Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog

Summer Power Outages and Whole-House Generators

July 15th, 2019

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When you think of backup generators for homes, do you usually imagine houses on the East Coast during frigid winters or when enormous storms and hurricanes strike? Unfortunately, here in Southern California, we have some pretty good reasons to have generators installed for our homes as well.

Last summer, Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley experienced extreme heat levels and a record-breaking demand for electricity. Homes use more electrical power than ever before, and when this was combined with the heat, it resulted in multiple power outages that lasted for hours and sometimes longer.

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Is It Normal for the AC to Run Constantly?

July 1st, 2019

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Summers in Southern California are long and hot, with the heat often extending well into October. Air conditioning systems get extreme workouts during this time—so much so that it may seem as if a home’s air conditioner is always running from July onward.

But there’s a difference in an air conditioner that runs frequently and one that is actually running constantly and never powering down.

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Some Quick Troubleshooting Tips for a Central AC

June 17th, 2019

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You can trust your air conditioning system to turn on and cool your house during the hot summer weather. Well, most of the time you can trust it. No AC system can work perfectly in all circumstances, and you may find one day that you turn on your air conditioner and that it either doesn’t come on, or it turns on but the air coming from the vents isn’t cool enough.

Your first instinct may be to call a professional for air conditioning service in Studio City, CA That’s a good idea—it’s much better than trying to see if you can fix the problem yourself or finding an amateur (“a guy who knows a guy”) to do the work. However, there are a few troubleshooting steps you may go through that may reveal the cause behind your AC not cooling properly.

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Do Attic Fans Make Sense for My House?

June 3rd, 2019

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Handling the summer heat in Los Angeles can put immense strain on a residential air conditioning system. Many homeowners want to find ways to cut back on their AC use to lower their bills. There are several ways to help combat the indoor heat without using a refrigerant-based air conditioning system. Attic fans are one of these tools, although people are often unsure if these types of fans will help or not.

You can always ask an electrician in West Hollywood, CA at Kilowatt for help in making a choice about cooling your home and improving ventilation. We’ll give you a short overview of attic fans in this post to help you see the possibilities—but please call us before you make any major decision!

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Kilowatt Is Proud to Be a Member of IHACI

May 28th, 2019

In 2017, our owner Dean Gilford was elected to the board of the Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries (IHACI). “I have benefited from IHACI’s efforts and expertise,” Dean said when he was elected. “It is an honor to give back—in some small measure—by serving on the board.”

The Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries is Southern California’s premier organization dedicated to educating and training HVAC professionals. Incorporated in 1948, IHACI is a non-profit trade association of contractors, manufacturers, distributors, utilities, and related businesses who are engaged in HVAC and sheet metal industries.

The mission statement of the IHACI is to develop programs that cultivate the best in professionalism, foresee and address changes, and foster honesty and ethics in the industry. At all times, IHACI aims to raise industry standards to benefit both customers and contractors.

IHACI has deep roots in Southern California and is committed to reducing energy consumption in the state. The organization has helped to raise energy efficiency standards, and the training it offers empowers technicians to remain code compliant and adhere to California’s Title 24 energy regulations and standards. IHACI education program and its regular newsletter, “The Comfort News,” have helped many technicians stay current with the latest regulations and cutting-edge technology.

Kilowatt has sent many of its employees to IHACI’s classes, and involvement with the organization has given us many opportunities to boost our service to customers. Dean is proud to serve on the board, and all of us are proud of our continuing involvement with an organization that works so hard for its members.

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical serves Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley with quality HVAC services.

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Why We Don’t Recommend Portable ACs for Home Cooling Solutions

May 20th, 2019

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Many older homes in Southern California weren’t built with central air conditioning in mind. But today it’s hard to imagine making it through our summers in comfort without some type of AC. If you live in a home that doesn’t have central air, you’ve probably looked for a cooling solution, such as a portable air conditioner.

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When the Compressor Fails, Do You Need to Replace the Whole AC?

May 6th, 2019

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The compressor is the workhorse of an air conditioning system. It’s like the engine—without it, nothing happens and an air conditioner becomes a central fan blowing around room temperature air.

What happens when the compressor in your AC stops working and it can’t be repaired? This is a serious situation, and you’ll have a number of options to consider—one of which is to have the entire air conditioning system replaced. Is this the best option, or are the other choices more cost-effective?

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Watch Out for These Shady AC Stories From Non-Professionals

April 22nd, 2019

We would love to tell homeowners who are looking for air conditioning solutions for their home that the entire HVAC industry is honest and above-board. But it’s not: there are many unlicensed contractors prowling around, searching for ways to take advantage of customers who just want a quality air conditioning system installation or repair.

In general, you shouldn’t hire any HVAC contractor who doesn’t have a license, since that means the contractor probably lacks insurance to protect you in case of an accident and probably lacks experience as well. A specific thing to watch out for are shady claims and stories you’ll hear from HVAC contractors who aren’t on the up-and-up. Below are a few of these sneaky stories:

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Change Your Air Conditioning System’s Air Filter!

April 8th, 2019

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Spring is the season when we recommend our customers arrange for their annual air conditioning maintenance. Scheduling this air conditioning service in Los Angeles, CA is the best way to enjoy dependable, energy-efficient cooling during the summer and to extend the AC’s service life.

We want to address a specific step in AC maintenance—one you’ll have to do on your own. It’s regularly changing the air filter. Our technicians will change this filter during maintenance, but you’ll need to follow up and change it regularly during the rest of the year, usually every 1 to 3 months.

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AC Maintenance in Spring Is the Best Way to Save Money on Cooling

March 25th, 2019

We experienced a colder than usual winter here in Southern California. That may sound funny to someone who lives in a part of the country where temperatures are below freezing for most of the season, but it certainly felt cold to us to have temperatures in the high 40s during the day. We’re all eager to get to the warmer weather… and that means some of us may not be planning for it.

We think it’s more important than ever to remind our customers and future customers about scheduling maintenance for their air conditioning systems in spring. Our maintenance plan makes it easy to have this essential job done (we’ll even send you a reminder!), so if you haven’t had a look at what the program offers you, take some time right now. We promise you, it’s worth it!

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