Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog

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

May 20th, 2019

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A ductless mini split air handler

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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Spring’s Almost Here, Is It Time to Retire Your HVAC System?

March 11th, 2019

ac-coilsIt’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. You probably don’t think of the HVAC system in your house as an “old friend,” even though it has provided your house with years of comfort. It’s not a flashy piece of equipment, and most of it is hidden. But saying goodbye to it does mean paying for a new one—and you don’t want to do that until it’s necessary.

Since spring is a good time to have a new HVAC system put in (take advantage of the mild weather and technicians’ less busy schedules), it’s also a good time to start considering if this is when you’ll retire your current one.

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Ductless Heating and the Vintage Home: A Good Combo

February 25th, 2019

ductless-ac-unitThe vintage homes of Southern California are often beautiful, styled in classic Spanish and Art Deco designs. If you live in one of these homes, you want to preserve as much of the beauty as possible…

…but having a central air conditioning system—that’d be great too. Unfortunately, these vintage homes were built before central ventilation was common in residential buildings. There isn’t much space to put in ductwork unless you are okay with major renovations that can harm the original integrity of the home. You can rely on window ACs, but those look ugly when put into the windows of a beautiful vintage home.

Is there a solution? We wouldn’t bring the topic up if we didn’t have one!

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My Electrical Bills Seem Way Too High—What’s Up?

February 11th, 2019

electrical-repairmanWe’ve had a longer cold spell here in Southern California than we often get. Of course, it’s nothing compared to the awful deep freeze that recently struck the Midwest. But it’s still cold to us, and if you use an electric-powered heating system like a heat pump or an electric furnace, you can expect to see an uptick on your electrical bills. That’s normal: just check electrical usage with previous bills to see that the rise in costs corresponds to more use.

This post is about dealing with abnormally and inexplicably high electric bills. What might be causing these spikes? We can help you investigate this, although for real repair work and other jobs, always call on a professional electrician in Burbank, CA.

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Don’t Let Your Gas Furnace Get Too Old!

January 28th, 2019

furnace_repair_for_homesOne of the odd troubles we face in Southern California when it comes to home heating is that it’s easy to let a heater stay around for far too long in a house. When people don’t rely too often on a system like a gas furnace, they often don’t consider when it’s old enough that it needs to be replaced.

It’s true that heating systems don’t wear down as fast in our warm climate because they do less work. But age still affects them, and it’s important to know when it’s best to have an older heater replaced. This is especially important for natural gas furnaces. At what point do you have a gas furnace that’s too old for furnace repair in Los Angeles, CA to continue to be worth it?

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What Makes for a Good HVAC Installation?

January 14th, 2019

FamilyHVAC3When we talk about installation of a new heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system for a house, we often say things like, “If you have a good installation, the new system will save money on energy costs.” Or, “If you have a good installation, you won’t have to worry about hot and cold spots around your home.”

But what do we mean by a good installation? “Good” is tricky to pin down, and HVAC systems are supposed to be precise. What counts as a good installation? How do you make sure you have one?

We’ll break down what goes into a good HVAC system installation.

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