Allbritten offers heating repair, maintenance, and installation services here in Fresno and the Central Valley. We repair and tune up all types of heating systems from all manufacturers, and we’re proud to install new Carrier furnaces and heat pumps. Whether you need emergency heating service or a new system, Allbritten is the team to call.

Here’s what causes AC short cycling and how to fix it

“Short cycling” refers to an air conditioner that turns on, runs for only a short time, and then turns off again. This “cycle” then repeats, with the air conditioner constantly starting up. Most homeowners first notice this problem lying in bed at night, listening to the somewhat obnoxious sound of their air conditioner kicking on again and again. Of course, others notice discrepancies in their electric bill or problems with their home’s comfort. Both can be caused by AC short cycling.

If your air conditioner is short cycling, you need a professional HVAC technician to come out and take a look at it as soon as possible. As we’ll review below, short cycling can lead to a number of problems for air conditioners and heating systems, including compressor failure. Call us for professional cooling and heating service and inspections here in the Fresno metro area.

Noticing short cycling issues?

If your air conditioner or heater is short cycling, it’s time to bring in one of our HVAC experts for a closer look. At Allbritten, we help cool down Fresno homeowners with fast, friendly service and effective AC repair.

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Why is AC short cycling so bad?

Just like your car uses the most gas when you turn the ignition, your air conditioner uses the most energy when first starting up the compressor. Under normal conditions, this extra energy use doesn’t amount to much. However, with a short cycling system, the compressor is constantly in the process of starting up, which means the AC unit is drawing more energy to produce less consistent cooling. There’s no two ways about it: short cycling, if left unchecked, will negatively impact your home’s cooling costs.

Unfortunately, that’s far from the only problem. All that starting and stopping puts additional stress on the AC compressor—a vital component that is incredibly expensive to replace. In fact, in most air conditioners more than a few years old, it makes more financial sense to replace the entire system than to replace just the compressor. Protecting the compressor from this unnecessary wear-and-tear should be your top priority, and it’s why you need to take on short cycling problems right away.

But, what causes short cycling in the first place? Here are a few common reasons why your air conditioner might be short cycling:

You have the wrong-sized air conditioner

There’s a common misconception out there that the bigger an air conditioner is, the better it is. After all, at face value, it makes sense, right? A larger air conditioner should be able to provide more cooling, more quickly. However, in the HVAC world, the unit size needs to be proportional to your home’s square footage. An air conditioner that’s too large for your house is going to have just as many problems as one that’s too small.

Some common causes of AC short cycling include refrigerant leaks and improper AC sizing.

One of the most common causes of long-term, persistent AC short cycling is improper AC sizing at the time of installation. This is why you should always have an experienced, locally trusted professional install your new AC unit.

Too large of an air conditioner will turn on and cool your home down. However, running at its normal speed, it’s unable to keep going without overshooting the temperature. So, it shuts itself off. The temperature in your home begins to rise again, and the thermostat turns the system back on. This repeats, over-and-over again, with the AC turning itself on and off in quick sequence. This is a classic example of AC short cycling, and it’s really bad for your comfort, your energy-efficiency, and your system’s compressor.

In contrast, an air conditioner that’s too small is also going to have issues. It’ll turn on, run, and struggle to keep up with the demand placed on it. It’ll constantly run, using more electricity without really cooling down your home. That constant, non-stop operation puts the system under incredible stress.

There’s a sweet spot between these two extremes. It’s why we offer free in-home estimates on new air conditioners here at Allbritten. Finding the right-sized air conditioner (or heater!) for your home matters, as it can prevent short cycling and a number of other critical, long-term problems.

How to fix this:

Unfortunately, if another AC contractor installed the wrong-sized air conditioner in your home, the solution might involve replacing it with a correctly sized system. Start by giving us a call so we can advise you on your next steps and consult you on what you can do to curb short-cycling with your current system.

Your AC unit is losing refrigerant

Refrigerant is what your air conditioner uses to cool down your home. Here’s a layman’s explanation: your air conditioner moves refrigerant in a closed loop that travels inside (evaporator coil) and outside (condenser coil). Inside, the refrigerant—supercooled by the compressor—absorbs heat energy from inside air. It then transports this heat energy to the condenser unit outside and releases it, cooling back down. The refrigerant makes this journey many, many times (known as the refrigeration cycle) until the temperature inside your home matches what the thermostat says.

