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Ways to Avoid Needing Heating Repairs

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Have you seen a technician for heating service recently? If it’s been a few years since a technician has checked out your system, consider yourself lucky. Many heating systems that don’t receive any attention every year fall victim to sudden breakdowns that can leave homeowners without any heating right when they need it most. And unfortunately, your risk of heating failure increases every year that you don’t schedule a visit from a technician.

So what can be done to keep this from happening? Experts recommend you take a few vital steps. Be sure to clean the filter every few months, keep a close watch for any problems, and call a technician for professional maintenance every year. In the following list, we’ll go over why these steps are so vital to proper operation and efficiency.

  • Change the Filter: If you use a forced-air heating system to heat your home, generally a furnace or heat pump, then your system came equipped with a filter to keep unwanted particles away from the system and out of the air you breathe. Change or clean the filter every few months or so, not only to prevent air pollutants from circulating but also to protect your unit from damage.
  • Listen for Anything Unusual: If you notice anything unusual with your heating system, never wait to schedule a visit from a technician. Waiting too long is one of the top reasons that heating systems fall victim to much larger repair needs. An unusual noise may simply indicate a loose screw or a broken fan blade, a quick fix that can keep your unit from failing later on.
  • Schedule Annual Maintenance: If you schedule maintenance annually with qualified technicians, they’ll check every portion of your system to ensure its working as it should, let you know of any repair needs, make a few adjustments as they go, and clean the unit from top to bottom. This service can keep your heating system running for longer and save you some money on your monthly bills as well.

Here at Total Comfort, Inc., we’re here for any and all of your heating needs. Whether it’s a complete maintenance visit, emergency heating repair (24 hours a day!), or just a question about changing the filter, we’ve got you covered. Call us today for expert heating repair service in Corona today!

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The Importance of Having a Heating Tune-Up

Friday, November 28th, 2014

A tune-up for your heating system, also known as maintenance, isn’t just a quick visual review of your heating system in Corona, CA – it’s a thorough appointment that also includes small repair, inspection, performance testing and safety testing. Understanding what happens during a heating tune-up can help shine the light on why scheduling annual maintenance for your heating system is so important. It’s equally important to have maintenance performed by a certified and trained technician to ensure that you gain all the benefits of your heating tune-up, and that all tasks are performed correctly. The expert technicians at Total Comfort, Inc., have the training and expertise to tune any heating system, so call us today!

What Happens During a Heating Tune-Up?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a heating tune-up:

  • Check thermostat
  • Visual inspection of ductwork
  • Check all valves
  • Check all components
  • Clean components as necessary
  • Change air filter
  • Inspect and clean burner assembly
  • Adjust burner assembly as needed
  • Check refrigerant levels (heat pumps)
  • Check outdoor unit (heat pumps)
  • Perform safety tests
  • Test system for performance
  • Inspect flue

Benefits of a Heating Tune-Up

Here are some of the important benefits of a heating tune-up:

  • Safety – combustion systems are very safe, but the thorough inspection that occurs during a maintenance appointment helps ensure that all components are in good working order and that safety mechanisms are functioning properly.
  • Better energy efficiency – every heating system is made to operate at a certain level of heating efficiency, but when the components are worn and dirty, it can be very hard for your unit to achieve this level of efficiency. The cleaning and adjusting that your system receives during a heating tune-up helps your system to operate optimally.
  • Prevents Repair – the thorough inspection of your system allows the technician to detect any existing or developing problems, and make small repairs. Should a larger issue be discovered, you’ll be alerted and given the opportunity to schedule an appointment for repair.

The safe and efficient operation of your heating system is critical for you and your home. If it’s been more than 12 months since your last heating tune-up, call Total Comfort, Inc., today and schedule your heating maintenance in Corona, with one of our expert technicians.

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Will Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

We’ve all heard it before: you feel so sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal because of the main event: the turkey. For years, people have credited extraordinary levels of tryptophan in turkey as the reason we all feel the need to nap after the annual feast. But contrary to this popular mythology, tryptophan is probably not he largest responsible party for your post-meal exhaustion.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means it’s something that our bodies need but do not produce naturally. Your body uses tryptophan to help make vitamin B3 and serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that sends chemicals to the brain to aid in sleep. But in order to get this essential amino acid, we have to eat foods that contain it.

Turkey has somewhat high levels of tryptophan, but so do many other foods, including eggs, peanuts, chocolate, nuts, bananas, and most other meats and dairy products. In fact, ounce-for-ounce cheddar cheese contains a greater amount of tryptophan than turkey. In order for tryptophan to make you feel sleepy, you would have to consume it in excessive amounts, and serotonin is usually only produced by tryptophan on an empty stomach.

The truth is, overeating is largely responsible for the “food coma” many people describe post-Thanksgiving. It takes a lot of energy for your body to process a large meal, and the average Thanksgiving plate contains about twice as many calories as is recommended for daily consumption. If anything, high levels of fat in the turkey cause sleepiness, as they require a lot of energy for your body to digest. Lots of carbohydrates, alcohol, and probably a bit of stress may also be some of the reasons it feels so satisfying to lay down on the couch after the meal and finally get a little bit of shut-eye.

If you feel the need to indulge in a heaping dose of tryptophan this year, go ahead! Turkey also contains healthy proteins and may even provide a boost for your immune system. Here at Total Comfort, Inc., we hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and contentment this year. Happy feasting!

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Ways to Avoid Kitchen Plumbing Repair

Friday, November 7th, 2014

If your kitchen plumbing system is in need of repair, it can truly inconvenience your home. You need to get it fixed right away in order to get back to cleaning or preparing meals, but you may not have the time to call a plumber at the moment that the problem occurs. Thankfully, there are ways to keep sudden kitchen plumbing repairs from occurring. Call the technicians at Total Comfort, Inc. for 24-hour emergency plumbing service, and follow the following tips to prevent plumbing incidents from interfering with your daily life.

Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance

One of the best ways to prevent kitchen plumbing repair is by scheduling regular plumbing maintenance. Even the highest quality plumbing installations will collect some amount of wear and tear over time, so it’s best to schedule preventive maintenance to keep pipes and fixtures in top shape for another year to come. During plumbing maintenance, a specialist inspects several of the components of your plumbing system, looking for signs of a leak, a major drain clog, corrosion, buildup in the pipes, and a number of other issues.

Use the Garbage Disposal Wisely

Often, the reason behind a major drain clog or broken disposal is a homeowner who got a little carried away using the garbage disposal. The garage disposal is capable of processing a number of foods and sending them into the sewer so you won’t have to deal with smelly foods in your garbage bag and frequent trips to the outdoor trash can. However, it cannot break down non-food items like paper or plastic, hard food items like meat bones, and fibrous foods like celery. You should also break food up into smaller pieces before running the disposal, as large chunks can slow down the unit and deter the motor.

Avoid F.O.G.

F.O.G. stands for fats, oils, and greases, which are notoriously destructive to your pipes. Grease turns into a solid when it cools down. After it begins to trickle down your drain pipe in liquid form, grease can solidify and grip onto the lining of the pipe, while additional debris latches on to form a major clog. Pour F.O.G. into a separate receptacle instead.

Call Total Comfort, Inc. to speak with an experienced plumber in Corona today!

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