Why Won’t My Heating System Turn Off?

February 8th, 2016

When your heating system turns off without warning, it’s obvious that you have a problem. Less obvious but equally problematic is a heating system that simply won’t turn off. Since we live in San Diego, CA and we experience very mild winters, we don’t usually run our heaters for excessive periods of time. But when they refuse to turn off, it can be a serious issue, turning your home into a hothouse almost before you know it. You can take a few steps to see if you can correct the problem, then shut the system down safely when you do. Continue Reading

Cracked Heat Exchangers Spell Trouble

February 1st, 2016

Most homes in the San Diego, CA area use forced-air furnaces to distribute heat through the ducts, and heat exchangers are vital to furnaces doing their job. A heat exchanger is a key part of the heating process, and when it runs into trouble, you have a serious problem on your hands. Cracked heat exchangers need to be replaced quickly by a trained professional. The sooner you can spot the signs of trouble, the better off you’ll be. Continue Reading

Beware of Poor Compressor Clearance in Your Heat Pump

January 25th, 2016

Heat pumps make a lot of sense in a climate as mild as San Diego, CA’s, and if you own one you likely know all about the savings you can enjoy with it. But like any household system it needs regular maintenance and care to function properly. This is especially true with the compressor unit, which is the outside portion of the heat pump, and which can suffer serious problems if it doesn’t have sufficient clearance. You should maintain an open space of at least two feet around the compressor unit at all times, and plan on clearing weeds and other detritus every few weeks or after any significant rainfall. If you don’t, it could cause some serious problems. Continue Reading

The Risks of Keeping Your Old Heater

January 18th, 2016

Purchasing a new heater, especially in the middle of winter, isn’t a prospect that many people relish. They’d rather just keep clinging to their old heater for another season or two, even though it’s well past its warranty date. Good maintenance can keep your heater running, but sooner or later, every San Diego, CA household is going to need to evaluate the risks of keep their old heater running. Continue Reading

How to Lower the Dust Content in Your Home

January 11th, 2016

Dust and dander are omnipresent concerns for homeowners, and while San Diego, CA, isn’t exactly a wind-blown desert, we still have our share of issues with dust and other contaminants in the air. Indoor air quality is of particular concern if you or a family member suffers from asthma, or has a similar condition, then you want your home to be as dust-free as possible. The good news is that a qualified service can install one of a number of different products and services that can lower the dust content in your home. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the more popular options. Continue Reading

Rooftop vs. Ground Installation for Commercial HVAC Systems

January 4th, 2016

A commercial HVAC system has very different needs than a residential system: larger space, more people, and the specifics of a given business that can include temperature-sensitive equipment such as computer systems. That makes installation a much more complicated process, which entails some significant decisions on the part of the owner or office manager. In particular, you should decide whether you want rooftop installation for your system or ground installation. Either is achievable very easily, and our San Diego, CA climate makes the weather a non-factor in the equation. Here’s a quick breakdown one whether a rooftop or a ground installation is right for you. Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home This Year

December 28th, 2015

Soon it will be 2016, and with it comes our annual slew of resolutions to do better in the new year. Most of the time, such resolutions are personal in nature – pledging to eat right and exercise more often, for example – but you can also apply them to household chores as well.  Resolving to complete certain tasks around your HVAC system can help you take better advantage of our mild climate here in San Diego, CA, and maybe reduce some of those monthly bills as well. Here’s a few of them to give you an idea of what we mean. Continue Reading

What Are the Benefits of Installing a Zone Control System?

December 21st, 2015

We live in San Diego, CA, which has some of the most beautiful weather in the country, and which enjoys extremely mild winters. That makes this time of year perfect to consider any upgrades to your existing system to improve its performance. If you have a centralized system that utilizes a series of ducts, you might want to consider a zone control system, which adds shutters and valves at key spots in the system to divide your home into sections. Each section can be controlled independently of the others, allowing you to raise or lower the temperature in one room without it affecting any of the others. They work especially well in large houses which can benefit from more refined control like that, but most homes can enjoy the biggest benefits of installing a zone control system. Continue Reading

Consider a Thermostat Upgrade This Christmas

December 14th, 2015

Here in San Diego, CA, we enjoy very mild winters, where our heating systems are put to intermittent use and our air conditioners get a well-deserved “Christmas break.” In the midst of your holiday preparation, you might want to consider adding a few household upgrades to your shopping list. In particular, a new thermostat – installed by professionals and calibrated to your system – can do wonders for your home HVAC system. Here’s how. Continue Reading

Why Won’t My Heat Pump Deliver Warm Air?

December 7th, 2015

We’ve finally reached the cooler parts of the year here in San Diego, CA and that means homeowners with heat pumps will begin switching them over from cooling to heating in anticipation of our chilly winter nights. Imagine the consternation if you switch yours to heating mode and cool air continues to come out of your system. Heat pumps require specialized attention when they run into trouble and you should always call a professional if yours won’t deliver warm air. But there’s usually a good reason behind it all. Here’s a few possible reasons why your heat pump is failing to produce warm air. Continue Reading