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3 Reasons Why Fall HVAC Maintenance is a Must for Riverside Homeowners

As the temperature drops and you finally start to feel a chill in the air, your HVAC unit may be the last thing on your mind. But fall is not the time to neglect your HVAC system, as the parts that you neglect now are likely to cause the unit to fail at the times you need it the most. Catching these problems before they cause a larger issue down the line is well worth the cost of a maintenance call. There can be many advantages to having a seasonal HVAC checkup done by a professional, including:

Prevent a Winter Breakdown

If you hate cold weather, chances are you’ll be reaching for the thermostat as soon as temperatures drop for the first time this year. Finding out on one of these cold nights that your unit doesn’t provide you with warm air is not a pleasant situation. If you decide to call for an emergency repair, chances are you’ll have to pay much more than you would have for a routine maintenance check.

Scheduling a fall HVAC maintenance visit can help you avoid this unpleasant situation. During your tune-up, our experienced HVAC technicians will not only clean and lubricate your heating equipment but also look for any issues or repair needs. By identifying these issues early on, you can get the repairs you need before they result in a breakdown in the middle of winter.

Extend The Lifespan of Your HVAC Unit

Neglect is one of the biggest reasons that a homeowner’s HVAC system fails. As time goes by without monitoring, key parts of the unit can become damaged beyond repair. This can often lead to the homeowner needing to replace the unit instead of just a simple repair.

If you have one of our HVAC technicians come out to inspect the unit regularly, you can stay on top of any issues and have small parts replaced before they start to impact the function of the whole unit. These small repairs are much more affordable than the cost of a full HVAC unit replacement. Not to mention, the HVAC technician can often complete the repairs during the same tune-up visit, which means that you don’t have to wait long to get comfortable.

Keep Your Unit Working At Full Capacity

If you’ve invested in a high-efficiency HVAC unit to reduce your power consumption and utility bills, it’s vital that you work to properly maintain the unit if you want to get the full benefits of the system. Without proper maintenance by a professional, even the best HVAC units can fail to work effectively.

Clogs in the filtration can cause uneven airflow and irregular cooling, while more serious issues can reduce the overall power of the unit. Failure of one or multiple components can cause the unit to work overtime to compensate, and drive your utility bills up higher than normal to produce the same amount of cold air. If you want to keep your unit working at full capacity, you need to schedule seasonal maintenance visits to ensure that it’s working smoothly.

Fall HVAC Maintenance in Riverside, CA

If you want to keep your HVAC unit in top shape all through the fall months, call contact Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning for regular fall maintenance of your system. Our team is experienced with all brands of heating and cooling unit. We provide seasonal HVAC maintenance and emergency service all over the Riverside area.

Do I really need an HVAC maintenance contract?

As a homeowner, it is well worth your while to look into maintenance plans for key appliances in the home. These regular preventative care plans can save you time as well as money in the long run. The HVAC maintenance plan is just one great example of a regular maintenance plan that can provide many benefits to homeowners.

Since it is designed to last for many years, you may not even recognize the need to maintain your air conditioning or heating unit. But without regular repair and maintenance, you can easily end up with a faulty AC unit and an emergency repair bill for thousands of dollars. An HVAC maintenance plan helps you keep your system running smoothly year-round for years at an affordable price.

What Can You Expect During a Maintenance Visit?

As part of an HVAC maintenance contract, a technician will visit your home and visually inspect the unit. He will also lubricate any key joints or parts, tighten any electrical connections, and recharge the refrigerant in the unit. This will keep the unit working at peak condition anytime you turn it on.

Once all of the indoor components have been inspected, the technician will then go to your outside unit to see if there are any issues with its parts. Rain, yard debris, and animals can all tamper with this unit, leading it to shut down or work less effectively if not properly removed. The technician will inspect your outside unit and perform any maintenance or repair tasks necessary.

