A Few Reminders Regarding Furnace Safety

November 14th, 2022
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The fall weather has arrived in Southern California, and it’s even brought along some welcome rain. This might be the first time you’ve turned on your home’s furnace since the beginning of the year to keep your family warm. It’s therefore a good time to go over some reminders about furnace safety so you can enjoy a worry-free winter.

Gas furnaces are, in general, safe to have in your home

This first safety reminder is a positive one: gas furnaces aren’t inherently dangerous appliances that create safety risks for a home. We don’t wish to discourage people from using one because as long as you follow basic precautions, a gas furnace is one of the best and most reliable ways to heat your home.

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Why We Often Recommend Heat Pumps for Local Heating Needs

October 17th, 2022
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Cool weather does arrive in Southern California during the fall and winter, even if it’s never a deep freeze and warm weather can return at any time. Our climate makes it necessary for our homes to have central heating, especially larger homes with high ceilings where heat will rapidly rise and leave the living area cold. But we don’t need the type of central heaters that homes in Milwaukie or Minneapolis have. Our heaters run for shorter periods and require a special balance of energy efficiency.

This heating challenge makes the heat pump an excellent option for local homes. Many of our customers haven’t considered a heat pump when they’re looking for heater service in Los Angeles, CA, and we are glad to tell them about the great benefits of installing one. We want more people to know about heat pumps because they’re not only excellent matches for Southern California homes, they can help significantly with energy savings.

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It Was a Hot Summer—But You Still Need to Think About Heater Maintenance

October 3rd, 2022
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We know that mentioning the words “heating” or “furnace” right now may make you start to sweat. We just came through a hot summer in Southern California and the beginning of fall is also striking us with heat waves. You want to think of words like “cool” and “air conditioning,” not about anything connected to your home’s heating system. 

But, although it may seem like cold weather will never arrive when the temperatures are this hot, it’s still on the way. You can feel thankful that you won’t have to deal with sub-freezing temperatures in sunny SoCal, but we do get our share of days and nights when heating systems need to come on, especially for homes located near the beach. 

This is all to say that now is the time to think about scheduling heater maintenance in Encino, CA. Maintenance won’t make your house hotter while it’s going on—but it will help to keep your house warm and energy-efficient when the heater does eventually need to turn on.

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AC Repair This Fall May Be Critical!

September 19th, 2022

This year, Southern California has experienced one of the hottest later summers on record. These are the times when having a working air conditioning system in a house can be literally life-saving.

Just because it’s almost officially fall doesn’t mean we’re safe from heatwaves. September and even October can still be brutally hot in SoCal. Your home’s air conditioning system isn’t likely to get a serious break until November (and even then, warm temperatures can stage a comeback at any time).

This is why we want to stress to you the importance of staying on top of any air conditioning repairs in Studio City, CA or elsewhere in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley that you may need. We know you’ll feel tempted to shrug off “minor” AC issues, but something minor often hides something major, or it will turn into something major. When you move early to intercept a malfunctioning air conditioning system, you’ll prevent a much worse and more expensive trouble in the future, and that includes having your AC fail on you completely on a blazing hot day.

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What’s the Difference Between EER, SEER, and HSPF?

September 5th, 2022
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Homeowners are concerned with the efficiency of the appliances they purchase and install in their homes. Higher efficiency tends to mean lower costs to run the appliance, and it also helps to benefit the environment. The US Department of Energy provides a helpful guideline for energy efficiency with their ENERGY STAR program: appliances that receive the ENERGY STAR label have met the requirements for high energy efficiency and manufacturing standards.

There’s more to understand about the efficiency of an appliance than just whether it has the ENERGY STAR symbol on its case. When it comes to air conditioning and heat pump systems, there are several specific efficiency stats you’ll want to pay attention to when planning a new HVAC installation. The three ones we’ll address here are EER, SEER, and HSPF.

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What Can I Do to Help My AC Through a Heat Wave?

August 22nd, 2022
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People are worried about the heat this summer and whether their air conditioning systems will make it to the end without breaking down. We understand this feeling: nobody likes a heat wave, and facing one without an AC to cool down a house is a frightening prospect.

You can always count on our expert technicians for air conditioning repair in Burbank, CA and elsewhere in our service area when you’ve got a failed AC. We know that you would much rather not have your AC run into trouble in the first place, so we have some tips that you can use to lower the amount of strain on your air conditioner and help it finish the season without making you sweat.

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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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