Schedule a Heating Maintenance Session Now

June 29th, 2015

We’re at the height of summer here in San Diego, CA, which means that your heating system is probably the last thing on your mind. But now is actually the ideal time to schedule a maintenance session on your heater, to ensure that it’s ready to go when the temperatures start to drop. The benefits of doing so can be surprising, and can include the following:

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3 Benefits to Zone Control Systems

June 22nd, 2015

Zone control systems divide your air conditioning system into individual sections via a series of dampers. Each section has its own thermostat and control system, allowing you to tailor the temperature in each part of your home individually, or even turn off the air conditioner if parts of the home that aren’t being used. It’s not for every household, but those with concerns about bills and those with a lot of space to cool can really benefit from them. Here in San Diego, CA, air conditioning systems are a significant concern to any prudent homeowner, who should always weigh the pros and cons before pulling the trigger on an investment such as a zone control system. Here are 3 benefits that you should consider. Continue Reading

How Does Short Cycling Damage Your Air Conditioner?

June 15th, 2015

Short cycling is the term used for when your air conditioner turns on, turns off again after a very short running time, and then turns on again a short while later. It can be tricky to spot if you’re focused on other things, and our comparatively mild weather in San Diego, CA means that it may not seem all that unusual. In truth, however, short cycling indicates a serious problem, and if your air conditioner turns on and off multiple times throughout the day, it may end up costing you a great deal. What causes short cycling, and how does it damage your air conditioner? Read on for the answers. Continue Reading

3 Advantages to Installing UV Germicidal Lights

June 8th, 2015

UV stands for “ultra-violet,” a light wave that is beyond the human being’s ability to see. They’re used for amusement at rock concerts or theme parks (if you’ve ever noticed your white t-shirt glowing in the dark, you’re bathing in a UV light), but they can be much more useful than that. UV germicidal lights installed as part of your heating and air conditioning system can provide a huge boon to your household in numerous ways. With summer here in La Habra, CA, now is the perfect time to install UV germicidal lights in your existing system. Here are 3 advantages to help explain why: Continue Reading

What Are the Benefits of Dehumidifiers?

June 1st, 2015

San Diego, CA enjoys some of the best weather in the entire country, and while we have our share of hot days, a good air conditioning system can usually keep us cool and comfortable. Humidity levels are a different matter, however. Our proximity to the ocean leaves a lot of humidity in the air, and if left unaddressed, it can wreak havoc on your home comfort levels. A quality dehumidifier, installed by a professional technician, can improve things dramatically. How dramatically? Here’s a brief list of some of the benefits of dehumidifiers that you should consider this summer. Continue Reading

Drain Pan Problems with Your Air Conditioner

May 25th, 2015

Your air conditioner relies on electrical components to do its job, which means that water is an absolute no-no. Yet is also creates condensation when it cools the air, which liquefies the ambient moisture in the air leaving droplets similar to morning dew on the coils. How does it function without shorting out? The drain pan, which collects the condensation safely before removing it from the system with a line. Drain pans are an invaluable part of the system, and like any other component they can run into problems from time to time. In San Diego, CA, you don’t want to hesitate when that happens, since our humid sea air can create a lot of condensation. Drain pan problems usually boil down to a few simple things, but the consequences of letting them slide can be devastating. Continue Reading

Why Is Sizing Important for My Air Conditioner?

May 18th, 2015

Air conditioning technicians are trained to size new units properly for the homes they’re intended to serve: matching their power levels so that they’re neither too large nor too small. We like to refer to it as The Goldilocks Rule, and it’s a vitally important step when installing a new air conditioner. This is the right time to install new units in San Diego, CA, while the weather is still fairly mild, and once you’ve decided to pull the trigger, you need to get your home sized before installation begins. The steps are a bit technical, factoring in such elements as square footage, insulation, the presence of a large kitchen (which requires a more powerful air conditioner to offset heat generated by cooking and dishwashing) and the amount of insulation in your walls and attic. “But why is sizing important for my air conditioner?” you ask? We’ve provided a few answers below. Continue Reading

How Does Refrigerant Affect Air Conditioning?

May 11th, 2015

Summers in San Diego, CA aren’t as brutal as they are elsewhere in California, thanks to our coastal breezes and proximity to the shore. That can lead some homeowners to discount potential problems with their air conditioning until it’s too late, and their system suddenly fails during one of the few heat waves we experience each year. The more you understand about your system, the better equipped you’ll be to notice big problems while they’re still small. And understanding air conditioning begins with the refrigerant. How does refrigerant affect air conditioning? Read on for the answers. Continue Reading

What Can Happen When My AC’s Refrigerant Runs Low?

May 4th, 2015

Many people don’t know this, but your air conditioner was made to operate with an exact amount of refrigerant. This means that an amount even a little too low can have adverse effects on the system. Why? Because your air conditioner is a closed system. The refrigerant isn’t depleted during use; instead, the refrigerant stays at a constant level and cycles through as your air conditioner operates. This is why, when the level is off (most typically too low), problems can develop with your system. Refrigerant issues should always be handled by trained experts for several reasons, the most important being that refrigerant is a classified fluorocarbon and requires certification to handle. When you hire an expert from Cal-West Air Conditioning, you can rest assured that our AC specialists have both the certification and training needed to properly repair any refrigerant leak you may have. Continue Reading

Signs that Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair

April 27th, 2015

We rarely think of our air conditioners in the winter, and frankly our summers in San Diego, CA, are so mild that we don’t need to use our air conditioners as often as people further inland do. Because of that, however, many San Diegans don’t keep their air conditioners properly maintained and indeed might miss the signs that repairs are needed. As with any piece of equipment, the sooner you can address your air conditioner’s issue, the better off you’ll be. If you learn to spot the signs that your air conditioner needs repair, you can get a jump on the problem before it becomes too large to handle. Continue Reading