be fine, but the flow will be far weaker than normal. This is usually a sign of the air conditioner’s compressor failing, though ducts may also be to blame. If the air flow seems much stronger in one room than another, you should have a professional check your ducts for leaks and blockages.

Unusual Noises

If your air conditioner starts making strange noises, especially after it’s been on for a while, it’s a sign that something is wrong. This could be as simple as a part coming loose or a fan belt needing replacement. It could also be something more serious, like a refrigerant leak. The occasional noise while the unit is first starting up is nothing to be worried about, as long as it stops once the unit is warmed up. If the noises persist, however, you should call a professional.

If your air conditioner isn’t working as it should, call Total Comfort. We operate throughout the Corona, CA area. In this climate, it is important to maintain your AC even during the fall months. Let our professionals help you stay cool throughout the year, schedule your air conditioning repairs in Corona with Total Comfort today!

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Safety Tip: Tune Up Your Heating System for Winter

Friday, September 19th, 2014

All mechanical systems need to be maintained in order to operate optimally. When it comes to combustible systems, like a boiler or furnace, safety is an additional issue due to the potential of leaking fumes. One of the best ways to ensure that your heater is in good shape for this winter is to schedule heating tune-up service. A tune-up can help keep you and your family safe and comfortable this winter, and all you need to do is call Total Comfort, Inc. Call and schedule a heating tune-up in Corona today.

Why Perform a Fall Tune-up on Your Heating System?

There are several important reasons to schedule a tune-up for your heating system this year:

Safety

During a routine tune-up, your technician will conduct a number of safety checks, including the condition of the burner, venting equipment, heat exchangers and the condition of the water tank (with boiler systems). Safety is a focus with any whole-home system tune-up appointment, but with combustible heating systems, there is a special focus on certain components to ensure that carbon monoxide fumes aren’t leaking from the system. Carbon monoxide can leak from cracks and broken seals, and your technician will look for any sign of these types of problems.

Better Energy Efficiency

A dirty, worn heating system cannot perform at its normal level, so it uses more energy to achieve the set temperature. Whenever your heating system has to use more energy, it loses energy efficiency. During a tune-up, the different parts of your system will be cleaned, adjusted and lubricated wherever needed, which helps return your system to optimal operation.

Prevent Repairs

When the technician performs a tune-up on your heating system, your entire system is thoroughly inspected; this allows the technician to detect any existing or developing problems. Many of these problems can be addressed during the tune-up appointment, and those that require more time can be scheduled for repair. Getting ahead of problems helps reduce the possibility of dealing with a large, costly repair in the future.

A fall tune-up for your heating system is good for you and your home. If it’s been more than 12 months since your last tune-up, call Total Comfort, Inc. today and schedule heating tune up service in Corona.

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How Fall Maintenance Helps Prevent Air Conditioning Repairs

Friday, September 12th, 2014

What would you say if there were an easy way to help reduce the amount of repairs your air conditioner may need? You’d probably jump at the chance, right? There is a way, and we aren’t going to make you jump for it: fall maintenance.

Bi-annual maintenance in the spring and fall has numerous benefits, one of which is helping to prevent future repairs. Of course, there is nothing that can guarantee you’ll never need a repair, but scheduling regular maintenance brings you about as close as you can get to that possibility. The trained and certified staff at Total Comfort, Inc. are here to help you with maintenance and all your AC needs, so call us today.

How Does Maintenance Help Prevent Repairs?

When an air conditioner is stressed for any reason – it’s dirty, there are corroded wires someplace, etc. – it uses more energy. It also is more prone to malfunction and breakdown. During a maintenance appointment, your system is thoroughly inspected, cleaned, adjusted and lubricated. Any outstanding issues, like a worn fan belt or dirty coils, are detected and taken care of. Best of all, developing problems are caught before they can blossom into large, costly problems. Essentially, a maintenance appointment for your AC is a tune-up, and just as a car runs better and more efficiently after a tune-up, so does your air conditioner.

What Happens During a Maintenance Appointment?

Total Comfort, Inc. has a comprehensive checklist that is brought to every maintenance appointment. It is quite long, so here is a general overview of what to expect:

  • Clean condenser coil with water
  • Check electrical connections for tightness
  • Adjust system for optimum cooling
  • Check for oil and refrigerant leaks
  • Check safety devices
  • Check blower belt wear, tension and alignment
  • Check expansion valve and coil temperatures
  • Replace air filter
  • Check refrigerant level
  • Lubricate as needed
  • Check condensate array

With the cooling temperatures, now is the perfect time to schedule maintenance. If it’s been a while since we’ve seen you, call Total Comfort, Inc., today and schedule AC maintenance in Huntington Beach with one of our experts.

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3 Signs Your AC May Need Repair

Friday, September 5th, 2014

In Southern California, the air conditioning season never truly comes to an end. You can expect to use your AC less during the winter months, but it won’t fall completely silent for long. More than most other regions of the country, Southern California residents need to keep their air conditioning systems in top shape all throughout the year.

At the first signs that your AC may require fixing, call for professionals to look into it. Modern cooling systems are too complex for amateurs to repair them, and tampering with an AC without the proper training or tools can result in further damage to it. For air conditioning repair service in Huntington Beach, CA, look to Total Comfort Inc. “We Install the Best and Service the Rest.”

Here Are Three Major Signs To Watch For That May Indicate You Should Call For AC Repairs:

1. Loud noises from the cabinet

Contemporary air conditioning manufacturers make their products to run as quietly as possible. During normal operation, you should only expect to hear the quiet whir and hum of fans and the compressor. Strange sounds, such as clicking, hissing, and mechanical grinding, are flashing warning beacons that something inside the AC is not operating right—and is likely causing additional stress that will create additional problems.

2. Uneven cooling and hot spots in the house

If parts of your house seem hotter than they should be—especially rooms at the edge of the house—then the AC may be losing its cooling power or suffering from a loss of airflow. Check first to see that the thermostat is set correctly and that all the room vents are open, then call for repairs.

3. A spike in utility bills

When an air conditioner encounters a malfunction, it will place stress on the system that will make it draw more electrical power than normal. Even something as simple as a clogged air vent will cause a noticeable leap in electrical bills. If you spot a jump in your utility bills that you cannot account for due to an increase in use, you should contact technicians to see what’s causing the AC to run inefficiently.

To help fend off the above problems, enroll your air conditioning system in a preventive maintenance program. Each year, a technician will visit your home to inspect and tune-up the AC so it runs without additional strain and to see that it has no impending repair needs. This is the best way to maintain your air conditioner’s efficiency and increase it lifespan.

You can reach the team at Total Comfort Inc 24-hours a day when you need air conditioning repairs in Huntington Beach, CA. Also ask us about our Ultimate Protection Plan to maintain your air conditioner (and heater as well) each year.

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