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What is wrong with my central heating system?

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What do I do if my heat isn’t working?  

In Southern California, central heating repair may not be as rare as the rest of the country thinks. Yes, even in Southern California, our homes and business need heat, maybe not as much as other states, but when isn’t working, we are on the phone with our central heating repair contractor.

It is never good when the temperature drops, and your central heating is not working! It never fails either that always seems to happen at night, on a holiday or weekend, when a service call is going to cost you three times as much. Before you make that call for central heating repair service, follow these steps and see if you can it working first: 

  1. Make sure the thermostat is on and set on heat.
  2. If your thermostat is programmable, check the schedule is for the right day/time.
  3. If the thermostat is battery-powered, change the batteries.
  4. Check the circuit breaker.
  5. Check the power switch is on inside or near the central heating unit. If it is off, turn it on and see if starts. 
  6. Push the reset button near the central heating unit motor. If no response, wait thirty minutes and push it again. 
  7. Turn the furnace power off at the main panel and check the fuse. If it is blown, replace it, turn the furnace back on. 

How do you diagnose central heating problems?     

When your central heating system isn’t working , it is too easy to panic and pick up the phone to call for central heating repair service. Whether your central heating is gas or electric, before you make that phone call,  try these trouble shooting tips first. Even if you can’t determine the problem, the central heating repair service company may be able to give you some advice to try before scheduling an appointment. 

  • The Power: Make sure you central heating system has power by checking the reset button. Then check the circuit breaker and make sure it hasn’t flipped. If there has been a power outage or power surge, it can turn an electric central heating system off. 
  • The Thermostat: Many central heating repair service calls are as simple as the thermostat is turned off, at the wrong setting, or the batteries need replacing. Save yourself a service call fee and troubleshoot the thermostat first by setting the temperature three to five degrees higher and see if the system turns on and is blowing heated air. If that doesn’t get your central heating repaired, go to the next step.
  • Circuit Breakers and Fuses: Make sure the circuit breaker in the electric panel is on.. If your electric panel has fuses, make sure the furnace fuse is good and replace it if needed. 
  • Dirty Furnace: If your electrical furnace is dirty, it hasn’t been working as efficiently as it should and that could be why it isn’t working now. Change or clean the filter and while the filter is out,  inside the panel where the filter is located, vacuum the excess dust off the components. Be sure to turn the furnace off before vacuuming. 
  • The Fan: The heater may be working, but the blower motor or fan may not be working right and distributing the warm air through the house. Check that the fan switch is on or in auto position at the thermostat and if the fan doesn’t turn on, you need call for central heating repair service. If your central heating is noisy lately, it could be the motor or the belt, which will need to be replaced by a qualified service technician. 
  • Still Not Heating: Once you have tried all the things listed here, you still aren’t getting heat, then try resetting your central heat unit. If still no heat, then you need professional central heating repair service. 

How do I reset my central heating system?

Locate which circuit breaker is for the HVAC system and flip it to off. Now wait thirty seconds off then flip to back on and check the thermostat setting is in the heat mode with proper temperature setting. Many times, a central heating repair service technician will follow these same steps when they are checking a system.

How do I know if my central heating thermostat is broken?

If you have a bad thermostat, it isn’t doing an efficient job even if it is still working, and that is costing you money each month!  If your thermostat is experiencing and of these problems, replace the thermostat or have a central heating repair company replace it for you: 

  • HVAC Doesn’t Turn On: This is the most obvious indication of a bad thermostat. If you can’t turn on the cooling or heating at the thermostat, it needs to be replaced.  
  • Thermostat Not Responding: When you change the temperature setting on your thermostat and it doesn’t respond right away and you hear clicking before the air or heat start, the thermostat needs to be replaced.  
  • Short Cycling HVAC: A short-cycling HVAC system is not being efficient or effective because it isn’t completely cooling or heating your home. This is a typical thermostat issue and should be replaced.  
  • Programmed Settings Lost: With a programmable thermostat, the setting should be set for a long time. If they keep disappearing and replacing the battery doesn’t help, it is time to replace the thermostat. 
inside furnace system

What causes central heat to stop working?

 There could be any number of reason why your central heat has stopped working. Here are the most common reasons: 

  • No warm air after setting the thermostat system to the desired setting could be a tripped circuit breaker or an issue with the electrical wiring. Check the breaker if that isn’t the issue, then you’ll need to schedule professional central heating repair service. 
  • Air Isn’t getting to the desired temperature  but it is circulating, there could be leaks in the duct work. You can check this out yourself in the attic or call for air duct service.  
  • The temperature is fluctuating with uneven temperatures, or one room cold while the others are comfortable. This is often an thermostat issue, but it could be air duct issue.  
  • Blocked or dirt air filter will keep the heat or air conditioning from working as efficient as they should in delivering the cool or warm air desired throughout the house.
  • Gas pilot light won’t ignite will keep the central heat from working if you have a gas system. Turn the HVAC system off completely for 5 minutes then turn it back on. If the pilot light doesn’t start up, call for professional central heating service. 

Once a professional has come out and inspected the furnace, they may recommend it is time for a new central heating installation. Don’t feel you need to take what they are offering, call for other estimates and shop for a new system. Remember the lower the price could be the lower the quality and service. However, highest price doesn’t mean you’re getting the best deal either. Call (951) 336-1541 today for your heating system repair in Riverside, CA.

How Often Should You Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced?

An HVAC Technician Test AC Coils.

How often should you have your air conditioner serviced?

