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

How a New Thermostat Can Improve Your Cooling

April 20th, 2015

You’ve got insulated windows, an efficient air conditioning system and… a dial or slide thermostat mounted to your wall. What’s out of place here? Hint: it’s not the windows or the AC system.

You may not think much about your thermostat or the true power it wields in your home, but our experts can tell you firsthand how important it is to have a thermostat that matches your air conditioning system. But we can do more than tell you – we can install a new thermostat in your San Diego, CA, home and show you how to best use it to maximize your cooling. Wondering what your options are? Let’s take a look. Continue Reading

What’s Maintenance Got to Do with It?

April 13th, 2015

It’s that time of year when we start cranking up our residential or commercial air conditioning systems – are you finding that yours isn’t working quite as well as usual? We aren’t talking about hearing strange noises or experiencing a huge decrease in the amount of air you are feeling; we’re talking about your AC seeming a little off. So here’s our big question to you: did you schedule maintenance for your air conditioning in San Diego, CA, yet this year? If not, it’s time to call Cal-West Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment. Continue Reading

Is It Time for a New Air Conditioner?

April 6th, 2015

We’ve got the perfect combination of warm days and cool nights right now, but soon enough we are going to need our air conditioners to work around the clock – is yours up to the job, or is it time to look for a replacement? It can sometimes be hard to part with an existing air conditioner if it’s still running, but just because it’s running doesn’t mean it’s running well or that you should hang on to it. So when is it time to consider a new AC for your San Diego, CA home? The air conditioning experts at Cal-West Air Conditioning have a few suggestions on important factors to consider:

Repairs

Did you spend a lot of time and money keeping your air conditioner operational last year? Are you starting this year looking at more? Nursing a system along can add up to a lot of money in a short amount of time, and it may be money that you could have been putting toward a new, reliable system.

Age

The average lifespan for a split-system air conditioner is 10-12 years; for a heat pump system, the average lifespan is about 20 years. If your air conditioner has reached its maturity, it may be time to consider the installation of a new system. Why? Aging systems are far more prone to malfunction and breakdown; they are also going to be less energy efficient simply because they are aging systems. At a certain point, the amount of money you put into an aging system may not give the return you need.

Poor Performance

Does your current air conditioner struggle to achieve your set temperature? Is it sluggish? Are you seeing your energy bills go higher each month even though you haven’t changed the way you use your AC? These are all signs of poor performance, and they can cost you money, time and comfort. When you combine poor performance with aging and/or repair work, it’s time to consider if you are better off spending your money on a new, reliable, efficient system.

No one should attempt to replace an existing air conditioning system without the help of trained pros, and this is where the experts at Cal-West Air Conditioning come in. If it’s time to replace your AC, call us today!

At What Point Should You Have Your Ducts Tested?

March 27th, 2015

Countless homeowners throughout the world depend upon their ductwork in order to distribute both heated and cooled air throughout their living spaces. The popularity of this method is easy to understand. By utilizing air ducts, one can promptly and effectively distribute conditioned air throughout an entire household, and with great efficiency as well. Of course, this level of performance quality is only attainable if one’s air ducts are in fine working condition. This may not always be the case. Your air ducts may be compromised at some point, or they may simply have been poorly designed and/or installed. At some point you may wish to schedule comprehensive air duct testing services in San Diego. When you choose to do so, make sure that it is Cal-West Air Conditioning that you call.

A number of different issues may develop which can prompt homeowners to consider having their ductwork tested. One such issue is if different areas of their home are consistently less comfortable than others. If you do not utilize a zone control system, then your ducted HVAC system ought to heat and cool your home evenly. If this is not the case, then you may have leaks in your ductwork, or a specific route of the ductwork servicing a particular area may not be optimal. Air duct testing will allow us to figure out precisely what the problem is. Only then can it be resolved entirely.

Another reason to consider scheduling professional air duct testing is if you find that it is costing far too much to keep your home comfortable. This again may indicate that there are leaks in your ductwork. As conditioned air escapes your air ducts, your HVAC system is going to have to work harder in order to achieve and maintain the target temperatures set at your thermostats. The more energy that is consumed, the more money it is going to cost to both heat and cool your home. By testing your ductwork, we can get an idea of precisely what is going wrong during the air distribution process.

Clearly, the placement of your ductwork throughout your home makes it impossible to thoroughly visually inspect it. The technicians at Cal-West Air Conditioning, though, have the tools and training necessary to ascertain precisely what kind of condition your air ducts are in.

