JC Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Is a Heat Pump Right for Me?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Towns like Yorba Linda, CA experience very mild winters: one of the benefits of living in Southern California. But we still need heating systems to keep our homes warm on those cold winter nights, and like most people, homeowners in the area want to be able to warm their homes without spending more than they need to on monthly bills. The solution may be a heat pump, which combines the effects of a heater and an air conditioner in one. Here’s a quick breakdown on how it works and why it’s well-suited to our climate. If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, it pays to give heat pumps a good, close look. (more…)

How do Heat Pumps Save You Money?

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Spring is here in Fullerton, CA, making it the ideal season to assess the state of your heating and air conditioning system and make some changes if necessary. If you’re thinking about replacing an old system with a new one, you might want to think about installing a heat pump instead of a traditional heater or air conditioner. It could be the best decision you made: saving you money while cooling your house in the summer and warming it in the winter. How does it work, and how does save you money? Read on for the answers. (more…)

Common Heat Pump Repair Issues

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Heat pumps make an excellent solution to heating and cooling needs here in La Habra, CA. With our mild winters finally kicking in, they allow us to comfortably warm our homes without expending as much energy as other forms of heating (as well as acting as a reliable air conditioner in the summer). But with winter coming and people switching from cooling to heating mode, now is the time when common heat pump repair issues can crop up. When you spot them, shut your system down and call for a qualified repair service immediately. (more…)


Friday, September 11th, 2015

Home and business owners who currently rely on older air conditioners for their cooling will soon be facing the unpleasant prospect of replacing their cooling systems by the year 2020. These older air conditioners use a type of refrigerant known as HCFC-22, or R22 Freon. Government regulations concerning environmental emissions and ozone depletion require replacement of R22 Freon with R410a Freon, a less environmentally damaging substance.

Air conditioners that use R22 Freon cannot use the new R410a type, and there is no retrofit or workaround that can enable the older technology to use the newer refrigerant. As a result, the transition from R22 to R410a Freon will mean most air conditioners from the last few decades will need to be replaced.

The new Freon standards were implemented as part of the Clean Air Act, which is enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. By the year 2020, R22 Freon will no longer be manufactured.

Between 2012 and 2020, the price of R22 Freon is expected to increase dramatically. As the phase-out deadline nears and available stocks of this refrigerant dwindle, prices are expected to climb even higher. In response, service and maintenance costs will also likely increase. In addition to expecting mounting costs for maintaining their existing air conditioners, homeowners must anticipate the daunting prospect of investing thousands of dollars in a new environmentally compliant cooling system.

To make the best of this situation, those who need to replace their air conditioners should consider it an opportunity to purchase a high-efficiency cooling system. These types of extremely efficient air conditioners tend to be more expensive initially, but they provide significant savings on monthly cooling bills. In many cases, the savings on utility expenses can pay for the new air conditioner by about the halfway point of the unit’s useful life.

If you are one of these owners and you would like to get a price for a new environmentally friendly system please contact us today. We provide free estimates for unit replacements and would be happy to assist you in making the right choice for your home or business.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or call us at 714-223-1255.

Yes, Your Heat Pump Needs Spring Maintenance as Well

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The spring is the time when air conditioning systems should have their annual maintenance. Although maintenance can technically be take care of at any point during the year, spring is the best time because it gives the system prep right before the biggest period of use. (It’s also an easier time to schedule with HVAC technicians, who have more open schedules between winter and summer.)