Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog

Ellie Nagler We Love You!

December 4th, 2017

If you walk into Kilowatt headquarters chances are you will hear Ellie on the phone walking a neighbor through an over-the-phone troubleshooting conversation. “Is the circuit breaker tripped?” “Check to make sure the filter is clean…” Ellie is a professional problem solver and she faces every challenge in the most patient & caring way possible.
Ellie is like a mom to everyone who works at Kilowatt and all of our customers too.

Continue Reading

Reminder: Still Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance!

December 4th, 2017

service-blue-markerA bit of a chill goes through the air, and then a few days later, it’s warm again. That’s what life is like here in Southern California during the winters. In fact, it’s why most of us love it down here! But when you experience winters this mild, it makes it easy to forget that heating systems do have a part to play and it’s vital to keep a heating system in a home in the best shape.

And the way to do that is to have annual maintenance during the fall for the heater, whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, or ductless mini split system. Winter hasn’t officially begun, so there is definitely still time to arrange for your yearly heating maintenance.

Continue Reading

Advice about Safe Outdoor Seasonal Lighting

November 20th, 2017

christmas-decorations-on-treePutting up holiday lighting in December is a time-honored tradition that can range from a few strings of white lights to brighten up the house front from the street, to complex, professional designs aimed to win contests and which are often visible from low-earth orbit.

Here in Los Angeles, light decorations have a special function: we don’t get snow here during December, and taking trips to the beach on Christmas Day isn’t unheard of. Without the natural decoration of snow, putting up outdoor holiday lights is a way to make our streets look more festive and more like a place that does have snow. It’s a great bargain: that holiday touch without all that cold and having to shovel the driveway each morning.

However, no matter how much lighting you plan on putting up for your house to brighten the season, we urge you to take safety precautions to avoid problems like shorting out your electrical system, creating tripping hazards, or triggering an electrical fire. The movie Christmas Vacation may be comic exaggeration—but not by that much.

Continue Reading

We LOVE Hiring Veterans

November 8th, 2017

If you have served our great nation in the military THANK YOU.

If you are looking for a job please know that we welcome you to the front of the line. Please send your resume to Deb@KilowattHVAC.com. We really like hiring Veterans first.

Continue Reading

Never Let Those AC Repairs Linger at the End of the Year

November 6th, 2017

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedWow, it’s finally cooled down here in Southern California. There was a week there in October when the temperatures were rising above 100°F. We hope your air conditioner was able to keep your home cooled down during this rough pre-Halloween heat wave—and if you did have troubles, we hoped you contacted us to have them fixed.

If you’ve noticed that your AC was having some problems during the recent heat, but it continued to run, you still need to have the system looked at to see what needs to be fixed. Don’t hesitate to schedule air conditioning repair in Van Nuys, CA or elsewhere in our service area at the end of the year. There are some good reasons why you never want these problems to linger over to the next calendar year, even though you don’t think there will be another heat wave coming up in November and December.

Continue Reading

November 2017 Employee of the Month

November 1st, 2017

Hector Basurto can do anything. Diagnose issues with your air conditioning system? No problem. Re-wire your home? No problem. Install a furnace, teach the new guy, take a call on a Sunday when it’s his day off? No problem. Do you see why we love Hector so much? He works hard and he expects the same of everyone on his team. Everyone wants to be on his team. That’s the kind of guy he is, a natural born leader.

Continue Reading

Warm October: Treat Your AC So It Doesn’t Trick You

October 23rd, 2017

air-conditioner-on-leavesOctober is when most places start to experience the cool of fall, when the leaves begin to turn. By Halloween, the true autumn chill has set in.

We don’t live in “most places.” Southern California experience warm and sometimes hot Octobers, and we’re in the middle of one of those right now. Because of this, you want to make sure that the “trick” part of “trick or treat” isn’t your air conditioner tricking you and failing its job. The scariest things you want to encounter during Halloween are old horror movies on TV, not a busted AC that’s turning your home into a heated nightmare.

Continue Reading

Do Electric Furnaces Need Regular Maintenance As Well?

October 9th, 2017

stripping-electrical-wiresHeating homes in Southern California is a special type of challenge. With our warm climate that rarely goes lower than the 60s during the day in winter, and down into the 50s during the evenings, the powerful heating systems found in other parts of the country aren’t necessary. This is the reason the electric furnace is one of the more common types of heaters found in homes around here. In a place with deep cold winters, an electric furnace would be too expensive to run compared to a gas furnace. With our weather, electric furnaces don’t need to put in as much work, and the cost to run them can be just about right.

If you use an electric furnace for your winter comfort, you may think it requires little regular attention. But this is incorrect. Any central heating system for a house must have regular maintenance each year. Right now, when the weather still feels like summer, is a good time to schedule your electric furnace maintenance in Los Angeles, CA or the surrounding areas.

Continue Reading

Already Time for Heating Maintenance? Yes!

September 25th, 2017

open-gas-furnaceThe weather has cooled down significantly over the last week here in Southern California. We can’t take for granted that it remain stay this way, of course, since heat waves can strike at any time. Nonetheless, the fall has officially arrived, cooler weather (for So. Cal) is here with more is on the way, and that means that it’s time to arrange for your annual heating maintenance.

Continue Reading

Outlet Repair and Putting in GFCI Outlets

September 11th, 2017

disassembed-outletDead outlets. They happen, and they’re annoying. Of course, you don’t just want to curse your bad luck, yell at the failed outlet a bit, and then pull out extension cords so you can use a different plug. You want that outlet fixed. And in many cases, it’s best to have that outlet updated if it’s an older one. We don’t just mean upgrading from old two-prong outlets to three-prong grounded outlets—we hope your home already has three-pronged outlets throughout it. We mean making the upgrade to GFCI outlets.

Continue Reading