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Why AC Size Matters

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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The Signs of a Heat Pump in Need of Replacement

Monday, 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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Deciding Between Tank and Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, 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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What’s That Weird Sound My Air Conditioning System is Making?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

air-conditionerOdd noises coming out of pretty much any home system are not a good sign. This holds true for your air conditioner as well. If you’ve had your air conditioner long enough to know what it sounds like while it’s running, and it suddenly starts to sound different, you probably have a problem. It’s a good idea to call for a technician as soon as you notice anything that arouses your suspicion about the health of your air conditioner. Just in-case you’re looking for something a bit more specific before making that call, though, here are some of the most common sounds that indicate something is seriously wrong with the system.

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Keep an Eye Out for the Following Signs of AC Issues

Monday, June 4th, 2018

air-conditioner-repairAir conditioners are much more prone to developing problems during the summer, when demand on them is highest. Many people schedule preventive maintenance for their air conditioning systems during the summer season, which lowers the odds of problems developing significantly. However, that cannot guarantee that the system will make it through the summer without developing issues. Whether you have your air conditioner checked before summer or not, you should keep an eye out for warning signs that your air conditioner is in trouble. Let’s go over some of those signs below.

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How a Heat Pump can Benefit You This Heating Season

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

heat-pumpFall is the best time of year to consider installing a new heating system. You don’t want to make it all the way to the winter without a reliable way to keep your home warm. Fortunately for you, there are a great many different types of heating systems available on the market. Each of these systems is set up to address a different range of individual situations. It’s important that you carefully consider the pros and cons of each option, so that you can find the perfect system for your needs. Have a look at how heat pumps operate, the advantages they offer, and whether or not one might be a good choice for your needs.

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Reasons to Install a Humidifier

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Dry heat can be a lot more comfortable than humid heat, but that doesn’t mean that humidity isn’t a problem in arid climates – it is. It’s just a different problem in that we sometimes don’t have enough humidity. While it seems that humidity is a problem mostly when it’s excessive, the truth is that too little humidity can cause some serious problems as well.

A great way to help balance your indoor air in arid climates like ours is to add a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system. A whole-home humidifier integrates with your current HVAC system, so it’s important to hire an expert for installation. The indoor air quality specialists can help you with all of your IAQ needs, so call us today and schedule an appointment.

Why Install a Humidifier?

According to the EPA, comfortable humidity percentages range from 30%-60%; a humidity level lower than 30% creates a very dry environment. Problems that can develop from too little humidity are:

  • Dry eyes, nose and throat
  • Excessively dry skin
  • Drying of mucous membranes
  • Problems with health, including being more prone to sickness
  • Increased agitation for those with chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma
  • Drying of wood, including flooring, furniture and molding
  • Splitting and splintering of wood and wood products

Lastly, dry conditions allow biological contaminants like viruses and bacteria to thrive, which can put your health at more risk.

Increase Your Comfort and Your Energy Efficiency

Humidity holds heat; this is important because when your home is heating or cooling without enough moisture, the air won’t feel like the temperature you’ve set on the thermostat. Why not? Because the air won’t hold the heat due to the lack of humidity. As such, you may wind up pushing your thermostat even higher during winter and lower during the summer, using extra energy while you do so. When your humidity is balanced, you can actually save energy because the air will feel more comfortable.

Think your home in Pasadena can benefit from a whole-home humidifier? Then call us today!

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Does Rust on My Water Heater Mean It Must Be Replaced?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The water heater is one of the toughest installations in your home, built to withstand heat, external damage, and even corrosion.

Corrosion occurs when the electrons of a metal are exposed to water and oxygen. Iron is likely to corrode over time, and most water heater tanks—which are made of steel, an iron alloy—will suffer from rust and corrosion eventually, in which case, whole unit replacement is often necessary. However, due to measures in place to keep the tank itself from corroding, rust may not always be a sign that the tank is done for.

Most of the components of your water heater all work together to achieve a common goal: heating the water.

The unit contains a few key components that get this done, namely the dip tube, the burner or electric heating elements, and the hot water outlet. Cold water flows into the tank through the dip tube which leads all the way down to the bottom. This is where the burner or heating element is located. As water heats up, it rises naturally to the top of the tank. Here, it can flow into the faucet through the outlet pipe that goes off toward the various faucets in your home.

A few other components assist in this process.

Thermostats help to monitor the temperature while a pressure relief valve slowly drains water out of the tank in case pressure levels become dangerously high. But the temperature that does not help to heat or monitor the water heater temperature and pressure is the anode rob. The anode rod is a small magnesium or aluminum rod that screws into the top middle portion of the tank. The anodes are more reactive than steel, which means that they’ll corrode before the tank does. The sacrificial anode rod gives its anodes for the good of the water heater, delaying the time it takes for corrosion to begin.

Often, rust in the water heater or when you turn on a hot water tap in your home simply indicates that the anode rod has corroded through. However, sometimes it’s a sign that the tank has started rusting, and corrosion is inevitable.

Cal a Professional

The best way to be certain about the state of your water heater is by calling a professional for water heater maintenance from time to time. The anode rod is a simple part that can be replaced rather easily, and during maintenance a technician inspects the entire unit to decide whether replacement is necessary.

Call the experts at Total Comfort Inc for water heater replacement, repair or regular maintenance in Pasadena today.

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