6 Reasons to Upgrade to Smarter Commercial HVAC Controls

6 Reasons to Upgrade to Smarter Commercial HVAC Controls

Remember when the term “smart” only applied to people? Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) has made it possible for just about everything in your home or business to be “smart” as well, including commercial HVAC controls. You have probably heard about “learning” thermostats for your home, and maybe you even have installed one of … Continued

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Troubleshooting Common Water Heater Issues

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Water heaters are essential. Every homeowner needs one to function, and when the water heater isn’t working, a crop of other issues can spring up. While some water heater repairs require the assistance of a professional, many repairs are simple enough to take care of on your own. Continue reading as we share some of the most common water heater issues and what you can do about them.

Problem #1: No Hot Water

If you’ve ever noticed cold water pouring out of your hot water faucet, the first question you should ask yourself is whether your water heater is gas-powered or an electric. If the answer is a gas-powered water heater, a faulty pilot light is likely the culprit. When a pilot light is not functioning properly, there is a good chance that the thermocouple or pilot control valve is responsible.

However, if you have an electric water heater, the problem most likely stems from a broken heating element. Heating elements and thermocouples can be quickly replaced by a plumbing professional. Most homeowners do not have the specialized training needed to do this repair efficiently or correctly. We strongly advise calling in a professional.

Problem #2: Water Is Too Hot

On the other hand, you also may experience issues with your water being too hot. This can be just as frustrating, if not more so, than no hot water. Luckily, this can be a very simple fix.

Normally, if you find your water running too hot, simply reset your water heater’s thermostat settings. The US Department of Energy recommends an optimal thermostat setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain a balanced temperature and energy efficiency.

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We recommend only adjusting the thermostat on gas powered water heaters. Attempting to do anything on an electric water heater has the potential to cause serious bodily harm.

For our homeowners with a gas powered water heater, the process is pretty simple. Start by locating the gas control valve and turn it up to produce hotter water. We mentioned this above, but any hot water should never go above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything hotter can leave serious burns.

Now, simply replace the safety guard, insulation, and access panel on both elements and turn on the heater’s circuit breaker.

Problem #3: Leaking or Pooling Water

When water is leaking from the water heater, there could be multiple causes. Most often, water heater leaks can be attributed to loose valves and plumbing connections.

First, we recommend troubleshooting by checking for any loose elements. Tighten anything that’s too loose with an element wrench. If you continue to notice leaky elements, it is likely that a gasket needs to be replaced. Keep in mind this is a repair that should be left to the professionals.

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Lastly, we recommend searching for any leaks along the storage tank itself. If you notice leaks from the tank, this may be a sure sign your water heater is on its last leg. In this case, call a local professional for more insight.

Problem #4: Rust-Colored or Foul-Smelling Water

Seeing any discolored water? Brown, yellow, or red-tinted water is caused by a buildup of corrosion within your water heater tank. This can be the result of a failing anode rod. You may also notice a “rotten egg” smell, which is caused by a buildup of bacteria within your water heater that has released hydrogen gas.

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In either case, we recommend calling on a plumbing professional who can assist you in determining if a replaced anode rod would resolve the issue. A new water heater may be necessary if the appliance is too far gone.

Problem #5: Noisy Water Tank

Is your water heater more noisy than usual? Loud, odd, or strange noises coming from your water heater tank result from a buildup of sediment. Light sediment buildup can easily be resolved by flushing the water heater.

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If you attempt to flush the water heater and notice that the problem persists, it’s possible that your water heater needs replacing. A professional should be consulted to either remove the heavier sediment buildup or assist in purchasing a new water heater altogether.

Call in the Professionals

Experiencing issues with your water heater? While some smaller repairs are a DIY job, bigger issues are best left to the professionals. Service Champions is here for all of your plumbing needs. Give us a call today!

10 Ways to Keep Heating Bills Down This Winter

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Keeping your home warm during the winter shouldn’t leave your wallet hurting. With winter just around the corner, Southern Californians are just now thinking of when to start up their heaters.

While we all enjoy a nice, toasty home, we don’t especially enjoy the inflated utility bills. Here are some of our favorite ways to keep heating bills down this winter.

The Most Effective Ways to Keep Heating Bills Down:

1. Seal Any Air Leaks

Air leaks are responsible for 25% to 40% of your energy bill. That’s a lot of money literally flying out the window every month.

There’s an easy way to take care of this, the problem is that it just takes time. Designate a day when you have nothing else to do and investigate your window, doors, and light fixtures. Look for any damaged weatherstripping and replace it.