Best of all, the technician will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have during this process. You can report any unusual sounds, smells or operational quirks long before they become a chronic problem and have an expert assess the best way to deal with them. If an element in the unit is close to wearing out or needing replacement, you can be aware of the situation and factor this into your household budget over the next weeks or months instead of spending a large amount at once, the way you would during an emergency call.

Avoid Emergency Service Calls With an HVAC Maintenance Contract

No one wants to call an HVAC repair company in the middle of the night unless you absolutely have to. Emergency service calls carry extra fees, which are typically used by the company to pay workers a premium for being on call overnight or on the weekend. In addition to the added cost, emergency service calls can take much longer than a regularly scheduled appointment. Instead of dispatching a technician who is already on the road or in the office, the service now has to find an on-call technician who will answer the phone, get dressed and drive from their home to yours. This can lead to you waiting anxiously in the middle of the night for someone to arrive and put your home back to normal.

An HVAC maintenance agreement can help you avoid expensive and inconvenient emergency service calls by keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently. Since your technician inspects the unit and alerts you to any repair needs, you are able to take care of repairs right then and there instead of waiting until the system breaks down.

If you’re ready to give yourself increased peace of mind with a HVAC maintenance contract, call Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (877) 411-9888. Our maintenance plans are affordable and easy to schedule at your convenience.

Prolong the Life of Your HVAC System with HVAC Rejuvenation Services

HVAC systems are vital to maintaining a comfortable home, and therefore, are one of the more expensive appliances in a home. Since this is such an important investment, you want to be able to get the most out of it before you have to replace it. Our HVAC rejuvenation services allow homeowners to give their HVAC system a second chance by strategically addressing issues that can prolong the life of your heating and cooling equipment.

Prolong HVAC System Life with Electrical Rejuvenation

HVAC electrical issues are concerning, but certainly not reversible. While these components are critical to the system’s performance, addressing multiple electrical concerns at once can revitalize the system and add years to its lifespan. That’s exactly what our team of HVAC experts as part of our electrical rejuvenation package.

The services we provide as part of our electrical rejuvenation package can address common issues with the following HVAC components:

  • Hot surface igniter
  • Flame sensor
  • Transformer
  • Face electrical absorption system
  • Primary circuit board
  • Air distribution kit
  • Inducer fan motor
  • Pressure switch

Understand When to Maintain, Repair, Rejuvenate, or Replace

The key to prolonging the life of your HVAC system is to know how to manage it throughout the different phases of its life. A newer system doesn’t take a whole lot of maintenance, but it can’t be ignored. Older systems can experience more issues, but it’s important to know the limit where it begins to make more sense to replace an older system rather than put more money into it.

Maintain

Yearly and bi-annual maintenance are necessary for all HVAC systems. With such a complex mechanism and one that runs constantly for months at a time, many small issues can arise that require routine maintenance. Something as simple as dirt could gunk up your system and develop into a serious issue.

Regular maintenance ensures that your system is running at its best. It also prevents minor concerns and red flags from becoming system malfunctions. Regularly investing in your system with a bi-annual maintenance plan is a key factor in maximizing your HVAC system’s lifespan.

Repair

Watch for certain signs that your system could need repairs. If your AC is cutting short or running continually, there could be an issue with your thermostat or another AC component. Unusual sounds and smells can also be a sign that your system may have an issue.

Remember, repairs are quick solutions to immediate problems. They will likely return your system to its original performance before the issue, but they won’t improve your system’s performance.

Rejuvenate

If you’re looking to revamp an older air conditioner’s performance, an electrical rejuvenation is exactly what you need. Maintenance visits won’t focus on the more in-depth servicing that is included with an electrical rejuvenation package.

Rather than just relying on constant repairs, give your older system a kickstart to prolong its life, improve performance, and increase energy efficiency as a result.

Replace

Once your AC reaches 10 years old, it’s likely past its prime. Another sign that your air conditioner needs to be replaced is if it requires regular repairs to keep functioning. If any repair is more costly than a new system, it’s best to invest in the future of your home comfort, rather than an aging system.

