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The Benefits of Hydro Jetting

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

When you have a drain clog, there are a few different steps you can take to try to solve the problem. First, you can try a plunger to dislodge the blockage so that it can move down the drain with ease and into the sewer. When this doesn’t work, many homeowners try do-it-yourself solutions from their local hardware store, such as small augers and liquid drain cleaners. However, many DIY fixes won’t work, especially if the clog is far down in the pipes and affects multiple drains in the home. When all else fails, the best solution is always to call a plumber.

Most plumbing professionals are equipped with drain cleaning tools that can safely remove the clog. But if you don’t rely on drain cleaning specialists for the job, you’re missing out on an opportunity to keep clogs away and maintain your pipes with hydro jetting services. Hydro jetting is a process in which a long, thin hose moves down your drain pipes, blasting away clogs with a high-pressure water jet so that they can flow into the sewer main. When you want clogs gone for good, you need drain cleaning specialists who utilize on this modern innovation. Here are a few of the reasons why.

  • Safe for Your Drain Pipes: Many homeowners try chemical drain cleaners from the local grocery or hardware store, but the ingredients in these can actually damage the drain pipes. Furthermore, these likely won’t remove many types of blockage in your pipes and are toxic to the skin and eyes. Hydro jetting uses water, so it is entirely safe for your pipes and the people in your home.
  • No More Clog: When you call a drain cleaning specialist for hydro jetting, the clog in your pipes will be removed completely. Plumbers will inspect the pipes and make sure that the blockage is gone.
  • Prevent Clogs from Occurring in the Near Future: Clogging often occurs because sludge becomes stuck inside of the lining of the pipes, allowing debris to latch on and collect until it becomes a problem. Hydro jetting blasts away these substances to prevent clogs later on.

Contact Total Comfort Inc at the first sign of clogs, or if you’d simply like to prevent clogs from occurring. For professional plumbers and plumbing services in Corona, CA, give us a call today.

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Reasons to Call for Emergency Plumbing Services

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Calling a technician for plumbing repairs can be stressful. You may not detect a problem until it is too late and a leak or clog threatens to ruin your home. And if a plumbing issue occurs in the middle of the night, you may fear that there is no one available to help.

Thankfully, the friendly plumbers at Total Comfort Inc offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services for quick service at any time of the day or night. Of course, not all problems require immediate attention, and some can wait until the following morning when both you and your plumber can better prepare. However, the following problems should lead you to take advantage of emergency services quickly.

A Pipe Bursts

One of the most common issues that leads panicked homeowners to call for emergency service is a burst pipe. This is certainly a problem that requires immediate attention. Water floods into your yard, leading you with a major mess on your hands and a risk of flooding into certain parts of your home. Furthermore, you may not get any water flow into your home. And here in California, we try to conserve as much water as we can, which is another vital reason to call a plumber right away.

Water or Sewage Backs Up Into Your Home

Of course, if water or sewage backs up into your home, you’ll do anything to stop it. Calling for emergency services is undoubtedly justified in this case as your home and your health is at risk. When you notice strange smells, water spots, or pools of water in your home, be sure to act quickly to prevent the problem from worsening.

Your Property or Belongings Are at Risk

In general, you should call for emergency services anytime you feel your home is at risk. After all, water damage is a pain to repair, requiring costly renovations in which you replace major fixtures and features of your home. Besides, pooling water poses a health risk to asthma and allergy sufferers due to the potential of mold growth.

If you need 24-hour emergency plumbing services in Corona, trust the experts at Total Comfort Inc anytime.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Thermostat?

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Your thermostat is the instrument responsible for turning your air conditioning system on and off. Thermostats can malfunction just as any other part of your AC and for several reasons. It can be challenging to determine what the issue may be with a thermostat, which is why Total Comfort Inc., offers thermostat repair, replacement and installation as part of its overall air conditioning services in Corona. Having problems with your thermostat? Call us today.

Signs of Problems with Your Thermostat

Here are some common signs that something may be wrong with your thermostat:

  • System won’t turn on – if your system won’t turn on, the thermostat is the first place you should check. Sometimes settings are accidentally changed or batteries can die; there could also be a mechanical problem.
  • System won’t turn off – this can be a serious problem as the constant running of your system can burn out the components in your air conditioner. If you experience this issue, call your technician right away.
  • System constantly turns on and off – if your system is constantly clicking on and off versus cycling appropriately, call a technician for assistance as this can lead to premature wear and tear.
  • Room temperature doesn’t match actual temperature – a thermostat that isn’t reading the room temperature correctly can drive up your energy usage.

