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: Why You Want the Best Heating Installers in San Diego

Buying a furnace, a heat pump or an HVAC system in general, requires due diligence on your part to ensure you make a good investment in your home comfort. You need to decide what kind of equipment you will get (e.g. electric furnace or a gas one, or a heat pump, etc.) and what brand (Lennox, Carrier, Trane, Mitsubishi, etc.). However, it is just as important that you find the best furnace installers you can find in your area. Why? With more than 40 years of experience, Action AC is the top trusted local HVAC contractor when it comes to heating installation and heating repair in Escondido and across San Diego. We’ll tell you why installation matters and what possible problems are.

Comfort, safety and long equipment life

Well installed systems live longer and need fewer repairs throughout their life. Furnace installation (or HVAC installation) is a complex procedure because it doesn’t accept cookie-cutter solutions. Your heating system needs to be installed according to manufacturer’s specifications and according to your specific needs.

Proper installation is not just about avoiding hot and cold spots, humidity issues, noisy operation, etc. It’s also about avoiding the likelihood of carbon monoxide leaks, which can happen with gas furnaces.

Get a properly sized system

Your heating system should be sized according to certain parameters. Your HVAC installer should be someone you can rely on to perform calculations to determine the size and capacity you need for your new furnace or HVAC system.

You may think that getting a system or furnace with the same capacity as your current system is enough. However, that may not be true. Your current system may have been incorrectly sized. If you’ve done any remodeling that affected the structure of the space (especially room additions), your system may need improvements. Finally, newer units are more energy-efficient, so a smaller system may fit your needs now.

It’s important to note that it’s not energy-efficient (nor comfort-enhancing) to get the biggest possible system. One of the problems with systems that exceed your needs is they short-cycle, which leads to temperature variance and ramped-up electricity bills.

Have good air distribution

The ductwork of the system is an important part of your HVAC system. Faulty ductwork can put strain on the system, which reduces system’s life. It can also reduce your energy efficiency, wasting your utility money and hindering your comfort.

The size of the ductwork needs to match system output. With ducts that are too narrow, air velocity is increased. This can lead to draft in your home and also result in noisy operation. If the ducts are too wide, air flow may be poor, forcing the system to work harder than actually necessary.

Ducts should also be well sealed and made with good-quality materials. Leaky ducts will waste the conditioned air, make hissing sounds and lead to excess dust, draft and possibly humidity issues.

Ensure proper drainage

Waste water that’s a by-product of your heating/HVAC system’s operation has to be properly drained away. Drain water that pools and accumulates is a safety hazard because of the electrical components of the system. Potential problems don’t stop there, though. There could also be impaired air quality and mold problems. This is quite dangerous in homes where there are sensitive occupants, such as small children, seniors or individuals with respiratory conditions.

Ensure correct exhaust

Carbon monoxide is a by-product of the combustion process that takes place in your gas furnace. It is colorless and odorless and highly toxic. It must be properly and safely vented outside of the building. When furnace flue and damper are improperly sized, carbon monoxide can accumulate.

Call #1 HVAC company for heating installation and heating repair in Escondido

Action AC is here to help you for all your heating and HVAC needs in Escondido and across San Diego. Multiple industry-relevant awards, 4 decades of experience, full range of services and thousands of satisfied local customers speak volumes about our professionalism and commitment to YOU. Call us today!

Buyer’s Guide for Furnaces: Heat Pumps

Our buyer’s guide for furnaces includes heat pumps, as they are one of the most popular heater choices in Southern California. Even though they are not furnaces, they are worth every San Diego buyer’s consideration. Find out why California residents and your trusted heating Lakeside experts (and beyond) love them.

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How Your Heating System Impacts Indoor Air Quality

In Southern California, when temperatures start to quickly decline, it’s time to get your heating system back in gear. It’s important to consider how running your home’s heating system will affect your indoor air quality, especially when your furnace has been stagnate for the better half of a year.

How Your Heating System Works

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  • When the temperature in your home falls under the thermostat setting, a low-voltage signal is sent to the furnace to activate the motor
  • Once the motor is activated, all the gas that is left over in the heat exchanger is purged
  • Ignition occurs to light the burner inside the combustion chamber, creating heat
  • Once your indoor air temperature reaches that of your thermostat, the gas valve will close and the burner goes out
  • The blower fan will continue to run until all the heated air is expelled through your ductwork

Furnace Filters

If your furnace filter is dirty during a heating cycle it will restrict the airflow, which means it won’t do a very good job pulling from your indoor air supply. Additionally, a severely clogged filter can stress your system components – reducing the functionality of your heating system and increasing your energy bills. Your air filter should be checked at least once a month and changed regularly during heating season.

Dirty Ductwork

If your ductwork has not been cleaned or maintained regularly, your indoor air quality – and health – will suffer as a result. Ductwork in your home has two systems; supply ducts that blow heated air into rooms and return ducts that inhale indoor air and return it to the blower. Moisture, debris, and dirt in your home will get stuck in your ductwork and become a breeding ground for molds, allergens, toxins, and other infectious compounds. Particles can end up inside your heating system, making it less efficient and degrading your indoor air quality.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality during Heating Season

Breathing clean, fresh air can make the difference between good health and constantly fighting colds, allergies, and respiratory problems all winter. The good news is there are several preventative measures you can take to protect your home and family’s health.Buy High Quality Air Filters

You can check the quality of an air filter by the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). The higher the MERV rating, the cleaner your air will be. You should consult a certified HVAC contractor to make sure the filter is compatible with your heating system and it is properly installed. heating installation

Invest in Whole Home Purification Systems

Air Filtration Systems can remove as much as 99.9% of all allergens and 90% of all infectious agents. As a Lennox Certified Dealer, Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar can direct you to the best Air Filtration System for your family and home’s unique needs.