It’s February. Do you know what that means? Warmer weather is ahead and it won’t be long before you’re switching from your heater to your air conditioner. Before you make the switch, you want to make sure you air conditioner is cooling efficiently and all the parts are in good working order so you won’t have to worry about it breaking down when you need it most. Regular maintenance that includes cleaning and inspection and service, should be done at least once per year, and as spring approaches, it’s a good time to get your air conditioner professionally checked. If Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. installed your air conditioner in Riverside, CA, you probably set up an air conditioner maintenance plan. Now is as good a time as ever to look into getting your AC serviced. If you don’t have a plan with us, you can still schedule maintenance with us by calling (951) 336-1541.

What maintenance does an air conditioner need?

One of the most essential things you can do when it comes to air conditioner maintenance is to change or clean your filters regularly. The filter should be changed out frequently—every one or two months—during the hottest part of the year when the AC is being used the most. You might want to change it more frequently if you use your AC more often or if you have furry pets. Regularly changing or cleaning the filter can lower energy use by 5% to 15%.

Aside from changing your filter regularly, yearly maintenance from a professional should include the following :

  • Air conditioner maintenance checklist
  • Checking thermostat settings
  • Tightening up all electrical connections
  • Lubricating moving parts
  • Checking and clearing the condensate drain line
  • Checking system controls
  • Inspecting the filter and cleaning or changing it, if needed
  • Repairing refrigerant leaks and recharging the refrigerant, if needed

How do I service my air conditioner?

While professional air conditioner maintenance is recommended at least once per year, there are a few things you can do to make sure it’s keeping you cool throughout the summer months. Changing or cleaning the filter is essential to the health of your system, but you can also follow these steps for some DIY maintenance:

  • Clean dust from the condenser fan with a brush.
  • Clean debris from the condenser coils and fins with a garden hose. You can also straighten any bent condenser fins with a fin comb.
  • Check connections on the thermostat, fuses, and breakers to make sure they are in place and tight.

Before performing any maintenance yourself, you need to shut off the air conditioner’s power.

What happens if AC is not serviced?

Not getting regular air conditioner maintenance will shorten its life and lead you to more costly repairs when repairs are needed. Even not changing out the filter regularly will affect the airflow in the system, slowing it down, which causes the system to use more energy and puts more strain on your components. The parts are also going to wear out faster without proper lubrication. The wear and tear will begin to add up in more repairs and more energy wasted. All this leads to fewer dollars in your pocketbook and less comfort in your home.

Air conditioner maintenance schedule

A regular maintenance schedule will keep your air conditioner performing at peak levels when you need it most. Get the service done before the air conditioner is in regular use at the hottest part of the year. Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. recommends putting us on the maintenance schedule sometime in the spring. To ensure your whole HVAC system is working efficiently year-round, you should also get your furnace serviced in the fall before really cold weather sets in.

Air conditioner maintenance kit

Keeping your air conditioner clean is an important aspect of air conditioner maintenance. You can buy various kits on the market today with materials like special cleansers and brushes to clean your unit. Many contain fin brushes. These tools are useful to keep your condenser fins clean and to straighten the fins out when they are bent.

How often should AC coils be cleaned?

Air conditioner coil cleaning should be a part of your yearly air conditioner maintenance plan. The dirtier the condenser and evaporator coils are the more energy they use. Energy usage can be increased by 30%. Dirty condenser coils will also reduce your AC’s overall cooling performance and lead to problems like the evaporator coils freezing or the compressor overheating.

While a yearly professional cleaning is useful—and necessary for the evaporator coils, which are hard to get to—you should check your condenser coils periodically. Debris can accumulate on them fairly quickly, so you should occasionally use a garden hose to rinse the debris away.

A Technician Maintains an Air Conditioner.

Air conditioner maintenance near me

Make sure your air conditioner is always performing at peak levels with regular air conditioner maintenance in Riverside, CA. Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers several plans to its customers. Find out more about our plans by calling (951) 336-1541.

How long do gas furnaces last?

cleaning gas furnace

Heating your home

There are different ways to heat a home, which way you choose can be dependent on what energy source is available. You may have central heat which can be powered by electricity or gas, space heaters, which can be powered by electricity or gas too, and boilers. In this piece today, we’re going to discuss gas furnace heating. 

A frequent question from common fear by the unknown is, “Can a furnace explode?” and the answer is yes, but not likely if the gas furnace is maintained.  Although a gas furnace does have possibilities of catching on fire or exploding, it is unlikely. When any possible danger is present, the furnace usually shuts off. With a regular maintenance routine by the homeowner and annual inspections, the chances of a gas furnace fire or explosion are further reduced. 

Do gas furnaces need to be cleaned?

When you have a gas furnace, gas furnace cleaning is number one thing in maintenance to assure the safety of having a gas furnace. The basic rule-of-thumb is to change or clean the filter monthly and have your gas furnace professional cleaned and inspected once a year, just before winter arrives.  

