Is Your AC Ready for the Summer Heat?

Summer is rapidly approaching. It’s time to get a professional check and tune-up for your cooling system before the San Fernando Valley heat hits. It’s advisable to get your air conditioner ready as soon as possible to provide a comfortable house 24 hours a day, seven days a week during these hot and humid days. Being proactive with your air conditioning unit is a requirement to maintain a cool and comfortable home during the summer months. For the system to run at maximum capacity, you’ll need to add air conditioner tune-up to your summer to-do list.  If you neglect or ignore your unit’s tune-up service, you risk a costly breakdown, higher energy bills, and an uncomfortably hot house. Regular maintenance, on the other hand, gives you an immediate return on your investment.

 The following are included in a professional tune-up service:

  • Complete inspection
  • Cleaning of the outdoor unit, condenser coils, ductwork and filters
  • Calibrating of thermostat
  • Checking of coolant level
  • Minor repair issues

Top 3 reasons to get a Summer AC Inspection

  1. Improves the system’s performance and efficiency

With the arrival of summer, you’ll need to operate your air conditioner for significant periods of time every day. As a result, you must ensure that the system is operating at maximum efficiency. A comprehensive tune-up ensures a high-performing cooling system as well as a cooler and more pleasant house.

  • Prevents unwanted service or emergency calls

What if your air conditioner broke down in the middle of a hot summer day? An unplanned breakdown would require costly repairs. Take advantage of US Air Conditioning and Heating preventative maintenance package to avoid untimely breakdowns.

  • Increases your A/C lifespan

Do you want your AC System to last longer? Your A/C needs some pampering and regular care and maintenance in order to live a long life. You can extend the life of your cooling system for years with a professional tune-up from US Air Conditioning.

Top 4 Signs Your Air Conditioning Needs Repair

Repairing an air conditioner is a difficult task that you probably don’t want to tackle on your own. However, the information you provide your HVAC specialist will be the first factor they consider when determining whether or not your air conditioner requires repair. If that’s the case, these are some of the things you might tell them when you call them. These are also indicators that you should make that phone call, as these issues are likely to worsen before they improve.

  1. Poor Air Flow From Air Conditioner

This is a very common symptom of air-conditioning issues, and it can be caused by a variety of factors. Simply put, if you place your hand near to the vent, you will see that there is very little, if any, airflow.

If you have this problem, you should contact us straight away because it’s very probable that it’s just a maintenance issue that has to be addressed. Second, even though your air conditioner is no longer cooling the room, it is still drawing a lot of electricity, which means you are paying for something you aren’t getting.

  • Constant Cycling On and Off

Humidity issues are one of the problems that frequently arise as a result of constant on and off. It’s possible that your air conditioner is too big for your home or company if it cycles very quickly. This is something you should have an HVAC specialist look into because you might be able to get by with a smaller system and get more efficient performance from it.

Call a professional if you continually hearing the unit turn on and off, even if you are getting adequate cooling from it.

  • Air Conditioner is Running, But Not Cooling

Your air conditioner is always running but the house isn’t cooling, which is a major sign that you have an AC problem. This could originate from a variety of places. It’s possible that you have a clogged filter that needs to be replaced. It’s also possible that air leaks have occurred in the ductwork, reducing the amount of airflow that the air conditioner can deliver to the rooms.

This is a problem that you should absolutely have an HVAC specialist check into. There are so many possible causes that narrowing them down and determining which one is the culprit might be difficult. You can end up hurting yourself if you try to address the problem yourself.

  • My Power Bills Are Very High After Running the AC

The costs of cooling a huge room with doors that are continually being opened and closed are unavoidable. However, even if the temperature stays the same, and those prices continue to rise dramatically, there is almost certainly a problem. The unit may be working far harder than it needs to chill the area, and there could be a variety of reasons for this, but only an HVAC professional will be able to determine what they are. The best time to contact an air conditioner repair business is as soon as you notice a problem. Call US Air Conditioning and Heating, our trained technicians will diagnose your problems and provide a solution!

3 Signs Your Furnace Needs Repairs

In the winter, the last thing a California homeowner should be concerned about is a heating system that could fail at any moment. You won’t have to worry about this if you’ve kept up with your annual furnace repair appointments with a certified and knowledgeable technician. You can also keep your furnace in good shape if you know what symptoms to look for that your furnace is in need of repair.