The refrigeration cycle relies on pressure and sufficient refrigerant. Under normal conditions, your AC doesn’t need “new” refrigerant—it exists in a closed loop and doesn’t need to be replaced or topped off. However, in the event of a refrigerant leak, the air conditioner is going to struggle to operate normally. It will start to short cycle as it attempts to meet the temperature demand of your home.

How to fix this:

If you notice your AC is short cycling, please call our team so we can send one of our experienced, friendly techs out to your home. We’ll want to run through a full diagnosis of your air conditioner to determine what the problem is, and how we can best go about fixing it. In addition to refrigerant loss, short cycling can be potentially caused by a number of other malfunctions, including problems with the compressor, electrical supply, or the thermostat itself.

Here are the steps we’re taking to protect you during the COVID-19 outbreak

Updated May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has already had a profound human and economic impact on Fresno and the Central Valley, and our state has put emergency orders in place to help prevent and slow its spread. As an essential business, our team at Allbritten is standing by and ready to help with all your cooling, heating, and plumbing needs. However, we want you to know that we’re taking several precautionary measures to protect your home. In this article, we’ll review the COVID-19 outbreak, what we’re doing, and how you can help other Fresno businesses and people during this tough time.

Our team is taking necessary precautions

For both the protection of our team and your home, we want you to know that we’re taking all necessary precautions, in line with the up-to-the-minute recommendations from our city, state, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Our team is:

  • Undergoing a daily health screening to make sure our employees are ready to work.
  • Following up with our customers to make sure you and your family are healthy and ready for us to arrive.
  • Wearing protective masks while working around and inside your home.
  • Regularly using hand sanitizer and sanitizing our tools and equipment.
  • Practicing social distancing and maintaining a six-foot distance from others.
  • Preventing the spread of germs by doing away with tablet signatures.

If you have any questions about the precautionary measures we’re taking in your home, please call us.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are taking extra precautions and offering 24/7 emergency service here in Fresno, CA.COVID-19 Basics

You’ve no doubt heard about COVID-19—also commonly known as “novel coronavirus”—by now. The virus has quickly spread in a number of U.S. communities, including here in Fresno. Having only recently jumped from animals to humans, COVID-19 is a “novel” disease. This means that no one has pre-existing immunity to it, making it incredibly easy to transmit to others.

There’s another reason for COVID-19’s incredible virality. Those infected often can have a asymptomatic incubation period of several days. In fact, some of those infected never develop symptoms at all! In total, around 80% of those who catch COVID-19 only have light-to-no symptoms. However, without social distancing and other precautionary measures, these asymptomatic carriers could quickly spread the disease to vulnerable people, including older people and those with compromised immune systems. It’s also worth noting that COVID-19 can be life-threatening and require hospitalization even in relatively healthy young people.

So, how can we all slow the spread of COVID-19 and help out our front-line first responders and medical personnel? First, we should all be following the latest guidelines from the CDC. Preventative measures include:

  • Washing your hands: The best way to kill the virus is to wash your hands in warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  • Sanitizing surfaces: The virus can survive on surfaces for hours, so sanitize anything you touch after coming home from the grocery store. You should especially wipe down your phone.
  • Wearing face protection: While a mask may not block out the virus from entering your system, it can prevent you from spreading it to others in the event you are a asymptomatic carrier. It also helps discourage you from touching your mouth, nose, or eyes while out in public.

Second, stay home if possible. Even if you still need to go to work, avoid other interactions in public spaces whenever possible. The virus is most often spread in groups of people within close proximity to one another.

As a final note, the guidelines and recommendations from our state and the CDC are subject to change. For the latest updates, please see the CDC’s website.

We’re here for you and your home

Here in the state of California, plumbers and HVAC technicians have been designated as essential services. Unfortunately, there’s no fixing a leaking pipe or repairing an air conditioner over a video call. This means that our techs and plumbers are still here for you and your home when you need us most.

During this crisis, our team is continuing to offer service throughout Fresno and the Central Valley. If your air conditioner stops working or your water heater fails, you can count on us to be there. To schedule fast, reliable service from Fresno’s trusted team, call us today.

