Enter the Action Air Fall Coloring Contest TODAY!

Action Air 2020 Fall Coloring Contest

Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar is excited to present its 2020 Fall Coloring Contest, beginning October 13, 2020. The Action team welcomes any child to participate and we look forward to everyone’s creations! One entry per child.

TO ENTER:

Download the page HERE, print & color! Take a photo of the colored page and post the photo on our @actionac Facebook page with #ColorwithAction, the name and age of the contestant. If you are unable to post entries through Facebook, please email them to marketing@actionac.net. One first place and one second place winner will be selected from each age category. Winners will be contacted through Facebook direct message or email!

Age Group Categories:
4–6 years

7–9 years

10-12 years

Winners in each age category will receive:

1st Place – $100 Target Gift Card
2nd Place – $50 Handel’s Homemade Ice-Cream Gift Card

Winners announced: November 7, 2020

For more information:
marketing@actionac.net
760-727-4152

Good Luck!

Common Reasons for Heating Repair in Poway: Electrical Problems with Furnaces

Does your furnace blow the fuse when the heat turns on? Root problems can be many and difficult to identify for the average homeowner. As experts in heating installation, maintenance and heating repair in Poway and across San Diego, Action AC is here to answer your HVAC dilemmas and provide custom solutions to your heating and HVAC needs.

When your furnace is having electrical problems, doing research and investigation on your own is fine, but since causes can greatly vary in nature, it’s best that you call an experienced heating repair specialist.

Wrong fuse

If the fuse is too weak to take on the capacity of your system, it will often cause shorts.

Solution: Always call trusted, qualified HVAC technicians to service your furnace.

Dirty fuse

This is likely to happen when a furnace hasn’t been maintained for some time. Fuses that are covered in soot or grime could have difficulty connecting and fail.

Solution: Keep the system regularly cleaned, maintained and inspected by a qualified and experienced professional.

Dirty filters

Dust and debris build up in filters. When they are not regularly changed, the dust can accumulate in the blower motor, which can lead to overheating. This causes the fuse to blow. What is especially hazardous in this case is that the fuse can even catch on fire.

Solution: replacing the fuse and the filter, having the system deep cleaned and committing to a routine of regularly changing the filters.

Contact with water

If the furnace comes into contact with water, it’s highly likely it will lead to a short. The water could be coming from the furnace itself (from the condensation) or there could be a leak near the furnace.

Solution: It’s best to call in a professional HVAC technician to prevent any potential hazards.

Loose wire

When a furnace is working, there is a certain level of vibration. It is possible that these vibrations cause a wire to get dislodged and sometimes, cause a short circuit.

Solution: Identifying the wire and replacing it, and having the system regularly inspected and tuned up to avoid such problems.

Faulty starting capacitor

In this situation, the problems you experience with your furnace and electricity could come and go. That’s why it could be difficult to locate the root of the problem.

Solution: Replacing the capacitor.

Broken transformer

Transformer converts the building’s voltage so that the electrical components of the furnace can function. This is necessary in buildings that have a 120 voltage. When the transformer fails, the system shorts.

Solution: Replacing the transformer.

Bad valve

Gas furnaces have valves. When a valve doesn’t open and shut correctly, it can turn hot and cause a short.

Solution: Replacing the valve and performing regular system check-up by professionals.

Faulty blower motor

When the blower motor is faulty, it puts a strain on the system, drawing too much power to run. This can lead to short circuits.

Solution: Replacing the blower motor.

Prevent problems with regular maintenance by experts for heating repair in Poway

Most of these problems can be prevented if you get a professional to look at your system on a regular basis and perform the necessary maintenance. Action AC is San Diego’s favorite local HVAC contractor, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune’s poll. We offer you a full range of HVAC services, backed up by more than 4 decades of experience and thousands of satisfied customers. Call us when you need expert heating repair in Poway or elsewhere in San Diego and South Riverside County!

Buyer’s Guide for Furnaces: Repair or Replace Your Furnace?

Your home heating system is a major appliance. If you’ve been experiencing some malfunctions or you can barely remember when your furnace was bought, the question may be preying on your mind – should you repair it or replace it? We have written about buying a new furnace. As your heating repair El Cajon (and San Diego) experts, Action AC is here to offer some guidelines in this post. We do, however, strongly encourage you to make an appointment with our seasoned technicians who will come out and assess the condition of your heating system and give you personalized advice. Call us today!

Repair

Life expectancy is something to consider. Electric and gas furnaces live between 15 and 20 years. If your furnace is younger than 10 years and there’s a malfunction that doesn’t prevent you from getting some heat, repair is most likely viable and sensible.

One rule of thumb is to consider the cost of repairs in relation to the cost of the new system. If the repairs will cost no more than 30% of a new furnace, it makes sense to get the system repaired. However, this rule can be crossed with the age of the existing system, to get a better perspective on the matter. The older your system is, the less you should pay for the repairs so that it makes financial sense. To illustrate, it could be reasonable to spend $1,300 on the repair of a 5-year-old furnace, but financing such a repair could be money down the drain for a 10-year-old system. If we start with the premise that $1,300 is a reasonable repair for a 5-year-old furnace, every year added to that lowers the reasonable repair cost by $100. That’s just to give you a rough idea of what makes sense, but it’s best to have experienced technicians ascertain the condition of the unit.

