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How does an electric furnace work?

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Ready for Electric Furnace Repair?

Even in sunny California, the nights can get chilly, and with winter knocking at our backdoor, those nights are almost here again. Now is the time to get the professional annual inspection, cleaning, and electric furnace repair if needed. 

What are indicators that electric furnace repair is needed? 

Schedule an appointment with a professional furnace contractor, and they’ll ask if you had any problem with the unit th last time it was used. Think back to last winter, and if you remember anything, they need to know. For example, tell them that when it’s turned on, the electric furnace smells like burning. Other issues you may have had would be: 

1. Lights Flickering 

If the lights flickered, or the circuit breaker tripped each time the furnace kicked on, there could be an electrical issue with the unit. This should have been addressed last winter, but now is better than never to get any electric furnace repairs done like this. Never wait when it appears to be an electrical issue. 

2. Humming Sounds 

A buzzing or humming sound is often an indicator of electrical issues too. Again, when you hear these sounds, which are often accompanied by the lights flickering, call for professional electric furnace repair service immediately. 

2. Popping and Rattling Sounds

There should be nothing more than a slight humming when you turn on your electric furnace. If you are hearing clicking, popping, rattling, rumbling, scraping, or high pitched screeching and squealing, you should call for professional electric furnace repair immediately. Make sure you mention this to your technician ASAP. 

3. Condensation

If you had any issues like condensation building up and leaking from your electric furnace, repairs to the condensation line may be needed. The line could be broken, cracked, or disconnected. This repair is fairly simple for the technician. 

5. Cold Air 

If you aren’t sure why the electric furnace blows cold air, and that’s what it did the last time you used the unit, speak up now. A properly working electric furnace should not be blowing cold air – this usually indicates a mechanical issue. 

What size electric furnace do I need?

When the technician that is providing you electric furnace repair recommends it is time to replace the unit with a new one, do you want to stay with electric or would a gas furnace be cheaper? Well, the electric furnace would be less expensive for the installation, averaging between $800 to $1,500. Meanwhile, with a gas furnace prices can range from $1,200 to $6,000 for the furnace and labor. 

For that kind of money, you want to make sure you’re getting the proper size of electric furnace for the size of your home. California has 3 out of 5 zones when it comes to determining the size of heater and air conditioner needed. Your electric furnace repair technician can advise you on what zone you’re located in. Then go by the size of your home to choose the right BTU, using this info as a guideline: 

1200 to 1500 square ft: 55,000 BTU2 tons
1500 to 1800 square ft: 60,000 BTU2.5 tons
1800 to 2500 square ft: 70,000 BTU2.5 to 3 tons
2500 to 3500 square ft: 90,000 to 100,000 BTU3.5 to 4 tons

How efficient are electric furnaces?

When it comes to a gas vs electric furnace, electric furnace efficiency is at 100% AFUE. This means that all the energy an electric furnace generates goes to heating the house. A gas furnace has to use gas to heat the burner before it turns on the actual heat to the house. 

When making the comparison of electric furnace vs heat pump, you also have to remember the heat pump uses electricity too, just not as much as the electric furnace does directly. Under ideal conditions, a heat pump will transfer 300% more of the electric energy than it consumes. A high-efficiency gas furnace is approximately 5 percent efficient. 

Does an electric furnace use a lot of electricity?

It costs pennies to operate basic household items every day on electricity. For example, it costs you 7 cents a day to leave a light 75-watt bulb lamp on for 14 hours! Of course, who leaves a light on for 14 hours? To keep your food refrigerated, it costs you around 20 cents a day and to cook that food on an electric range, using all 4 burners AND the oven, around 84 cents per hour. 

Electricity is a deal when it comes to an electric furnace. For less than $3.00 an hour, you can use up to 25 kw to operate a central electric furnace. If you’re using a three-ton Air Source Heat Pump, without backup running, you’re spending less than 75 cents an hour.

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Last Questions – What is the life expectancy of an electric furnace?

When natural gas isn’t available, electricity is the only choice, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting the short end. The installation of an electric furnace is a straightforward procedure, and it won’t need venting like a gas furnace. 

An electric furnace is the quieter way to heat a home too. A new electric furnace that is installed by a professional will give you a lifespan up to 30 years when taken care of as recommended by the manufacturer. Ready to learn more about electric furnaces? Call us today at (951) 336-1541.