Schedule your air duct testing services in San Diego with us so that you can find out definitively what must be done to get your system back on track.

Why Professionals Must Complete Your AC System Installation

March 20th, 2015

Investing in a great air conditioning system is a good way to ensure that you are able to live with the comfort that you desire during the hot, sunny summers we enjoy around here. However, you must remember that no AC is going to excel and live up to its full potential if not properly installed in your home. To get the most from your air conditioner, you absolutely must schedule your AC system installation in San Diego with a skilled, qualified technician. That is as simple as dialing our number. When you hire Cal-West Air Conditioning to complete your AC installation you can count on the job being completed properly every step of the way.

The reasons for scheduling your AC system installation with an experienced professional are many. First of all, working with a pro is the best way in which to ensure that you decide upon the best air conditioner for your unique needs. There are a number of different cooling systems available on the market today. All have their own pros and cons, and it can be difficult to ascertain which best suits your cooling habits. We’ll make sure that you have the air conditioner that best fits the bill.

Once you’ve carefully chosen your air conditioner, it is vital to ensure that your specific unit is of the right size for your home. The last thing that you want to do is to spend the money on a brand new whole-house cooling system, only to find that it is too small to cool your home effectively or efficiently. Of course, bigger is not always better in this particular instance. If your system is oversized, then it will adjust temperatures too rapidly. This may sound like an odd concern, but it can result in decreased indoor air quality, as well as short cycling which can put a lot of unnecessary strain on your system.

Finally, there is the design of the system’s ductwork, when applicable, the mounting of thermostats, and all of the other nuts and bolts of the physical installation itself. This is a whole lot to consider, and only trained professionals have the knowledge necessary to guarantee that each and every component in your system is successfully integrated into your home.

Contact Cal-West Air Conditioning today for more details. When you work with us, you can count on a truly exceptional AC system installation in San Diego.

Common Questions for AC Contractors

March 13th, 2015

If you need air conditioning service in San Diego, you may have a lot of questions for your contractor. We’ve answered some of the most common questions we hear in the guide below. However, we always recommend that you speak with your local AC technician to find out more information about your particular issue. Call the friendly people at Cal-West Air Conditioning today to meet with a local AC contractor in San Diego.

How can I save money with my new air conditioner?

If you find yourself with a broken down air conditioner in need of a replacement, it’s probably come as a bit of a surprise. Spending money on a new unit is never ideal, and you want to save as much money as possible with this new unit. However, we feel that you’ll find it’s more expensive to select a cheaper system now that only breaks down and consumes energy in the future. Make sure you choose a quality contractor for installation and look for an ENERGY STAR system that saves you money each month. The overall savings will likely offset the cost. You can always check out financing option if the price seems undoable.

Can I do this repair on my own?

Granted, there is a lot of advice out there available for do-it-yourselfers who want to try a new skill on your own. However, using online advice or manuals for air conditioning repair is not recommended. Many homeowners who attempt this on their own end up finding that the problem reoccurs because they did not address the root of the cause. You should trust technicians for any repair job that does not involve changing the air filter.

How can I prevent repairs?

Changing the filter of your HVAC system each month is one of the best ways to keep problems from occurring. A dirty AC filter hinders airflow, which could lead to frozen coils, struggling fans, and more. Another way to prevent repairs is by calling a technician for maintenance. Once yearly maintenance can help to prevent breakdowns, ease wear and tear, increase efficiency, and lengthen the lifespan of your system.

Contact us today at Cal-West Air Conditioning to speak with an AC contractor in San Diego and get the answers to all of your questions.

Don’t Tolerate Hot or Cold Spots in Your Home

March 6th, 2015

There are few things more annoying to homeowners than being unable to heat and cool their homes evenly. If you find that there are hot or cold spots at different points throughout your home, then you should contact one of the professional technicians here at Cal-West Air Conditioning immediately. The longer you wait to do so, the greater the risk of discomfort and considerable inefficiency in your home. There are a few different reasons as to why you may encounter hot or cold spots in your home. Regardless of the precise nature of your problem, though, it is in your best interest to schedule hot and cold spot mitigation in San Diego as soon as possible. That way, you can get back to living in the true comfort that we know you so deserve. 

