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Running Your Air Conditioning in the Winter

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Summers are hot and dry here in Yorba Linda, CA, and winters are usually very mild. Indeed, we’ve had more than a few hot spells already this fall, and we may get more before the temperature starts to warm up again in the spring. It’s natural in those periods to run the air conditioning system instead of the heater, especially during the day when the temperatures are at their hottest. By following a few tips, you can make sure you can switch over easily and don’t incur any waste or extra costs. (more…)

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…)

Preparing Your Home for Fire Season

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The dry season has arrived in Southern California, and we’ve already had out share of large brush fires. Here in Yorba Linda, CA, that can be a huge concern for homeowners, with nearby state parks dry as a bone and errant wildfires a constant issue. The more you can do to protect your home from fire dangers the better. We’ve included a basic list of steps you should take as a prudent homeowner. (more…)

Tips for Beating the Heat

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Summer is here in Yorba Linda, CA and as we’ve already seen this year, heat waves are here to make our lives miserable again. This promises to be one of the hottest summers on record, and your air conditioner is going to be put through its paces trying to keep you cool. You can help it our with a few tips and tricks designed not only to maximize its efficiency, but  to make your home a little more comfortable in the bargain. Some of these tips you can do yourself and some require the services of a professional, but all of them will help cut into those high monthly bills. The can include, but are not limited to the following: (more…)

Common Furnace Repairs

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Furnaces are among the most common home heating systems in the country, which also happens to mean that they have some of the most common issues. It’s always a good idea to have at least a passing familiarity with the kinds of issues that can affect your heating system. Since furnaces are so popular, let’s take a look at some of their common issues that require repair.


Short-cycling is the name for when your furnace rapidly cycles on and off over a short period of time. It is caused by a small device called the “furnace limit switch,” which monitors the temperature inside the furnace. When the internal furnace temperature gets too high, the limit switch activates and shuts down the system to prevent damage from overheating. Unfortunately, this is only a stop-gap measure. If the source of the overheating problem isn’t fixed, the furnace will overheat every time it turns on and the limit switch will keep shutting it down.

This kind of behavior is very bad for the furnace, inflicting a lot of extra strain on the system and increasing the chances of a breakdown. If you notice this behavior, you should call a professional as soon as possible.

Failure to Start

Furnaces that completely fail to start are having problems with their ignition systems. In older furnaces, this was caused by the standing pilot light blowing out. Without the flame from the pilot light, the furnace would have no way to ignite the fuel and start the burners to power the system. Newer furnaces use electronic systems instead of gas flames, often relying on an electrode to create a spark and start the system. These systems won’t blow out, like the standing pilot flames. However, they can still burn out over time, often needing to be replaced.

Air Handler Failure

The air handler is the section of the furnace that is responsible for circulating air through the house. The effort of moving that much air over such distances places a lot of strain on the various parts in the air handler. This is especially true with the air handler motor, which is equipped with lubricated bearings to help lessen the stress during operation. The bearings can wear down over time, however, slowly increasing the friction on the air handler motor until it overheats and burns itself out. If you hear a grinding noise coming from your furnace, that’s the sound of the bearings failing. Call a professional immediately or your motor may burn out.

If your furnace is having problems, call JC Mechanical Inc. to schedule an appointment. We offer professional furnace services in the Yorba Linda area.