Troubleshooting Common AC Issues

Broken air conditioning unit.

Why is my AC not working?

August is not the time for the air conditioning to stop working! But if it does, don’t panic. You can call for emergency AC repair right away. Emergency central AC repair is not cheap, though – you’re looking at perhaps $150 an hour with a two-hour minimum, plus parts and labor. However, it is often necessary, though there are a few things you can check on your own for free that may get it blowing cold again.

So before you pull out that emergency-only credit card, read on as we answer a few questions that will include some tips and tricks to use. Save the money you’d spend on your emergency air conditioning repair cost for your next plumbing catastrophe, instead. And if those things don’t work, you can count on the Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. team for emergency AC repair in Riverside, CA by calling (951) 336-1541.

Why isn’t the AC working in my house?

Even the highest quality air conditioners can have issues that keep them from working, not that this makes you any less hot when it’s yours that isn’t working. There can be a number of things that could be why your AC isn’t working, and we’re going to review them with things you can check yourself before you call a 24-hour emergency ac repair service. 

 Check the following things before making that call: 

  • Make sure the unit is plugged in: This may seem like a no-brainer, but you never know if somebody else unplugged it to use the outlet, or if the plug might have fallen out. If the plug falls out, you’ll need to get an electrician to replace that outlet for safety reasons. If it is plugged in and secure, check the circuit breaker. It may have tripped and simply need to be reset. Meanwhile, if your air conditioner is constantly tripping, call an electrician to inspect the circuit breaker.
  • Check the thermostat: Again, this may seem like a no-brainer, but it is often the simplest of things that cause the biggest headaches. Replace the batteries and make sure it is set to cool and on. Move the temperature setting down about five degrees and see if it kicks on then. If this doesn’t work, keep following our tips before you make that expensive emergency ac repair phone call. 
  • Check the outdoor condenser: If the air conditioner isn’t blowing cool air, check the outdoor component, also known as the condenser. If there is debris, grass, trash, and weeds sucked up against it, it might not be able to get enough outdoor air to work. There should be a minimum clearance of three feet to give the condenser optimum airflow. Once you have that area cleared out, let the air condition system run for two to three hours and see if the air gets cold. If it doesn’t and the rest of these tips don’t help, you’ll need to make that emergency ac repair phone call. 
  • Check the air filter: You should be changing or cleaning the air filter no less than every 30 days, but we get it. Life is busy, and before you realize it, it has been 60 days, and then 90 days, etc.  So check the air filter and change it or clean it, depending on what type you have. Allow the system to run for two to three hours and see if it gets any cooler. If not, well – we are at the end of DIY tips, so you’ll have to call for an emergency ac repair service. 

What if my AC isn’t blowing cold air?

If your air conditioner isn’t blowing cold, before you make an emergency air conditioner repair service call, follow these troubleshooting suggestions. Many of these are the same as situations when your AC isn’t working at all: 

1. Thermostat Settings are Wrong

When an air conditioner isn’t blowing cold, it could be an issue as simple as the thermostat setting. Check the settings – they should be on “cool” and “auto”. Next, lower the temperature by five degrees and see if it starts getting cold. 

2. Air Filter is Dirty

Check the air filter, even if you have recently changed or cleaned it. It may have sucked up some excess debris that is impeding the airflow. Change it out or clean it and give it a few minutes to see if that helps. 

3. Leaked Refrigerant 

Your air conditioner needs refrigerant to cool and if it has leaked out, it may not have enough in it to do the job. Bear in mind this problem will need a professional air conditioning technician to recharge the system since refrigerant is controlled by certain laws.  If it is a miserable, hot and humid day, make that emergency ac repair phone call. It’ll be worth the cost. 

4. Leaking Air Duct 

The cooled air your air conditioner creates travels through air ducts before it gets to the vents in each room. As time passes, air ducts will become loose and dislodged, and if there have been any critters in your attic such as mice or squirrels, they may have gnawed through them. You’ll need to get professional service to inspect the ducts and make any necessary repairs or replacements. 

5. Evaporator Coils are Dirty

The evaporator coils on your air conditioner will get dirty over time, which can affect the performance of your air conditioning system. The evaporator removes the hot air and cools it down with the refrigerant. Cleaning the evaporator coils should be done by an experienced professional. Again, if it is blistering hot and humid, make that emergency ac repair call. 

