Quiz: A Problem With the AC or the Thermostat?

August 8th, 2022

In the summer, when temperatures start to rise, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working. However, like any mechanical device, air conditioners need regular maintenance to keep them running properly. 

Here are four signs that indicate your AC unit may need service:

  • The AC isn’t cooling the house like it used to
  • The AC is making strange noises
  • The AC unit is leaking water
  • The AC unit is blowing warm air

If you notice any of these four signs, it’s best to call a professional air conditioning repair company to have your unit fixed. Having regular air conditioning service in Encino, CA by Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical can help extend the life of your AC unit and keep it running properly all summer long.

Let’s talk about the causes of these four issues below.

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A Short History of Air Conditioning Refrigerant

July 25th, 2022
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Refrigerant is a critical part of air conditioning systems and of most refrigeration equipment, such as refrigerators and freezers. Although people associate the word refrigerant with cold, refrigerant actually goes through stages of low and high temperatures. What refrigerant does is allow for the process of heat exchange: refrigerant can easily shift between liquid and gaseous states, and as it does this it absorbs and releases heat. In an AC, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the indoor air and then expels it to the outdoor air.

There isn’t a single refrigerant type: many different chemicals have done this job. Usually, these refrigerants are referred to as blends. The word freon is also used to describe refrigerants, but this isn’t accurate, as we’ll talk about below when we look into refrigerant history.

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Caution: The Mismatched Air Conditioning System Is Bad News!

July 11th, 2022

“What’s a mismatched air conditioning system?” you wonder. Is that like a mismatched outfit where the colors clash? No, it’s something far worse than a mildly odd clothing style, which may actually be something you want. (We’re not a fashion design company—dress how you like!) A mismatched air conditioning system is when the different components from an AC aren’t matched to work together. 

The most common mismatched air conditioning system is when the outdoor condenser isn’t matched to the indoor components. Most residential ACs are “split systems,” with indoor and outdoor units, and people may make the mistake of thinking of these parts as essentially separate and not part of a matched set. But they are. And if you have only one part replaced, such as the outdoor condenser when the compressor fails, it will create big problems.

Unfortunately, sometimes homeowners make the mistake of upgrading only one part of their air conditioner to save money, and they’ll find non-reputable HVAC “technicians” who’ll do the work. Here’s why we don’t advise getting your AC mixed up like this.

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Common Amateur AC Repair Mistakes

June 27th, 2022
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We know homeowners often look for ways to save money when it comes to taking care of their house, which is why they often go in for “do-it-yourself” work or have a friend help out with projects. But repairing an air conditioning system isn’t a job for amateurs. Unless you have professional training and certification in HVAC, you shouldn’t attempt an AC repair yourself. Nor should you entrust the job to anyone who claims they can make the repairs but don’t have the licensing or training to back up that claim. When an amateur quotes you a cheap price, you’ll get what you pay for!

We have a long history handling air conditioning repair in Studio City, CA and throughout Los Angeles and the Valley. We’ve often seen air conditioning systems have their lives shortened because of amateur repair mistakes. To help you understand why it’s best to leave this work to the pros, we’ll go over a short list of the common mistakes amateurs make with AC repairs.

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How a 15+ Year-Old AC Can Have Trouble This Summer

June 13th, 2022

How old is your air conditioning system? You can find out without much difficulty. Look at the information plate located on the back of the condenser cabinet and you’ll see a “manufacture date.” If you don’t, write down the model and serial number, then go to the manufacturer’s website where you can input the information to learn the unit’s age.

If your air conditioning system is more than 15 years old, we have some important news for you: it’s time to have a new AC installation in Valley Village, CA. Although a central air conditioner can work for 15 years, most don’t last far beyond this and experience many problems that damage efficiency, create cooling troubles, rack up repair bills, and leave their owners stuck with a non-working system on the hottest days of the year.

To help you understand why we recommend scheduling a new air conditioning installation before the worst of the summer heat arrives, here are a few ways a 15+ year-old AC can give you problems.

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Other Ways an AC Tune-Up Can Benefit You

May 16th, 2022
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We hope you’ve arranged to have a routine maintenance tune-up and inspection for your air conditioning equipment. If you haven’t yet, it’s definitely not too late—it’s still spring, and that’s the best time to have this vital job done. Just remember that the Southern California heat will soon settle in, and you want your AC to be ready.

We’ve talked many times before about the benefits of regular professional AC maintenance. If you want some extra incentives to have the job done, here are a few of the maintenance benefits that we haven’t talked about. In fact, many people don’t realize these advantages of this service.

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Signs You Need a New Water Heater

May 2nd, 2022
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When you consider how much work a water heater does each year (it consumes more energy than the AC and heater combined), it’s remarkable that it can last as long as it does. The average service life for most gas water heaters is around 15 years, and if your water heater reaches this age, you’ve gotten a good return on your investment in it.

But it’s important to recognize the signs your water heater is coming to the end of its service life. You don’t want to get caught by surprise one morning with cold water in the shower and a water heater that’s beyond repair. We want to help you know when you need a new water heater installation in Lake Balboa, CA. Below are the major signs of a water heater that’s ready for a replacement.

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A Few Heat Pump Malfunctions You Might Run Into

April 18th, 2022
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We think heat pumps are excellent choices for Southern California homes. They can work year-round meeting the cooling and heating demands of a house, and because of our mild winters, they don’t suffer from efficiency issues when in heating mode (a problem heat pumps can encounter in extremely cold climates). 

If you have a heat pump for your house, we want you to enjoy its benefits for as long as possible. Below are a few of the more common heat pump malfunctions you may see that can interfere with your comfort and the heat pump’s energy efficiency. Turn to our professionals to handle the repairs that will solve these troubles. 

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April Is a Great Time to Get Your Annual AC Tune-Up

April 4th, 2022
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What do you think the weather will be like this summer in Southern California? It seems like a silly question—it will be mostly hot, like it is every summer. But we ask this because people sometimes take for granted how they’re able to make it through the regular summer heat each year, and that is their home air conditioning systems. Try to picture this summer without a reliable AC working to cool down your house. It’s not an attractive picture. But it’s what might happen if your air conditioner doesn’t receive its regular maintenance service during spring.

Spring has only just started, and April is the ideal time to arrange for your air conditioning maintenance in Studio City, CA. This is usually one of the least busy periods for HVAC technicians since we deal with fewer cooling or heating emergencies, and that makes it easy for you to schedule a convenient maintenance visit with our team. You can join our HVAC maintenance program and enjoy great regular service for your AC as well as special membership benefits.

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What Happened to Pilot Lights in Furnaces?

March 21st, 2022
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This is a question people sometimes ask when they look at the furnaces professionals currently install in homes, or when they see a new furnace in a home. Most current homeowners likely grew up in houses with furnaces that used pilot lights, or owned a furnace with a pilot light. Yet the pilot light is becoming an endangered species in home heating. 

What happened? Why has the standing pilot light been extinguished, and what took its place?

This isn’t just trivia questions. You can understand a good deal about your furnace’s operation and how it uses energy when you know a bit more about the fate of the standing pilot light.

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