It could turn out that your furnace’s performance could be significantly enhanced by other means. Maybe your ducts need sealing, or your home is poorly insulated, or you need a new thermostat, etc. This is something that a professional and experienced HVAC technician can best help with.

Replace

Again, age is a huge factor for replacement. If you have a furnace that was built before 1992, you should give serious thought to replacement even if the system doesn’t need repairs. The main reason for this is that systems that are older than 1992 likely have a 60% AFUE rating or less. In other words, you waste at least 40 cents of every dollar you give for fuel.

Replacing your system with an energy-efficient solution could make you eligible for tax credits and utility rebates. Find out more at www.dsireusa.org.

When mature age and necessary repairs combine, replacement is prudent. If the repairs exceed 50% of the price a new system, you should definitely replace the furnace. If vital parts of the furnace fail, you should most probably replace it (e.g. out-of-warranty failed compressor, cracked heat exchanger, etc.). If your system is more than 10 years old and you need frequent repairs, replacement is most probably in order.

Sometimes, it might seem that repair is the cheaper option, but you should include these considerations as well. Firstly, the cost of frequent repairs may quickly add up. If the system needs frequent repairs, it probably isn’t efficient and drains your home budget for energy that goes to waste.

It can happen that your system is experiencing malfunctions often because it wasn’t properly installed or the necessary capacity wasn’t accurately calculated. These two problems are also best addressed through a detailed system inspection.

Call Action AC for expert heating repair El Cajon (and surrounding area)

Action AC is here to serve you with over 4 decades of experience and excellence. When you are in doubt about repairing or replacing your furnace, make sure you reach out to us. HVAC systems are a major home appliance and you are best served when you have the right people to help you. Based in San Marcos, Action AC provides outstanding HVAC services for repair, replacement, installation and maintenance. We have been serving San Diego since 1975 with a stellar reputation. Call us today!

This Winter, Don’t Fear Your Furnace!

It’s important to understand the health and safety hazards of your furnace. Our team of experts provide some valuable information below so you don’t have to Fear Your Furnace this Winter!

Age Risk For Your Furnace

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Furnaces 10 years or older are especially dangerous since they all have pilot lights. The average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. Newer furnace models with pilot lights have sensors that will automatically shut down if a problem is detected, however having a pilot light still poses a significant safety concern. Older furnaces are also at a higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, breakdowns, house fires, and higher energy bills.

Today’s furnaces are designed with new, high-tech heating systems whose greater efficiency helps homeowners save money, conserve natural resources and decrease the likelihood of HVAC hazards. Action Air wants to help you replace your outdated furnace – enter our Scariest Furnace Contest to win a New Furnace or WiFi Thermostat!

Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially common with outdated furnaces. Older pilot lights are typically controlled manually, and even a slight adjustment defect can produce carbon monoxide gas. Modern homes are built more “air-tight”, leaving furnaces starved of the necessary oxygen it requires to burn fuels completely. When this occurs, toxic gases build up inside the home.

furnace installation san diego House fires caused by pilot lights, bad ventilation, and/or gas line leaks are another major safety hazard of an outdated heating system. The combustible materials or any flammable objects near a furnace create an increased possibility of fire or explosion. Gasoline, solvents, or other volatile substances emit vapors that can be ignited by the heat or flame inside a gas furnace. Additionally, natural gas which has no odor, taste, smell or color can be omitted from gas line leaks and are extremely flammable and could cause a catastrophic fire or explosion.

The oxide required for older furnaces is known to destroy valves, cause gaskets to leak, and make bearings go dry – inevitably creating more risk of malfunctioning parts or total system breakdown. The older a furnace is, the more likely its parts will malfunction, causing repairs to become gradually more expensive. Older furnaces also require more gas to create heat. Replacing your furnace with a more energy efficient system will save you in long term repair costs and expensive utility bills. Our furnace experts will handle all stages of a furnace replacement to ensure maximum comfort and savings – from choosing a new heating system that’s right for you, to quality installation with Action Air Certified Technicians. We are here every step of the way.

Why HVAC Maintenance Is Critical to Your Home & Energy Bills

Did you know that 90% of all HVAC system malfunctions or breakdowns are caused by a lack of maintenance?

The best thing you can do for your heating and cooling system is to have a reliable NATE Certified technician perform regular service on it. Unmaintained gas furnaces, especially older models, are a safety hazard and could be potentially put you, your family, and home at great risk.
An Action Air NATE-Certified technician discovered this entire house was at severe risk for fire and carbon dioxide poisoning after receiving a routine repair call about a furnace not producing heat.
This can potentially happen to you. If you notice anything out of the ordinator about your HVAC system, it is important to immediately call an HVAC contractor, like Action Air.