As a homeowner, you should invest an hour or two yourself with basic gas furnace cleaning as well. Along with the annual professional gas furnace cleaning and inspection, you can avoid those emergency repairs and keep your furnace in peak operating condition. To do a basic gas furnace cleaning, follow these steps: 

  1. Turn the electricity off at the breaker box and the gas off at the valve with a one-fourth turn. 
  2. Clean the exterior surface with damp rag then remove the access door by and the burner cover. Using your household vacuum or a shop vac, carefully vacuum the burners, the furnace base, and inside the blower door compartment. If you notice any soot, schedule a professional gas furnace service call. 
  3. Using a socket and ratchet, you can remove the blower by unscrewing the control panel and removing the blower motor gently. Then carefully clean the blower, caution not to disturb the counterweights on the fan blades or the electrical wiring.  
  4. Clean the pilot or igniter by blowing through a drinking straw. 
  5. Lightly clean the flame sensor with a fine emery cloth then slide it back. 
  6. Inspect the drive belt for any cracks or fraying, replace the belt if needed. 
  7. Remove the oil caps and clean, then lubricate the blower motor and shaft bearings with two to three drops of lubricating oil, be careful not to over lubricate.
  8. Clean or replace the air filter.
  9. Turn the electricity and gas back on and activate the burners by turning the thermostat on. If the flames are blue and even, all is good. If there are yellow flames, the burners are dirty and will need professional cleaning.  

How often should you replace your furnace?

Expect to replace your gas furnace every 15 years if you have maintained it each month by cleaning or replacing the filter and scheduled annual professional cleaning and inspections. After the 12th year, your gas furnace technician may recommend twice a year inspections to get the most gas furnace efficiency possible. Some gas furnace may last up to twenty years.

How do you know if your furnace is dying?

All household appliances will begin to be replaced at some point as they become inefficient and need frequent repairs.  The indications that can tell you a new gas furnace is needed are: 

  • The Furnace Age: When a furnace has reached a 10 year mark, it will likely begin needing frequent repairs. By the 12th year, unless proper maintenance by the homeowner and regular professional appointments are kept, it likely won’t last much longer.
  • Several Major Repairs: When your gas furnace requires  continuous repairs, consider the cost of the repairs versus the cost of a new system that will come with a warranty. 
  • The Flames are Yellow: With a natural gas furnace, you should have crisp, even blue flames. If there are yellow flames, the gas furnace needs cleaning or has a gas leak. Both of these require professional gas furnace service. 
  • Energy Bills Increased: When a gas furnace begins being inefficient in heating the house and the gas bill is going up, it is time to have a professional contractor inspect the unit. 

Is a loud furnace dangerous?

It could be and it isn’t worth the risk to ignore it as “just noisy”.  Any loud or weird sounds from a gas furnace should be checked out by a professional. Turning off the gas until it is checked by a professional is recommended, with those noises including any of the following: 

Bang or Boom: This could be a gas build-up in the furnace system and should not be ignored. The heat exchanger could crack or dirty burners and that becomes an even more dangerous situation. Call professional gas furnace technician for an inspection and cleaning. 

Bangs and booms can also because by ducts contracting and expanding.  the burners as part of the tune-up. If is the ducts, your gas furnace technician may be able to adjust things to minimize that as well.  Sometimes, a dirty air filter can cause noises in a gas furnace, so check that too. 

Metal to Metal:  Loud clanking or scraping sounds are possible indication of the blower wheel. Turn the gas furnace off and call for professional gas furnace service. Some possible issues 

  • The blower fan came loose and is hitting the house casing. 
  • The blower fan is broken.
  • If the part that holds the blower and motor assembly has broken.

Rattling: When a gas furnace has rattling sounds, it may be a panel has loosened or a screw is loose. You may be able to tighten these yourself without having to make a service call. 

Rumbling: A rumbling sound is normally an indication the gas furnace has not been maintained and is dirty and the pilot light needs adjusting. 

High-Pitched Screeching or Squealing:  Call your professional gas furnace technician for an inspection. This is typically one of the following: 

  • Blower or motor belt
  • Shaft bearings 
  • Malfunctioning blower motor
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When a gas furnace smells like burning, what does that mean?

This is normal when the gas furnace has been off all through spring and summer because the unit has collected dust. For the first hour or so, the dirt and dust accumulated are burning off the furnace, creating that burning smell. 

No matter how you heat your home, central HVAC, a gas furnace or boiler, maintenance is key in having a good operating heating system. Taking care of the unit during the winter and then have it checked before winter arrives will minimize, even eliminate the possibility of emergency service calls. Call (951) 336-1541 today!

How do I fix my central heater?

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Getting ready for winter

Even in Southern California, as a homeowner, you should be getting ready for winter, including central heating installation, maintenance, and repair. Whether you are doing it yourself or having an annual central heating repair service out for cleaning and inspection, the last thing you want to find out is the central heat isn’t working. 

With the time of year it is, starting the last quarter of the year, you don’t have much time to get your central heating repaired or replaced, but you still have questions. Like, Why won’t central heating come on? And What to do when heater is not working? 

What you need to do right now, or what the central heat repair technician will do, is perform troubleshooting, start with simple things, and go from there. The goal is to isolate and identify problems, hopefully the less expensive (if any cost) and fix them. With a little patience and time, you could save yourself from having to buy a new central heat unit right now. So, let’s get started with this check list: 

The Thermostat

Check the thermostat is on and at the proper setting for heat. If the thermostat turns on, is on heat setting, and turns on, you’re good to go. If the heater doesn’t come on, check the batteries in the thermostat, replace them, and try to turn the heater on. If that doesn’t work, check the circuit breaker and if it is in the off position, flip it on and try turning the heater on again. If it flips back off, then you need to all a professional central heating repair service or electrician. 

The Air Filters

Check the air filter and if it hasn’t been changed or cleaned in the last 30 days or more, do that now. A clogged and dirty air filter will keep the air from pulling through the system and heating up as it should. This could also cause the breaker to flip off because it is pulling too much power. Make it a routine to replace or clean the air filter every 30 days to get the most efficiency of your central heat unit. 