6. The Circuit Breaker

Check both circuit breakers, the one inside the box and the one outside by the condenser. If they are tripped, flip them back on, making sure the thermostat is in the ‘on’ position and your air conditioner is plugged in as well. If they trip again right away, you need to make that emergency ac repair phone call ASAP.

Why is my AC not cooling well?

It sounds like we’re on a recording, but all the things we’ve mentioned already can affect how cool the air from your air conditioner is getting. However, there are two additional factors that need to be checked: 

  • The Compressor – This component is responsible for keeping the refrigerant at the right pressure. Without the compressor working right, the air conditioner isn’t going to cool. 
  • An Old System –  Your air conditioner may have reached the end of its life. A good quality central air conditioner will give you up to 15 to 20 years of service if you maintain it and have it professionally serviced. If you have had it serviced more than twice in the last year, you should probably start shopping around for a new unit.

What do I do if my air conditioner isn’t blowing cold air?

Follow these 5 steps and see if it starts blowing cold. If it doesn’t, schedule your emergency ac repair appointment:

  1. Check the Thermostat Setting
  2. Replace or Clean the Air Filter
  3. Inspect the Condenser Unit 
  4. Change Batteries in Thermostat
  5. Check the Circuit Breakers (inside and outside)
Young man investigating his air conditioning unit.

In Closing – How do I know if my AC is broken?

First, you can follow the steps we’ve provided in this piece to make sure there aren’t any simple solutions to your AC issues. If none of these work, you’ll need to make that emergency ac repair phone call. Five indications that you’re going to need professional service would be: 

  1. Nothing you do is getting cold air blowing. 
  2. There is moisture around the air conditioning system. 
  3. You’re hearing unusual sounds.
  4. You’ve noticed unusual smells.
  5. The humidity has been a high level inside the house

If you need emergency AC repair in Riverside, CA, the team at Aire-Rite Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is ready to give you the help you need as soon as you call at (951) 336-1541.

What Causes Bad Indoor Air Quality?

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So, how is indoor air more polluted?

Boy, there is nothing like getting home after a day of shopping or working in the big city smog is there? Or is getting home any better when it comes to indoor air quality? Experts tell us that no, the IAQ at home is actually worse than the outdoor air these days. 

In fact, the indoor air quality is five times more polluted than that “fresh” outdoor air. So, get an air purifier and all is well, right? Nope, not exactly. An air purifier will only handle certain things like dust and pollen. The problem with our indoor air quality goes further than those two things. 

That may have surprised many of you, especially those of us that like to open up the windows and let the ‘fresh air’ inside. However, homes today do not have adequate ventilation because we’re all concerned about energy efficiency. We’ve locked ourselves up with the very things that can slowly kill us, those indoor air pollutants. This is especially true of new build homes today; their indoor air quality is really poor.

How does indoor air quality affect our health?  

The short term effects on our indoor air quality comes result in eye and throat irritations. The long term effects are cancer and respiratory disease. What kind of pollutants are creating indoor air quality problems, just what affects indoor air quality?  There are several factors, with the main ones affecting our indoor air quality being: 

  • Chemicals  – perfume and hair spray, cleaning solvents and furniture polish, crafts and hobby supplies, pesticides, carpet dye, carpet fibers, adhesives, glues, sealants, paints, varnish, and air fresheners. 
  • Radon – rock, soil, building materials, and water. 
  • Particles – fireplaces, gas and kerosene heaters, tobacco, woodstoves

Among those things, things like our pets and the humidity, microbes, pests, temperature, and ventilation all impact our indoor air quality. 

How do you test air quality in your home?

Indoor air quality for homes is important for homes with a family member that has allergies or respiratory issues. Before you can improve the IAQ of your home though, you need to know what issues exist in your home’s indoor air quality, if any. 

So, yes, there are companies that will be glad to come test your home’s indoor air quality, for a fee. While that is well worth the money, try a DIY test first, and if you find some issues, then call one of those companies for more accurate and precise testing. The following are three tests you can do yourself to check your home’s indoor air quality: 

Air Quality Mold Testing

Everywhere you go today, indoors, outdoors, everywhere, there are mold spores. But when there is a musty odor, that usually means there are mold spores setting up camp on damp organic surfaces and breeding. Those growing mold spore colonies irritate asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues. 

