AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Burbank’

Comparing Gas and Electric Furnaces

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Like most of Southern California, Burbank residences tend to rely on forced-air furnaces for heat. They’re simple and efficient, able to do the job in our mild climate without a lot of energy being expended.

Furnaces are further divided into two basic categories: gas furnaces and electric furnaces, denoting the fuel source they use for heat. Both models tend to have benefits and drawbacks If you’re looking to replace your furnace — either in the spring or sooner — it pays to understand the benefits and the drawbacks.

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Why Install a Heat Pump?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Winter has arrived in Burbank, CA, and if you’re looking at replacing your HVAC system, now is actually a very good time. Our cold weather never gets that cold in sunny Southern California, and replacing an old air conditioner – or even a heater – is rarely an emergency.  That gives you the time to make a duly-considered solution, which might include an alternative to the more traditional models of heating and air conditioning. Heat pumps, in particular, do quite well in climates like ours, and if you need a new system, this might be an ideal solution to your HVAC problems.

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Check Your Vents to Find Problems with Your Heater

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Most heating systems in the Burbank, CA area are forced-air furnaces, which generate heat from a centralized locale and then blow it into your home with a system of ducts. It’s a simple and effective way to keep your home warm in a mild climate like ours. Moreover, by checking the vents periodically, you can spot the signs of a problem with your heater. And while only a trained professional can diagnose an issue accurately, you can give yourself a leg up by checking the vents and looking for any of the following issues:

Strange Noises

Strange noises mean anything that you don’t normally associate with the normal functioning of your system: groans, hums, whistles or any other unusual sound. They tend to carry through the ducts, which means you can often hear them if you listen at the vents. Strange noises tend to start and stop in sync with the starting and stopping of your furnace.

Low Air Flow

Low air flow can be caused by breaches in the ducts, a clog or blockage, or a problem with the fan motor, among other issues. It lowers the system’s efficiency, and the hot air sitting in your furnace can cause components to overheat.

Low Heat Levels

Sometimes, the air flow can be just fine, but the air feels cooler than you might expect. This usually means a problem with the burners or some kind of breach that introduces cool air into the system. This can cause the same problems that reduced air flow does: adding strain to your system, which raises the possibility of a breakdown somewhere else (as well as causing your monthly bills to spike).

If you notice anything odd about the air coming out of your vents, shut the system off and call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating right away!

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How to Respond to a Heating Problem

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

The good news about living in Burbank, CA and other towns in Southern California, is that a heating problem rarely proves a disaster. Unlike the East Coast, where a broken heater can be actively dangerous in cold weather, we can usually get through by dressing warmly and keeping an eye on the elderly and similarly vulnerable residents.

But what’s the proper procedure for responding to a heating problem? Only a trained technician can diagnose and correct the specific problem, but you can do a great deal to help out your own cause in the interim.

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Signs That You Have a Plumbing Leak

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Plumbing leaks rank among the most common repair calls we take here in Burbank, CA, and when your plumbing system springs a leak, we can be there in a flash. In and of themselves, plumbing leaks are fairly easy for a trained plumber to repair. Trouble arises when those leaks go undetected for a lengthy period of time. It’s one thing to spot water spreading out across your kitchen floor. But what about small leaks in the pipes in your walls, or underground around your property? They can go on for weeks or even months, damaging drywall and other key components in your household.

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How to Find the Best New Heating System

Monday, September 26th, 2016

With fall officially here, this is the time that residents of Burbank need to take a good long look at their heating systems and decide if they need to be replaced. Our winters are mild, but you still need reliable heating! If your system is on its last legs, better to replace it now than attempt to do so in the winter, when you have no time to make a proper decision at your own pace.

If you’ve decided to replace your heater, congratulations! The next step is to consult with a trained technician about the model that’s right for you. He or she can go over the specifics, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when considering your options:

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Late Season Air Conditioning Issues to Watch for

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Summer runs long in Burbank, CA, and while Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the season, So Cal residents know that it can continue into October and even beyond. This comes on top of months of scorching hot weather that can test your air conditioner in all kinds of ways. Hopefully, your system is functioning without a problem, but now is the time to keep an extra close eye out for late-season issues. The strain of all that work often starts to show this time of year, and can cause a breakdown just when you need your air conditioner to step up and perform. Here’s a brief list of common problems we often treat this time of year.

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Let a Dehumidifier Ease Strain on Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Burbank, CA gets very little rainfall, like most of  Southern California, and because we live in a Mediterranean environment, we’re not used to thinking about high humidity levels here. But our recent weather has shown just how humid our summers can get. Our air conditioners can deal with it to a certain extent, but they’re not set up for such an issue, and high humidity can cause undue strain and even breakdowns in some cases. 

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How to Spot Low Refrigerant Levels

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Think of refrigerant as the lifeblood of your air conditioning system. Unlike a car which consumes gasoline and oil, an air conditioning system needs its refrigerant levels to stay at a set amount (the specifics depend on the make and model of the system) in order to work. Leaks aren’t supposed to happen, but ours is not a perfect world and they rank among the most common repair calls we have to make. With summer in full force here in Burbank, CA, you need to be able to spot the signs of low refrigerant levels quickly, then summon a repair service the moment you do.

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What You Need in a Commercial Air Conditioning Service

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Commercial air conditioning services are extremely important to businesses in the Burbank, CA area. Temperatures are going to soar again this summer, and without a functioning air conditioner, you’re look at far worse things than an uncomfortable day in the office. Employees won’t be able to work effectively, customers will stay away in droves and in some cases, the heat may even damage important components such as computers. To fix an air conditioning problem you need a commercial HVAC service that can do the job quickly and effectively. So how do you know which one to select? We’ve prepared a short list of some good guidelines.

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