Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Orange County’

Want Your Water Heater to Last Longer? Follow This Advice

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Of course, you want your home’s water heater to last longer. It’s the best way to get a high return on your original investment in it. Paying for replacement earlier than you should is a big budget drain.

But you do have to meet your water heater halfway on this. It can’t magically live its longest life without any assistance. Below are the best ways you can ensure your current water heater (or maybe your next one) reaches or exceeds its manufacturer’s estimated service life.

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Drain Cleaning: It’s Great for This Time of Year

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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A topic that many professional plumbing contractors bring up at this time of year is how to prevent pipes from freezing in the winter. Well, for plumbing in Orange County, CA, that’s never a problem! But that doesn’t mean there a no seasonal difficulties for your plumbing in sunny Southern California.

One common plumbing trouble during the festive season is with clogged drains. Your kitchen plumbing probably just went through a rough work-out during Thanksgiving, and now it has more celebrations and visiting relatives and feasts to deal with. This often leads to homeowners calling for help to clear out clogged drains and jammed garbage disposals when they greet the New Year.

We want you to enjoy the holidays in peace, and we recommend you schedule drain cleaning if you haven’t already. Drain cleaning is a good idea each year, so why not get into the habit now when your drains need it the most?

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You May Need to Install a Water Softener for Your House

Monday, November 18th, 2019

The freshwater sent to homes and commercial and industrial buildings throughout Orange County is overseen by the Orange County Water Department. The OCWD makes every effort to ensure the water that reaches your house is thoroughly treated to remove harmful impurities. In many cases, the water in Orange County is better quality water than what you can get from bottled water—and it’s much better for the environment to leave those water bottles aside and go with water from your taps.

However, there is an exception with our local water, which is its hardness. Water is considered “hard” if it has higher than 10 grains per gallon of hard water minerals. These minerals include magnesium, calcium, and gypsum. In many parts of Orange County, the water has more than 10 grains per gallon unless it comes from a well. The water hardness occurs because of mineral seepage through the groundwater and into the pipes carrying water to your home.

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Air Conditioner Hard Starting? Get It Fixed!

Monday, September 9th, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitYou’re probably familiar with hard starting in vehicle engines. You turn on the ignition in an old car, and the motor grunts, grumbles, and struggles before it starts. This happens more often in colder climates than ours, but everyone knows what a hard-starting engine sounds like.

An air conditioning system can also hard start, although it makes different noises. Buzzing and humming sounds from the outdoor condenser cabinet indicate the compressor in the AC is fighting to get started. An air conditioner making a general racket when it turns on is probably hard starting.

And if your home’s AC is hard starting, don’t let it continue!

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Ways You Can Cut Down on Summer AC Costs

Monday, July 1st, 2019

air-conditioner-money-saverSouthern California summers are wonderful—and sometimes not so wonderful when the serious July, August, and September heat waves hit. Air conditioning systems run often during the middle of the year, and the drain they place on electricity means higher utility bills throughout the season.

There’s no way you can completely avoid a rise in electrical costs during summer—unless you never turn on the air conditioner at all, and you don’t want that. But there are ways to improve air conditioning system efficiency and cut down on unnecessary use. Those summer electric costs don’t have to be that high! We have advice on keeping summer AC costs within reason.

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AC Not Off to a Good Start This Season? Let’s See Why

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

air-conditioner-evaporator-coilThe first serious week of warm weather for the middle of the year in Southern California is a good time to watch carefully the performance of your AC. If the air conditioner is starting off with poor performance that doesn’t keep your home cooled down the way it should, you want to have the proper AC repair in Orange County, CA done right away. You can trust our experienced team to handle whatever you need. And that job starts out with discovering why your AC isn’t keeping up the way it should.

Here are a few of the most common reasons we find an air conditioner isn’t up to its job:

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Why Your AC Keeps Stopping and Starting

Monday, May 6th, 2019

ac-with-toolsAir conditioning systems get to work early in the year in Southern California. Unfortunately, that means they’re also likely to start showing signs of malfunctions earlier as well—extra time for the stress to set in.

The best way to help protect your air conditioning system is the have it professionally maintained before the hottest weather arrives. Even the best maintenance can’t stop all problems, and in this post we’re going to look at one of the major malfunctions you may run into that’ll require you call for air conditioning repair in Orange County, CA in early summer.

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Should I Put More Refrigerant in My AC Before Summer?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantIn our last post, we wrote about why it’s important to schedule air conditioning maintenance service before the summer weather arrives. There are many potential AC malfunctions a maintenance inspection can catch, and one of these is noticing that the pressure of the refrigerant in the air conditioner has dropped. This usually means a leak a sprung somewhere, allowing refrigerant to escape. If this is the case, your technician can patch up the leak and put in the amount of refrigerant that was lost to restore pressure. You can trust our technicians with these services for your air conditioning in Orange County, CA.

But what about routine refrigerant replenishing? Is this something to have done before the summer, just to give the AC a bit of a boost?

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The MVP Value Plans Help Your AC Each Year

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Maintenance-plans-logoAt Saddleback, we offer membership in our Member Value Program (MVP). We offer different program levels depending on your needs: a Plumbing Value Program, an HVAC program, and the ALL STAR Value Plan for Comprehensive Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing System Coverage. Of course, we recommend customers take advantage of the extensive ALL STAR Value Plan so they can have three major home maintenance services taken care of annually.

Right now it’s time to think about air conditioning maintenance in Orange County. There are few regular service jobs more important in our climate than ensuring cooling systems work at their best. Our hottest days are extreme, and even the milder summer weather puts a strain on central air conditioning in homes.

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Corrosion vs. Your Water Heater: A Fearsome Tale

Monday, February 11th, 2019

rusty-home-water-heaterHow long can you expect the water heater in your home to last? The average lifespan for storage tank water heaters is around 20 years, although with the best possible care, they can last longer.

The biggest threat that can bring a water heater’s service life to an early end is corrosion. Corrosion is the enemy of any metal in contact with water, but a water heater is designed to resist corrosion for many years. We’re going to look at what corrosion can do to your water heater, how to prevent it, and what to do if it starts.

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