With the following steps, you can find if your home is a mold spore breeding ground for harmful mold with your HVAC air filter or the ductwork with these steps with a mold test kit you can purchase at your local home improvement store: 

  • Dampen a clean, sterile sponge in a rinse solution, then wipe an area of the air filter or a supply duct vent.
  • Place that sponge in a rinse container then pour more of the rinse solution over it.
  • Shake the container then pour the contents in a clean sterile cup.
  • Compare the solution’s color to the chart from the test kit. The color will tell you if you have mold growing through the air filter or the ductwork.

Air Quality Radon Testing

For non-smokers, radon is a major cause of lung cancer. This gas is colorless and odorless gas and comes up from uranium that breaks down in the soil under your home. 

In addition to at-home air quality testing kit, you can do the following test, getting the results in 7 days or less. Set a test container filled with activated charcoal granules that will absorb any radon gas that may be in the air. Wait a few days and mail the sealed container to a lab to be analyzed.

Air Quality VOC Testing

VOC (volatile organic compounds) are chemicals off-gassed by household items you use every day, like  benzene, chloroform, formaldehyde, styrene, xylene, and other toxic VOCs. When overexposed, people suffer from headaches and nasal irritations, and it has been linked to cancer and liver damage. There is a VOC detection kit that can test the indoor air quality within 24 hours.  Purchase the kit and follow the instructions, then sent off to the lab for analyzing. 

How can I improve indoor air quality?

No matter what and  how to fix indoor air quality you may learn and try, you won’t be able to eliminate every allergen inside your home. You can, however, minimize them with some basic changes: 

  • Keep Your House Clean.  Yes, that isn’t a favorite, but it is the first thing on the list. A clean house is a healthier house because it cuts down the animal dander, dust, and mold accumulating.  With a focus on these things, you’ll see (feel) improvement: 
  • Vacuum the carpets and rugs a minimum of once a week with a HEPA filter vacuum. Hardwood flooring will cut the allergens back versus wall-to-wall carpet. 
  • Regular change and wash your bedding and drapes. The recommended temperature is 130° F to remove allergens. Use dust mite–proof covers on your box springs, mattresses, and pillows.
  • Clear out ant clutter. This is where dust builds up and triggers reaction.
  • Get rid of your indoor plants. Yes, they are pretty, but they collect dust and mold then foster more mold growth. Yes, some plants are said to improve indoor air quality with the oxygen they release. However, they can still trigger allergies for a lot of people and can actually cause more problems than they do any good. 
  • Change the air filters.  When you have a HVAC system, the filters must be changed every 30 days. Use an electrostatic filter would be even better to ensure airborne irritants and dust get trapped  and not recirculated. Indoor air quality and hvac systems have built a history that we need to learn from.
  • Have the air ducts cleaned by a professional. They will remove any trapped dust and while there are many that say it doesn’t help much, what little it does is help. 
  • Install an air purifier system or set up room air purifiers. The ionic type of purifiers captures some of the irritants that trigger allergy symptoms. No, they won’t remove all of them, but they will minimize them. 
  • In the damp areas of your home, like the basement, bathrooms, and laundry room, put a dehumidifier unit. This will help with the prevention of  mold growth. Make sure bathrooms are well ventilated and when you see mold, scrub it away. 
  • Even in the midst of winter, open a window for a few minutes every so often to let some fresh outdoor air inside. Use the exhaust fan in the kitchen while cooking to remove any possible air contaminants.
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What are common indoor air pollutants?

In the case of indoor air quality, 13 is the unlucky number.  The EPA has listed the following 13 matters as the most common indoor air pollutant. Each of these falls in to either biological pollutant, combustion byproduct, legacy pollutant, or VOCs.

  1. Asbestos
  2. Biological Pollutant
  3. CO – Carbon Monoxide
  4. Cookstoves and Heaters
  5. Formaldehyde
  6. Lead 
  7. Nitrogen Dioxide
  8. Pesticides
  9. Radon Gas
  10. Indoor Particulate Matter
  11. Secondhand Smoke/Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  12. VOC – Volatile Organic Compounds 
  13. Wood Smoke

Need help with your home’s indoor air quality in Riverside, CA? Call (951) 336-1541 today!

Is Whole House Purification Necessary?

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What is whole house purification?

There is no place like when we’re concerned about air pollution. Homes today are built to seal tighter, keep the outside weather and pollution outside. Unfortunately, the air isn’t much better inside our homes, and that is where a whole house purification system can help. 