During this crisis, think (and thank) local

Experts are not yet sure how long the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing measures will continue. Already, the outbreak has had a significant impact on local and small businesses of all kinds here in Fresno and the Central Valley. Please consider doing the following to support our local businesses through this tough time:

  • Order takeout or delivery from local restaurants here in Fresno. If you are uncomfortable with ordering food at this time, consider buying gift cards to use at those restaurants after the crisis is over.
  • When you shop online for essentials, gifts for care packages, and other products, please give some thought to shopping local. More than ever, our local businesses need your support.
  • Be compassionate and embody being #FresnoStrong. A “thank you” to those working in grocery stores, restaurants, and in other essential businesses can really make someone’s day.

The entire team here at Allbritten would like to thank our local first responders, medical personnel, and everyone else working on the front lines of this outbreak. You are Fresno’s heroes!

On a final note, thank you for your business and support during this difficult time. We wish you and your family well moving forward, and continue to look forward to serving you and helping your home with its HVAC and plumbing needs.

Here are the riskiest home repairs to put off—and how to avoid future problems

Here’s how you can lower your heating costs this winter

Heating costs in the winter are enough to make anyone cringe. If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably looking for ways to cut back on energy costs for the rest of the season. Here are a few simple things you can do to lower your heating costs this winter.

For a comprehensive view of how you can reduce energy waste and start saving, contact us to schedule a home energy audit. Our energy experts will evaluate how efficient your home is and make recommendations for improvements.

Clean your vents and radiators

Over time, dust and debris build up in vents, radiators, and duct systems. In addition to being horrible for your health, this buildup can also block air flow through your HVAC system.

When airflow is blocked, your system has to work harder to bring the home to the temperature on the thermostat. This can cause your heating costs to skyrocket.

To make things easier on your HVAC system and energy budget, clean your vents regularly. You can do this with a vacuum cleaner. You should also schedule duct cleaning at least once per year to maximize air flow and make sure your indoor air is as clean as possible.

Lower your thermostat setting

There’s no reason to keep your home blistering hot during the winter. To save energy, opt for a cool and comfortable 68⁰ F. You can lower the temperature even further while you’re sleeping. This action alone could save you up to 3% of your heating costs over a 24-hour period.

Upgrade your windows

Old windows are typically not very energy-efficient. If you live in an older home with thin, single-pane windows, it’s time for an upgrade. Switch to energy-efficient, double-pane windows and you’ll notice a decrease in your monthly energy costs.

Change your furnace filter frequently

Did you know your furnace filter should be changed once every 3-4 months? If you have pets or suffer from allergies, you may want to change your filter even more frequently than that. If you fail to change your filter as recommended, you could be dealing with more than just dirty air.

Furnace filters can easily become clogged because they’re constantly filtering airborne pollutants out of the air. If they get too clogged, they’ll force your furnace to work harder than it should. This can not only result in higher energy costs, but a decreased furnace lifespan as well.

Changing your filter isn’t hard. Just make sure you get the right type of replacement filter and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for changing it. If you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself, call an HVAC company like Allbritten to change it for you.

Schedule a home energy audit and lower your heating costs this winter and in coming winters.

Schedule a home energy audit and lower your heating costs this winter and in coming winters.

Add more insulation where needed

If you haven’t done so yet, you should figure out if your home’s insulation meets standards in your area. Older homes often have insufficient insulation, which can allow hot air to escape.

You can add more insulation to your attic, walls, and even your garage. The cost of such a project can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on how much insulation you need to add.

Get regular furnace tune-ups

One of the best ways to lower your heating bill is to get a furnace tune-up. Just as cars tend to run better when they are maintained, HVAC systems tend to work better when they get regular tune-ups. Call Allbritten today if your furnace needs maintenance. You can also at your convenience.

How variable-speed HVAC systems work and why are they more efficient

Are you frustrated with your utility bills? Electricity prices have been slowly increasing for homeowners throughout the country. Thankfully, there are a number of modern HVAC technologies that can reduce your energy usage. In this article, we’ll review variable-speed HVAC systems. These energy-efficient air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces are capable of operating at different speeds, allowing them to “slow down” to maintain the temperature in your home.

Allbritten is your team for new air conditioners and furnaces here in Fresno and the Central Valley. To get a free in-home estimate on a new variable-speed HVAC system for your home, call us today.

