One of the more common questions that we hear from customers is how long they should expect their air conditioner or heater to continue to work before replacing it. People in Southern California usually have a good idea about air conditioner lifespans considering how much work those units put in every year. But the situation is a bit shakier when it comes to heating systems. Heaters are a necessary part of comfort during the year, but they do less work than air conditioners.
Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Archive for November, 2015
In Southern California, people have different concerns when it comes to heating a home during the winter than elsewhere in the country where the temperature takes much steeper drops. Although homeowners will need to have a heating system to manage to cooler days and occasionally cold nights, the main concern in Southern California is energy efficiency: the heater in your home only runs periodically, so you want to make sure that it doesn’t cost you a fortune whenever it does come on.
At Kilowatt, our number one concern on any job is safety. Safety for our customers, and safety for our technicians. We are fortunate that we rarely experience hazards on the job. But at the times when we do, we’re very grateful to have experienced workers who know how to handle the problem.
Here’s a recent example of a commercial job we did that shows why you should only rely on licensed, insured and experienced technicians whenever you schedule work for your business. (Or for your home, for that matter.)
El Niño: That period when above-average rainfall strikes Southern California and everyone learns how to make the “ñ” symbol using their keyboard. Meteorologists have predicted that this winter Southern California may experience an enormous El Niño—one large enough to have earned it the nickname of the “Godzilla El Niño,” conjuring up an image of a behemoth lumbering from the ocean to inflict devastation on shore.
One of the most common repair issues that an air conditioner or heat pump might encounter during its lifetime is a leak in the refrigerant coils. The indoor coil of your AC/heat pump is one of the most important components of the system: it’s the location where an air conditioner removes heat from the air by evaporating the refrigerant within the coil. The coil does the same function in heat pumps when in cooling mode, and when in heating mode the coil releases heat by condensing the refrigerant inside it.