Saddleback Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Orange County’

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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Should I Replace My Air Conditioning System Before Next Summer?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Old-Air-ConditionerWe’re finally starting to get some overcast, cooler weather these days. That means that heating season isn’t far off. You may or may not have already scheduled preventive maintenance or repairs to help get your heating system ready for the upcoming heating season. You definitely should, but we’ll get to that in a later post. Right now, though, we want to talk about why you might not be done with your air conditioning system quite yet. If your air conditioner seems like it might be getting towards the end of its life, now is a prime time to replace it with a new one. Read on to find out why it’s better to replace it now, rather than waiting until next spring or summer.

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Which Water Heater Type Should You Install?

Monday, September 10th, 2018

water-heater-tankOrange County is not a part of the U.S. where people have many concerns about “home heating.” Even the coldest winters are mild, and electric furnaces can manage the work of comfort. However, there is one home heating system that’s essential, even in sunny and warm Southern California: the water heater. This appliance accounts for the majority of heating energy any home uses, and it often puts in work 365 days a year.

So when you’re searching for a new water heater installation in Mission Viejo, CA or elsewhere in Orange County, you want to pick a unit that will do the best job, work for many years, and help conserve energy. With more types of water heaters on the market than ever before, making the choice can be difficult. We can help! Below is a short guide to your options. Schedule installation with our pro plumbers and they’ll ensure you end up with the best possible unit.

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3 Signs That You Need a New Air Conditioner

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Old-Air-ConditionerSummers are always hot in Southern California, but these last couple weeks have been record-breaking. Things are unlikely to cool down that much any time soon, so it’s in your best interests to make sure that your air conditioner is able to get you through the hottest months of the year. If it isn’t, you should replace it now before it gives out under the strain. You don’t want to suddenly find yourself without air conditioning in the middle of the hottest time of the year, do you? Call a technician about replacing your air conditioner if it fits the following symptoms.

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