Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog

A Message from Kilowatt to Our Customers

March 18th, 2020

We wanted to share a message from our team to our beloved community members and customers. Not just concerning heating and air conditioning but as a neighbor and a friend.

Our team is healthy and taking all the recommended precautions. But it looks like there may be a bumpy road ahead and some of us are more vulnerable. 

We are in this together.  

You have our number, please don’t hesitate to call and ask for help if you are confined to your home. Service to our community has always been our calling and we intend to let that same purpose guide us through these uncertain times.

Courage is contagious.

Here are the safety precautions that we are taking:

  • No handshake policy in effect.
  • All technicians are supplied with hand sanitizing gel and use it throughout the day.
  • We are wiping down workspaces, devices, and vehicles with Clorox sanitizing wipes.
  • Techs wear booties upon entering the house.
  • We held a safety course on proper handwashing for our staff.
  • Techs wear masks.
  • We have instituted a 6′ minimum personal space rule with everyone that we come in contact with including other team members.

If you or anyone in your home is experiencing any symptoms, please call our office prior to your appointment so we can reschedule.

Your friend,
Dean Gilford

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Whole-House Generator vs. Portable Generator

April 6th, 2020

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Maintaining power to homes is a priority for everyone right now. It’s made more people consider the importance of having a generator on-hand to supply back-up power to a house in case of a loss of power. You can call on our experts for generator installation in Los Angeles, CA and the San Fernando Valley—we’re professional electricians as well as HVAC technicians, and keeping your house running and comfortable is what we do best.

If you haven’t given much thought to a back-up generator before now, you may first think the best route is to purchase a portable generator. It’s less expensive than a permanent whole-house generator installation, and it sounds like it can get the job done.

But this isn’t accurate. There are big reasons to prefer a whole-house generator to a portable one.

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The Final Fixes of the Season for Your Heater—What You May Need

March 23rd, 2020

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The weather may still stay cool for a bit during March and possibly into April. But no matter how close the warmer weather is to us, heater repair in Tarzana, CA is something you need to always be vigilant about. If the furnace or other heating system in your home encounters problems, it’s vital that you don’t hesitate or put off the repairs until the fall. Prompt heating repair saves you from a bigger repair, later on, a possible system breakdown when you need it the most or even safety concerns.

What kind of troubles are possible this late in the season? Almost anything, but we’re going to focus on a few in particular.

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SUSPENDED: LADWP Optimization program

March 19th, 2020

LADWP AC Optimization Program has been SUSPENDED, and as a result, all program appointments are being canceled. Once the spread of the virus is under control, we will resume providing all services offered under the program.
If you would like to be notified once we resume program services, please send an email to acopt@ladwp.com and DWP will notify you at that time.

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The Condensing Furnace: What You Need to Know

March 9th, 2020

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There is never a wrong time during the year to consider doing upgrades or heating repair in Studio City, CA or elsewhere in So Cal. Heaters do less work in our climate, and there are long stretches around the year where you can plan to make a major replacement without much worry about losing out on comfort because of lower temperatures.

With that in mind, we’d like to talk about one of the best choices available to you for an upgrade from your current, older furnace: the ­condensing furnace.

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Does a Furnace Keep You Warmer Than a Heat Pump?

March 9th, 2020

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Colder weather than usual for an L.A. winter has caused homeowners to re-consider their old heating systems. An inferior heater would have shown what it was (not) made of during the season. It may be time to make that heating upgrade.

A heat pump is one of the ideal heating upgrades for Southern California homes because it’s also an air conditioning system. People are more willing to pay for a new heating system in a warm climate if they know they are also getting a new air conditioning system.

Yes, we are bigger supporters of heat pumps in Los Angeles, CA and the San Fernando Valley. But heat pumps prompt many questions from potential buyers, and one of them is the concern that they can’t compete with a furnace for heat. It’s almost treated like a settled fact that a furnace keeps people warmer than a heat pump. But is it a fact?

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Can I Buy a Used Furnace?

February 10th, 2020

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Buying used products is often a great way to save money and get vintage items with a special luster you won’t find on the modern market. Getting a used car? A smart shopper can find excellent deals on autos with many years left in them. Buying used books? If the text is legible, the function is the same as if it were new. Picking up a used fountain pen? The best pens only get better with age!

And getting a used furnace? Yes, that’s a …

No. Don’t. Don’t even consider it. Stop reading. Clicking on the CONTINUE READING button below will just waste your valuable time. There’s a REPLACE button at the top of this screen. And a phone number (818-280-8018). Click or call, set up an appointment, and we’ll get you the right furnace. Thanks for stopping by—we’re glad to be your choice for furnace replacement and furnace repair in Studio City, CA.

Serving Los Angeles, Van Nuys, and the San Fernando Valley since 1990!

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When the Thermostat Causes Heating Problems

January 27th, 2020

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“He’s a renegade cop who doesn’t play by the rules … but he gets results!” An action movie cliché from decades ago, although it gave us some fun popcorn movies. But you don’t want a renegade thermostat that doesn’t play by the rules in your house … because the results it gets won’t be the ones you want.

Renegade is a tough language to describe a thermostat. But whenever a thermostat malfunctions, reads incorrect temperatures or fails to accurately operate the heating system, it can mean discomfort and wasted energy. It may even lead to heater repair in Studio City, CA. If the thermostat isn’t doing its job, call our experts to fix or replace it.

Below are some common thermostat troubles leading to poor heating.

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Some of the Biggest Do-It-Yourself HVAC Repair Mistakes

January 13th, 2020

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Don’t try to “do-it-yourself” when it comes to HVAC repair. It’s that simple. These are jobs for professionals. Trying to fix a furnace, an air conditioner, a heat pump, a blower fan, a thermostat, or any other HVAC component will lead to increased costs, poorer performance, wasted time, and possibly safety concerns.

We wish we could leave it there, but people still feel the drive to try to fix problems on their own. The internet and its cornucopia of DIY videos don’t help.

The best way to illustrate why DIY HVAC jobs are a non-starter is to look at a few of the big DIY mistakes. We’ve often run into these problems when we’re called to look into a malfunctioning heater or air conditioner. Often, the current homeowner wasn’t the one who made the error—the consequences of bad DIY repair job echo down through the years!

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Some Typical Heat Pump Troubles That Call for Repair Work

December 30th, 2019

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We’re having an unusually cold early winter in Southern California, with mornings and evenings that can dip into the 40s and hover in the 50s. Yes, we can hear people in Minnesota and New York laughing at our definition of “cold,” but it’s still cold enough to make it necessary to switch heat pumps into their heating mode. This is one of the great reasons to have a heat pump—it mostly does the job of an AC, but when you need heat for the mild winters, the heat pump has you covered with relatively inexpensive warmth. It’s much cheaper and more effective (not to mention safer) to run a heat pump than to use a space heater.

But if you’re reading this, it’s because your heat pump isn’t working right and you think you need heater repair in West Hollywood, CA. There are a few simple checks you can make before calling our technicians, such as examining the thermostat settings and changing a clogged HVAC filter. But the problems below usually require the help of trained techs like ours.

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