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

AZ Air CEO Receives BBB Award of Excellence

Monday, February 6th, 2017

AZ Air - BBB - AwardHere at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating, we usually use this blog to give our customers tips and tactics for making the most out of their heating and air conditioning systems. But we’d like to make an announcement for an honor that we’re very proud of. Our President and CEO, Richard A Copelan, has earned the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious Award of Excellence on behalf of the company!

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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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Time to Prepare Your Heater for the Fall

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Summer has a way of lasting well into October here in Los Angeles, CA, but we just had our first noticeable rainfall of the year, and while you may not need your heating system on a regular basis just yet, now is the time to start preparing your system for the winter.

This makes an excellent time because temperatures are still reasonably warm and you’ll have plenty of time to address any problems that arise without having to scramble or rearrange your schedule. That way, your heater will be ready to go when you need it. This is especially important if you have an older heater, or one that you’d like to see perform a little more efficiently this fall. Here’s a quick list of some steps you can take.

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3 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bills

Monday, October 26th, 2015

When the temperatures start to drop, efficiency becomes the name of the game, and while our winters are as mild as they come here in Southern California, that doesn’t mean your heating system should be off its game. Nights can still get pretty cool here in the Southland, and you’ll be running your heating nightly when they do. The more efficient your system can be, the more you’ll save on monthly costs and the less risk you’ll run of a breakdown. Here are 3 ways to lower your heating bills this fall, which you should seriously consider.

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3 Signs that You Need Heating Repair

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Things are still pretty warm these days in Southern California, but cooler weather will be here before you know it, and with it comes the need to fire up your heating system for another winter. Owing to the lengthy period where it sits unused, your system may be in need of a repair, and while a good maintenance session can spot general signs of trouble, you can help the process out by watching for specific signs that your heater needs some professional attention. Here are 3 signs that you need heating repair, which you should look for before the cool weather begins in earnest.

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How to Reduce Heating Bills this Winter

Monday, September 21st, 2015

We don’t think much about heating here in Los Angeles, CA, not with the kind of heat waves we experience and the warm weather than often continues well into the fall. But in point of fact, homeowners lose a lot of money in monthly bills because they don’t pay more attention to their heating systems, and while you might not pay as much in heating as you do in air conditioner, wasted money is still wasted money. With temperatures finally looking to cool off of the year, now is the time to look into ways to reduce your heating bills this winter. We’ve included a few suggestions below.

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3 Reasons to Get Your Heater Checked Now

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Here in Los Angeles, air conditioning is the name of the game during the hot summer months. High temperatures demand that we focus on our AC systems and leave the heaters for another day. Unfortunately, “another day” has a way of getting here all too soon, and even in a warm city like LA, you need a good heater to stay warm on those chilly winter nights. A maintenance session for your heating system now, when you don’t need your heater, can do a number of great things for you, all of which boil down to saving you money. Here are 3 specific reasons to get your heater checked now.

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Common Problems with the Reversing Valve

Friday, January 9th, 2015

For those homeowners who use a heat pump to heat their home, the reversing valve is one of the most vital parts of their heating system. Though it’s well-known that heat pumps are capable of both heating and cooling functions, many heat pump owners are completely unaware of how they accomplish it. Let’s take a look at what the reversing valve is, what it does, and how it can develop issues that cripple the heat pump.

What is it?

A heat pump works by evaporating and condensing refrigerant in its indoor and outdoor units. One unit will evaporate refrigerant to collect thermal energy, while the other will condense it back into a liquid to release that thermal energy. The role of each unit is determined by which way the refrigerant flows between them. If the refrigerant flows one way, the heat pump will pump heat out of the house. If the refrigerant flows the other way, the heat pump will pump heat into the house. The direction of the refrigerant is determined by the reversing valve.

The valve is a four-way junction in the refrigerant line of the heat pump. It is comprised of a chamber at the intersection of the refrigerant lines between the two units and the central pump. Inside the chamber is a slide that can redirect the flow of refrigerant to one unit or another. The slide is connected to an electromagnet, called a solenoid, which is located outside of the chamber. When the solenoid is charged, it pulls the slide to one side of the chamber to change the refrigerant flow. When the heat pump is in default mode, the solenoid is inert and the slide moves back to its default position.

Problems

There are two main problems that can occur with the reversing valve. The first problem is that the slide simply gets stuck inside the chamber, making it unable to move between positions to reverse the refrigerant. This is often solved by opening the chamber and freeing the slide. The other problem is that the solenoid loses its magnetism, making it unable to move the slide. If this happens, the solenoid often needs to be replaced. Both problems result in the heat pump becoming stuck in one mode.

If your heat pump is stuck in heating or cooling mode, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide heating service throughout Los Angeles.

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Should I Repair My Heater Or Is It Time To Replace It?

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Repairing versus replacing is a common question our AZ Air Conditioning and Heating technicians get around this time of year. Sometimes the situation is pretty clear cut, particularly if you have a heater that simply isn’t working, but other times you may have to weigh your options. But whether you choose to repair your heating system or replace it, call the people you can count on: AZ Air Conditioning and Heating.

Repair vs. Replace: Which to Choose

Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to repair or replace your existing heating system:

Age of Your System

The average combustion heating system has a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years. Once a heating system reaches a certain age it can be difficult for the system perform as needed; additionally, an aging system can be prone to excessive repair as components begin to breakdown. If your system is under 10 years old, it may be better to repair, but if it is approaching or is at its expected lifespan, you may want to consider replacement.

Energy Efficiency

Today’s heating systems are very energy efficient; in fact, many heaters have function at 95% efficiency or higher. Aging and/or malfunctioning systems can have a hard time operating at the energy efficiency they were made to operate at, and an older system may not have the energy efficiency of a new model. If your system is still relatively young, doing the needed repairs can increase the efficiency level, but if your system has some years on it, you may be losing important energy efficiency.

Many Repairs

Costly and/or numerous repairs are one of the most common reasons people look to replace their heating systems. This is because repairs can add up quickly, sometimes to the cost of a new heating system. If you have been nursing along a heating system for some time, your money may be better spent on a new, reliable system.

Work with a Specialist

If you are on the fence about whether or not to repair or replace your heating system, one of the best steps you can take is to work with a trained specialist. The certified technicians at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can help you with all your heating needs. Call us today and schedule your heating service in Los Angeles with our experts!

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

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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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