Upgrading your system is another key factor to consider when choosing whether or not to replace your current air conditioner. If you’re looking at your energy bill and could benefit from a more modern and efficient system, work with a local Riverside HVAC dealer like Sheldon’s to choose the system that’s right for your home.

Call Sheldon’s for Your HVAC Rejuvenation Needs

Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning has been a leader in HVAC servicing and installations in the Riverside area for years. Contact us anytime to speak with one of our friendly HVAC specialists to discuss what services your system needs and whether or not our innovative HVAC rejuvenation services can help extend your system’s performance.

Call today: (877) 411-9888

Beat the Heat with these 4 Summer AC Maintenance Tips

When the summer months hit, many people choose to stay indoors in order to stay cool. Even if you have a fully functioning AC unit, there are ways to make it work even better. Proper maintenance of the unit is one of the best ways to ensure that you stay as cool as possible no matter how hot it gets outside. Check out these air conditioning tips to help you make the most of this and every summer!

1. Program Your Thermostat 

Using a programmable thermostat helps to preserve the life span of the unit, because it stops the unit from over working on a daily basis. By keeping the temperature in the home at one steady number instead of constantly changing the temperature manually, the unit tends to experience less stress. Programming your thermostat can save key components from wearing out and extend the length of time you can expect to get good results from the unit. This also helps to keep your utility bills low in the hotter months, when many people find their cooling costs spike.

2. Change Your Filters Often

While it may seem like a small thing, changing your air filter can actually have a big impact on how well the unit works. Clean filters trap dust, debris, animal dander, allergens, and other pollutants that tend to reduce the air quality over time. Many homeowners find it hard to remember to change the filters regularly on top of all the other home maintenance tasks they do. If you find it hard to remember to change your air filters regularly, try putting a reminder on your calendar. You can also schedule a regular maintenance check with an HVAC technician so that you don’t have to worry about it.

3. Be Mindful of Unusual Sounds and Smells

When your AC unit is working properly, you shouldn’t hear or smell anything unusual. Knocking sounds or burning smells can be some of the first signs that an issue exists with the unit. If you do smell or hear something funny, it’s important to have the unit checked immediately by an experienced HVAC technician. Otherwise, you may end up having to make an emergency repair call in the middle of the night once the unit stops working. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can be way more expensive than just addressing the issue when it initially appears.

4. Schedule Regular Maintenance with an HVAC Professional 

No matter how diligent you are inside the home, issues can arise outside that cause your HVAC unit to stop working. Curious insects and rodents can find their way inside the unit. rain can get where it shouldn’t be and short circuit components, and components can wear out and need replacement. Only an experienced HVAC professional can identify the signs of these and other common issues and fix them quickly. As an added bonus, a regular maintenance check from a qualified technician will give you a better idea of the current status of your unit and keep you aware of issues that may be taking hold with the unit.

Keep Your HVAC System Maintained Year-Round

If you want to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently year-round, you’ll need to keep up with air conditioner maintenance through every season. At Sheldon’s, we make year-round maintenance easy with our HVAC maintenance plans. With experienced HVAC technicians serving clients in the Riverside and Los Angeles County areas, our maintenance services can help identify and fix any issues that might plague your AC unit.

Contact us to schedule a maintenance service.

Choosing an HVAC System for Your Multifamily Housing Complex: A Guide

Managing a multifamily housing complex can be a challenging balance of constantly justifying your qualitative and quantitative initiatives. From ensuring the financial security that keeps your building running to maintaining your tenants comfort, it can be a constant back and forth.

Perhaps the most evident example of this is in the building’s HVAC system. Your tenants will want as much control of their individual comfort as possible. However, achieving the heating and cooling needs of dozens of families can be expensive and energy inefficient. In order to achieve the right balance of fiscal responsibility and comfort, you’ll want to pay close attention to the details within this guide and work closely with your dedicated HVAC services provider.