At US Air Conditioning and Heating, we created a small list of issues that are common with furnaces that need repairs. This can help you get maintenance before its too late preventing costly repairs.

  1.  Loud or Unusual Sounds

An unusual noise coming from your furnace’s cabinet, for example, may be dismissed at first. Why bother correcting it if it isn’t affecting how hot the air flowing through your vents? Because it could be an indication of something that develops into a much bigger issue in the future so it shouldn’t be ignored. A buzzing noise, for example, could signal a problem with your electrical connections, posing a fire risk. A screeching sound could indicate a worn-out fan belt that is about to snap. A malfunction with the furnace burners can cause popping or banging.

  • Higher-Than-Average Utility Bills

Examine your utility bills. Are they substantially higher this year than they were last year at this time? If this is the case, it’s a clue that something in your home isn’t operating properly, and it may be your furnace!

  • Short-Cycling

The term “short-cycling” refers to a procedure in which an HVAC system turns on and off quickly, never completing a full heating (or cooling) cycle. This is not only a symptom that something is wrong with your heating system, but it can also cause more problems by exacerbating wear and tear. These are just a few of the symptoms of a furnace in disrepair! If your heating system is acting up in any way, it’s never a bad idea to give our team a call at US Air Conditioning and Heating to schedule an inspection.

Why is my heater not working?

For Los Angeles residence, the first chill of winter can be rather shocking. When it’s time to turn on the heater for the first time in months, you may experience some difficulties. Some customers have told us that their heater does not operate even when the thermostat is turned on. There are a variety of reasons why this might be the case but here are some common issues we have come across.

  1. A safety switch is standard on furnaces constructed after the 1990s. This safety switch is crucial to your HVAC system’s general health and safety. If the safety switch detects that gas is being fed into your furnace without igniting it, the system will be turned off. If your system becomes too hot or senses a carbon monoxide leak, it will shut down as well. No matter what setting your thermostat is on, if the safety switch is tripped, you won’t be able to turn on your HVAC system until it’s checked by a professional.
  2. In order for the evaporator coil to function properly, the hundreds of small air passageways need to be cleaned regularly.  Your system won’t be able to provide enough heat if these passageways become clogged. The reduced airflow will not only reduce heat, but it will also have an impact on your power expenses. To attain the temperature set on your thermostat, your HVAC system will have to run longer, consuming more gas or electricity.
  3. The most important thing you can do for your HVAC system other than scheduled maintenance is to inspect and change your air filter on a regular basis. Your furnace’s issues could be caused by only a dirty air filter. When a filter becomes clogged, it inhibits airflow and makes your system work harder than it needs to.
  4. The blower motor, like other components in your HVAC system, can wear down over time. Overheating and excessive moisture are two common causes of blower motor failure. When dust, dirt, and debris accumulate, the windings and bearings might overheat and burn out more quickly overtime.

Call US Air Conditioning and Heating for all your furnace maintenance needs. We serve Malibu, Agora Hills, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Newbury Park and Manhattan Beach areas! Call us today for a quick estimate!

Benefits of Furnace Checkups

The temperature is dropping and it’s that time of year again where we all want a comfy home that keeps us and our loved ones warm. Nearly all furnace and air conditioner manufacturers require that their systems be cleaned yearly in order to maintain warranty coverage regardless of make and model. In order to increase longevity of your furnace and heater, annual maintenance is vital to achieving maximum effectiveness. A dirty or faulty furnace also has to work harder and will cost more to operate, increasing your utility bills and wear and tear on your heater.

These are the top reasons why you should have your furnace/heater checked out:

  • Save Money and Energy: A clean heating system operates efficiently and uses far less energy than one that has not been properly maintained.
  • Increase Comfort: Dirt buildup within the furnace can obstruct the flames increasing the time it takes to reach the desired temperature.
  • Prevent Breakdowns: 90% of furnace breakdowns can be traced back to a lack of regular maintenance. Avoid the inconvenience and cost of frequent breakdowns by having your furnace maintained yearly.
  • Increase Lifespan: The better you care for your furnace, the longer it will last!

Call US Air Conditioning and Heating for all your furnace maintenance needs. We serve Malibu, Agora Hills, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Newbury Park and Manhattan Beach areas! Call us today for a quick estimate!

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