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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Don’t Close Vents in Rooms You Aren’t Using!

July 27th, 2020

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This is a common mistake homeowners make with their HVAC systems during the summer. When the air conditioner is running, the blower fan sends the cooled air into the ducts so the air travels to all the room vents. Because the vent registers usually have shutters on them that can be moved to change the direction air blows into rooms, people think they can shutter the vent completely, thus stopping the AC from cooling the room.

But does this save money? No! In fact, it can cause serious problems leading to the need for AC repair in Van Nuys, CA. Please always keep the vents open, and don’t obstruct them with furniture or anything else.

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What the Is a SEER Rating?

July 13th, 2020

So, summer is in full swing and you’re unfortunately on the market for a new air conditioner because you just can’t handle the heat anymore. We understand, it’s the same reason why anyone buys an air conditioner. The only problem with buying an air conditioner during a heatwave or when temperatures are sky-high is that homeowners aren’t necessarily doing their respective research. These systems are investments, and they should be treated as such!

Luckily, whoever might be reading this is different. If you’re on the market for AC installation in Van Nuys, or you’re just trying to do your due diligence before you decide on a cooling system, it’s a good idea to know what the SEER rating is. Today, we’re going to dig deep into what the SEER rating is, why it’s important, and how it relates to you!

Once you’ve got the necessary information you need, be sure to call us for proper AC installation in your home.

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Uneven Cooling Is a Warning You May Need a New Air Conditioner

June 29th, 2020

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As the heat increases during the summer and you run your air conditioning system more and more often, you might begin to notice parts of your house are warmer than you expect. Some rooms are comfortable, but others are turning into hot spots. If this is a new occurrence, it’s often a warning sign you have an air conditioner that needs serious repair work—or may need to be replaced.

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Why Air Conditioning System Sizing From Professionals Is Necessary

June 15th, 2020

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Years ago on our blog, we warned customers about the dangers of purchasing HVAC equipment online. There are plenty of reasons for this, such as getting a system with a voided warranty. A common item people purchase on their own is high-tech thermostats, thinking they can’t go wrong with basic climate controls. Unfortunately, a mismatched HVAC system and thermostat can end up damaging the HVAC system.

But the most important reason to never purchase HVAC equipment online is the issue of sizing. Unless you’re a professional HVAC technician, you won’t know how to properly size a new air conditioner to work correctly for your house. Sizing must be precise. A system that’s too large or too small means years of trouble from an AC that never seems to work right.

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5 Reasons Your AC Fan Isn’t Working

June 1st, 2020

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When you’re enjoying a comfortable summer day inside your home with the AC sending around cooled air, the last thing you want to hear is the fan for the air conditioner shut down, leading to all the air from the vents vanishing. Or to have the air from the vents change to room temperature. Both of these are examples of what occurs when either the indoor or outdoor fan stops working.

The indoor fan does the job of pushing air through the evaporator coil to cool it down and then into the ductwork. The outdoor fan is responsible for moving air across the condenser coil to release heat and then exhaust it. If the indoor fan breaks–no air in the vents. If the outdoor fan breaks–no cooling indoors.

What causes this to happen? Here are the five most common causes.

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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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