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Common Air Conditioning Repair Needs

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Does your AC make a loud or strange noise during operation? Are your energy bills higher than they have ever been? Do you find that your home is only unevenly cooled during the summer months? It sounds like you may have a problem. It’s important to keep an eye on your cooling system during its service life so that you can address any issues that might arise. Like all mechanical systems, your air conditioner endures its fair share of wear and tear over the years and making sure that any issues are repaired immediately will keep your system in good working order. In today’s post, we’d like to look at some common repair needs that might befall your AC.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your AC is a major investment and it needs to be taken care of to last as long as it should.

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  • Frozen evaporator coil. Your indoor evaporator coil is responsible for cooling your indoor air. As cold, liquid refrigerant moves through the coils, it absorbs the thermal energy from the air that passes through the indoor air handler, but this process only works if the coils are clean. If your coils are dirty or in any way damaged, then your coils could freeze up as the cooling lingers. If you have low refrigerant, then this could also lead to frozen evaporator coils.
  • Loud or strange noise. It’s important that you take any loud or strange noises coming from your AC seriously. If you notice the development of any unexpected sounds, then make sure you get in touch with your local HVAC professional. Various sounds can occur. For example, a banging noise is likely a loose or damaged component within your indoor or outdoor housing, while a hissing or whistling noise could be an air leak.
  • High energy bills. Take stock of any abrupt changes in your utility bill during the summer months. If it seems that something is not right and your bill is much higher than normal, then there could be an issue with your air conditioner.

Call us today if you need air conditioning repair service in Sherman Oaks. We can make sure that the problem is taken care of properly the first time.

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4 Reasons You Need a Whole House Generator

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

When the power goes out, do you have a plan in place to ensure that your family enjoys uninterrupted comfort and convenience? Would you like an alternative to portable generators that can be dangerous and sometimes challenging to operate? Losing power is a pain. Whether you have a portable generator ready with fuel or not, it can severely disrupt your day-to-day life and cause consternation all around. A whole house generator is the best way to ensure that power outages do not get in the way of enjoying the comfort and convenience of your home. They are safe and highly powerful.

Let’s take a look at some reasons why you may want to consider a whole house generator for your home

  1. Peace of mind. When you lose power, it can be stressful, especially with the young or elderly. We have become so accustomed to a constant source of electricity that it’s hard to do anything without it. A whole house generator gives you peace of mind at a time when that really means something.
  2. Increased power. Unlike a portable generator, a whole house model can run a number of different appliances and gadgets within your home, including your heating and cooling systems, water heater, and even your washing machine. It all depends on the size of your generator, and a professional electrician will be able to devise a setup that meets your electrical needs.
  3. Automatic standby. There are manual and automatic standby generators. The latter are capable of detecting when you lose power and start automatically, so that you don’t have to worry aboutgoing out there yourself to take care of it. This can be an added convenience if you’re away on business, while your family is at home.
  4. Safety. Portable generators exhaust toxic fumes that can be a hazard to your home if they’re used improperly. While they do have their place, a whole house generator simplifies the entire process and ensures safe operation at all times.

Let our Los Angeles area electricians know when you’re ready to get started on your new whole house generator installation. We can make sure that you find a model that’s right for your home and that’s integrated seamlessly into your existing system.

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Benefits of Routine Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Do you currently have your AC maintained? Do you want to keep your cooling system in the best possible shape? Do you want to protect your HVAC system as an investment? There are various issues that can beset the performance and efficiency of an air conditioner. If you’ve never had your AC maintained or you want to make certain that your system works exactly as it should, then pro air conditioning maintenance is the way to go. During this cost-effective service, your local HVAC technician will fully inspect, clean and adjust your cooling system.

No matter whether your AC is freshly installed or over a decade old, it needs to be maintained. There are a number of benefits to be had by routine air conditioning maintenance completed by a pro. We can make sure that you achieve all of them.

Here Are the Advantages of Regular Maintenance

  • Restored energy efficiency. A sparkling clean system fresh out of the box has an ideal efficiency rating (when it is professionally installed, that is). But over time, it accumulates dust and debris that can begin to hamper the refrigerant cycle. Any interference with the way thermal energy is dissipated or absorbed within the system can lead to an increase in energy bills as well as other issues.
  • Restored performance. With improved efficiency often comes performance. When it comes to the operation of your AC, there’s really no separating the cooling capacity of your system from its use of energy. The cleaner and better adjusted your system is, the more powerful it will be. While we may not be able to restore your old AC to its original factory condition, we can get pretty close with our maintenance.
  • Reduced repair needs. When you keep your system clean and properly adjusted at all times, you don’t have to worry about as many problems arising. With routine annual tune-ups, your local HVAC technicians can likely spot any issues before they arise into major problems. If you want to avoid AC issues whenever possible, AC maintenance is the way to go.

