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The Value of a Maintenance Agreement from Precision Temperature

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by Precision Temperature No Comments

You rely on your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or HVAC system to keep you comfortable year-round, so keeping it operating at peak condition is important. A well-maintained HVAC unit performs better and more reliably, with less down time. Routine maintenance service helps spot and prevent problems early, before they become larger and more expensive. That’s why having a regular HVAC maintenance agreement helps you save money in the long run!

Consider an HVAC maintenance agreement from Precision Temperature to help ensure that your HVAC system will work when you need it and function efficiently. Regular maintenance on a schedule will help to prolong the life of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, protecting your investment and making sure you get the most use for your money. Rather than trying to remember what service your HVAC system needs and when over its 10 to 20 year lifespan, rely on Precision Temperature’s expert technicians to take care of all regular maintenance.

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Keeping your HVAC system running in top performance is important. With regular service, we are able to pinpoint trouble spots and help keep your family comfortable and your HVAC system running efficiently. Contact us today at (619) 588-5321 to find out more about a maintenance agreement with Precision Temperature.

4 Common Home Heating System Problems

Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by Precision Temperature No Comments

Winter is drawing to a close, but chilly days and cold nights are still ahead for San Diego residents. If your heating system isn’t functioning properly, your comfort will suffer. There are many reasons your HVAC system might not be working – here are four of the most common problems your heating system could be experiencing: system making unusual noises, wear and tear, dirty filters, and lack of maintenance.

  1. System Making Unusual Noises

If your heating system makes loud rumbles, squeaking, rattling, or other sounds while it is running, it could be an indication of a mechanical problem.  Fan blades and blower wheels tend to get out of balance especially if you haven’t performed routine maintenance.  These types of malfunctions need to be professionally diagnosed and repaired; trying to fix the equipment yourself could void the warranty or cause additional problems.

  1. Wear and Tear

Over time, regular use of your HVAC system causes normal wear and tear. This gradual degeneration of your equipment can cause heat-control problems, including overheating, as well as airflow issues and mechanical problems. The average HVAC unit has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years so if yours is older, it may be time to replace it.  Installing a high efficiency system extends that life expectancy and decreases the rate of efficiency loss keeping your electric bill lower for a longer period of time.

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  1. Dirty Filters

Dirty or clogged air filters impede your HVAC system’s ability to circulate air properly. This makes the system work harder in order to function, putting additional strain on the equipment and damaging both the heating and cooling components. You should check your air filters monthly and clean or replace them as needed, especially before and after the heavy use of a hot San Diego summer or chilly winter.  Having a qualified maintenance technician inspect your system in the spring and fall before it gets hot or cold is the best way to avoid system breakdowns when you need it during the peak season.

  1. Lack of Maintenance

A lack of maintenance can make your heating system function inefficiently, costing you more to run over time, and increases the risk of a costly breakdown. Regular maintenance helps spot and prevent potential issues with your heating system before they become big problems and can help improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, saving you money in the long run.

Precision Temperature’s certified technicians are your local, San Diego-area HVAC experts. Call us today at (619) 588-5321 for service or advice with any home heating problem you encounter!

Common Commercial Refrigeration Issues

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by Precision Temperature No Comments

For local businesses that require commercial refrigeration equipment, that equipment represents a significant investment and is a crucial element of the business’ operations. Even the highest-quality commercial refrigeration equipment requires maintenance, or can malfunction or need repairs. When your business depends on your cooler or freezer continuing to function effectively, it helps to be aware of common problems affecting commercial refrigeration equipment, as well as their solutions.

Refrigerator Temperature Problems

Keeping food cool is the main function of your cooler or freezer. When commercial refrigeration equipment can’t maintain the proper temperature, that’s a big problem! If your refrigerator isn’t cooling correctly, you may have a refrigerant leak, bad seals on the doors, a compressor or thermostat problem, or your equipment may be placed too close to the wall to circulate air properly. You may need an HVAC/R professional’s help to diagnose and repair the problem.

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Compressor and Evaporator Issues

Your refrigerator will only work if the compressor and evaporator are functioning properly. Clean them regularly, following the instructions in your owner’s manual. If the condenser is running hot or the evaporator is freezing up, have it examined by a certified technician.