Next, it’s time to check the doors. Fix any weatherstripping that’s out of place and look for any cracks around the doorframe. Do the same for your light fixtures and you’ll be saving some money on your next heating bill.

2. Leave the Curtains Open

The sun shines even when it’s cold out! This is important to keep this in mind over the cold winter months.

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During the summer, we recommend closing your curtains during the day to keep the heat out. However, during the winter, we say keep those curtains open all day to let the natural light and warmth in. Then close them when the sun goes down.

3. Dress for the Season

Now is the best time of year for comfy sweatpants and a hoodie. What about that oversized sweater? You can finally pull it out from the back of the closet! One of the best ways to keep warm is to dress for the season.

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You can also apply this theory to dressing your bed and couch. Choose flannel sheets to help stay warm at night and add an extra blanket for a nice layer or warmth.

Dressing in layers helps your body retain heat. You can also shed a layer or two if you get too warm. Also, don’t forget slippers. Keeping your feet toasty can help your whole body feel warm.

4. Check Your Air Filter

Far too often we go into homes and see an air filter that’s hanging on for dear life. The air filter is a small, but mighty, part of your HVAC system.

An air filter preforms two essential jobs. It keeps dust from settling in your HVAC system and traps airborne contaminates in your treated air. In the process of doing both these jobs, the HVAC filter can become incredibly full.

When the filter is overfull, air can’t easily pass through it. This blockage forces your furnace to work twice as hard to push warm, treated air through a stuffed air filter. This extra output will make your energy bill go up.

Instead, regularly check your air filter every month or so to see if it needs to be replaced. How often you replace your air filter will depend on the type of air filter you have and the area you live in.

A thin, fiberglass filter is unable to catch many small particles and can get easily clogged. A stronger filter, like a pleated filter, can last longer and trap more particles.

5. Close the Doors

Is there a bathroom or room in your home that doesn’t see much use? Make sure to close the door when your central heating is on. Or simply close the bathroom door after every use.

Closing the door to that room will keep it nice and toasty. Meaning your HVAC system won’t need to constantly create new, warm air for that room.

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By letting warm air just hang out in the room, it sends a signal to your furnace to not produce as much warm air. This gives your system a chance to rest and can help keep heating bills down.

6. Check Your Insulation

You know the stuff in the attic that looks like cotton candy? It actually plays a big role in how comfortable your home is throughout the year.

Insulation helps keep the core of your home nice and cozy. It absorbs cold air that can seep into the attic. An important note about insulation, it does have a lifespan.

If you recently moved into a new home or can’t even remember the last time you had your insulation checked, we suggest calling in an HVAC professional. They can inspect your insulation and give you any recommendations.

7. Use the Oven

One of our favorite ways to generate heat in the home is to cook up something delicious. Cooking something on the stove or roasting some food in the oven can act as an alternative or extra heat source.

Getting the family together and cooking a meal is one of our favorite ways to bond. And it’s an added bonus that everyone gets to stay cozy and warm at the same time.

Also, if you’ve cooked or baked something in the oven, be sure to leave the oven door open. This allows for more heat to escape and warm your home.

8. Turn Down the Thermostat

This one may sound a little counterintuitive but hear us out. According to energy.gov, the most energy efficient winter thermostat setting is 68 degrees. Yes, we’re aware that sounds like a low number, especially in Southern California.

Your furnace can only heat a specific amount of air at a time and depending on the size of your home, it could be a while before everything is nice and toasty. 68 degrees is enough to keep your home warm and comfortable without going overboard. Just remember to dress for the season.

9. Don’t Forget Your Fireplace

There’s something special about a nice fire on a cold night. If your home has a fireplace, you’re lucky, but you also need to be careful about wasting warm air.

When you’re not running a nice warm fire, make sure the damper in your chimney is closed. Warm air can easily escape and get lost through the chimney.

Just make sure you know how to open and close the damper because a closed damper with a flame in the fireplace means your home will be full of smoke.

10. Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up

One of the best things you can do to prepare your system for the coming season is to schedule a furnace tune-up. During a tune-up, a certified HVAC technician will inspect every part of your furnace.

During this inspection, they will test the parts and make sure everything is in proper working order. Techs will let you know if anything needs to be repaired or replaced.

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Tune-ups are the best way to ensure the longevity of your system. With regular maintenance, an HVAC technician can catch any small problems before they become big, hard to fix, issues.

To learn more about how you can keep heating bills down, or to schedule a tune-up, call the number at the top of the screen or click here to book an appointment online.

