Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog

Can I Do Any Electrical Wiring Work Myself?

July 16th, 2018

ceiling-fan-wiring-jobThis is a question homeowners often ask when they either have electrical wiring repairs that need to be done or when they’re contemplating a new installation, such as new lighting, a ceiling fan installation, or when wiring for an add-on room. It’s smart to look for places to save money in home improvement projects. But it’s much smarter to know when doing the work as a “do-it-yourself” project poses potential safety hazards.

There are a number of basic electrical jobs you can do on your own, such as changing a lightbulb and resetting tripped circuit breakers. But handling electrical wires? No, don’t try this on your own! And don’t allow anyone who isn’t licensed try it either, no matter what promises they make. When it comes to electrical wiring in a house, you want Brentwood, CA electricians who know the local electrical codes and are trained and experienced to do safe and effective wiring and wiring repair jobs.

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Problems With an Air Conditioner’s Condensate Pan and Drain

July 2nd, 2018

ac-unit-insidesAn air conditioning system doesn’t use water to cool off the inside of a house—but water condensation is a part of the AC’s heat exchange process. If you listen to the air conditioner’s indoor cabinet when the system is running, you’ll occasionally hear the drip of water. This is the vapor from the air that gathers along the evaporator coil. As the coil evaporates the cold refrigerant moving through it to draw heat out of the air, it also draws out moisture in the air, where it condenses on the coil.

What happens to this water? It drips off the coil and falls down into a shallow condensate pan. A pump then removes the water through a drain and removes it from the house. For the most part, you won’t have to think about it. Unless…

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Let Us Wire Up Your Home Theater System

June 18th, 2018

living-room-flat-screen-tvOnce upon a time, not so very long ago, the idea of a “home theater system” meant a nice television set in a room without too much light to distract from the screen. Anything more “theatrical” needed to have an expensive projection system and screen installed. Then along came stereo sound equipment. Then big screen TVs. Then surround-sound audio systems. Then flat-screen TVs. Then digital sound. Then HD TVs. Then 4K TVs. And who knows what else may be around the corner?

Today’s home theater systems have the potential to create an experience that’s better than an actual theater. The parking’s easy and you won’t have to deal with people sitting in front of you who keep turning on their smartphones.

Since a completely wireless home theater system hasn’t come along yet, if you want to enjoy the best in a distraction-free, attractive, and save home theater experience, you’re going to need to have some complicated wiring work done. And this is where a professional electrician can help you out.

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Help, My Thermostat Is Broken!

June 4th, 2018

hand-setting-thermostatYour house starts to heat up to uncomfortable levels as the outdoor summer temperatures soar. What do you do? You probably go to the central thermostat in your home to make adjustments to it. You set a comfortable temperature (we recommend 78°F as an energy-saving setting) and then let the AC handle the rest.

But what if nothing happens? The thermostat screen is blank, or the AC compressor/fan doesn’t turn on. If your thermostat is not working, you may need the assistance of HVAC professionals to take care of the problem.

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Time to Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker Panel

May 21st, 2018

killowatt-wired-panelThe electrical panel of your home, a.k.a. the circuit breaker panel, is the hub of your electrical system. It’s where the incoming electricity is routed to the different circuits. The breakers are designed to shut off circuits in case of a voltage overload. If you have an old circuit breaker panel, you should make sure you aren’t overdue for having it upgraded.

Basic Questions About Replacing a Circuit Breaker Panel

When is it time to upgrade an older panel? Modern circuit breaker panels can usually last from 25 to 40 years. Answer some of the questions below to get a better idea of when you’re ready for a new panel.

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Why Isn’t My Air Conditioning Sending Out Cool Air?

May 7th, 2018

As Southern California settles in for the regular warm weather—and gets ready for the hot weather that’s not far off—air conditioners are going to start doing steady work. We hope you already scheduled maintenance for your air conditioning system, since this is the best way to ensure the finest possible performance from the system through the middle of the year. If you haven’t, you only have to call us and sign up for our maintenance club.

If your air conditioner is already running and you’ve notice that it’s not sending out cool air from the vents, that’s a problem. There are a number of possible reasons for this, and some of them will require that you call us for air conditioning repair in Burbank, CA. We offer emergency repair support when you need it!

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Will a High SEER Air Conditioner Save Me Money?

April 23rd, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverIf you’re asking this question, it’s probably because you’ve decided you need to get rid of your old air conditioning system before the heat waves of late spring arrive. This is a good plan: if you think you have a rickety AC that won’t make it through the coming summer, or if it’s draining money, or it simply can’t keep the house cool the way you like, it’s time for a new one. Call our team, because we can help see that you end up with the great new air conditioning installation and cooling system that will work for you for years to come.

If you’re already thinking about what type of AC to get, one of the options is to have a high-efficiency air conditioner with a high SEER rating. High efficiency often means money savings—but does it always?

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Considerations for Installing a Whole-House Generator

April 9th, 2018

natural-gas-generatorWith all the storms that have struck the East Coast and the Southeastern U.S. over the past few years, whole-house generators have become more vital than ever for keeping houses powered and families comfortable and safe.

In California, whole-house generators are less common—but that doesn’t mean there’s no use for them. Some of you may remember the rolling blackouts we experienced here in the mid-2000s. Those can happen again in the future, and most likely during intense heat waves when the stress from the operation of air conditioners can cause the electrical grid to fail. This jeopardizes comfort, which can be life-threatening for homes with elderly people or infants in them. Power failures also endanger residents of homes who rely on powered medical equipment.

Have you been thinking about installing a whole-house generator? If so, you probably aren’t sure where to start. The best place is to call us: we’re local experts in generator installation.

Here are a few considerations, things to think about, when you start out looking for a generator.

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Spring Reminder: AC Maintenance Is Vital!

March 26th, 2018

checkmark-greenWe’ve had an unusually cold and rainy end of winter and start of spring. True, our idea of “cold” is mild compared to most other places in the U.S., but you probably got more use out of your heater in the last three weeks than in all of the winter season.

But the hot days are coming—and in Southern California the hot weather means serious business. Having your air conditioner properly maintained in early spring is essential for getting the best from your AC through the middle of the year and into our often hot fall season.

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

March 12th, 2018

electrical-panel-repairsThe circuit breaker panel (a.k.a. the electrical panel) is the central “switching station” for electricity in your house. Its breakers are designed to trip and cut off electrical flow to individual circuits in situations where there is excessive voltage. This protects the electrical system from damage, and in turn helps keep your home safer.

An occasional tripped circuit breaker is a minor inconvenience. But when you find yourself making regular trips outside to reset tripped breakers, you have a more serious issue. In most cases, you’ll need to have a licensed, professional electrician in Brentwood, CA discover the source of the electrical trouble so it can be fixed correctly and safely.

So why is this happening? Here are the three most common reasons:

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