DuctWork Cleaning & Preventative Maintenance

Heaters enjoy a longer functioning life if they’re properly maintained, and if the air passages are not clogged with dirt and dust. Action’s NATE-certified HVAC technicians use NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association)-approved duct cleaning techniques to ensure your furnace is running at optimal efficiency and improving your indoor air quality as a result.

Complete Buyer’s Guide to a New Furnace

Buying a new furnace is a significant investment in your home or commercial building – and a big decision for owners. Furnace Replacement can be a big investment, so talk with our trusted professionals.

To get the results you want from your new furnace investment, you should put time and energy into scheduling an evaluation, researching available financing options (including HERO) and rebates, and comparing features, prices, and products. If the purchase process is done correctly, your new heating system should lower your energy bills, increase indoor comfort, raise the value of your home, and improve indoor air quality!

This guide from the experts at Action Air Conditioning, Heating & Solar aims to help you through this process and get you the results you want from your new heating system investment.

Step 1: 

Get Your Home Evaluated by a Certified HVAC Contractor

Have your home or building evaluated by a trusted HVAC contractor. The size of the living or working space, energy bills, microclimate, and existing duct work determine what type of furnace is best for your needs.

The big question the HVAC contractor should help you answer is which type of furnace and fuel you should use: gas, electric, oil, or dual system.

Most homeowners stick to whatever their homes already had to minimize the labor and costs associated with extra installation of duct work or running electric lines. However, there are several reasons changing the type of fuel system could be more beneficial. This is why an evaluation performed by a trusted HVAC contractor is central to your final decision on which furnace type, model, and size is right for your home.

Installing an oversized furnace is another risk of not having an evaluation prior to purchasing a new heating system. Oversized units are more expensive upfront, cycle on and off more frequently (increasing your energy bills) and make it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

Make sure to request a copy of the evaluation, thoroughly analyze it, and have your HVAC contractor answer any questions you may have before accepting their recommendation.

Step 2:

Prioritize Your Home’s Heating Needs

Once a trusted HVAC contractor has evaluated your space, it’s time to explore your options for the new heating system. There are several factors to consider:

Step 3:

Compare Furnace Prices & Features

After you have determined what your furnace priorities are, and researched what savings are available to you, it’s time to start shopping.

Make sure you look at several different models and compare prices. The lowest bid that provides all the features you require does not necessarily mean it is best furnace for you.

Energy Star is an Environmental Protection Agency that helps businesses and homeowners protect the environment and save money through superior energy efficiency. An Energy Star endorsement on an AC model can give you peace of mind with your purchase.

Keep in mind that an energy-efficient system will cost more upfront, but it will eventually pay for itself and save you money in the long term on energy bills.

Step 4:

Research Furnace Financing Options

Research all rebate, financing options, tax incentives, and savings opportunities. Rebates and energy incentives are available through your utility company, state and federal government. Here are a few resources to research tax credits, incentives, and rebate options:

Step 5: 

Furnace Installation

Hire a trusted HVAC contractor to perform the installation of your new AC system. Systems that have been installed incorrectly can lead to a malfunctioning system, expensive repairs, and decreased product life.

Our team at Action AC is here to guide you through purchasing a new AC. Our NATE-certified technicians are experienced and trusted HVAC contractors, and our services are guaranteed to get you on your way to the best energy savings and comfort for your living or working space!

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.

Energy Efficient Furnaces

If your old furnace isn’t operating very efficiently and you are considering upgrading to a new energy efficient furnace, there are many things you need to consider before making a decision. Below are several things you should keep in mind when you are looking for furnace installation in San Diego.

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE)

AFUE is a measurement of how well a furnace—or any other gas appliance—converts fuel to heat over the course of a year. AFUE is the industry standard for measuring a furnace’s efficiency. New furnaces are required by law to state their AFUE and provide a comparison to other models of furnaces. You’ve probably seen this on appliances in the past and never realized what it was:

 

Today, a good AFUE rating is between 90 and 98 percent.

These ENERGYGUIDE stickers are required by the U.S. Department of Energy with the goal of helping consumers make decisions with energy efficiency in mind when upgrading appliances. We carry many energy efficient brands of furnaces. Schedule a free consultation with our furnace professionals today to learn more about the brands and models we carry.

Energy Efficiency Steps You Should Take Before You Buy

Keep in mind, however, the AFUE rating measures only the efficiency of the furnace itself. If your home has leaky duct work or piping, your heating system may not operate as efficiently as you would expect. Before you upgrade to a new energy efficient furnace model, you should improve the energy efficiency of your home by sealing air leaks in your ducts and around windows and adding insulation. Improving the energy efficiency of your home will help your furnace professional more easily determine the size of heating system you need. A more efficient home will also require a smaller furnace—decreasing upfront costs as well as ongoing heating costs!

How to Keep Your Furnace Operating Efficiently

Even very efficient furnaces can operate inefficiently if they are not properly maintained. The best way to keep your furnace operating as efficiently as possible is to have regular furnace maintenance. Keeping your baseboards, air registers, and air filters maintained and cleaned annually can shave hundreds off your annual heating costs. After having a new energy efficient furnace installed, we recommend signing up for our HVAC maintenance plan to keep your system operating at peak performance for longer.

Why Upgrade?

Still not convinced? An energy efficient furnace can actually cut your heating bill in half! Beyond the financial reasons, there are health and environmental reasons to consider as well. Older furnaces can develop leaks that could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or other health problems. Old inefficient furnaces also produce far more carbon dioxide emissions and smog particulate that create poor air quality problems. A new energy efficient furnace benefits not only your finances, but also your family and neighbors!