Why Is My Heater Not Working When My Thermostat Is On?

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Is Your Heater Not Working?

When the first chill of winter hits it can be pretty jarring for Southern California residents. When it’s time to power up the heater for the first time in months, you can unfortunately run into some issues. We’ve been hearing from some homeowners that their heater is not working even when the thermostat is on. There are more than a few reasons this could be happening. Here are some pointers for what to do when your heater is not working.


(Side note: We normally refer to the heater as the furnace, but in this article we will use heater and furnace interchangeably.)

Technical Problems that Keep Furnaces from Bringing the Heat

Furnaces built after the 1990s come with a safety switch or safety shut out. This safety switch plays an important role in the overall health and safety of your home and your HVAC system.

For example, if the safety switch detects that gas is being fueled into your furnace without igniting, the safety switch will turn off the system. It will also shut off your system if it’s too hot or if it detects a carbon monoxide leak.

If the safety switch is triggered, you won’t be able to turn on your HVAC system until it’s checked by a professional, no matter what setting your thermostat is on.

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Safety Switch

If your thermostat is fully functional and you’re still unable to feel any heat coming from the vents, you may be dealing with some of these problems:

  • Dirty evaporator coils
  • Clogged pipes
  • Full air filters
  • Broken wires
  • Burnt control board
  • Dead blower motors

Whatever the issue may be, when the entire system refuses to start, homeowners need the assistance of their preferred HVAC contractor for further diagnostics on a heater not working.

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There is No Gas – Heater Not Working

The majority of heaters in the United States need fuel to run properly. Many homes come equipped with a line that brings natural gas from a city supply into their home. This natural gas line can power almost all a home’s appliances including the stove and clothing dryer.

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Gas Valve in the Furnace

The central air system itself requires several different power resources. It uses gas, electricity, and even water. Consequently, it is easy to lose track of what is on and what is off. Sometimes, homeowners call AC technicians about a problematic furnace only to discover that the power breaker was off.

In a similar fashion, a common problem we run into are furnaces that can’t find a gas source. Oftentimes, this happens because the gas valve is stuck, or the control board is unable to communicate.

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In these situations, the furnace is ready for heating, but cannot proceed with the process because it is unable to build a flame.

The best way to check if your gas line is functional is to turn on your stove. If you can light a burner on your stove without any problem, the heater’s issue isn’t with the gas line.

The Furnace Needs Maintenance Work Done

Scheduling routine maintenance the best way to ensure the longevity and functionality of your furnace. At Service Champions, we recommend two tune-ups every year. One before spring before AC season and one in the fall before furnace season.

During a furnace tune-up, our expert HVAC technicians will check every part of your system, ensuring no part of your furnace is overlooked. Our technicians understand that every furnace is unique and deserves unique care.

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Homeowners regularly underestimate how important and effective furnace maintenance can be. Just one appointment clears out residue, buildup and debris that can hamper energy efficiency and heating quality.

With furnace maintenance:

  • Motors spin without resistance
  • Burners hold fires without using excess gas
  • The furnace experiences less stress
  • There is less damage to parts such as motors and wires
  • The central air system lasts longer and works better

One thing to keep in mind is that there is no wrong time to schedule a furnace tune-up. Time doesn’t matter, the maintenance does and as they say, better late than never.

Either call the number at the top of the screen to speak with our friendly customer representatives or click here to schedule a tune-up online.

Did You Forget to Change Your Air Filter?

After scheduling routine maintenance, the most important thing you can do for your HVAC system is to regularly check and change your air filer. A dirty air filter could be the root of your furnace problems.

When a filter gets too full, it restricts air flow and forces your system to work harder than it should. Meaning treated air is trapped in your HVAC system. Instead of nice warm air, your home only has the ambient air that can make it through the clogged filter.

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Also, a dirty air filter can make your utility bill skyrocket. When treated air is trapped by the air filter, your heater works twice as hard to produce the same amount of air. A dirty air filter could also be the cause of short cycling.

Is Your Furnace Short Cycling?

Your furnace and air conditioner both run in cycles. A cycle starts when your HVAC system wants to send temperature treated air in your home and stops when your home reaches the setting programmed into the thermostat.

Your system’s cycle normally lasts about 15-20 minutes. If you notice your furnace short cycling, it could be an indicator of larger problems.

