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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Is My Air Conditioning System Leaking?

May 18th, 2020

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You know when you see water dripping out of the water heater in your home, it means trouble. But what does it mean when you see liquid dripping out of the air conditioner? Is that normal? Do you have an emergency repair situation?

We’re going to look closer at the idea of the “leaking air conditioner” (spoiler: it may not be what you think it is) and what it might mean. You may need to have air conditioning repair in Sherman Oaks, CA to deal with the problem, so when in doubt, call our expert technicians to diagnose what’s wrong and have it fixed.

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Avoid AC Emergencies as the Heat Ramps Up

May 4th, 2020

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The first true summer heat arrived last weekend in Southern California, with temperatures in places like Downtown L.A. reaching 100°F. It’s cooled off a bit, but we all know more is coming.

So it’s time to talk about air conditioning emergencies that may occur in the future. Right now is a stressful time for people, and we know they want to avoid any type of emergency. A broken air conditioning system on a 90°F day definitely counts as an emergency! You can trust that our technicians are ready with emergency air conditioning repair in Van Nuys, CA, and throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. But we also want to help you avoid having the make the call in the first place. Here are some tips that will make it easier for your AC to handle the heat.

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It’s Spring: That Means It’s HVAC Tune-Up Time

April 20th, 2020

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We are enjoying a beautiful spring season this year, with clear sunny days and temperatures right in the sweet spot for comfort. True, most of us are enjoying it through the windows of our homes, but it’s still great weather, even for sunny Southern California.

This idyll is also the time to schedule an HVAC tune-up to prepare for the hot weather that’s not far off. California never gets summer breaks from summer weather. Regular spring maintenance is an essential job to make summer as trouble-free as possible for your home cooling, and also as inexpensive as possible.

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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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