Check the Igniter or Pilot Light

If your central heat is gas or propane, check the pilot light. If it isn’t on, relight it, verify the thermostat is on and at heat setting, then try to turn on the heater. If the heat doesn’t turn on, turn the gas valve off, wait 5 minutes, relight the pilot and try again. If still no heat, it is probably the igniter, which you could replace yourself or call a professional for central heating repair service. 

Other Conditions and Considerations

Made sure all the registers are open and the air flow is good. When the registers are closed, it can hinder the central heat system’s ability to deliver the heated air. A professional central heating repair service will include checking the belts, blower motors and other parts that you don’t have easy access. This is one of the benefits of having a maintenance contract with a professional central heating repair and installation company. 

How do I reset my central heating system

So, the central heating isn’t working and troubleshooting in the manual suggest resetting the thermostat first. Then it leaves you there, not explaining how to do that, right?  Every brand and every model may have different instructions, but the following steps are the basics to try before you make that central heating repair service call: 

  • Flip the Batteries
    Take the batteries out, install them backwards and wait 5 seconds. Now take them out reinstall the properly. Test the thermostat now. .
  • Punch it With a Paper Clip
    Most thermostats have a tiny recessed reset button. Straighten out a paper clip and stick it in that recessed button, hold for five seconds, release, and test the thermostat. 
  • Circuit Breaker
    If those two methods didn’t work, turn the thermostat to ‘off and find the breaker box, flip the breaker for the HVAC system to off and wait 30 seconds. Then flip the breaker back on and then turn the thermostat to ‘on’ and see if it is working now. If not, time to call and schedule a central heating repair appointment. 

Can a power cut affect central heating?

Yes, if you have electric or gas central heating, a cut in electrical power will disrupt your central heating. Repair or other issues need to be resolved to get the electrical power back on before you can use the central heat. Even with a gas powered central heat unit, it needs electricity to ignite the pilot light. 

Why is my ducted heating not working?

Try the following before you make that ducted central heating repair service call request: 

  • Flip the power switch from on to off and back on. Test the unit
  • Check the circuit breaker, if tripped, flip it back on. Test the unit
  • If ducted heat is on gas supply, check that the pilot light is lit and on 
  • Check the thermostat batteries and make sure the manual mode is enabled
  • Make sure no less than seven outlets are opened fully
  • Clean or change the return air filter

If none of these steps fixed the unit, call for a ducted central heating repair service with a professional technician. 

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What Can You Do About A Central Heating Hole Repair?! 

Fixing small cracks, leaks, and pinholes in your central heating radiator can be tricky, but with the right sealant and a little patience, once you locate that pinhole, it is easy to do. One product that professionals recommend is Miracle Seal, but you can use any premium quality, professional grade sealant product that is designed for domestic, commercial, and industrial radiators and central heating systems.

Step One: Find the leak source

You’ll probably need to dry the radiator surface so that you can see water coming out of the pinhole. Check the main body, panels, valve, pipes, and valve nuts. 

Step Two: Seal the leak 

Now that you have found the leak source, follow the directions on the sealant you purchase and follow it step by step. 

Step Three: Allow Sealant to Dry and you’re done! 

If you don’t have a central heating repair service already, you can find one with an internet search for central heating servicing near me. Call two or three and get pricing, ask what their charges for central heating repair cover, the warranty period of that work. Inquire about a maintenance plan for your system. If it isn’t too old, it could be worth the money to have that peace of mind knowing you have professional coverage. Call (951) 336-1541 today for central heater repair in Riverside, CA.

What Causes a Gas Furnace to Stop Working?

A Technician Checks a Gas Furnace.

What causes a gas furnace to stop working?

When the first cold front moves in and you switch on the heater, the last thing you expect is for cool air to blow out. If you have a gas furnace and you’re getting cold air or no heat at all, there are several possible problems that could be causing a malfunction. Whatever the problem turns out to be, when you want fast, effective gas furnace repair in Riverside, CA, you’ll receive top-notch service from Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. Call us today at (951) 336-1541 when you need repairs. 

If your gas furnace stops working, the first thing to check is the thermostat, especially if you’re turning the heat on for the first time. Surprisingly, some people just forget to switch the thermostat from “cold” to “heat” and think there’s a problem. After you make sure the heat is on and the furnace is still not working, you’ll also want to check your filter. A dirty or clogged filter can actually prevent airflow and keep your furnace from working. 

Other problems may include:

  • Faulty pilot light or hot surface igniter: The igniter might need repair or your pilot light could be clogged. 
  • A malfunctioning thermostat: This could mean faulty wiring or a bad battery. 
  • A broken blower: The blower is not directing air to the heat exchanger.
  • Strange noises: If your furnace is squeaking, rumbling, rattling, it needs to be repaired.

How do you troubleshoot a gas furnace?

If you are unsure what to do if furnace stops working, here are some tips to troubleshoot it that might save you in expensivge gas furnace repair.

  • Check the thermostat’s wiring. If there is a break, the line can be spliced together and wrapped with electrical tape.
  • Check the thermostat’s battery: A dead battery will cause the thermostat to revert to default settings.
  • Check the front panel that covers the blower motor. If it’s not securely fastened, the furnace will not come on. 
  • Change out or clean your air filters. Dirt and dust prevent proper airflow. This can cause the heat exchanger to overheat and shut off. Your home will then not heat properly.
  • Make sure the gas is turned on.  The pipe next to the meter should have a handle on it that needs to be parallel to the pipe to indicate the gas is on.
  • Flush the drain line to clear it of sediment or any mold growth. Use a mixture of bleach and water to flush the line.

