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Repair vs. Replace

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Boilers and furnaces are like cars: at some point you have to ask yourself if it’ll go another 10,000 miles or if you should park it for good.

Here are some important considerations when making this decision:

Safety First
Most people don’t consider this when deciding on a new heating system, but you could be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning from an old furnace with a cracked heat exchanger. Another safety aspect is whether you run the risk of having a boiler break down during the coldest time of the season (which is when it tends to happen). It’s more than just comfort. Exposure to low temperatures for too long has health impacts, especially for the elderly and young babies.

Why Repair?
When things are tight and you’re trying to save cash, sometimes a simple repair may be more than sufficient, depending on the age of the boiler or furnace. Just remember to consider labor costs, as well as the cost of parts. The first thing to make a note of is the age of the equipment compared to its life expectancy. Furnaces typically last in the 15-20 year range while boilers can go for 20-30 years. Some boilers even last up to 40 or 50 years!

When to Replace
There are times when repairing your old furnace or boiler just won’t work. If you have to wait several weeks to get parts because your heating equipment is obsolete, it’s definitely time to consider replacement. Even if you can still get parts, you have to face the reduction in efficiency as your equipment ages. This translates into more of your money in the utility’s pocket. As long as you can afford it, there are some real benefits of replacing your system:

You have the opportunity to upgrade to a more efficient system. It’s more than just getting the 80% efficiency a new furnace would give. Nowadays, condensing type equipment can give upwards of 95% efficiency.

Even if you stick with the standard efficiency heater, your bills will come down simply because you regain your initial efficiency.

Once you have that new furnace or boiler, it’s smooth sailing for the first five years. Not only is the heater new, but you get warranty coverage for anything that does go wrong in that time.

The Right Support
Regardless of what you decide, you need the right technical support. Give us a call and we’ll make sure your home stays warm for the winter!

5 Inventions to Be Thankful For

We’ve come a long way from burning fires in caves and going to theturkey bathroom in a hole in the ground.

Here are five inventions that would make medieval royalty envious of our luxurious living:

The flushing toilet was first proposed by Sir John Harrington in the sixteenth century but didn’t become mainstream due to a lack of sewage disposal piping in England. Thomas Crapper came up with the modern version of the flushing toilet when he invented the valve and siphon design in 1891. Since then, innovations have made the “crapper” more efficient in terms of water consumption.

Water heaters became a fixture in the household thanks to Edmund Ruud who, in 1889, improved on the previous design by Benjamin Maughan. Ruud’s design added safety features like flue gas venting to Maughan’s water heater which burned natural gas to heat water entering a tub. Prior to that, people would boil water in a pot and pour it into a basin for bathing and washing. Water heaters are fundamental for washing machines, dishwashers, and warm showers.

The air conditioner was invented by Willis Carrier who worked at a printing plant that needed a way to control humidity and temperature to protect the paper. His initial design consisted of a fan blowing air over coils filled with cold water. In 1933, his company created the basis for the modern version of the air conditioner with a condensing unit, evaporator coil and proper controls.

Central furnaces became a mainstream appliance in the 1800s, but due to a lack of proper oversight and standards for building and rating furnaces, they fell out of favor in the early 20th century. The National Warm Air Heating and Ventilation Association was created in 1914 to address this and now the majority of homes in North America are heated with furnaces.

Thermostats are vital for keeping the temperature in your home at the set point you desire. Imagine having to go down to your basement six times a night to adjust valves, dampers, and fan flow so you can stay comfortable. Believe it or not, this was what people did before several thermostats were invented, starting with Andrew Ure’s bimetallic thermostat in 1830. Modern electronic thermostats allow us to program temperatures to save energy and still keep cozy warm in winter and cool in summer.

Fortunately for us, technology keeps growing by leaps and bounds. To upgrade your home with the latest of these inventions, give us a call today!

It’s Time For A Check-Up

Take a cue from Mother Nature. Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. Cold winter weather takes its toll on your vital HVAC equipment. Your heating system is coming off a vigorous workout, while your air conditioning needs to awake from hibernation. It makes sense to schedule a checkup in springtime before your a/c has to operate full bore during summer.

Here are some of the things our service technicians will focus on during a springtime checkup.