Damaged, leaky ductwork and imbalances of the pressure within an HVAC system are leading causes of hot and cold spots in homes using ducted forced air distribution systems to circulate conditioned air throughout the living space. By testing your ductwork thoroughly, using the right tools and technologies, as well as the right methodologies, in order to pinpoint the source of problems with your system, our technicians can go about balancing your ductwork in order to mitigate the hot and cold spots putting your comfort at risk. We will make sure that your air inlets and outlets are taking in and sending back out the right amounts of air to the right areas of your home, that drafts are eliminated, that the spread of the air stream upon leaving the outlet is optimized, that your registers and their damper assemblies are functioning properly, and more. There is a fine science to the way in which air flows throughout a home. There are a lot of problems which may upset the balance of this air, but there is one simple way in which to resolve any such problems. That is as simple as dialing our number.

We can answer any questions that you may have. When we complete our quality air balancing services in your home, you won’t have to worry about temperature shifts upsetting your comfort as you travel throughout your home.

If you are interested in learning more about the specifics of hot and cold spot mitigation in San Diego, contact Cal-West Air Conditioning today.

 

How Our Commercial Energy Management Systems Can Benefit You

February 27th, 2015

Regardless of the size of the commercial space that you own or of the specifics regarding the type of business that you conduct therein, you are responsible for maintaining comfortable temperatures within that space throughout the year. You are also responsible for ensuring that the lights stay on within that building, that the hot water flows when needed, and that other amenities are available and dependable. All of this comes at a cost, of course, and paying for all of the energy necessary to keep conditions within your commercial space optimal can really drain a budget more quickly than you realize. That is why you are wise to consider the installation and use of a commercial energy management system. To get the quality system and commercial energy management services in San Diego that you need, contact the professionals at Cal-West Air Conditioning. 

A commercial energy management system can help you to make your commercial space more efficient, saving you money in the process and paying for themselves in energy savings over a short amount of time. One the ways in which commercial energy management systems can achieve this goal is by offering remote HVAC control. With such a system, you can review thermostat settings throughout an entire building and adjust them from one central hub. You can also put an adjustment range in place, or opt to restrict control entirely at the local level. Fiddling about with the thermostat is, after all, one of the biggest culprits of energy waste.

For all of the physical techniques by which a commercial energy management system allows you to boost efficiency, such as those mentioned above as well as the ability to eliminate necessary energy expenditure during off-hours, the sheer amount of information that such a system can arm you with can also not be overlooked. By tracking energy usage in different parts of your property, and even down to specific pieces of equipment, you can figure out just where your energy use is going wrong. With this information, you can go about making the changes necessary to correct such behaviors.

To learn more about the ways in which a commercial energy management system can benefit you as a commercial property owner, speak with a professional representative at Cal-West Air Conditioning today. We can answer any questions that you may have.

Should you decide that such a system is just what you need, and that boosting energy efficiency is worth pursuing, count on us to complete your commercial energy management services in San Diego with the greatest of care.

When Do I Call for Emergency Air Conditioning Repair in San Diego?

February 20th, 2015

HVAC problems tend to be progressive by nature, starting small and then getting worse as they start to affect more and more of the system. For this reason, you should never just ignore a problem that develops with your air conditioning system. Always call a professional right away and schedule an appointment. There are some problems, however, which you should not let sit even for a day or two after noticing them. Let’s examine what these air conditioning emergencies are, and how you can recognize them.

Short Cycling

Shorty cycling is evidenced by your air conditioner rapidly starting and stopping over and over again throughout the day. This can be caused by a number of things, but most often it is caused by a malfunction in the compressor. The compressor is designed to move the refrigerant gas from the evaporator to the condenser, where it can be compressed into a liquid and release the heat from inside the house. If the compressor is malfunctioning, however, the steady flow of refrigerant through the system can be interrupted. That will throw the air conditioner off its normal cycle, causing it to short cycle.

Short cycling can cause permanent damage to several parts of the system. If left alone long enough, a short cycling air conditioner can become so damaged that it needs to be replaced entirely. If you notice your air conditioner short cycling, turn it off immediately and call a professional.

Loss of Cooling Ability

A sudden drop in the cooling ability of your air conditioner is a sign that it is in serious trouble. This can be caused by a frozen evaporator coil, which can happen when the coil becomes too dirty to adequately absorb heat into itself. It can also be caused by low refrigerant, which is caused by a leak in the refrigerant line.If your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, it’s only a matter of time before it breaks down completely. Call a professional as soon as you notice a drop in your air conditioner’s efficiency.

If you need emergency air conditioning repair, call Cal-West Air Conditioning. We provide emergency air conditioning repair throughout the San Diego area.