How to repair furnace gas valve

The gas valve on your furnace regulates the pressure in the lines and ensures enough gas gets to your furnace to make it work properly. To repair a gas valve, you first must find the right size valve that matches the one on your furnace. With any gas furnace repair, you always have to turn the gas off to ensure everyone’s safety and avoid causing a gas leak. Use a wrench to gently remove the old valve, and then fit the new valve in its place. Once the new valve is attached, you have to make sure it’s fitted in securely, otherwise, a leak could occur. After you’ve secured the valve, turn the gas back on to make sure it’s working properly and to restore the pressure in the gas line.

Furnace gas leak repair

A faulty gas valve is often the cause of furnace gas leaks. You’ll normally be able to detect a gas leak because you’ll smell gas. Once you’ve determined you have a gas leak, it’s recommended that you not try to repair the leak yourself. Leave the repair to qualified professionals like those at Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. You’ll want to get out of the house as quickly as possible after opening your doors and windows, and then call the gas company to report the leak. Stay out of the home until the gas leak is repaired.

Does a gas furnace have a reset button?

Gas furnaces have a reset button on them as a safety feature. The reset button may need to be switched on following a gas furnace repair. The furnace also might have to be reset if it’s shut down when the blower’s become too hot and the relay switch has shut it down to avoid tripping the circuit breaker. The reset button is located in the blower motor compartment. It’s usually a red or yellow button on the side of the blower motor or at the back of the motor housing.

How many years does a gas furnace last?

Gas furnaces typically last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. Of course, just because a furnace has reached this age doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced immediately. If you’ve kept it maintained, it might last longer. Have an HVAC professional come out and inspect the furnace to see if it has any major issues. The professional will be able to assess when the furnace needs to be replaced.

Gas furnace repair or replacement

Although gas furnaces can last 15 years or more, you don’t necessarily have to replace it because it’s old, even if it needs a few repairs. If your repairs start to cost you more than a new unit would, then it’s best to replace your old system. Likewise, if there are any safety issues or concerns, replacement is the best option.

A Gas Furnace Gets Repaired.

Gas furnace repair near me

If your furnace has stopped heating and you need reliable gas furnace repair in Riverside, CA, you can always count on the trusted professionals at Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. We offer a wide range of highly affordable repair options. Give us a call today at (951) 336-1541 to find out more.

What is Considered an Air Conditioning Emergency?

A Technician Checks an Air Conditioner.

What is considered an air conditioning emergency?

You come home and switch your air conditioner on but nothing happens. Is no AC an emergency? Is it time to call an HVAC professional for emergency air conditioner repair? When your AC won’t kick on or is blowing warm air you might have an emergency on your hands, especially when the temperatures are scorching outside. Other reasons you’ll want to get a technician out as soon as possible include a burning odor or strange sounds coming from the unit.

Burning odors often indicate an electrical issue or an actual component has overheated and may actually be burning. In that case, switch the unit off and get an HVAC professional out fast. Unusual noises could have a variety of causes from loose fan belts to a damaged component like a compressor. A noisy compressor is especially hazardous. It means the compressor is working at high pressure. Also, anytime outside temperatures are excessively hot and you have seniors or young children in the house, you definitely have an emergency situation on your hands. Whenever you are in need of emergency air conditioner repair in Riverside, CA, turn to the experienced professionals at Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We act promptly on your emergency calls. If you have an emergency situation, give us a call at (951) 336-1541.

How do you tell if your AC is broken?

Several issues can alert you that your air conditioner is broken. Among the most common issues include:

  • Hot air is blowing: This could indicate you need a refrigerant recharge or your compressor is malfunctioning.
  • Leaks or moisture around the system: Leaks or moisture build-up could mean anything from a blocked drain tube to a refrigerant leak.
  • Strange noises: Loud noises like grinding or squealing are not normal for your AC, and could mean anything from loose belts to a malfunctioning compressor.
  • Unusual odors: Any pungent odor, particularly a burning odor, could indicate that the AC has an electrical problem or that a component is overheating. A musty smell could indicate mold or mildew.
  • High humidity levels in the house: The AC is supposed to manage humidity levels in the home. If it seems humid or moisture is building up around windows, your AC is not working well.

Any of these problems could require an emergency air conditioner repair, especially if you have young children or seniors in the home whose health could be seriously affected by extreme temperatures.

How long do AC units last?

With regular maintenance, most air conditioners last about 12 to 20 years, although many HVAC professionals recommend that the system be replaced after about 15 years. The older an air conditioner gets, the less energy efficient it becomes, as components age and wear and take more energy to operate. Maintenance and climate may also affect the unit’s lifespan. The salt-air in coastal regions, for instance, can lower the unit’s lifespan by several years.

How do I fix my heat and air conditioner?

In busy seasons like the summer, you might have to wait a while for emergency air conditioner repair. There are a few things you can check yourself before calling a repair technician. The first thing to do is open all your registers and check your filter. If it’s dirty, you need to change it or clean it. Dirty filters can actually prevent the unit from turning on. 

Once the filter is changed or cleaned, you can go outside and check the evaporator coil. Reduced airflow may have caused the coil to ice up. If this is the case, to de-ice the coil, go inside, switch the thermostat off and switch the fan from Auto to On. Allow the blower to run for about half an hour, then test the AC by turning it back on. If the AC runs normally for about 12 hours, the problem should be fixed.  