The difference between standard and variable-speed technology

Standard air conditioners and furnaces are connected to your thermostat. When your thermostat sends a signal, your AC turns on at 100% until your home reaches the desired temperature. This all-or-nothing approach uses more energy than a variable-speed alternative.

A variable-speed HVAC system—such as this heat pump—can save you hundreds on your energy bills.

A variable-speed HVAC system—such as this heat pump—can save you hundreds on your energy bills.

Short cycling is a common issue with the old, single-speed AC units. This can be caused by choosing an improper AC unit for your home. The result is a unit that continues to quickly turn on and off and use significant amounts of electricity.

How variable-speed fan motors and compressors work

A variable system precisely controls the compressor and fan motor to create more energy-efficient cooling. Variable compressors can cycle between 30% and 100% capacity to keep your home cool without expending additional energy.

Similarly, fan motors that are adjustable use various speeds to reduce energy usage. Installing a variable-speed fan motor allows your blower to improve the efficiency of both your AC and your furnace.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy found that even at half speed a variable-speed motor uses 75% less power than a single-stage alternative. Even with a speed reduction, your new fan can still reach your ideal indoor temperature.

Benefits of a variable-speed HVAC system

At Allbritten, we’ve installed variable-speed HVAC systems from Carrier throughout Fresno and the surrounding area. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy by switching to a variable-speed system.

  • The most obvious benefit will be reduced energy costs. The peak energy usage of older HVAC systems is the moment it turns on. Turning a blower and compressor on at full power uses significant amounts of electricity.
  • Variable-speed systems, however, don’t start immediately at 100%. By building up to full power, these systems save you significant amounts on your electricity bill.
  • A variable system also prevents excess moisture in the air. If your air conditioner is constantly running, you may need to use a dehumidifier. A variable fan motor can balance the humidity and temperature in your home and avoid the use of a dehumidifier.
  • Finally, a lower speed fan causes your AC system to operate for longer periods. This increases the amount of time that your indoor air is filtered through your system. If you’re sensitive to pollen, dander, or other allergens, this increased filtration can reduce the effects of allergens in your home.
  • Low-speed operation reduces stress and strain on your fan motor and compressor. While a compressor typically has a long service life, a fan motor can wear out with constant use at 100% power. Enjoy an extended motor lifetime with your variable-speed system.

Contact Allbritten for more information

Contact us at Allbritten today to discover how you can enjoy variable-speed heating and cooling in Fresno, CA. Work with our leading HVAC company to find the best model for your home and enjoy hassle-free installation from our friendly team.

What causes heater short cycling and how can it be fixed?

One of the most common heating repair calls our team receives is for heater short cycling. Essentially, this is where a furnace, heat pump, or ductless system is constantly starting and stopping operation. In most cases, this not only wastes energy, but also puts additional strain on the system itself.

In this article, we’ll review what short cycling is, why it matters, what the common causes of this problem are, and what you should do to address this issue if you suspect your system is experiencing this fault.

A technician looks inside a furnace experiencing heater short cycling issues.What is heater short cycling?

In the HVAC world, a “cycle” is the period of time a system runs before shutting itself off. Cooling and heating systems running normal cycles will run until the temperature in the home has been sufficiently altered. Under normal conditions, a furnace or heat pump will cycle several times per-hour, turning back on when the temperature inside the home begins to drop again.

“Short cycling,” as can be inferred from the name, is a malfunction where the system runtimes are very short, leading the system to turn itself on and off very frequently. When short cycling, the system rarely runs for more than a few minutes at a time. If you listen for the sound of the system turning off and on again, you’ll probably hear it more than a dozen times in an hour. This is a potential sign of a short cycling system.

Does short cycling matter?

Yes. Short cycling is problematic. It may be an indicator that something is wrong with your heating system. A short-cycling unit is wasting more energy than it needs to and experiences far greater wear-and-tear than a comparable system that is running normally. In situations where your furnace, heat pump, or ductless system is running incredibly short cycles, you should bring in an experienced HVAC technician to diagnose the issue.

What causes short cycling?

The three most likely causes of furnace or heat pump cycling are improper sizing, thermostat issues, and poor insulation. Here’s what you should know about all three:

Improper sizing and installation

Most people automatically assume that, when it comes to HVAC systems, bigger is better. After all, who wouldn’t want more heating in their home? When taken at face value, it’s easy to see why most homeowners think that a furnace or heat pump with a higher capacity will heat their home more effectively and quickly.