Here are a few signs your furnace could be putting you and your home at risk:

  • Smell of burning coming from HVAC after heat is turned on
  • Strong smell of fuel
  • Carbon dioxide monitor goes off
  • No heat is being produced
  • Utility bills increase
  • Your HVAC is making loud or unusual noises (rattling, buzzing, banging)

Having your HVAC system regularly serviced (2 times per year) is the best way to ensure your furnace is safe and reliable. Additionally, regular maintenance will improve your home’s indoor air quality, enable your system to operate at optimal performance, reduce energy costs, and mitigate expensive repairs.

If you have not had routine ac or furnace maintenance performed this season, contact Action Air today to schedule your Quality Maintenance inspection for only $50* out of pocket. Our team is dedicated to your home’s safety and comfort and is available to you 24-7 through our on-call Emergency Service.

Get Your Home Ready and Stay Ahead of El Niño’s Impact This Winter

The strong winds, rain, and thunderstorms created by El Niño is causing an unseasonably cold winter for Southern California. More recent reports have revealed that El Niño’s impact is stronger than originally predicted, and expected to last through Spring 2016. Southern Californian’s appreciate our usually warm environment, here are a few tips on how to keep your home cozy this winter.

Replace Your Outdated Heating System

Over time, furnaces, even those that are well maintained, will eventually need to be replaced. Furnaces wear down and efficiency levels gradually reduce, decreasing the comfort of your home and increasing your energy bills. Since all of Southern California will be cranking the heat this winter, replacing your outdated heating system with a more efficient model will, without doubt, save you hundreds or thousands on your energy bills annually.

Our San Diego area furnace replacement technicians can assess your needs and recommend a new gas, electric or dual fuel furnace for your home today and have your new heating system installed in a timely and professional manner.

Keep Your Home and Family Safe

Not only will you be saving big bucks with a new heating system, but you will also create a safer environment for your home. Replacing your outdated heating system is the best way to safeguard your home against fires, expensive repairs, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The flooding caused by excessive rain this winter creates a major concern for the many flood-prone areas in Southern California. Check the surrounding areas of your home for any issues such as potholes, rocks/mudslides, plugged storm drains, water flowing down your driveway, etc. These minor problems can quickly turn dangerous during a major flood without the proper precautionary action. Contact your County Department of Public Works Road Service to resolve any potential problems. Here are some useful resources about El Niño and Flood and Disaster preparedness:

http://www.ready.gov/floods

http://www.readysandiego.org/

http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/tao/elnino/faq.html

http://myhazards.caloes.ca.gov/

Hazards of Old Furnaces & the Importance of Preventative Maintenance

The season to fire up the furnace is among us, even for Southern California. With this year’s unseasonably cold winter (thanks to El Niño) you’ll be using your heating system more regularly.

That’s why it’s important to understand the health and safety hazards of an outdated heating system. Our team of experts provide some valuable information below on how to ensure your heating system is not putting your home, family ….and wallet at risk.

What is Considered an ‘Outdated Furnace’?

Furnaces 20 years or older are especially dangerous since they all have pilot lights. The average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. Although newer furnace models with pilot lights have sensors that will automatically shut down if a problem is detected, having a pilot lights still pose a significant safety concern.

Health and Safety Concerns Related to Older Furnaces

Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially common with outdated furnaces. Older pilot lights are typically controlled manually, and even a slight adjustment defect can produce carbon monoxide gas. Today’s homes are built more “air-tight”, leaving furnaces starved of the necessary oxygen it requires to burn fuels completely. When this occurs, toxic gases build up inside the home.

According to statistics compiled by US Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 200 people across the nation are known to die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by toxic gas build up produced by their heating systems. In addition, around 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide-related injuries are diagnosed each year- including headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and seasonal depression.

House fires caused by pilot lights, bad ventilation, and/or gas line leaks are another major safety hazard of an outdated heating system. The combustible materials or any flammable objects near a furnace create an increased possibility of fire or explosion. Gasoline, solvents, or other volatile substances emit vapors that can be ignited by the heat or flame inside a gas furnace. Additionally, natural gas which has no odor, taste, smell or color can be omitted from gas line leaks and are extremely flammable and could cause a catastrophic fire or explosion.

Keep Your Heating Cost Efficient With a New Furnace

The oxide required for older furnaces is known to destroy valves, cause gaskets to leak, and bearings to go dry, inevitably creating more risk of malfunctioning parts or total system breakdown. The older a furnace is, the more likely its parts will malfunction, causing repairs to become gradually more expensive. Older furnaces also require more gas to create heat. Replacing your furnace with a more energy efficient system will save you in long term repair costs…. And you might actually smile next time you get your gas and electric bill.

Furnace Repair & Heating System Preventative Maintenance

Not only do Action Air’s experts encourage you to maintain a safe heating system for your home, but several US agencies and organizations do as well. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Lung Association encourage regular maintenance of older furnaces and up-to-date of home heating systems in order to keep homes all over America safe.

If you are not ready to replace your old furnace, service and maintenance at least twice a year (every 6 months) is necessary to insure your home and family are not at risk, especially if you have a furnace operating on a manual pilot light. Our team at Action Air provides 24 hour emergency service and competitive pricing on HVAC service and maintenance agreements.

Talk to an expert at Action Air today for a free consultation on replacing or servicing your heating system!