5 Reasons Why You Need a Preventative Maintenance Plan

Most homeowners debate on whether they need a preventative maintenance plan for their HVAC equipment. They understand the importance of keeping their equipment working; however, they may not want to invest extra money. The truth is that maintenance plans often save homeowners money in the long run. Additional benefits can make getting an HVAC plan an excellent choice. Use this quick guide to discover a few of the reasons why your home should make this crucial investment.

1) Ensures Comfort

Your HVAC equipment plays a huge role in temperature regulation. No one wants to come home to a hot, muggy house. If an air conditioner isn’t working correctly, you’ll quickly notice a lack of cool air. Preventative maintenance helps you to discover potential heating and cooling problems before they occur. This helps you keep your home at the perfect temperature all year long.

2) Protects Investments

It’s no secret that air conditioners, heaters, and other equipment are expensive. Even utilizing used equipment can cost an arm and a leg. If you want to prolong the life of your investments, you need to keep them cleaned and well-maintained. A professional will be able to examine the equipment and quickly identify flaws. This allows you to fix potential problems before they have an enormous impact on the equipment or render it useless. If your unit needs to be repaired or replaced, a maintenance professional can help you perform a cost analysis. By comparing the cost of a new unit to the cost of repairs, you can make a better decision regarding your investments. HVAC-preventative-maintenance-checklist

3) Decreases Operating Costs

Did you know that maintenance plans help keep your HVAC equipment running at their optimal levels? If a unit is starting to lose power, the cost of operating it will go up significantly. This is because the unit is consuming more power and trying to produce the desired results. The result of being overworked is usually a higher electric bill and a broken machine. Preventative maintenance plans may cost you a little bit each month, but they typically outweigh the cost of frequent repairs. Not only will you be getting the expert advice you need to make wise decisions, you will be reducing your long-term expenses.

4) Improves Airflow

Filtering the air we breathe is important. Because the home naturally traps air, we rely on HVAC equipment to deliver us a clean stream of air. Without a working HVAC system, we wouldn’t just be hot all the time, we would be breathing in tons of pathogens and foreign particles. Whether you want to reduce mold growth or ensure you are breathing the best air available, you need to make sure your HVAC equipment is allowing for optimal airflow. As mentioned before, HVAC plans help keep your equipment running at optimal levels. Because your air conditioner plays such an important role in purifying and creates a steady flow, you should spend the time and keep it working to the best of its ability.

5) Keeps the Home Safe

The most important reason why homeowners should invest in preventative maintenance for their HVAC equipment is safety. Your HVAC equipment is tied to your home’s electricity. Malfunctions can cause energy shortages or sparks to fly. This poses a serious threat to the well-being of everyone in the home. While extreme malfunctions are rare and most modern equipment has safety features in place, keeping the unit well-maintained is still critical. You don’t want your leaky air conditioner to make an outlet stop working.

What Services Does a Maintenance Plan Include?

Most standard HVAC maintenance plans include regular inspections and cleaning. Some extensive plans may include minor repairs. The benefit is always that a technician is looking at your equipment regularly. If the unit is at risk for a major malfunction or a part is getting worn, they can make a recommendation. Many times, the repair can be made immediately. This means you don’t have to risk the unit shorting out or the problem spreading to other areas. Not only does this save time, it reduces downtime significantly and can save money in the long run. Our qualified technicians are happy to help people and can often work with small budgets. Give us a call at 562-984-5511 to learn more about our preventative maintenance plans for your home’s HVAC equipment.

Space Heaters

ADyson-AM09-space-heaterre you looking for a new space heater or maybe need one to help heat a room that is always just a bit colder than the rest of the house? Take a look at the top rated space heaters for 2016 by clicking here. Here you will find a great chart to view with the different features listed along with a heater that would be a perfect for the office. If there is a space heater you think we should add or additional information you would like to know please let us know.

A portable air conditioner is a fairly large unit that has 1 or more hoses attached to it and may have wheels at the base of the unit. The hose will be placed in a window to blow out the hot air (exhaust). Take a look at the picture below to see how portable air conditioners work.

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One of the main advantages of having a portable a/c is that you can move it from room to room as needed and won't need a HVAC technician to install it as you would a window or central unit. One of the major disadvantages is that it cost more to operate than a window unit and also cost more to purchase. They can only cool small rooms while window a/c units can cool larger rooms. Another disadvantage is that you need to empty the water tank often. If you are looking to purchase a portable unit make sure you read our article on what to look for when purchasing a portable a/c unit and get the most for your money.
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Changing the air filter for your heating and air conditioning units is one of the most important things you can do to help keep the units working properly and prolong the life of your unit. The air filter protects your system by collecting the dust and other particles inside your home and also keeps them from re-entering the home.changing out air filter in house

If the air filter isn't replaced on a regular basis this could lead to more wear and tear on your unit as it works harder trying to get enough air to the system. This is why it should be changed at least every 3 months and more in some cases such as:
  • Someone with allergies lives in the home
  • A person smokes in the home
  • Large family
  • Pets in the home
  • There has been some construction in the home recently
  • An unusual amount of dust in the home
  • You have been using your A/C or heater more frequently
To replace your air filter you should refer to your equipment manual as it will show you where the access panel is and how to replace it. If you need help changing your filter or having other issues with the air quality in your home contact us and we would be more than happy to help. We have been serving the Los Angeles area for more than 15 years.
We will be at the Apartment Owners Association (AOA) seminar for "Maintenance and Repair of Rental Units" on March 13, 2014. We will have a booth setup to show some of products and services and offer some special discounts for the ones that attend. It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Buena Park and starts at 10am.  If you are attending the seminar make sure you stop by and say hi. For more information on this seminar click here.

Long Beach Heating and Air

Long Beach Heating and Air

Reliable Energy has been providing Long Beach residential and commercial customer’s air conditioning and heating repairs, service, installations and maintenance since 1995. We service all of Long Beach, CA and surrounding cities. We can install and service any unit make or model. From mini split systems, furnaces, A/C units, package and commercial units. We are committed to bringing only the best in customer service and help our customers choose the right system they need and one that can fits their budget. Give us a call today if you need service or looking to install or replace an existing heating or cooling unit and get the service and quality you deserve. Click here if you want to view the video in YouTube.

Water Saving Tips & Devices

water saving tips for southern california customersGiven the latest drought warnings for Southern California we put together a little list of water saving tips that we thought would be helpful. Take a look on our web pages at water saving tips and water saving devices and if there is a tip you think we should add let us know. We have broken down the tips into different categories from kitchen, bathroom, outside and inside the home. We tried to add tips that are easy to do like soaking your pots and pans before cleaning them.  On the water saving devices page we listed items that you could install in the bathroom and kitchen. Most of them can by installed by you and are inexpensive to purchase. Others, like a new low flow toliet, may require you to hire someone to do the installation. By installing some water saving devices and using the tips we can all do our part to not only help save water but also energy and money.
Welcome to Reliable Energy's HVAC blog. Here we will give you tips and provide you with the latest in heating and cooling your home. If there is an article you like us to write please contact us and we will be more than happy to help. We hope you find the information helpful and that it provides with with more knowledge about your heating and a/c units while saving you money.