However, it doesn’t work like that. In fact, a system that is too large for your home can lead to a number of performance and efficiency problems, including short cycling.

All heating and cooling systems are at their most efficient when running normally, maintaining the temperature of the home instead of having to significantly change it. A system that is too large for your home has trouble doing this. It will start up, run, and quickly raise the indoor temperature. Then, it will shut off: it is incapable of keeping your home’s temperature in that “sweet spot” without wildly overshooting what’s on the thermostat. The indoor temperature then drops again, and this cycle repeats. The larger furnace needs to run many, many short cycles within the hour to maintain the temperature, leading to significant energy waste.

By the way, a system that is too small for your home will often experience the opposite problem: no matter how hard it works, it will struggle to maintain the temperature of your home. This is also far from ideal, and it’s why you always want a professional HVAC technician to measure your home prior to selecting a system and having it installed.

Thermostat issues

A faulty thermostat can also be responsible for short cycling problems. The thermostat provides your furnace or heat pump with instructions about when to run, based on what the indoor temperature is. However, faulty wiring within the thermostat can often lead to poor instructions being sent to the system, which results in the heater clicking on and off repeatedly without consistently running.

If you suspect that your thermostat might be the cause of your short cycling issues, you’ll want to have a certified HVAC specialist out to your home to inspect the thermostat and its wiring. If it’s not the thermostat, the technician can at least rule it out and move on to investigate other potential issues. If it is the thermostat, it might need to be replaced with either a similar model or a new programmable thermostat.

Poor insulation and airflow

Next, try cleaning the air filter that leads to your furnace. A clogged air filter has the potential to choke off the airflow to the system, leading to a number of performance problems—including cycling issues.

Poor insulation is another potential problem that you should investigate with the help of your HVAC technician. Your heating system is more likely to cycle if your home has poor attic or wall insulation, you have major air leaks in your home, or your ducts are leaky. All homes lose some degree of their generated heat, but homes that are poorly insulated are losing this heated air so quickly that the furnace is constantly caught in the bind of having to catch up.

What is the best way to deal with this issue?

Call us today have a certified technician from our team come to your home. We offer heating repair here in Fresno and the Central Valley. At Allbritten, our experienced, friendly technicians fix all heating systems, makes, and models. We’ll diagnose the issue with your heater and get it back to heating your home efficiently and effectively.

Here’s what you should know when your furnace begins to smell

If your home has a gas or electric furnace, you’ll be running it extensively this winter to keep your home warm. There are many potential indicators that a furnace isn’t working right, from strange noises and performance issues to ever-increasing energy bills. However, one important warning sign of an impending or ongoing furnace problem is strange furnace smells.

No matter what type of furnace or heating system you have, never ignore furnace odors. In a vast majority of cases, they are a sign that something is not working the way it should. In this article, we will review some of the potential odors produced by gas and electric furnaces and whether or not those odors are an indicator of a major problem with your heater.

However, in general, strange odors should always prompt a call to your local HVAC technician for an inspection. Here in Fresno and the Central Valley, be sure to call our team at Allbritten for fast and reliable heating repair from our experienced, friendly techs.

What kind of odors can a furnace produce?

Here are some of the most common furnace odors:

  • The smell of electrical wiring or plastic burning
  • Metallic smell
  • Burning dust or smoke
  • Rotten Eggs
  • Mold or mildew
  • Pet odors
  • Sewage

As we’ll review in the sections to come, not all of these smells are directly caused by the furnace, but they may indicate a fixable issue all the same.

1. Burning dust smell

A burning dust smell may emanate from the furnace once you start the furnace at the beginning of the winter season. This smell is completely normal and should go away within several days. However, if the musty smell persists, try solving this problem by changing out the air filter. If the problem persists after switching the air filter, it indicates a serious problem with the furnace. In such a situation, you should immediately turn off the system and call our team at Allbritten.

2. Metallic smell

If you notice a metallic smell coming from the furnace, it might be due to a component inside the furnace overheating. In some cases, the smell will be similar to the burning of hot plastic, oil, or rubber. If you smell odors that suggest that something in the furnace is burning or overheating, you should immediately shut off the furnace and call Allbritten for an inspection.