You also want to make sure the condenser coils are clean. You’ll need to switch off the power to the unit by flipping the air conditioning and furnace breakers off and switching off the power switch at the furnace or air handler. You’ll then open the unit’s electrical box and pull out the disconnect box. Wash the coils, spraying away dirt and debris with a garden hose. Finish up by rinsing the coils and flushing out any remaining debris.

How to repair AC remote control

If you have a remote control for your air conditioner that stops working, the fixes are usually simple and do not require emergency air conditioner repair. Check the batteries first, and replace them if they are not working. Check to see if the infrared receiver is working. If the receiver isn’t working, you’ll need to replace the main control board. You can test the receiver with an infrared sensor card.

Can you claim AC repair on taxes?

Repairing or replacing your air conditioner is considered a home improvement under current tax laws and cannot be deducted. If you are planning to sell your house in the future, you still want to keep track of the expenses, as they may reduce your taxes when you sell the house.  

Emergency AC replacement

Sometimes an emergency air conditioner repair might not be enough to get your AC running again. The unit may need to be replaced. In most cases, any HVAC professional that provides emergency repairs will also be able to replace the unit in an emergency situation.

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Emergency air conditioner repair near me

If your air conditioner isn’t running at all or is making weird noises or smells funny, you might need repairs fast. For fast, effective emergency air conditioner repair in Riverside, CA, turn to the professionals at Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. You can reach us quickly by calling (951) 336-1541.

How often do you need to replace your air conditioner?

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Keeping your home cool

No matter what part of the country you’re in, when the dead of summer arrives, you need your air conditioner to work.  Especially in the southern part of California, when July comes dragging in across the desert, you don’t want to be thinking about an air conditioner replacement. You want to turn it on, and cold air blows out. So, is that too much to ask of an air conditioner?

Not if you take care of it with proper maintenance. What does proper maintenance mean? The main thing you should do as a homeowner that will give you the longest lifespan from your air conditioner, replacement filters, or cleaning them if you have permanent filters, every 30 days, year-round. Another step you can do is clean the air ducts and vents, air conditioner replacement vents as needed, and have an annual professional inspection of the entire system.

Yes, this may cost a bit of your time and some money, like having a professional inspection done, it is cheaper than paying for an air conditioner replacement. Even if the professional air conditioning technician finds that air conditioner replacement parts are needed to improve your system functioning, it is cheaper than buying a new air conditioner replacement in the middle of the summer.

Can I replace my own air conditioner?

You can, but there are advantages to having it professionally installed. Yes, most HVAC companies work with certain air conditioner brands and will recommend those based on factors of your home and usage. When you install your own air conditioner, you have a variety of which brand to choose.

Hiring a professional to install your air conditioner replacement, you’ll have a warranty to work done. If there are any issues with the replacement, they’re responsible for repairing or replacing. Another benefit of having a professional air conditioning technician install your new system is the refrigerant.  To purchase this material and install it, you must be a licensed technician.

How many years should an air conditioner last?

Unfortunately, there isn’t any definitive answer to that question. As you’re shopping for an air conditioner replacement and having sticker shock, you’d probably like to know that it will outlive you. Still, realistically, the life expectancy of this vital home component can vary from unit to unit and home to home.

The quality of the air conditioner you choose will make a big difference in its lifespan, along with the quality of the installation job. How well you do at maintenance and upkeep will be a big part of how long it lasts.  If a significant issue happens, is the cost worthy of the air conditioner it fixes it or is an air conditioner replacement the better choice?

It will depend on the age of the unit and what is wrong. How do you know if an air conditioner replacement is the better option than repairing the unit? Here are some indications that a replacement is your only choice:

  1. Constant Repair Technician Calls: If you have to call a repair technician constantly, your air conditioning unit is probably costing you more than a new air conditioner replacement would. A general rule to determine this: if the repair costs have reached half the cost of an air conditioner replacement, get the new one.
  2. The House Is Evenly Cooled: If one room feels cooler than the other rooms or the rooms, all have a different temperature, and your current air conditioner is probably small for your house. If your home feels humid even with the air conditioner on, it is time to get an air conditioner replacement unit.
  3. Unusual Odors: An air conditioner should never emit a questionable or strange odor. If that odor is moldy or musty, make that repair call for a professional technician, but be prepared for the news: time to buy that air conditioner replacement.  If you’re lucky, cleaning the drip pan and few adjustments may fix the unit, but don’t be surprised if the technician tells you the unit isn’t worthy of repair.
  4. Unusual Noises: Are you hearing banging, grinding, rattling, or squealing sounds coming from your air conditioner system?  This could be a simple blockage from debris and dust, so do general cleaning and replace the filter. However, if you still hear these noises after that, it could be the compressor or motor that is going out, and if it is 15 years old or older, then it is time for an air conditioner replacement unit.
  5. Escalating Energy Bills: A large part of our energy bill during the summer goes to cool our homes, it’s just a given, especially in southern parts of the country. However, if you are noticing extremely high energy bills, it could be your air conditioning unit isn’t cooling efficiently, a common issue for units that are 15 years or older. At this point, you need to consider the cost of repairs you’ve paid and the cost of your energy bills: Will an air conditioner replacement unit.  
  6. Requires R-22 Refrigerant: If your air conditioner requires R-22 refrigerant, it is at least ten years old, probably older. R-22 contains environmentally dangerous ozone-depleting agents that have been made illegal by the Environmental Protection Agency. If your unit needs a charge, the repair technician will advise you of this, and your only option is to purchase an air conditioner replacement.
  7. Your Home Is Dustier: Dust builds up in an air conditioner and blows it through your home’s duct vents.  You should have the duct system inspected and cleaned, but if the system is old, ten years or older, an air conditioner replacement may be in order.
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How long should your AC run a day?