Oftentimes, your furnace short cycles if:

  1. The furnace itself is overheating
  2. The air filter is too dirty and too full of debris
  3. Your flame sensor isn’t working
  4. The thermostat is in the wrong spot
  5. Your Furnace is too big for your home

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Our Happy Money Guarantee

At Service Champions, you only pay when you are happy. 20 years ago, we instituted a policy that if a customer didn’t like the job we did, that job was free. We still stand behind that promise today. If you don’t like your service, it’s free.

Perfect Your Furnace with Service Champions

Is your heater not actually doing its job? Our air experts are on hand and ready to help with any issue you may have. We are the only Diamond Certified plumbing and HVAC company in Southern California. If you live in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Or Orange County, schedule an appointment today.

Why Do I Need 2 Plungers?

When One Isn’t Enough, Why Do I Need 2 Plungers?

Plungers have been around since the late 1700s. While it is unknown who invented the plunger, its importance as a household tool is undeniable. You most likely have a plunger hidden behind your toilet or tucked away in a storage closet, but do you know how plungers work?

Plungers are simple, yet powerful, tools that force air into a clogged drain and subsequently increase the drain’s pressure. When suction is removed from the clogged drain, a vacuum is formed which forces all the remnants within the drain up and out.

More importantly…did you know that you actually need 2 plungers for different jobs?

Plunger #1: Toilet Plunger

Now that you have greater insight into how a plunger operates, are you using your plunger properly?

We recommend waiting at least ten minutes, and then turning off your toilet’s water supply hose which is located directly behind your toilet.

Before inserting your plunger, make sure that the water level is approximately halfway up the brim of the toilet. If you find that there is too much or too little water, add or remove as needed. Maintaining the correct amount of water within your toilet bowl allows for the plunger to operate effectively.

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Apply even pressure to the plunger while pushing and pulling vertically for at least twenty seconds. It is imperative that you do not break the ‘seal’ and keep the plunger underneath the water while plunging.

Toilet bowl plungers, also known as “flange” plungers, look similar to cup plungers. However, they have a distinct feature known as the flange. The flange is an extra flap of rubber at the base of the cup that narrows, creating a smaller hole. This design allows the flange plunger to fit cozily within the curve of a toilet bowl. It is this cozy fit that creates the best seal for effectively resolving a clogged toilet drain.

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Plunger #2: Sink Plungers

The plunger we’re all accustomed to seeing on TV and in stores is the sink plunger. This plunger has a flat cap that is oftentimes red. The handle on a sink plunger is also shorter than the handle on a toilet plunger.

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Sink plungers are best suited for flat surfaces. Why? As you move the plunger up and down, a constant cycle of positive and negative pressure is created that moves the blockage further into the drain.

Due to the fact that toilet bowls are not flat, ‘cup’ plungers are not able to create an adequate seal.  You can also use a sink plunger on your shower, or any other drains in a flat surface.

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When to Call on the Professionals

When is it necessary to call in a plumber? If several rounds of plunging have not resolved the clog, or if you are experiencing regular clogs, it may be time to call on a professional.

If you have made repetitive plunging and auger attempts without seeing results, consult a trusted plumbing professional for further assistance.

Clogged pipes creating a problem? Call on your trusted plumbing professionals at Service Champions!

Can You Repair a Ductless AC By Yourself?

Living with modern technology means we get the benefit of having more options for our home comfort than ever before. One option that has helped open up doors for a lot of homes is the ductless AC system. Ductless air conditioners are going to be great for providing comfort for homes that are smaller and older meaning they usually can’t accommodate ductwork.

Just because a ductless system doesn’t need ductwork doesn’t mean it doesn’t need expert care. Your ductless system absolutely requires a professional technician to take care of its service needs–including repairs.

So, to answer the question we posed, no, unless you’re a trained technician, you can’t repair your ductless unit by yourself. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to help your system work properly. Let’s look at what you can do to help your ductless system and what you should leave to the professionals.

3 Ways You Can Help Your Ductless Air Conditioner

You may be wondering if there is anything you personally can do to help your ductless AC operate properly. We are happy to say that there is!

  1. Change the system air filter: Make sure to change the air filter for your ductless air handlers on a regular basis. This makes it easier for the system to cool your home and helps its energy efficiency too.
  2. Make sure to keep your air handlers clear: We know that air handlers may not be the most aesthetically pleasing part of the home in some cases. However, we’d advise against putting that faux tree in front of it. Anything blocking the flow of air from your system will mess with your comfort and strain your system over time.
  3. Take note of any problems your AC has. Your attention is going to go a long way in helping keep your ductless AC running right. This is because you know how your system is supposed to operate. When you pay attention to it, you’ll be able to catch any issues that pop up early and get a professional over to fix things promptly.