Types of Thermostats

There are 4 main types of thermostats our Total Comfort Inc., technicians install:

  • Digital – digital thermostats allow you to be very precise with your temperature setting, which can help you with energy efficiency. Additionally, the buttons are intuitive and the face is easy to read.
  • Programmable – programmable thermostats allow you a great deal of control over how much cooling you use. You can program your thermostat to accommodate for different times of day, weekends and vacation times.
  • Wireless – wireless thermostats work by using a main receiver that transmits information to all the wireless thermostats in your home. The receiver replaces your wired thermostat, and connects to your HVAC system just like a standard wired thermostat does. Most wireless thermostats are programmable, and can set programs for up to 7 days.
  • Smart – smart thermostats use Wi-Fi technology to operate, allowing you to access your thermostat from virtually anywhere at anytime – all you need is your smart device and a simple app. Smart thermostats allow you to track and monitor your energy usage, and you can program your thermostat at any time.

A new thermostat can help you achieve better energy efficiency and comfort. If you are seeing the signs that your current thermostat may need replacing, call Total Comfort, Inc., today and schedule an appointment for air conditioning service in Corona.

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How Does Insulation Help My AC?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Some people believe that proper insulation in a home is most important in the winter, when you want to keep heat from escaping through the walls of your home. But this is a common misconception, as insulation is also important in the warmer months in order to keep heat from entering a house. In fact, insulation can improve the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner, preventing the need for air conditioning service by reducing wear and tear, and helping your unit to cool your home more quickly.

Here’s why insulation is important in the warmer months. Heat moves naturally from a warmer area to a cooler area, and the walls of your home are simply not enough to keep heat outdoors in the summer or to trap heat during winter. Luckily, your heating system produces enough heat to help you keep warm in the colder months. And your air conditioner moves the heat from the air in your home back outdoors, distributing cool air through the ducts.

However, without proper insulation, heat will only move back into your home, which means your air conditioner will have to work harder to reach the desired temperature. This causes a lot of unnecessary wear and tear, which may cause your air conditioner to break down prematurely. Furthermore, increased usage means that your air conditioner will use a lot of energy to run, increasing your cooling costs.

Insulation involves installing material in your walls and ceiling, such as fiberglass, foam material, wool, or other natural fibers that create a thermal barrier, reducing the ability of heat to move in or out. Insulation may be installed during construction, or you can retrofit blown-in insulation. With proper insulation, heat cannot move out of your home as easily, and during the hotter months it is harder for heat to come in. This helps your AC perform as it should, preventing the need for air conditioning repair and possibly reducing your energy bills.

If you do need air conditioning service in Corona, or if you’ve decided to retrofit your home with new insulation, call the professional technicians at Total Comfort, Inc. today!

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Common End of Season Ductless Repairs

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Toward the end of the cooling season, you may start to see some issues arise with your ductless cooling. Wear and tear after a busy season isn’t unusual, but it can result in needing air conditioning service. Ductless repairs aren’t more complicated than those of traditional split-system ACs, but there are some subtle differences between the two systems. However, when it comes to any kind of air conditioning repair, it’s important to hire trained professionals; this helps ensure that your AC will be fixed properly and efficiently. For all of your end-of-season air conditioning repairs in Corona, CA, call the people you can trust: Total Comfort, Inc.

Types of Repairs

At the end of the cooling season, our technicians see some repairs more than others. Here are a few examples of what they see:

Compressor Issues

The compressor in your system is responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant in your system. Some of the more common problems that can develop with a compressor are issues with the motor, problems with correct pressurization and electrical issues. Your compressor is a complex component; in addition, refrigerant is necessary for the compressor to operate. Both of these facts denote that a trained and certified professional is required to handle all refrigerant repairs.

Refrigerant Leaks

The indoor blowers of your ductless system are connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit. Inside this conduit are a power cord, condensate pipe and a refrigerant line. Refrigerant leaks can develop in a number of locations, but with ductless systems, it is not unusual for refrigerant leaks to develop in the line that runs between a blower and the outdoor unit. Refrigerant leaks become worse with time, so it’s important to have a leak repaired as soon as possible.

As mentioned above, the condensate pipe in a ductless system runs from the indoor blower to the outdoors. This structuring for the condensate pipe is somewhat different from that of the condensate array in a traditional split-system AC. As such, condensate pipes in a ductless system can develop leaks along your wall or even inside the conduit. Water damage can become an issue with any condensate pipe, so it’s important to repair a condensate pipe problem as soon as possible.

Repairs do not fix themselves, so it’s important to call for air conditioning service as soon as you detect a problem. Total Comfort, Inc. is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so if you are experiencing issues with your AC, call us today!

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