In mild temperatures and a perfect situation, your air conditioner should not run more than twenty minutes at one time. If it is running less than twenty minutes, there is a good chance your air conditioner could be too big for your home.  Keep in mind, the lower the setting on your thermostat in the summer, the longer the unit has to run to reach and maintain that temperature. You can help your energy bills by adjusting the thermostat by two to three degrees. If the temperature setting isn’t keeping your home comfortable, consider buying an air conditioner replacement.

Is it bad for AC to run constantly? Yes! It is also an indication that the system you have is too small and is struggling to cool and keep your home cool.  How is a constant running air conditioner system bad? The pressure in the evaporator will freeze over, and the liquid refrigerant will flood into the compressor, damaging it and possibly the entire air conditioning system. When you need air conditioner replacement in Riverside, CA, call (951) 336-1541 today!

How to Perform AC Maintenance

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Learn More About AC Maintenance

The systems of your property will require maintenance and upkeep periodically in order to function properly and for a long time. When it comes to your HVAC system, AC maintenance will allow for better airflow and steady cool airflow during the changing seasons. The parts of your AC system are connected to one another and will often be affected if one area is undergoing neglect and clean conditions. In order to address all parts of the unit having a professional technician look at your unit is recommended. Get in touch with your local HVAC company to learn more about your options for AC maintenance, until then here is some general information that may prove useful.

What is AC maintenance?

AC maintenance involves clean up and upkeep for different parts of an AC unit in order to function effectively and efficiently as the years pass. By neglecting the duties of maintaining the coils, filter, fins, etc of an AC unit the performance will steadily decline while the energy use raises.

What happens if AC is not serviced?

If your AC is not routinely taken care of than the functions will decrease as they will fight to work through unclean or blocked parts. With filters, for example, you won’t be able to send cool air through the room as easily since airflow is blocked. This will have your AC use more energy to maintain room temperatures and therefore heighten energy bills.

How often should you have your air conditioner serviced?

Make sure to have your AC serviced at least once a year along with the heating system. Springtime is usually the season that’s recommended yet check on it as part of your routine housekeeping in case it needs to be taken care of sooner.

Are AC maintenance plans worth it?

AC maintenance plans may be worth it for systems that aren’t as new and may not require so many services. As such, they may cost a hundred or so dollars depending on the number of services offered with an AC maintenance plan. 

What does AC maintenance include?

Typically AC maintenance should include a few factors like checking the blower, coils, motor, drain lines, refrigerant levels, connections, return and supply lines, and operating temperatures and pressures.

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How do I take care of my air conditioner?

  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Change the air filter once a month
  • Keep coils clean
  • Check the fins
  • Inspect condensate drain
  • Schedule AC maintenance

Is it OK to spray water on your air conditioner?

If you’re looking to instill a small amount of an AC maintenance improvement to your system you may be able to spray water on the condenser in order to promote cool evaporation on the device. This will reduce energy consumption as it won’t overheat. Essentially the AC will work by taking the hot air that’s present inside the house and moves it outside.

How long does an AC tune up take?

An AC tune-up when getting AC maintenance will take up to an hour depending on the configuration of the system. If more refrigerant is needed than expect an added amount of time to be allotted from 30-45 minutes.

How do I increase AC airflow?

AC maintenance duties should be performed in order to remedy the trouble of airflow. The first place you’ll want to check is your vents and registers to see if perhaps they are actually halfway open or closed. Make sure to angle the vents towards the ceiling so that air can bounce and hit more angles of the room. An area of concern could be items in the air duct or dirty filters which can impede the progression of air transference. Another thing to consider would be cleaning the ducts or updating them if they are on the older side.

Why is my AC blowing weak?

If there is weak airflow your coils may be dirty. The evaporator coil will need air to blow over it in order to continue the progression of the AC system. A dirty coil can be the result of a dirty air filter that is causing clogged dust and dirt to travel to other areas of the system. 

Contact Your Local HVAC Company

It’s important to realize that one part of your AC system being compromised can, in turn, affect other areas of the AC. That’s why getting AC maintenance from a professional is recommended in order for the whole system to be addressed and taken care of at once. Your comfort in having cool air with efficient airflow is a necessity. In order for your AC to work for a long time without wasting energy make sure to have your AC maintenance scheduled annually. Your local HVAC company will be more than able to help with their knowledge and expertise on a variety of systems. Rely on your local HVAC company for AC maintenance today.

If you require assistance with AC maintenance in Riverside, CA call (951) 336-1541 with Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.!

3 Ways HVAC SEO Works for Local Contractors in 2023

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At Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, we utilize SEO to help us reach new customers online. With the help of an agency, HVAC Webmasters, we produce high-quality content optimized for Google search. This way, we can showcase services to nearby customers looking for AC repair or other HVAC-related tasks.

SEO is important. Don’t believe us? Then consider the following statistic: more than half of professional marketers state that SEO and online presence are their top priorities for their clients. So, if the pros are placing utmost emphasis on SEO as their digital marketing strategy, shouldn’t you be too?

Granted, you probably aren’t a marketer by trade. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also be placing a high emphasis on HVAC SEO as a contractor. SEO can be confusing in the following post; we will break down HVAC SEO to brass tacks. Here are the ways that HVAC SEO is the key to success for your business. 