Work With Us For Any Other System Needs

For every other service that your ductless system needs, it is best to reach out to professional technicians to get the job done. Here are the services that we offer that you can rely on us for:

  1. Maintenance: This helps improve your system’s efficiency and effectiveness over its lifespan.
  2. Repairs: You should always schedule your air conditioning repair in Homestead, FL so you can rest easy knowing the job will be done right.
  3. Installations and replacements: When you need a new AC installed into your house you have to make sure that it is done right. The same applies to getting your system replaced at the end of its lifespan. Make sure to give your system the best possible start with professional installations.

Your ductless air conditioner has the ability to provide incredible comfort for your home throughout the year. Make sure to give the system that takes such good care of you the quality of service that it needs.

Contact Air On Demand to schedule your next AC service.

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4 Ways to Cut Operations Costs with Modern HVAC Systems

HVAC systems can consume as much as 30 percent of a building’s energy usage… even modern HVAC systems. How can you get them to consume even less energy in order to reduce your operations expenses? The answer lies in controlling your HVAC system according to real-time demand. When it comes to looking for places to … Continued

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Manufacturing Day 2021

October 1st marks not only the annual Manufacturing Day but also marks the start of a month-long campaign to help showcase the vast range of careers in the manufacturing industry. As the industry continues to evolve, this day provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers like us to come together to help our communities flourish by focusing on the future of Manufacturing and supporting our future generations to learn about the advances being made in the industry.  After all, we have sustained a 55-year legacy of producing cutting-edge and innovative solutions for our customers.  Our passion spans our past, our present, and the future to maintain our contribution to our communities worldwide.

 This day was developed to help show the reality of modern Manufacturing and foster future manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. As manufacturers seek to fill 4 million high-skill, high-tech, and high-paying jobs over the next decade, Manufacturing Day empowers manufacturers to come together to celebrate their successes as well as collaborate on their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

The Manufacturing world can be quite stimulating when looked at in its entirety. The idea that there are roles beyond the bench of Manufacturing, the assembly lines, can be hard to visualize. The fact is that the manufacturing world has grown into something so much more significant. The driving force for this growth? Technology has advanced dramatically in the industry over the years – including artificial intelligence and 3-D printing. This industry now calls for engineers, creatives, helpers, marketers, sellers, and think on your feet problem solvers! Incorporating high-tech into Manufacturing requires a variety of skill sets and offers many opportunities for future workers.

Educating the next generation about the evolving need for talent to fill the manufacturing industry is our responsibility as long-standing leaders in the industry.  According to a study by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, approximately four million manufacturing jobs may be unfilled in the U.S. due to the skills gap. At Goodway, we constantly seek new talent and skillsets to continue bringing innovation and new ideas into our organization. 

At Goodway, we take our responsibility to the industry very seriously, and we understand that our future and our present talent are one of the same. To keep our pipeline full with future talent, each summer Goodway employs interns throughout all departments. An intern can come on board and experience any Department within our company. We are granting them the chance to find their place inside the manufacturing world. One week can be spent in production, while the next can be learning the ins and outs of the engineering team. By the end of summer, the goal for each intern is to understand the vast options one may have in the forever-evolving manufacturing industry.

Although we pride ourselves in showing the younger generation an insider’s view into our world, we need to recognize skill sets that combine our most tenured employees and our newest employees, which are at the heart of us maintaining 55 innovative years in Manufacturing. We believe that we have been able to retain and attract employees who love to come into work every day by remaining a family-run business, no matter how large we grow. Goodway has grown into a place where everyone knows your name. No matter what department you walkthrough, you can count on open doors, thoughtful conversation, and excitement for what the newest design may be. 

This industry is not just a way about making products. It is about helping our customers, who are an extension of our family, solve problems and be more successful. We need to hear our customers’ needs and supply them with innovative solutions. We will be honoring this month by showcasing, in their own words, why manufacturing is an exciting industry to be in and what helps our employees continue to move forward each day.

Next Steps:

Learn more about Manufacturing Day 2021

Rewatch our Manufacturing Day 2020 video.

Visit our website to see what solutions we create.

Want to be part of the Goodway Team? See open positions. 

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Your Office AC: 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Upgrade

Business owners have so much to worry about these days. Chances are, replacing your office AC is probably the last thing on your mind. However, if you experienced problems with your office air conditioner all summer, you’d be very smart to think about upgrading it now instead of waiting until spring. While it’s tempting to … Continued

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