Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Archive for May, 2016

Mistakes of Poor Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, May 30th, 2016

photo 3If you’re looking to have a new AC system installed in your house to prepare for this summer, whether it’s a replacement for an aging system or the first system for a new home, you’ll want to make sure that you call on licensed and experienced technicians for the job.

There are many reasons to rely only on professionals when it comes to installation. One is that air conditioning technology advances every year, and it’s the job of professionals to keep up with the exciting new developments that are making cooling systems better than ever. Amateurs may still practice out-of-date techniques that can lead to an air conditioner that doesn’t work efficiently or effectively.

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Another Tip on Determining if You Should Replace Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

IMG_1870Here’s a common scenario that happens around this time of year, when the temperatures start to get warm: Your air conditioner starts to act up, and then it stops altogether. You call HVAC professionals to have the system repaired, and the technicians show up and manage to get the air conditioner working once more. But they tell you that the system will probably need to be replaced—and soon.

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Kilowatt Is a Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Award Winner!

Friday, May 20th, 2016

IMG_0381The best compliment that any HVAC contractor can receive comes straight from its customers. Any time one of our many customers thanks us personally for doing a great job for them—such as installing a new air conditioner or getting a malfunctioning AC fixed—it means the world to us. We have some of the best technicians in the industry on our staff, and knowing that they’re out there making a difference for customers is a great reward in itself.

But receiving awards like the one the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce has given us… well, we don’t mind those kinds of compliments either!

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Why Would You Need to Replace a Capacitor in an Air Conditioner?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

IMG_7205Around 85% of the repairs that air conditioners may need during the summer season are for their electrical systems… and the parts that need to be replaced most frequently are the capacitors. We’ll take a closer look at air conditioner capacitors and why you may need to have one replaced.

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The Mystery of the Exuberant Air Conditioner

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Sometimes 95% of the job is figuring out what the problem is!

We got a call the other day from a customer for whom we had installed a terrific indoor comfort system. Her top-of-the-line Air Conditioning system with a high tech nest thermostat was exhibiting strange symptoms. In the morning, before it got hot, the A/C would come on full blast and blow freezing cold air for about an hour. As the day went on the system produced reliably comfortable air.

Kilowatt’s service technician tested the connections, the air-flow and all the settings. He measured the temperature of the air coming out of each grill. Everything was calibrated properly and working perfectly as far as he could tell. This didn’t make sense. Suddenly, just as the customer said it, the air began blowing full strength for no apparent reason.

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The Importance of Air Conditioner Coil Cleaning

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

One of the most common reasons for an air conditioner becoming energy inefficient and driving up bills is due to a dirty condenser coil. This coil is located in the outdoor unit of an air conditioner (the condenser) and it’s responsible for releasing the heat the refrigerant absorbed from the inside of the house. A fan draws the warm outdoor air across the coil, causing condensation to occur that deposits the heat from the refrigerant to the outdoors. If there is dirt, dust, or other grime along the coil, it’s much harder for this heat release to happen because of the insulating effect. Dirty coils can use up as much as 37% more energy than clean coils—that’s a major difference!

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