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3 Things You Should Stop Doing to Your San Marcos A/C

3 Things You Should Stop Doing to Your San Marcos A/CAir conditioning is one of the best features of a modern home, especially in areas like ours that experience hot summers. It’s easy to take it for granted until it stops working. Here are things to stop doing to your A/C so that it stays in good working condition longer.

No Energy Audit

Poor insulation and air leaks make your home hotter and add to your air conditioner’s workload. This not only reduces comfort but can also decrease the life span of your A/C.

Have an HVAC contractor perform an energy audit to determine any changes you should make to your home. Your contractor can also determine whether your current A/C unit is the right size for your home’s cooling needs. Undersized systems struggle to keep a home cool, and oversized systems suffer because they cycle on and off too frequently.

Forgetting to Change the Filter

The air filter keeps debris off system components and keeps your indoor air cleaner. Clogged air filters lead to dirty air conditioners, reducing airflow vital for normal system function.

Remember to change the air filter every month. Ask your contractor which filter type is best for your system and for your lifestyle needs. If you own pets or have someone in the home who has allergies, you need a filter that can efficiently trap dander and other allergens without decreasing airflow to your A/C.

No Regular Maintenance

Neglecting maintenance for your air conditioner can lead to small, easily fixed issues turning into bigger problems. Your air conditioner works hard and needs professional maintenance at least once a year before each operating season. During the maintenance visit, the service technician will clean the coils and other parts that can cause the system to malfunction if left dirty. He or she will also check refrigerant and make sure all components are operating correctly.

For more information about things to stop doing to your A/C, contact the home comfort pros at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Is Preventative HVAC Maintenance a Good Investment?

Is Preventative HVAC Maintenance a Good Investment? Preventative HVAC maintenance is often overlooked, but this annual investment is essential for homeowners who want to maintain proper comfort levels in their Vista home. It’s a fact that regular maintenance will minimize your expenses in the long-run.

Investing in the Life of Your System

To keep your system in top shape, you should schedule preventative HVAC maintenance at least twice a year. Have a professional service your system once during the spring and again in the fall to prepare your air conditioner or heating system for the seasons ahead.

At these appointments, your HVAC professional will tighten belts, lubricate electrical connections, clean your system and ensure that everything is in good working order. This visit will help you catch potential problems before they become costly repairs, while extending the overall life of your system.

Lowering Your Energy Costs

Preventative HVAC maintenance can lower your energy costs by helping your system run more efficiently. However, some DIY maintenance tasks can help improve your system’s energy efficiency as well. Make sure to change your air filters once a month, and adjust your thermostat seasonally to further lower operating costs.

Keeping Your Home Clean

Your HVAC system circulates air through your entire home regularly. A dirty system will circulate dirty air and may cause a variety of health and comfort issues related to poor indoor air quality. Change your filters regularly and schedule annual HVAC maintenance to keep all of your system parts clean. This is a smart investment for both your health and your home.

Contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule your preventative HVAC maintenance in the Vista area. We offer an annual maintenance plan that includes discounts on air-quality products, repairs and replacements, which can all add value to your investment.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Have a Pro Properly Relight Your Gas Water Heater

Have a Pro Properly Relight Your Gas Water HeaterMost homeowners tend to ignore their gas water heaters until there’s an obvious problem. However, water heaters require periodical maintenance to increase its lifespan of operation, as well as to save energy and maintain efficiency. Generally, your water heater is faulty if you notice:

  • Your water heater fails to heat water
  • Your water heater isn’t able to heat enough water
  • Your pilot light fails to stay lit

Before attempting to relight a gas water heater, read the manufacturer’s manual or look for a label attached to the gas water heater, which provides guidance for specific heater models. Depending on the manufacturer, there are several steps to relighting a heater:

  • Use the right tools (barbecue lighter and flashlight) to execute this process correctly.
  • Then, switch off your gas control valve and wait for a couple minutes before switching your gas control valve to “pilot,” while holding it down to initiate flow of gas through the pilot gas supply tube.
  • With the gas control valve is held down, wait for the pilot light indicator display. If the heater has to be manually lit, use a lighter to ignite the gas at the end of the supply tube.
  • Holding the control valve down, wait for a couple minutes after relighting the pilot light indicator. This enables the thermocouple to heat up.
  • Next, release the control valve.
  • If the pilot light malfunctions and fails to light, switch off the control valve, leaving for one to three minutes before repeating the process again.
  • If the pilot light remains lit after releasing the control valve, turn it back on. The burner should ignite depending on the thermostat’s control configuration.

If there’s any gas leakage, never attempt to relight your gas water heater pilot light or perform any maintenance on your unit. Just move away from your house and find professional help.

To seek the help you need, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment in the San Diego area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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It’s Time to Have Your Home’s HVAC System Inspected

It's Time to Have Your Home's HVAC System InspectedRegular inspection of your HVAC system is highly recommended to prevent system failures, to ensure optimal operation and for reducing utility and repair bills. While you may undertake simple inspections yourself, professional inspection is preferred. Professionals are more thorough and experienced and can make recommendations by detecting hard-to-notice or imminent problems.

If your HVAC system hasn’t been inspected by a professional for more than an year, have one completed ASAP. Regular professional inspection and maintenance offers several benefits, including:

  • Improved indoor air quality: Buildup of dust and contaminants in your ductwork can reduce air quality and cause allergic reactions and breathing problems. Mold buildup can also pose serious health problems.
  • Increased HVAC system efficiency: Better efficiency can result if you home’s HVAC system operates optimally to reduce fuel consumption.
  • Reduced emergency repairs: Regular maintenance ensures system problems are caught and rectified earlier, increasing the lifespan of your home’s HVAC system.

If your furnace is noisy, have it inspected by an HVAC specialist immediately. Some causes of noisy furnaces, like a disconnected blower fan or a worn out motor bearing, can cause more extensive damage if left unrepaired for a long period of time.

If you notice any mold growth in your home or signs of pests, have your HVAC system inspected immediately. Mold and pests pose serious health risks, which require professional services for your safety.

An unusually high utility bill can be an indicator of an underlying problem with your home’s HVAC system. This can be from a leak, dirt buildup, ineffective burners or other malfunctions. Professionals can quickly track down the cause of high energy bills, and fix the problem so you can enjoy great efficiency and comfort.

For more information on HVAC system inspection and related HVAC topics in San Diego, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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