Peak load flexibility

Choosing a system that is rigid in its capacity is a major risk for multi-family property owners. Estimating how much energy will be required for the system to function throughout the year is extremely challenging. Owning a system that can withstand a variety of peak energy loads will ensure that no matter what the weather brings or your tenants do, your system can handle it.

Individual comfort controls

This is the key differentiator between centralized and decentralized HVAC systems for apartment complexes. A centralized system, while being more efficient, will not provide temperature controls in each housing unit. This can be a major negative towards tenant retention.

Decentralized HVAC systems offer each family or individual their own unit for heating and/or cooling. While this may lead to certain tenants choosing less efficient comfort settings, it can go a long ways towards accomodating a variety of occupants long-term. Consider the long-term benefits of your building’s reputation for treating tenants vs. the long-term costs of a more expensive HVAC system. We recommend securing tenants to sustain your building and saving on HVAC expenses through other means.

Ease of maintenance

On larger systems, routine maintenance is an absolute necessity and even still, repairs will be needed. Choosing a system that is relatively easy to maintain, will ensure that HVAC contractors don’t have to charge double the time to perform their work. You will also save money over the span of your system’s life if parts are cheaper and easier to obtain for your contractor. Consider these ongoing expenses when choosing your new multifamily HVAC system.

Centralized vs. Decentralized

For a multi-family complex, owners have two options for HVAC systems – Centralized and decentralized. Centralized systems are more expensive upfront, but are much more energy efficient. Centralized systems work to heat the entire building from a centralized location (typically the basement or a penthouse). This makes it challenging to achieve comfort control for all tenants, but allows the owner to control energy costs. Centralized systems are often preferred in larger complexes due to their energy savings and upfront cost (once the complex reaches a certain number of units, it is no longer cheaper to install individual systems for each tenant).

Below are the options for centralized (left) and decentralized (right) HVAC systems for multi-family complexes. The systems are in order from cheapest to most expensive to install as well as from least to most energy efficient.

Centralized Decentralized
Hot water baseboard – These units work to provide tenants with hot water from a central location. The water will flow through the radiator as the radiator pulls in cool air and heats it. Electric baseboard heat – These are simple baseboard units that are only capable of providing heat.
Two pipe systems – The two pipes are for sending hot OR cold water and returning the water back to the system. Because of its design, only hot OR cold water can be sent at once, meaning all units receive either hot or cold air at a given time. Wall unit A/C – Simple units that are mounted on the wall. Typically these systems only provide cooling.
Four pipe systems – Just like the two pipe system, this system operates with a central water boiler and a central cooling plant. Unlike the two pipe system, the four pipe system has double the capacity and so can provide both hot or cold water different apartments or condos. Packaged thermal air condition – Commonly used in hospitality buildings, these are forced air systems that are mounted on the wall. They are capable of providing both heating and cooling.

*These systems are not very efficient

Geothermal – Geothermal gets its name because it utilizes a water loop in the ground to heat and cool water. These systems can utilize either a two or four pipe delivery method. Self-contained systems – These are forced air systems capable of heating/cooling that are installed in individual units (wall mounted or closets). They offer the best efficiency of individual comfort control systems.

To ensure that your building’s heating and cooling needs are being executed effectively and efficiently, work with an HVAC company with the knowledge, capacity and honesty to provide quality work. Whether you just need routine maintenance, general guidance or emergency servicing, Sheldon’s has the team you can trust to get the job done right the first time. Give us a call @ (877) 411-9888.

Get Your AC Ready for Summer in Riverside, California

Summer is just around the corner, so there is no better time to get your air conditioner checked and ready to go for the months ahead. For an intricate system such as an air conditioner to run efficiently and consistently for months at a time, it’s important to ensure that each and every component is up to the task. Ideally this just requires minor maintenance, however the longer an AC unit goes unchecked, the more potential there will be for expensive malfunctions to occur. A functional and reliable air conditioner is an important investment for homeowners in Riverside. Maximize the potential of your air conditioner and get the most out of your investment with necessary seasonal care. Here’s how:

Perform an Inspection of Your Property

There are a lot of components that can impact your air conditioners efficiency and stability. As a home or business owner, you can look for obvious signs of issues to come, even without a complete understanding of the HVAC industry. Here is what YOU can do to get your air conditioner ready for summer:

  • Look for obvious signs of wear and tear.
  • Clear away debris and dirt from your outdoor unit.
  • Inspect your unit for leaks.
  • Listen for signs of strained performance.
  • Check for cracks or misalignments along entry points, vents, ducts, windows, etc.
  • Investigate your attic and exterior wall insulation.