  • We’ll change air filters. HVAC filters should be changed monthly, though some filters can last four to six months. Dirty filters restrict air flow, reducing efficiency and jacking up energy bills. Longer term, dirty filters contribute to equipment breakdown. Most filters are inexpensive and this is something most home owners are capable of doing themselves, but surveys have found that fewer than half of home owners bother to do so. Two checkups leading into prime cooling and heating seasons will assure that it’s done at least twice a year.
  • We’ll clear the area around your outdoor condenser of dirt, leaves and other debris that accumulated over winter. This is one of the most important tasks to get your air conditioner ready for a heavy summer workout.
  • We’ll check closely for air leaks in ductwork, especially at connection points. If ductwork is exposed to outside or attic air, we may recommend insulation for additional protection against leakage.
  • We’ll check thermostat settings, so that 70 degrees really is 70.
  • We’ll inspect electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Poor motor performance often serves as a warning that your system is liable to break down when you need to crank it up on the hottest days.
  • We’ll lubricate all moving parts.
  • We’ll check and clean the condensate drain.
  • We’ll make sure the system starts and shuts off correctly.
  • We’ll clean air conditioning coils. A small amount of dirt on the coil can dramatically reduce efficiency and equipment life.
  • We’ll check refrigerant levels. If refrigerant is low, it may be a sign of leakage. Our technicians will check for leaks and recommend needed repairs.
  • We’ll clean blower parts.
  • We’ll check all fuel connections.

Your HVAC system is vital to your family’s health, safety and comfort. It also represents one of your most expensive household investments, next only to your automobile. You wouldn’t think of going a year without an oil change and other routine maintenance on your car. Likewise, keeping your HVAC system in shape via routine maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in expensive repairs and operating costs.Our heating professionals routinely detect and eliminate inefficiencies that can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 20%. Saving that much energy by itself will pay for the service call and then some.

Even more important, poorly maintained HVAC systems can lead to deadly carbon monoxide outbreaks once heating season comes around. Get in the habit of contacting us for springtime and fall system checkups that can save you money and bring you peace of mind.

Don’t Wait for Unexpected Problems to Find You!

The Importance of HVAC Maintenance in Los Angeles & Orange County

People always say, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” and in our industry that’s probably the worst thing you could do! The most important staple of maintaining any healthy home system is routine preventative maintenance check. A little extra care goes a long way! By checking the health and safety of your heating and cooling system, you can save yourself time, money and stress by adjusting your units before problems find you.

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It’s important to regularly service your HVAC systems. At RPB Inc.,we suggest maintenance twice a year, usually before the summer and winter months. By having the health and status of your systems checked, you can catch problems before they happen. The older and less taken care of that your HVAC units are, the more likely they’ll be to give you serious problems. Avoid unnecessary stress, headaches and time wasted by avoiding costly repairs and replacements. With preventative maintenance, your wallet is sure to benefit.

Here are some reasons why you should get a maintenance tune-up this season; you will:

  • Save up to 30% on your utility bills
  • Improve the indoor air quality of your home
  • Do your part for the environment through energy and fuel conservation
  • Prevent expensive repairs
  • Expand the lifespan of your HVAC systems
  • Have peace of mind! 

At RPB Inc. , our certified HVAC technicians perform maintenance on all aspects of your heating and cooling systems. If for some reason a problem should present itself, we also specialize in repairs and replacements. If you are in need of HVAC services or would like to set up an appointment for an HVAC tune-up, don’t wait until problems find you! Call your trusted Los Angeles CA, Orange County CA and surrounding area specialists at RPB Inc. today.

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Hello and welcome to the company blog of RPB Inc. ! We wanted to take a few moments to welcome you to our website. Here at RPB Inc., we pride ourselves in providing superior plumbing services, heating and cooling services to Los Angeles CA, Orange County CA and surrounding areas. Our licensed technicians are trained, certified and experienced in a wide range of services in the plumbing industry.

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The main goal of our blog is to share with you, our valued customers and readers, different information and tips that can help you gain knowledge of commonly feared plumbing problems in the home and actions you can take to try to avoid them… or fix them if necessary. We also will talk about healthy system maintenance, how to improve the comfort and convenience or your home, and many other things. Our aim is to cover a broad range of topics monthly and are always open to suggestions if there is anything you’d like to learn more about or if you have any questions for our experienced technicians.

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From common household problems to seasonal tips and tricks, we’d like to share our education and experience with you to ensure that your plumbing system, and your life, remains running smoothly. And we feel the same way about the services that we provide.

With RPB Inc. you are guaranteed:

  •  24-hour emergency service
  •  Flat rate, AFFORDABLE pricing
  •  1 year guarantees on labor and parts
  •  Licensed, experienced, professional technicians
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  •  Over 22 years of experience and industry knowledge
  •  A family-owned, family-operated feel
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Now that you know a little bit about us, we are hoping that you’ll visit our site again to see what interesting information you can learn in the days, weeks and months to come! Thanks for stopping by!

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