3. The smell of rotten eggs

The odor of a rotten egg or sulfur is another cause for serious concern. Utility companies put odor-indicating substances in natural gas, which is normally odorless. So, if you notice a potent rotten egg smell in your home, it could indicate a gas leak. You need to immediately shut off the gas furnace and call Allbritten for an inspection of your system.

4. Pet smells

Sometimes, the smell of pet waste or hair will appear to emanate from the furnace registers. If you get a strong whiff whenever you turn on the furnace, it’s important that you inspect the floor level ventilator registers. Cleaning up the mess near the vent can solve the problem.

5. Sewage smell

In case you notice the smell of sewage water emanating from the vents, it may be that an open sewer line or a broken wastewater line may be located near the system. A quick inspection of the external vents can help identify the source of the smell. You may have to call a plumber to resolve the issue.

6. Moldy Smells

A smell of mold coming from the furnace indicates a potential mold infestation inside the ductwork. You should not take mold infestation lightly. A mold infestation can degrade the quality of indoor air. It can cause people to suffer from flu-like symptoms, accompanied by sneezing and coughing.
Through our duct cleaning service, the qualified furnace technicians at Allbritten will not only remove mold and mildew from the ducts but also take measures to ensure that it does not recur as well.

7. Chemicals

This is one of the most dangerous smells you could experience in your cozy home. If the scent is a distinct chemical odor and similar to that of formaldehyde, it is likely that there is a crack in the heat exchanger component of your furnace. The heat exchanger component works by cycling heat out of the combustion chamber and then into the plenum. If this component is broken, it drastically increases the risk of fire. It may also distribute carbon monoxide fumes throughout your house.

8. Smoke

If you experience a smokey smell coming from your furnace, immediately turn the furnace off and open a couple of windows. This may occur when the furnace chimney (also called a “flue pipe” or “exhaust vent”) is blocked. The furnace’s combustion exhaust has to go somewhere, so it is forced into the ductwork.

Be sure to assess your safety in a situation like this. For example, if the smell is faint then open a window to ventilate and call a professional to schedule a service. If the smell is sudden or strong, you may need to temporarily leave your home and wait for a professional to come and identify the source of the smoke.

Call Allbritten to have our team inspect your furnace

Abnormal smells coming from a furnace could be one of the signs of a failing or damaged system. Here are some of the other signs of a failing furnace or that a furnace needs repairs.

When you need furnace repair here in Fresno and the Central Valley, call the locally trusted professionals at Allbritten. Our experienced, expert techs can quickly diagnose furnace odors and get your system back to running safely and effectively.

Now is the time to schedule a fall tune-up for your heater

It’s that time of year again. As we get into fall and summer begins to fade into memory, our nighttime lows are dropping. Is your heating system ready for the colder months of winter? With a fall heating tune-up from the professionals here at Allbritten, it will be. In this article, we’ll review why heating maintenance is so important for your system, why fall is the best time to schedule a tune-up, and what makes the team at Allbritten the best choice for your HVAC service needs here in Fresno and the Central Valley.

To schedule a fall tune-up with our team, give us a call today.

An Allbritten technician works with a furnace as part of a fall heating tune-up here in Fresno.Your heating maintenance matters for your home

Annual system maintenance is a crucial part of owning a furnace, heat pump, or ductless heating system. Homeowners who neglect their heater’s tune-up and upkeep needs are setting themselves up for potential disaster and higher energy bills.

During your service appointment, your Allbritten technician will thoroughly inspect the system, looking for potential problems that might lead to a breakdown. They will tighten physical connections and parts, and optimize the system’s comfort settings and communication with your thermostat. We will clean out dust, dirt, and grime from inside of the system, and check your home’s air filters to ensure that adequate airflow is reaching the heating unit.

Beyond preventing breakdowns and making your heating system more efficient, here are some other reasons tune-ups just make sense:

  • Manufacturer’s Warranties: A vast majority of manufacturer’s warranties protecting your heat pump, furnace, or ductless system from defects and other errors come with the stipulation that you must schedule annual maintenance with an HVAC professional. In other words, skipping maintenance can void your warranty.
  • System Lifespan: Professional maintenance can greatly extend the lifespan of your system, putting off the day where you need to replace the heater.
  • Safety: If your home has a gas furnace, a tune-up is an important safety check to ensure that your furnace is undamaged and continues to run safely, with a precise and controlled combustion pattern. Our technician will check safety sensors on the system to ensure this is the case.