1) Reach a Local Audience

Please make no mistake about it; HVAC contracting is a very local business. You are going to want to reach the people in your area and earn their business. Local HVAC SEO makes you more visible to the local market. 

Here’s another stat to chew on: 46% of Google searches are local intent searches. So what are local intent searches? They are searches that include a specific city, zip code, neighborhood name, or the “near me” tag at the end. An example of a local intent search would be, “HVAC contractors near me.”

Nearly half the people searching on Google are looking for businesses and services in their area. Such a demand presents you with a golden opportunity to reach the same market you are targeting. Local SEO helps you rank on Google Maps, which shows up most of the time people perform a local intent search. Using region-specific keywords, having a presence on local business listings, and registering your business on Google My Business are all great ways to get started with local HVAC SEO. 

2) Increase Authority

SEO is all about getting your business to rank as high as possible on searches, but why is ranking high important? It’s important because, for better or worse, people perceive the top-ranked search result as the most reliable. 

If your website is hovering near the bottom of the search page or, worse, the dreaded 2nd page, people may perceive your business as unreliable or unprofessional. Of course, some of the best HVAC contractors probably still rank pretty low on search pages, but that’s because they do not emphasize SEO. 

The fact is that you need to do excellent HVAC work and have a strong SEO campaign in place for more new customers to be willing to take a chance on your services. In addition, strong SEO helps build online authority.

3) Generates Future Leads

Not everyone who visits your site reads your blog or sees your social media posts will be ready to pay for your HVAC services. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to have interacted with your brand. 

SEO helps generate leads now and in the future by providing value to people who are ready to buy and people who will be prepared to invest in the future. Content marketing is an offshoot of SEO, but it’s growing in importance. It helps your company generate leads by providing potential customers with something of value to be more likely to remember and trust your company when they need HVAC work.

Of course, doing excellent HVAC work is where it all starts. If you are looking for AC services you can depend on, we want to be there for you. So give us a call and let us tell you how we can improve your HVAC system.

How Can I Improve Indoor Air Quality?

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How Can I Improve Indoor Air Quality?

There are no two ways about it; indoor air quality and health are inexorably linked. There have even been studies conducted that suggest that indoor air quality and productivity are related as well. But knowing that health and indoor air quality go hand in hand is only half the battle. The question remains – what can you do to improve the quality of your indoor air? That is the question we will be tackling today as well as a slew of related questions. Here at Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., it is our goal to help you and your family live a comfortable and healthy life – at least in your home. We offer a number of indoor air quality services that take into account all the factors that play a part in your indoor air quality. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, asthma, dry throat or any other kind of sinus issues, you may be at an elevated risk of inflammation and irritation caused by poor indoor air quality. If you feel that your indoor air quality is compromised, call an expert HVAC company for an evaluation and estimate as soon as you can.

What are the Symptoms of Bad Air Quality in the Home?

The first and most important step in making your home a healthier place to breathe is knowing the symptoms of compromised indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is affected by a number of factors including humidity, ventilation, temperature fluctuations, pets, microbes, the influx of polluted outdoor air and particulate matter that is sourced from inside the home (dead skin, hair, dust mites, etc.). All of these factors and more can cause a number of symptoms. If your indoor air is in fact significantly contaminated, you may experience dry throat, trouble breathing, nausea, fatigue, frequent headaches, coughing, sneezing, dry eyes, watery eyes, itchy eyes and more. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in the home but not so much elsewhere, chances are your indoor air quality is poor. The presence of mold in your house will also adversely affect the quality of your indoor air which leads us to the next question.

How do you tell if there are Mold Spores in the Air?

If mold is growing in or around your house, it could be a serious problem. Mold growth emits dangerous spores in the air that can affect your health and destroy your home. The most common sign that there is mold in your home is an inexplicable damp or musty smell. If you have experienced a spike in allergic symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and irritated eyes, these may also be signs that you have mold spores floating around in your indoor air. Indoor air quality and mold testing should also go hand in hand. If you suspect mold in your home, you need to hire a professional to test your home and handle any HVAC or purification repairs needed.

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What to do Next

If you have read up to this point and are concerned about your indoor air quality, you may be pondering your next move. Questions like ‘do candles purify the air?’ and ‘what can I do to improve my indoor air quality myself?’ may be racing through your mind. But don’t worry, these are good questions to ask and we will do our best to answer the most burning ones here for you.

How do you Test Indoor Air Quality?

There are many ways you can learn about indoor air quality in your home. First, you can purchase an indoor air monitor or an air purifier that comes with a built-in air quality monitoring system. You can also check your home regularly for signs of mold: discolored drywall, sunken ceilings, musty smells, etc. But the most effective way to find out what your indoor air is like is to hire a professional to test it.

Do Candles Purify the Air?

By and large, no. Your average scented candles will not actually purify the air – in fact, they can do more to pollute it. The only types of candles that can help clean your indoor air are beeswax candles because they emit negative ions that bind to airborne toxins and neutralize them.

What do you do When Air Quality is Unhealthy?

There are many steps you can take to improve the quality of your indoor air. For instance, moving your houseplants outdoors may immediately help clean your indoor air since plants can attract moisture and mold. Investing in an air filter for your HVAC unit is an effective way of limiting contaminants as small as 0.03 microns. But again, the most effective step you can take to improve indoor air quality is to seek the help of a professional. We hope you have found this post helpful and if you have any questions or concerns about your indoor air quality in Riverside, CA call Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at (951) 336-1541 today.