To filter your home’s air as efficient as possible, a whole house purification system is the best way. These are installed to work with your HVAC system, placed inside the return-air ductwork. There they do their job of attracting and trapping those particles that affect the air we breathe as the air passes through. There are two types of household air filters today: 

  • Media Filters: These creates a barrier to trap the smallest of particles. 
  • Electronic Filters: These have a high-voltage charge that attracts and traps contaminants. 

 Do air purifiers work for whole house?

There are whole house purification systems that will clean the air for the entire house, improving the indoor air quality. There are two types of whole house purifiers. One is where a filter is placed in the HVAC system’s air return. The other is an electronic system that is connected to the ductwork. 

Either of these will work in conjunction with the HVAC system, removing pollutants throughout the entire home as the air passes through the filter. There are units on the market claiming to be a whole house purification system when in fact they are only a room air purifier and may purify the air in two rooms depending on the square footage. 

Why whole house purification? 

Rating the effectiveness of a whole house purification objectively isn’t possible because of the different factors and variables that can affect a system. Those factors and variables include: 

  • The ductwork layout of your home
  • The location and number of return air grates
  • The existing HVAC system
  • The condition of the home in regard to dust, mold problems, pets, smokers, etc.

Recommended types of whole house purifications would be as follows: 

  • For particulate pollutants like mold spores, pet dander, pollen, and tobacco smoke, a whole house air purification system with a HEPA filter would be the better choice. The filter will need to be changed more frequently to assure the mold doesn’t start growing on the filter. 
  • A simple furnace filter is sufficient for a home with the basic dust and particulate pollutants, with regular filter changes.
  • If getting certain particular odors out of the home like out-gassing materials, paints, tobacco smoke or wood burning fireplaces, a whole house air purification system with a carbon filter stage is recommended. 

Maintaining a regular routine schedule for cleaning and replacing the filters is recommended to have the healthiest indoor air quality possible.

Is whole house purification effective or are air purifiers a waste of money?

If you are considering purchasing a whole house purification system, it can be overwhelming deciding which brand is the best one to get, and will it be worth the money? Yes, all brands of whole house purification systems will claim they are the better choice. So, which one is worthwhile? 

The Environmental Protection agency, (EPA) recommends a whole house purification system as an excellent way to improve your home’s  indoor air quality. With the way homes are built deeply insulated and securely sealed. This makes them more energy efficient, but it doesn’t help with indoor air quality. 

Because they are so tightly cleaning product fumes, dust, and pet dander build up inside. This results in the indoor air quality being as polluted, if not more, than the outdoor air quality. For anyone that has allergies, asthma, or any respiratory issues, it creates a health hazard living condition. This is where a whole house purification system can help. 

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Do you need an air purifier for every room?

What if you can’t afford a whole house purification system, or maybe your home isn’t adaptable to having one installed. Does this mean you’re stuck with poor indoor air quality? 

No, there are individual air purifiers. Does that mean you need one each room in your home? The simple answer is no, but you want to make sure you buy the right one, or the right combination of different room air purifiers. Things you need to consider: 

  • The number and size of the rooms you want to treat.
  • The type of air quality problems you want addressed.

Once you have your room purifiers, where is the best place to put an air purifier in a room? The general idea is to get the best efficiency possible from each room purifier. Location, location, location, is more than just real estate.  Your room air purifiers need to be placed in the best place possible with these considerations:

  • The concentration of pollutants 
  • The indoor airflow 

Based on these factor and the following additional factors, or the seven rules recommended for room air purifiers: 

  1. Place them near the air pollutant problems
  2. Position the air purifier no lower than 3 feet above and not higher than 5 feet. 
  3. Place them where there is a high airflow
  4. Keep the unit out of corners
  5. Keep the vicinity around the unit clear
  6. Do not place where there is high humidity
  7. Keep away from electronic appliances and devices

Once you have your whole house purification system or individual room purifiers in place, your family will start breathing heathier air and feel better. This will also minimize, maybe eliminate doctor visits, and missed days at school and work. Call (951) 336-1541 today for your air purifier needs in Riverside, CA.

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?

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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
gas furnace burner

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?

central heater needing maintenance

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. 

radiator fix

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.

An Air Conditioner Opened for Repairs.

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.