Ice or Frost on Equipment

Your commercial refrigeration equipment is supposed to be cold, so you might be surprised to hear that ice or frost on its components is actually a sign that something is wrong. A refrigerant leak is the likely culprit – your technician can find and fix it.

If your commercial refrigeration equipment isn’t functioning correctly, it’s time to contact a repair company like Precision Temperature, your San Diego-area heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration experts. We know you’re invested in your business, so we are, too! Ask us about our maintenance agreement to make sure your refrigeration equipment is getting the regular maintenance it needs to help prevent costly breakdowns in the future. Use our online contact form or give us a call at (619) 588-5321.

Combating Allergens Indoors

Posted on: January 9th, 2018 by Precision Temperature No Comments

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as many as 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Many allergy sufferers consider their homes a refuge away from the allergens that irritate them, but allergens can also be found in the home. Learn about common sources of indoor allergens and how to combat them in your home so it can be the restful sanctuary it was meant to be.

Common Places to Find Allergens in Your Home

Indoor allergy triggers include animal allergens such as pet dander, skin flakes, and urine; mold spores; dust mites; and cockroach particles. These allergens typically accumulate in household dust and make their homes in fabrics such as upholstery, curtains, bedding, and carpet around your home.  When they are inhaled or make contact with the eyes, an allergic reaction occurs.

Some people may suffer symptoms that look and feel like allergies but without the actual immune inflammatory response; these symptoms can be triggered by strong smells from household cleaners, aerosol sprays, or just small, irritating particles in the air. Consult a doctor if you aren’t sure if your symptoms are related to indoor allergies.

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Tips for Combating Indoor Allergen Exposure

If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, keeping your home clean is key to combating indoor allergen exposure. Regular dusting and vacuuming, particularly with a vacuum with a HEPA filter, can help reduce allergens. For carpets, upholstered furniture, and other difficult to clean fabrics, use a cleaning product made to deactivate dust mite particles and pet dander trapped in the fabrics. Keep bathrooms well-ventilated and clean and disinfect them regularly to prevent mold growth. Finally, if you’re allergic to animals but can’t live without your pet, bathe them once a week to help reduce dander.

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These four simple tips for combating indoor allergens will help you keep feeling like, “There’s no place like home!” If you’re still struggling with indoor allergens or just want to breathe more easily, ask Precision Temperature about our air filters and scrubbers – the same ones trusted by NASA on the Space Shuttle! Give us a call at (619) 588-5321.

Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted on: December 12th, 2017 by Precision Temperature No Comments

Carbon monoxide poisoning results from a build-up of carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas, and can be fatal. The typical sources of excess carbon monoxide (CO) are very common during the winter, so it’s especially important to be on the lookout for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and take steps to avoid it in your home. Learn about the sources of excess carbon monoxide, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and how it can be avoided in this blog.

CO Sources

Carbon monoxide is found in the fumes created from burning fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, gas stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. When trapped indoors, CO can build up and poison people and animals who breathe it.

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Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often described as “flu-like.” They frequently include dizziness, weakness, headache, chest pain, confusion, upset stomach, and vomiting. Prolonged inhalation of CO can cause you to lose consciousness or even die. People who are drunk or sleeping can die from carbon monoxide poisoning even before showing symptoms.

Everyone is at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, but infants, the elderly, and people with heart disease, breathing problems, or anemia are more likely to be affected by CO.

Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

An important part of preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in your home is keeping any fuel-burning (gas, oil, or coal) equipment and appliances well-maintained. Your fuel-burning heating system and water heater should be serviced by a professional once a year – before the heavy use of the cooler winter months is a good time to do this.

You should also install a battery-operated CO detector in your home in a location where it will wake you if it sounds while you’re asleep. Check the batteries at least twice a year and replace them as needed. If the carbon monoxide detector alarm sounds, you and your family should leave your home immediately and call 911.

Other ways to prevent a potentially deadly build-up of carbon monoxide include: not using portable heaters or generators indoors; making sure fuel-burning appliances are vented properly; and checking your chimney is clear and cleaning it if necessary.

If you suspect you or a family member has carbon monoxide poisoning, seek medical attention right away. For help making sure your home heating equipment is not releasing excess carbon monoxide, contact Precision Temperature, your San Diego HVAC experts! Call (610) 588-5321 or use our online contact form.