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Archive for April, 2015

Pinhole Leak, and Their Effects on Your Home

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Until around 60 years ago, the majority of the plumbing pipes in the country were made of iron or lead. Neither were good materials for the job. Iron rusts away quite easily, forming large leaks and even ruptures. Lead pipes are even worse, bleeding the toxic element into the water flowing throughout the house. In the 1960s, however, copper became the new standard for plumbing pipes. Copper is safe, long-lasting, and resistant to most forms of corrosion. This makes it an ideal material for piping.

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When Is the Best Time for a New Air Conditioner?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Air conditioners, like all machines, have a limit to how long they last. You can have maintenance conducted on an AC every year, repair it as soon as you notice a problem, do everything you can to prolong the life of your system. We very much encourage all of those things. However, someday you will still have to replace the air conditioner with a new one. The question then becomes: when is the best time to install a new air conditioner? Well, there are a number of different signs that will indicate it is a good time for new air conditioner installation. Have a look at a few of them below:

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What You Need to Know about the Residential Climate Credit from Energy Upgrade California

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Living in California, you’re already probably well aware of the state’s tendency to adopt new environmental technology and policies at a pretty fast clip. That trend is continued with the Residential Climate Credit from Energy Upgrade California. So what is the Residential Climate Credit, anyway? Well, it’s an effort by the state of California to reduce emissions that can affect climate change. Every power plant or other industrial effort must pay for permits if they’re going to put a certain amount of carbon pollution into the air. A part of the cost of those permits goes to the residents of California, helping to reduce the cost of their electricity bills. The credit is also applied to certain small businesses.

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3 Ductless Cooling Issues that You Need to Know

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Ductless systems are gaining popularity among homeowners for their energy efficiency and versatility. With more and more homes across the country utilizing this technology, it is important for ductless system owners to know what kinds of problems might occur. The faster you are able to recognize an issue with your ductless unit, the faster you’ll be able to get it fixed. With that in mind, have a look at 3 of the more common ductless cooling issues that you need to know.

Refrigerant Leaks

Your ductless unit cools the room by evaporating refrigerant in a coil inside its casing. The refrigerant gas draws heat from the air in the room, then transports it to the unit outside the house. There, it is condensed back into a liquid to release the heat before starting the cycle over again. A leak in the refrigerant line will slowly deprive the ductless system of its ability to absorb and transport heat, eventually rendering it useless. If you notice pooling or dripping liquid around your ductless unit, you should call a professional to have a look at it.

Air Handler Issues

The air handler is basically just a motor and fan that circulates air throughout the room. The air handler motor is equipped with several lubricated bearings, designed to reduce friction during operation. These bearings can eventually start to wear down, increasing the strain on the motor. If not replaced, the bearings will fail completely, causing the motor to overheat and burn out. If you hear a grinding sound coming from your ductless unit during operation, you might need to replace the bearings in the air handler.

Frozen Coil

If the coil inside the unit gets too dusty, it will start to lose the ability to draw heat from the room. This will lower the temperature around the coil itself to sub-freezing temperatures, causing ice to form. The ice will eventually completely cover the coil, rendering it unable to operate. If you spot ice forming on your ductless unit, call a professional as soon as you can.

If your ductless air conditioning system is experiencing issues, call Total Comfort, Inc. We provide ductless services throughout Corona, CA.

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