Your system’s effectiveness relies on more than just its own components. If air is leaking out of your property, it won’t matter how great your air conditioner is, you’ll lose money on over-use. Addressing these issues before the heaviest heat has hit will majorly help your monthly energy bill.

Test Your Air Conditioner

Running your air conditioner can not only provide necessary quality assurance that your system is ready to keep you cool this summer, but it’s also a terrific way to diagnose potential issues. You’ve likely had your AC on for the spring months, but it’s important to really pay attention to what your AC could be telling you. Ask yourself these questions when listening and watching your air conditioner:

  • Is your system louder than you remember?
  • Does it make an grinding noises?
  • Is there any visible leakage from any component of your air conditioner?
  • Will your system run and shut off properly, or is it over cycling?
  • Is your air conditioner in sync with your thermostat (does it feel like what your thermostat is set to)?

Change/Clean Your Filter

You likely haven’t been thinking about your AC filter since you haven’t been running your AC as often through the cooler months. However, just because your unit hasn’t been running, doesn’t mean your filter hasn’t been sitting and collecting dust throughout the year. If you didn’t change your filter before the spring, you’ll absolutely want to do it now. Your air filter helps to protect your system from dust and debris. The dirtier your system is, the less efficient it operates, the higher your energy bills become and the shorter your system’s lifespan will become. Don’t let something as simple as cleaning or replacing your air filter affect your air conditioner; DIY this task or give one of our Riverside HVAC technicians a call.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Already have plans for summer vacation? Utilizing a smart or programmable thermostat can help you schedule your system to work less hard while you’re gone. The most high-tech thermostats can even intuit this information based on household activity (or lack thereof). If you’re on the fence about replacing your old thermostat, these months just before summer are the perfect time to consider an upgrade.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

The best way to ensure that your system is ready for summer is through bi-annual maintenance appointments. Having an HVAC technician come out and examine your system will guarantee that there is nothing holding your system back from operating at its maximum capacity. Small details won’t get overlooked and underlying issues will be serviced on the spot. Keeping your system clean and error-free will improve its overall lifespan and current performance and give you the peace of mind that your home comfort is guaranteed through the heat season.

Don’t let any detail get overlooked. Call (877) 411-9888 to schedule your routine maintenance today!

If Your HVAC System Works Better, Your Employees Can Too!

Whether your employees are in an office environment, retail establishment, warehouse, or any kind of business, their comfort impacts their performance. Ergonomic chairs and standing desks help office employees feel more at ease – which leads to a greater focus on work and a higher morale to power through the day. There are tools and systems in place to keep retail, service, and industrial employees safe from harm. Often overlooked, however, is the threat of harm and discomfort from a mismanaged or under-maintained commercial HVAC system. That’s where we come in.

 

The Cost of Waiting to Repair Your Commercial HVAC System

Most facility managers or commercial property owners don’t think about their HVAC system until there’s an obvious issue – the system stops working entirely to the point where the environment is unbearable or the energy bills rise so much that repairs are unavoidable. While it might feel economical to wait until your system needs an obvious repair, it’s likely that you will save money overall by investing in routine maintenance to prevent big issues in the first place. By being preventative, you can not only save on energy costs and the cost of big repairs, but you won’t lose productivity to employee distraction and dissatisfaction.

A more well-tuned and maintained HVAC system won’t just afford you better energy efficiency and less need for surprise repairs, but it also helps impact your employees’ comfort and wellness at work in four key ways:

How Does HVAC Maintenance Impact Employees?