Why schedule a tune-up in the fall?

You’ll want to schedule your heating tune-up before you turn your furnace on for the first time this winter. This gives our technicians an early chance to catch any issues that could lead to a breakdown or energy-efficiency problems. It also ensures that your heating system is running its best and most efficient throughout the entire winter, which means a more comfortable home for you and your family, as well as lower utility bills.

If your home relies on a heat pump or ductless system for your winter comfort, a fall tune-up also is an opportunity to have our technicians inspect and maintain the system after a long, hot summer of extensive use. Without a professional inspecting and working with the system, the cumulative wear-and-tear experienced by the system over the summer months can snowball into performance and efficiency issues in the winter.

Trust in our HVAC professionals

Only have a certified and experienced professional work on your furnace, heat pump, or ductless system, and never attempt to perform your own system maintenance. Not only will this void the manufacturer’s warranty, but—without the tools, training, or know-how—you’re putting your system at an incredible risk, which could negatively impact either your energy efficiency or your home’s comfort.

For a professional heating tune-up here in Fresno and the Central Valley, contact our HVAC professionals here at Allbritten. Our experienced techs work with all heating system types, makes, and models. We’ll get your heater ready for the colder temperatures ahead—all with the great service and guarantees that Allbritten has been known for since 1932.

One of the best ways to ensure that your heating (and cooling!) systems receive regularly scheduled tune-ups and maintenance is by joining our Guardian Maintenance Club. As a Club member, we call you to schedule your seasonal tune-ups, plus you get a number of other great perks! Give us a call today to learn more about the Club and how to join.

A home maintenance budget and plan can help protect your cooling and heating systems

How our Guardian Maintenance Club can save you money

Here at Allbritten, we care about our customers. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been in business serving Fresno and the Central Valley since 1932! We understand the your HVAC maintenance is probably one of the last things on your mind. That’s where our Guardian Maintenance Club comes in: with regularly scheduled tune-ups, homeowners have one less thing to think about.

Club members don’t just get the perks of regular tune-ups. They also get a number of added benefits as our way of thanking you for choosing Allbritten. Let’s dive into the reasons why you should join our Guardian Maintenance Club!

Why you should join our Guardian Maintenance Club

A technician explains more about how our Guardian Maintenance Club can save you money.

Members of our Guardian Maintenance Club not only save money from the regular tune-ups, but also receive a number of other perks.

#1. Prevent expensive breakdowns

When it comes to your HVAC system, it’s true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s because repairs and replacements are more expensive than regular maintenance. When you invest in scheduled maintenance, you ensure your HVAC system is in good shape for years to come.

Our team’s work can help catch small issues before they become significant problems and make performance tweaks when necessary. Allbritten will help save you from shelling out money for costly breakdowns.

#2. Reduce your energy bills

Even if you don’t notice any obvious physical signs of a failing HVAC system, there’s one red flag that will catch your eye: rising energy bills. Just because your HVAC system is working doesn’t mean it’s at its peak performance. By joining our Guardian Maintenance Club, you’ll have an HVAC system that runs efficiently and keeps your bills low every month.

#3. Extend the life of your system

The biggest HVAC expense is replacing your entire system. What if you could extend the life of your system for years? That’s what preventative maintenance can do. Regular checkups and tune-ups will extend the life of your HVAC system, reducing the chances you’ll need to invest in an entire installation soon.

Think of it like how an annual checkup with the doctor helps you live longer—except we make house calls for your heating and cooling system!

#4. Keep your warranty intact

If you submit a repair claim under the manufacturer’s warranty, you may be required to send proof of annual maintenance. Some HVAC manufacturers are very strict about this. Investing in our maintenance program will keep your HVAC components covered under warranty and save you money if something goes wrong. For a new system, you’ll have a complete paper trail proving that your system has seen regular checkups.

#5. Exclusive perks

When you’re a member of our club, you get access to special offers and exclusive discounts. For example, Club members get 15% off of Allbritten’s repair services. It’s just one way we like to say “thank you” for being an Allbritten customer.

Call us to learn more about how our Guardian Maintenance Club can save you money

Don’t wait another year to start saving money and preventing HVAC breakdowns. Call us to learn more about the Club and how you can join.