AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Archive for February, 2016

Allergy Season Is Here! Protect Your Home with UV Filters

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Spring has come early to Southern California, and whether you live in Burbank, CA or some other part of the Southland, you’ve definitely been feeling the heat. Along with that comes an early bloom, which means that allergy season is going to get going that much faster this year. If you or your family members suffer from allergies, now is the time to protect your home from those disheartening attacks. You can start by changing the filter in your air conditioner and ensuring that you run your vacuum a little more often. But for real protection against allergens, consider the installation of a UV filter in your home’s HVAC system.

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Time to Think About Air Conditioning Replacement

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

It’s still February here in Los Angeles, CA, but you wouldn’t know it to look at the weather. High temperatures have hit us hard in the last few weeks, and while we’re sure to get some more rain and cooler nights before winter finally changes to spring, our air conditioning systems are going to be on the job sooner than ever this year. If yours is older or not doing the job you need to, now is the perfect time to consider a replacement system. The right air conditioning specialist can help you find a system that’s right for you and install it before the hot weather turns into a daily occurrence. Here are some things to think about when considering an air conditioning replacement.

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Strange Smells Coming from Your Furnace

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

We often advice our clients to keep an eye out – and an ear out – for problems that indicate a faulty furnace. That can include anything from strange noises to poor performance to bills higher than they should be. But we haven’t talked much about strange smells coming from your furnace which can be just as helpful in determining that something is wrong. Here in Los Angeles, CA, we’re still running our heaters almost every day, and if there’s a problem, an odd smell is likely to point it out to you. Here’s a quick list of strange smells coming from your furnace, which you should definite watch out for.

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Why Is Ice on My Heat Pump?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Our winters can sometimes be cool here in Los Angeles, CA but almost never cold enough to freeze. That’s why it can be such a surprise when you step outside and find the outdoor surface of your heat pump with ice on it. It seems almost counterintuitive – ice on a machine that should be producing warmth this time of year – and in point of fact, ice forming on a heat pump can be a big problem if you don’t address it promptly. It interferes with moving parts as well as forcing the system to work harder to heat or cool your home. If it isn’t addressed, it will result a more serious breakdown, resulting in a larger repair bill. A trained technician can fix the issue, and you can help him out by keeping the outdoor components clear of debris and dry – especially when temperatures get particularly chilly. Beyond that, there are usually one of two reasons why ice is on your heat pump.

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Why Isn’t My Furnace Turning On?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Our furnaces see a lot of activity during this part of the year, and while Los Angeles, CA isn’t exactly in a deep freeze, we still need our furnaces to keep our homes warm. It can be a big shock to fire up your furnace, only to see nothing happen. The good news about a furnace that won’t turn on is that you know that something’s wrong. The bad news is that, unless the issue is a mis-set thermostat or the circuit breakers kicking in, you’re going to need a trained technician to properly diagnose the problem and make repairs. Here’s just a few of the reasons why your furnace won’t turn on, to give you a sense of the potential complexities involved.

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Steps to Take if You Get Your Water from a Well

Monday, February 1st, 2016

We live in one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country, but not every homeowner is connected to the civic systems of Los Angeles, CA. In some cases, homes in more remote parts of Southern California rely on well water and water from similar sources for drinking and cleaning in your home. Wells make a strong choice for homes that can’t conveniently access the civic grid, but there are steps that need to be taken to keep the water potable and safe.  If you get your water from a well or similar source, you would be well-advised to follow the steps below.

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