Temperature consistency and control

Don’t ignore the data. According to a Consumer Report presented by SoftwareAdvice, 50% of surveyed employees report feeling dissatisfied with temperatures at work several times every month – 10% are dissatisfied every day. 60% of the same group report that having greater control over the temperature in their office – or being satisfied in general – would increase their productivity during the work-week. The fact is, women and men and employees older vs. younger did have different opinions about what the ideal temperature would be – while it’s your role to mitigate those differences and find a balance, it’s our job to make sure your thermostat, your vents, and your system are up to the challenge. Further, routine maintenance can prevent hot spots, cold spots, or complete system failure which would leave everybody uncomfortable.

Healthier, cleaner air to breathe

If your system isn’t routinely maintained, your air filter may have a greater chance to become dirty and contaminated, you may have allergens or dust flowing through your unclean ducts, and your employees may be unfairly subjected to allergy issues, asthma flares, or a generally uncomfortable environment in which to work. Dusty desks, sneezy coworkers, and general discomfort would impede anyone’s energy, productivity, and satisfaction at work. By having your system maintained, we can ensure clean ducts, fresh filters, and prevention of system issues that could negatively impact your air quality.

Humidity control for comfort and safety

Optimal indoor humidity levels are essential to comfort, productivity, and even safety. Luckily in California, outdoor humidity is largely kept at bay compared to balmier areas of the country. However, depending on the nature of your business, increases in humidity can and do happen, even here in the beautiful Inland Empire. The trouble with excess humidity is that it creates a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and other airborne contaminants that could put your employees and your entire building at risk. Routine commercial HVAC maintenance can also ensure that your humidity levels don’t drop too low, as dryness can cause coughing, dry eyes, and other discomforts as well.

Avoidance of disruptive noise

Something unique about the way we install and maintain systems here at Sheldon’s is how much we care about the neatness, quietness, and aesthetic of our work. We’re cognizant that our residential customers have nights of sleep to lose if we leave their systems running noisily and we take the same consideration for our commercial customers. Your employees deserve to work in an atmosphere free of distractions like loud air conditioners and furnaces, and routine maintenance can help de-escalate or prevent those issues.

Start Your Service Plan Today

Your employees will rave about the increase in temperature comfort, air quality, quietness, and ability to focus when you partner with us. Your company will benefit from their productivity, satisfaction and retention. Bonus: If you have business partners, vendors, or customers who visit your building, they’ll be happier too! Choose a commercial service plan that will keep your employees happy, your company productive, and your air clean and cool. Call Sheldon’s Today to get started. (877)-411-9888

The Importance of Annual HVAC Repair and Maintenance

It’s one thing to have an up-to-date, energy efficient HVAC system in your home, but don’t forget about the importance of annual maintenance! There are many great reasons why you should consider having your HVAC system checked out at least once per year (and ideally twice per year). Read on to find out why you shouldn’t skip your HVAC system’s annual maintenance check.

Why Annual HVAC Repair and Maintenance is Important

If you’ve ever wondered whether your HVAC system needs routine maintenance, we’re here to tell you that it does! Find out why below:

Importance Annual HVAC Maintenance

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Pre-Summer HVAC Checklist for Southern California Homeowners

With summertime quickly approaching, you’ll want to make sure that your air conditioner is ready to go! Have a look at our handy checklist, which outlines the steps you’ll want to take in maintaining your AC unit and prepping it for the summer season. A Southern California summertime can get hot! Prepare your home today by following this simple checklist.

These easy steps can be accomplished quickly and easily, and will set your mind at ease for the entire summertime season. Prevent AC emergencies this summer with our pre-summer HVAC checklist for Southern California homeowners.

Best Pre-Summer HVAC Maintenance Checklist

 

Pre-Summer HVAC Checklist

To schedule a maintenance check, that will help ready your AC unit to combat the sweltering summer temperatures, give us a call. We also offer 24-hour emergency service… just in case any problems arise when you least expect it. Contact at 877-411-9888