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3 Signs of Trouble With Your Water Heater

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Water heaters benefit a great deal from our dry and mild climate here in Los Angeles, CA, which means that yours can likely go for many years before needing replacement. Sooner or later, that day will come, however, and because water heaters usually do their jobs quietly in out-of-the-way locations like your basement, it can be hard to spot the problem until it’s a raging crisis.

This is doubly unfortunately because many issues with water heaters can be addressed without replacement if they’re caught quickly. Ideally, you can schedule a maintenance session from a trained plumber once a year to spot any potential issues and plan to correct them. But you can augment that by checking for signs of trouble from your water heater throughout the year. Here are three specific ways to do that.

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Install an Automatic Shut-Off Valve Today!

Monday, December 21st, 2015

We live in Los Angeles, CA, where plumbing problems such as frozen pipes rarely happen. That makes many homeowners assume that leaks aren’t an issue, or that they occur infrequently at best. In fact, plumbing leaks are some of the biggest issues we encounter here, and in many cases homeowners aren’t even aware of them until they have caused a great deal of damage. You can avoid all of that with the installation of an automatic shut-off valve from a trained plumbing professional. With one in place, you can save a lot of worry, as well as keeping your home safe from leaks of all varieties. Here’s how it works.

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3 Possible Causes of a Short-Cycling Air Conditioner

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The term “short cycling” refers to an air conditioner that turns on and off again very quickly multiple times throughout the day. This is a considerable problem. Air conditioners use far more energy starting up and shutting down than they do when they’re just running. Besides creating higher bills, short cycling increases wear and tear on the system, making it more likely to suffer major damage in the near future. Short cycling can have many causes, and here in Los Angeles, CA, you should consult with a trained technician if you notice your air conditioner starting and stopping excessively often.  We’ve listed 3 possible causes of a short-cycling air conditioner to give you a sense of how the problem starts.

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Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.

The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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It’s Time to Schedule Heating Maintenance

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Winter is almost here, and that means it’s time to get your heating system primed and ready for regular use over the next few months. The best way to make sure that your heating system is ready for the winter season is to schedule some preventative heating maintenance. Let’s examine the benefits of fall heating maintenance, and the consequences of neglecting it.

Why Schedule Fall Maintenance?

There are a few very simple reasons why you should schedule your annual maintenance during the fall season. The first is that the best time to conduct any sort of preventative maintenance on a system is right before you’re going to be using it often. This ensures that your heating system is in the best possible shape to take on the increased strain of what will most likely be daily use.

The second reason is somewhat related to the first: convenience. Just as conducting fall maintenance will drastically lessen the chance of a serious problem occurring with your heating system, neglecting that maintenance will increase the chances if a strain-induced breakdown. This will be doubly-bad for you, as demand for HVAC repairs increases wait times during winter. That could leave you without heat for days while you wait for a professional to arrive.

The third reason is cost. There’s a reason why smart homeowners don’t just wait until something breaks to call for repairs. Problems are always cheaper to fix the earlier you catch them, especially when it comes to issues that can affect other parts of your heating system. The longer you wait between maintenance sessions, the more the chance of a major breakdown increases. Even though there is some unavoidable wear and tear in all systems, regular maintenance can still mitigate that as much as possible.

So, get your heater checked this fall to make sure you stay warm all winter. It can only benefit you, and it’s a lot better than the alternative. If you haven’t scheduled your fall maintenance yet, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. Our heating technicians cover the entire Los Angeles area.

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in HVAC Technology

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Be sure to bookmark the AZ Air Conditioning and Heating blog for updates on the latest advances in plumbing or HVAC technology.

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Call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating for all your air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, water heater, plumbing, and commercial HVAC needs.

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Welcome to Our New Website

Monday, June 9th, 2014

iMarket Solutions has launched AZ Air Conditioning and Heating a new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit: www.imarketsolutions.com

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