Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

When It’s October, It’s Time for Annual Heating Maintenance

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
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It still feels like summer here in Southern California, and we know that plenty of people are hoping for cool weather—and especially a few days of rain. But the cooler weather is on its way, and we want to make sure our customers are ready for it with working heating systems.

Yes, it’s once again time for you to schedule your heating maintenance in Orange County, CA. Why not get it done early in the month so you can worry about the busier time of year that’s just up around the corner? All you have to do is call Saddleback and sign up for our HVAC Value Plan or our ALL STAR Value Plan, which includes plumbing maintenance as well. We can get on the schedule right away to have your heating system inspected and tuned-up, and you’ll be ready for the cooler weather.

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What Is “Too Old” for a Furnace?

Monday, January 27th, 2020
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No furnace can last indefinitely, and there’s no such thing as “the last heating system you’ll ever need to buy.” Even in warm Southern California, furnaces gradually wear down from use. In fact, homeowners often neglect to have routine service for their furnaces because they don’t rely on them often. This will speed up the furnace’s decline.

If you’ve come to this post, it’s because you suspect your furnace is past its expiration date—whatever that may be. What is considered “too old” for a furnace? We’ll take a look at this question, which has several answers.

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Clogged Air Filter: A Simple Problem With Big Consequences

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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No matter what climate you live in, the clogged air filter in the HVAC system is a major problem. Here in Orange County, our heating systems don’t put in a huge amount of work, but you’ve probably had yours running regularly over the last few weeks when night and morning temperatures dropped into the high 40s. You’ll likely have reason to turn the AC on again before the winter is over—that’s just how our climate works.

No matter if you have the air conditioner, the heater, or just the central fan of the HVAC system running, you’ll need to pay attention to the HVAC filter and have it changed routinely to avoid having it become clogged. This is a basic part of HVAC maintenance in Irvine, CA—one of the few parts of maintenance you can do on your own. We recommend checking on the filter once a month. You’ll know it’s too clogged if you hold it up to the light and the filter blocks out the light. Expect to change the filter every one to three months.

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The Truth About Electric Furnace and Gas Furnace Efficiency Ratings

Monday, October 21st, 2019

twenty-dollar-bill-foldedFall is the usual time for homeowners to make changes in their central heating systems. Even in sunny Orange County, where the only snow we see is on the distant peaks, a central heating system is necessary for homes that often get drafty on the winter nights. Sometimes the upgrade for a heater is to buy a new one.

If you’re home is like most, you use a furnace for central heating. The two common types of furnaces people use are natural gas furnaces and electric furnaces. You might not face a choice about which type of have—if you don’t have a natural gas line, you definitely won’t get a natural gas furnace! But when you do have to make a choice, be careful that you don’t make the mistake about furnace efficiency ratings that has often misled customers into making the poorer system choice.

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Is an Electric Furnace the Best Choice If My Home Doesn’t Use Gas?

Monday, January 14th, 2019

question-mark-badgeThe use of natural gas is widespread, but it isn’t universal to all homes in Orange County. Some homeowners prefer not to use natural gas at all because of concerns about safety. Of course, it’s easy to operate a home entirely through electricity—but it can present a few tricky questions when it comes to an appliance like a heating system. Homes with natural gas will almost always use a gas furnace—it’s simply the most powerful and most energy efficient option. There are also gas boilers, but these are less common in Southern California.

The heating option for all-electric homes that most commonly springs to mind is the electric furnace. Is this the best choice, however? Well, like so many things in life, it depends.

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A Reminder About Maintenance for Your Heating System

Monday, December 17th, 2018

service-reminderWinter may not be ice-cold in Orange County, but it’s still a busy time of the year for almost everyone. This makes it easy for many routine tasks to slip off our personal “To-Do” lists, or fall so far down them that they never go from “To-Do” to “Done.”

One of the most often neglected of these December jobs is heating maintenance. Even when the weather gets a touch nippy, heating systems aren’t foremost on residents’ minds.

We’re here to remind you that professional heating maintenance is a job to schedule each year! It’s not too arduous, since the expert technicians do most of the work. You only have to remember to call to set a date.

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Keep Your Furnace in Good Shape With These Tips

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Gas-BurnerFurnaces are put under extraordinary strain during the winter, even in a relatively warm area like Southern California. If you’re using your furnace at all this winter, and we’re going to assume you are if you’re reading this blog, then you should make sure to take some steps to help the system deal with the added demand you’re placing on it. If you take care of your furnace, after all, it will take care of you. The following are two of the best tips you can follow to keep your furnace functioning properly this winter.

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Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Gas-BurnerHave you ever turned on your furnace for the first time of the season, and smelled something burning? A lot of people do, and they think that something is actually wrong with their furnace. Not to worry, though. That’s typically nothing to worry about. Most of the time, that’s actually the smell of the dust particles that have built up in the furnace over the year burning away as the system starts up. After a few hours of operation, that smell should go away. However, there are plenty of other symptoms of furnace issues that you absolutely should take seriously. Read on to find out more about these signs.

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Make Sure You Schedule Heat Pump Maintenance This Fall

Monday, November 20th, 2017

heat-pump-maintenanceWe’re finally moving into heating season, which means you’ll be switching your heat pump over to heating mode soon. Before you start relying on your heat pump too often to keep your home warm, though, there are some steps you should take to make sure it is ready for the added demand. One of the best things you can do to make sure your heat pump is ready for the winter is to schedule professional maintenance. That applies even if you have already had maintenance done in the last six months. Read on to find out more about why you should schedule heat pump maintenance this fall.

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Furnace Quirks That Seem Problematic, but May Not be

Monday, February 27th, 2017

If you’ve had your furnace for a while, and you’re familiar with how it operates, it can be tempting to freak out if it suddenly begins to do something unusual. While there are certainly times when an unusual furnace behavior can indicate a serious problem, there are a number of different times when it’s not an emergency. You may still need to have the problem fixed (if it is a problem) but at least you’ll know that your system isn’t going to blow up any time soon.

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