Let the expert AC technicians on our team know what you need. We can make sure that your system is properly maintained. Kilowatt offers routine air conditioning maintenance throughout the Los Angeles area.

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Armondo DeLara: Employee of the Month June 2014

Monday, June 16th, 2014

 

Armondo DeLara is one of those people who lead by example. He has been an HVAC installation specialist with Kilowatt for 12 years. Armondo’s superior expertise and exemplary work ethic earned him the respect and appreciation of the rest of the Kilowatt team and our dear customers. He was voted Employee of the Month for June 2014. Congratulations Armondo. We are lucky to have you!

If you want to nominate someone from our company for the honor of Employee of the Month, please contact us at: lisa@kilowattac.com and tell us about your experience. We ALWAYS appreciate feedback and positive feedback is our favorite!

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

It’s starting to get hot out there—do you have the right air conditioner for your residential or commercial space? Whether you’re starting out from scratch with a cooling system for your brand new building or your existing air conditioner is ready to retire, it’s imperative that you find the right system for you. But what does that mean? And what are your options? There are a number of factors to consider when making a decision as to what type of AC would work best for your home or business.

In today’s post, we’d like to break it down in further detail.

  • The Importance of Size. If you’re considering a new AC, then it’s imperative that you have a system whose cooling capacity matches the size of your indoor living space. This metric is typically denoted by British Thermal Units (BTUs). For proper performance and energy efficiency, your AC should be just right, neither too large nor small. Over or undersized systems simply will not work according to manufacturer’s instructions, and they may be subject to increased wear and tear over time.
  • Ducts or Ductless. Another decision that you need to make is between a duct based system and a ductless system. Do you want ducts? Do you already have them? If indoor air quality and energy efficiency are important to you, then a ductless air conditioning system (also known as a ductless mini split) may be a more appropriate choice for your home. These devices use multiple indoor air handlers directly within the living space, thus removing the intermediary between you and your cool air.
  • Year-round Comfort or Dedicated Cooling. When you’re having a new AC installed at your home, you may also want to consider whether to install a year-round system such as a ductless mini split or heat pump, or to opt for a dedicated cooling machine such as central air. There are advantages to both, but considering our relatively mild winter, heat pump technology may be the way to go.

If you’re ready to speak to a professional about your air conditioning needs, then don’t hesitate to reach out to our specialists today. Call Kilowatt today for professional air conditioning services throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

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5 Signs that Your Air Conditioner Needs Service

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Over time, our air conditioners here in the LA area take a beating. They endure high temperatures, and they run constantly for much of the year. It’s important that your system be routinely maintained after installation to ensure that you get the most from your AC. But no matter how hard you attempt to prevent air conditioning problems from developing with your cooling system, there will come a time when you need to have your system serviced.

Here are some popular reasons to give us a call. We’ll have your system back up in no time at all.

  • Loud and unruly tone. Like most mechanical systems, air conditioner tend to get slightly louder as they grow older, but if it sounds like your system noise has increased more than a few decibels, then it could be an indication of a serious problem. It’s always a good idea to refer any problems to an HVAC technician, even if only to get some peace of mind.
  • Weird noise. If you notice that your system has started making a strange noise, and you can tell it’s not part of the normal operation of your AC, then it’s likely a problem that can be dealt with. Grinding, buzzing, banging, and hissing are all signs of trouble. Make sure that you hire a pro to have your system checked out.
  • High energy bills. Another indication that you have a cooling problem is inefficiency. If you find that your energy bills are suddenly out of control, then it’s often an indication that your refrigerant is low or that it needs to be professionally cleaned.
  • Inadequacy. Don’t settle for anything less than your absolute comfort. If you find that your cooling is inadequate for any reason, then that’s enough to warrant repair. So long as your system was appropriately sized and installed carefully, it should be sufficient on even the hottest days.
  • Uneven cooling experience. If one area of your home is cooler or hotter than the others, then you might have something wrong with your ductwork that needs professional attention.

Kilowatt can provide a solution to any cooling problem that you may have so don’t hesitate to reach out to our professionals today for air conditioning repair service in Los Angeles.

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