Riverside 4th of July Events

Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning has put together a short list of things to do in the Riverside area. This is not an exhaustive list, but it will give you an idea of what’s going on around town, and there is something here for everyone.

Beamont Fireworks

Bring out the whole family for firework at Beaumont! Grab some lawn chairs and blankets and grab a spot on the lawn to listen to live music before the fireworks show starts. Food, fun and entertainment will be available – and free – for the whole family. The event begins at 5 pm and the fireworks start at 9 pm.

Admission is free.

Stewart Park – 9th & Orange


Corona Fireworks

Main Street U.S.A.

Corona is host to both the “Main Street Independence Day Parade” and a fireworks extravaganza.  The parade begins at 10 am at Main Street and Ontario Ave, running north to Olive Street. Fireworks kicks-off after the final Formal Program and military tribute, will conclude by 10 pm.

Main Street U.S.A.


Palm Desert Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert. Pack a picnic basket and grab some lawn chairs and blankets, and come down to the park to find a good viewing spot. The celebrations start at 7:15 PM with the National Anthem followed by live music. At 9 PM is when the fun starts with a 20 minute long fireworks show in combination with patriotic music.

Admission is free.

Civic Center Park Palm Desert, CA


Pomona Fairplex Kaboom

The 30th annual fireworks spectacular kicks off at the Fairplex this Monday, July 4th with monster trucks and moto-x extreme events, including a big-air freestyle event and The Human Cannonball. After the show a is a ‘stupendous’ fireworks spectacular.

Parking is $10, general admission tickets are $17.50.

Pomona Fairplex

Pomona Fairplex Kaboom

City of Riverside 4th of July Spectacular

The City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services department is putting on this 4th of July’s spectacular fireworks event. Admission is free and the show begins at 9 PM, but you’ll want to arrive early to get a good spot.

5215 La Sierra Avenue

4th of July Spectacular

Temecula Old Town Parade and Fireworks 4th of July Extravaganza

Temecula kicks things off with a parade that begins at 10 am Monday morning. Later that day starting at 2 pm, the park opens and the family fun begins. There is a kids fun zone and food vendors that will be open all day, as well as entertainment provided from the main stage. The fireworks begin at 9 pm sharp.

Old Town Temecula – 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula

4th of July Extravaganza

Yucaipa Hometown Celebration

The city of Yucaipa celebrates this 4th of July with carnival rides, live music and a fireworks show. Gates open at 12 pm, with activities all day long. At 9:15, the fireworks show begins.

Admission is free.

33000 Yucaipa Blvd.

Yucaipa Hometown Celebration

At Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we’d like to wish you a happy and safe 4th of July, and hopefully with this list, you will!

HVAC System Coolant Disposal

Every air conditioning unit, freezer, refrigerator, chiller, and humidifier will have refrigerant in it. Handling the coolant inside it requires special training and EPA certification as well as the proper equipment that meets all applicable regulations. It is not a maintenance procedure that anyone without that specialized training, certifications, and equipment can or should do or attempt.

The Dangers of HVAC Refrigerant

The reasons for this are that many refrigerants are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are ozone depleting substances. It is these chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons which caused the hole in the ozone layer. And that’s a pretty serious issue. It’s the ozone layer that blocks out most of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. UV radiation is a known carcinogen and what is responsible for melanoma, or malignant skin cancer.

Handling of Refrigerant Can Be Dangerous

The other reasons are that there is the potential for the refrigerant to hurt you in a second way, through a serious case of frostbite, and because without proper training it is easy to irreparably damage your HVAC system. Refrigerants will boil at around -15* Fahrenheit. Which means that they become incredibly cold through their ultra-rapid evaporation at ambient temperatures. (A property exploited by your HVAC system to heat and cool your home.)

If the refrigerant in an HVAC system needs to be replaced it must be collected utilizing special, task-specific equipment. Specialized hoses, gauges and a vacuum pump to pump-down the system and to transfer the refrigerant to a DOT-approved cylinder for storage and transportation are needed to safely remove the refrigerant.

Once the refrigerant is collected into the approved cylinder for storage and transportation it can either be stored, recycled or destroyed.

A lot of refrigerants are no longer being manufactured because of their severe effects on the ozone layer. These refrigerants are known as ODS’s, or ozone-depleting substances. These refrigerants are usually either recycled or they are cleaned up to be used back in the same system they were removed from.

Refrigerant Recycling

When the refrigerant is recycled it undergoes chemical reactions and fractional distillation in order to remove all impurities and contaminates within it. In order to be sold again those impurities must be lowered to levels equal to newly-manufactured refrigerants.

If the refrigerant is to be destroyed it will undergo any one of several destruction methods such as radio frequency plasma, cement kiln, liquid injection incineration, or gaseous/flume oxidation.

At Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we care about the environment and all of our tech are trained and certified to meet the EPA guidelines. If you need your HVAC system serviced you can rest assured knowing that we are giving you environmentally-friendly service. So if you need your AC unit serviced, remember to give Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning a call!

Projects you Should Hire a Pro For

Saving money is great. So is working with your hands and the sense of accomplishment that you get from completing a project. There are however, quite a number of things around the home that you shouldn’t attempt to do.

Bad DIY Home Improvement Ideas

It should go without saying attempting to do any sort of work involving the gas line into your home is a bad idea. So things like switching kitchen range tops, installing a gas-fired water heater, or installing a new furnace or boiler are all bad ideas. In fact, there’s a number of laws stating exactly that, with some harsh punishments if you do. Hire a pro.

Garage Door Repairs

Next up is your garage door. Specifically the spring on it. That spring is under a lot of tension and if you’re not careful it’s not terribly difficult to get a slap of metal across the face. Or eyeball. Sounds unpleasant, doesn’t it? You should definitely hire a trusted professional to fix a busted garage door spring.

Demolition Work

Open floor plans are great. There’s nothing like making a home feel expansive like uninterrupted views from you favorite chair. Before you put on the safety glasses and start swinging that sledge around, you should know that knocking out an interior wall is another job that you should call a pro for. Even if you know which walls are load-bearing and which ones aren’t – many municipalities have orders against doing that.

HVAC Maintenance

The maintenance you do to your HVAC system should be limited to replacing the filter. That’s it. Not only are there some 240 volt lines that can throw you off the roof, but it is full of refrigerant that not only needs to be disposed of properly, but it can cause some nasty frostbite. The whole system is complex enough that technicians need to go to school, or apprentice under someone, before they can even begin working on them. You definitely need to call a professional service for this one.

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